Economic governance

Digital 17-08-2017

Ireland says EU demand that Apple pay it €13 billion in back taxes unjustified

Ireland's finance minister said the European Commission's demand that Dublin collect up to €13 billion in back taxes from Apple was unjustified, in an interview with Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine (FAZ) newspaper.

25-07-2017

Greece prepares for end of bailout era with comeback bond

Greece sold debt to private investors for the first time in three years on Tuesday, a significant step towards gaining financial independence and exiting its third international bailout next year.

17-07-2017

European fiscal board chief: ‘Stop talking about recovery, we are approaching normality’

Arguably, the EU’s economic governance framework is one of the most divisive issues among member states and top priority in Europe’s to-do list of outstanding reforms. Niels Thygesen does not shy away from this challenge. After questioning European Commission fiscal stance for this year recommendation, he proposed a return to a more ‘prudent’ orientation for 2018. In October, he will address one of the hottest topics: whether the application of the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP) unfairly favoured countries like France.

Economy & Jobs 13-07-2017

Macron: Germany is competitive thanks to eurozone weaknesses

Ahead of Thursday’s (13 July) Franco-German Ministerial Council, Friday’s Bastille Day celebrations and Donald Trump’s visit to Paris, President Emmanuel Macron spoke to EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France about Europe's future, and France’s relations with the US.

Economy & Jobs 13-07-2017

Macron urges greater eurozone convergence, presses Germany to act

The European Union remains an incomplete project and will require changes to its treaties that bring greater convergence between eurozone member states, French President Emmanuel Macron said in comments published on Thursday (13 July).

Economy & Jobs 30-06-2017

France pledges to meet EU deficit target, despite strong headwinds

France will meet the EU deficit limit of 3.0% of GDP in 2017, the prime minister insisted Thursday (29 June), after the public accounts watchdog said it would miss the mark unless it took urgent action.

Economy & Jobs 09-06-2017

Commission must double efforts towards a sustainable financial system

Robust and binding criteria are needed to build sustainable capital markets or we risk that both national legislators and financial investors simply ignore their investment’s impact, or revert to greenwashing, writes Anne van Schaik.

Politics 02-06-2017

ECB rejects appeal against hiring of president’s adviser

The European Central Bank has rejected a staff appeal against the handpicking of President Mario Draghi's policy adviser, batting back the most high-profile challenge to date to hiring practices at the Frankfurt-based institution.

Brexit 01-06-2017

Soros: Britain could reunite with the EU before the divorce is completed

Investor and philanthropist George Soros said today (1 June) that the EU should use Brexit as a “catalyst for introducing far reaching reforms”, transforming itself into an organisation that Britain would like to rejoin before the divorce is completed.

Economy & Jobs 24-05-2017

Schäuble insists EU treaty change now is ‘unrealistic’

Germany's Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said on Tuesday (23 May) that it is "unrealistic" to consider changing European treaties at this stage, calling instead for incremental steps by national governments to move EU integration forward in specific areas.

23-05-2017

Moscovici: Italy, Portugal, Spain fiscal progress ‘good news’

Portugal, Italy and Spain became yesterday (22 May) illustrative examples of the new period Europe enjoys. The executive congratulated Lisbon and Madrid for turning their economies upside down, just one year after they became the first countries that breached the fiscal rules, while it gave its blessing to Rome’s adjustments, one of the eurozone’s troublemakers.

Economy & Jobs 19-05-2017

Greek parliament approves more austerity to unlock bailout funds, debt relief

Greek lawmakers on Thursday (18 May) approved pension cuts and tax hikes sought by the country's lenders to unlock vital financial aid, as angry demonstrators protested outside parliament over new austerity, the latest since the country plunged into crisis seven years ago.

Economy & Jobs 16-05-2017

Spain calls for deeper eurozone integration, pooled debt

Spain's conservative government has added its voice to calls for deeper integration in the eurozone, suggesting to Brussels in a paper that members of the bloc should pool some aspects of their debt management and share a budget to fight crisis shocks.

Economy & Jobs 10-05-2017

German parties joust over Macron’s euro plans

After cheering Emmanuel Macron's win over his far-right rival in the French presidential election, a row has broken out within German Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition government over how to respond to his calls for closer European integration.

Economy & Jobs 09-05-2017

Macron win bolsters European moves on globalisation, eurozone

The European Commission will consider additional actions to defend European investment abroad and will call for high level of social protection to minimise the negative consequences of global trade.

08-05-2017

Juncker warns Macron French spend too much money

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Monday (8 May) called on France's incoming president Emmanuel Macron to cut public spending, saying its current policies involved too much money going to wrong things.

05-05-2017

Eurozone to mull Greek debt relief once reforms take place

Eurozone governments will consider medium-term debt relief for Greece as promised in a statement in May 2016 once Athens implements the reforms it agreed to earlier this week, a eurozone official said on Thursday (4 May).

Economy & Jobs 04-05-2017

EU declares Brexit battle over euro clearing

The EU fired a fresh salvo at the UK on Thursday (4 May), proposing fresh rules that would require a huge slice of London's banking business to leave the UK after Brexit.

Economy & Jobs 02-05-2017

IMF says EU still needs ‘credible’ debt relief for Greece

Despite an agreement reached Tuesday (2 May) on a reform package, Europe still needs to provide "credible" debt relief to Greece before the International Monetary Fund can provide more financing, an IMF official said.

Economy & Jobs 26-04-2017

Greece calls for debt relief as bailout talks resume in Athens

Greece's prime minister held out for a commitment from lenders to debt relief on Tuesday (25 April), and said he was confident new talks in Athens over a long-stalled bailout review would reach a deal by a 22 May target.

Elections 25-04-2017

Rome, Athens look to Macron to help douse anti-EU fires

The Italian and Greek governments are counting on France's likely next president Emmanuel Macron to help them see off populist parties that blame European Union-enforced austerity and open immigration policies for economic and social ills.

19-04-2017

Austria misses EU’s structural deficit target

Austria's structural deficit last year was slightly larger than the government had forecast, overstepping the limit of roughly 0.5% of gross domestic product (GDP) sought under European Union rules.

Elections 12-04-2017

‘Chancellor Schulz’ will maintain austerity, won’t rule out Grexit

Martin Schulz will not change Germany's approach to austerity if elected chancellor later this year. Neither has he ruled out Greece leaving the eurozone if reforms are not implemented. EURACTIV Germany reports. The Social Democrat leader and former European Parliament president told the Financial Times that the prospect of Greece leaving the single currency …

11-04-2017

ECB hails 2016 as best post-crisis year

The European Central Bank judged yesterday (10 April) that it had a successful 2016, claiming in its annual report that it had nurtured economic recovery and that it was the eurozone’s most successful post-crisis year.