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26/06/2016

MasterCard international chief: ‘Brexit wouldn’t be a significant change for us’

Euro & Finance


UK & Europe 24-06-2016

UK economy plunges into unknown on Brexit

Britain's economy was plunged into a dizzying unknown on Friday as the country lurched towards the EU exit, with the world economy bracing for a hit on growth and unemployment.  
UK & Europe 22-06-2016

CFA Institute boss: 'Brexit isn't going to happen'

Institutional investors, like insurers and pension funds, are increasingly turning to long-term investments, according to Paul Smith, the head of the CFA Institute. Smith told EurActiv.com he is “very” optimistic about Europe, saying be believes Britain will not leave the EU.
Euro & Finance 22-06-2016

Italy’s 5 Star Movement wants euro referendum

Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star movement, buoyed by its big gains in local elections, used its resurgent strength to press demands for a national a referendum on whether to keep the euro.
UK & Europe 21-06-2016

Draghi's ECB 'ready for all contingencies' after Brexit referendum

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said on Tuesday (21 June) that the ECB is ready for every scenario after Britain's referendum on EU membership, but warned that liquidity was vital to prevent investor panic after a vote for Brexit.
Euro & Finance 21-06-2016

For citizens’ sake, play it safe with securitisation

The European Commission’s desire to boost securitisation is ringing alarm bells among academics and civil society groups. Christophe Nijdam explains why.
UK & Europe 21-06-2016

Sleepless in the City: London traders brace for referendum

London's financial district is set for a sleepless night Thursday (23 June) as traders hunker down to await the hotly-anticipated EU referendum result.
Elections 20-06-2016

Renzi suffers vote setback as Five Star makes big breakthrough

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was trounced by the anti-establishment Five Star Movement in local elections in Rome and Turin on Sunday (19 June), clouding his chances of winning a do-or-die referendum in October.
Development Policy 17-06-2016

Blending: The new buzzword at EU's 'Davos of Development'

'Blending' - a form of pump-priming private sector investment, by leveraging it onto public official development aid - seems to be the new buzzword at this year's EU Development Days, according to the UN's Xavier Michon.
UK & Europe 16-06-2016

Brexit stirs up Euroscepticism in the French right

Nominally a supporter of the European project, Nicolas Sarkozy's Republican party has made increasingly frequent attacks on the European Commission, which it accuses of "pushing out the UK and letting Turkey in". EurActiv France reports.
UK & Europe 16-06-2016

Leave camp sails the Thames as Berlin warns on Brexit

A Brexit fishing flotilla sailed up the River Thames yesterday (15 June) ahead of next week's knife-edge referendum over EU membership as Germany warned a British departure could start Europe's "disintegration".
UK & Europe 15-06-2016

Global markets on edge as Brexit vote draws near

Investors from the Americas to Asia have been fleeing for the exit over the past week, as a succession of opinion polls put the Leave camp in front, ahead of a 23 June referendum on whether Britain should remain in the European Union.
NewsSpecial Report
Energy 15-06-2016

Homeowners offered cheaper mortgages in return for energy efficiency renovations

SPECIAL REPORT / EXCLUSIVE / Homeowners will qualify for reduced repayment rates on their mortgages if they undertake energy efficiency renovations, and lower interest rates on loans to pay for them, under “pioneering” plans being drawn up by lenders for consideration by EU and global regulators.


Europe's East 14-06-2016

Deutsche Bank prepares for fine over suspicious Russia trades

Deutsche Bank has increased provisions for suspicious share trading in Russia, where it is investigating client activity that prompted the bank to partially pull back from the country, two people close to the matter said.
Energy 13-06-2016

Greece says three parties interested in power grid operator stake

Greece has been approached by three parties interested in buying a minority stake in state-run power grid operator ADMIE, Energy Minister Panos Skourletis said in a newspaper interview released on 11 June.
Euro & Finance 10-06-2016

Greek shipowners: tax scrutiny will open 'Pandora's box' in EU

Greece's top shipping lobby on Friday (10 June) warned that EU scrutiny of their tax concessions would open a 'Pandora's box' of revelations concerning other states, with harmful consequences all around.
UK & Europe 10-06-2016

Ireland, Malta and Cyprus most concerned about Brexit

European countries relying on finance as a source of revenue are becoming increasingly concerned about Brexit, according to search data from Google. And with good reason: rating agency S&P has highlighted just how sensitive their economies are to the UK. EurActiv France reports.

5 differences in corporates & federations communication

In April 2016, EurActiv circulated a survey among EU affairs experts working in corporations and federations in Brussels, trying to examine the different roles these entities play in “the Bubble”, the synergies between them, but also what sets them apart in their approach to raise awareness of various policy aspects.

Resetting our European social model

Even though European social systems have served us well in the past, the financial crisis means that we must adapt our social model to new realities. We must build a strong Pillar of Social Rights to bring security and opportunities to our citizens, write Joseph Daul, Marianne Thyssen and Marc Spautz.
Euro & Finance 09-06-2016

Berlin finds talk of Juncker Plan extension 'irritating'

The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) is being lauded by the European Commission and the executive wants to extend the funding arm of the Juncker Plan. But not everyone thinks the billion euro pot has been a complete success. EurActiv Germany reports.
Global Europe 08-06-2016

Moscovici: 'Extremely difficult' to work with 'anti-European' Trump

It would be "extremely difficult" for the European Union to work with Donald Trump if the Republican wins the US presidential race in November, a European Commissioner said Wednesday (8 June).
Euro & Finance 08-06-2016

ECB launches corporate bond buy in attempt to revive inflation

The European Central Bank started buying corporate bonds on Wednesday, picking up utility, insurance and telecom papers, as part of its latest effort to revive rock-bottom inflation by getting companies to borrow and spend.
EU Priorities 2020 08-06-2016

Brexit or not, Europe's voters are cooler on EU, survey reveals

Whether or not Britons vote this month to quit the European Union, fellow voters across the continent are increasingly sceptical of the benefits of staying in the bloc.
Euro & Finance 08-06-2016

National Front calls for ban on Bitcoin

The National Front wants to preserve cash and ban Bitcoin, which it sees as an unsafe form of payment. The EU has yet to legislate on the subject. EurActiv France reports.
UK & Europe 08-06-2016

MasterCard international chief: ‘Brexit wouldn’t be a significant change for us’

Blockchain is expected to have a larger impact on our business than a potential Brexit, suggests MasterCard’s deputy boss, Ann Cairns. In her view, the technology behind virtual currencies like bitcoin is “a good thing for the future”, she told EurActiv.com.