Euro & Finance

Central Europe 16-10-2017

Bulgarian MEPs discuss EU’s future, dissect Juncker, Macron speeches

The European Movement and the Union of European Federalists held a discussion on Friday (13 October) in Sofia on the EU’s future with three prominent Bulgarian MEPs from three different political forces.

Digital 13-10-2017

Zurich boss: ‘We need to look at protection, savings and retirement together’

Amid growing social inequalities and the digital transformation of the economy, Zurich’s Gary Shaughnessy believes public officials, employers and insurers should all cooperate to provide protection to the most vulnerable groups.

Banking union 12-10-2017

EU weakens plan on bank protection, risks ECB clash on bad loans

The European Commission proposed yesterday (11 October) watered-down measures to help guard European Union banks against future crises, after two years of fruitless talks among the 28 EU states on more ambitious plans.

Brexit 11-10-2017

EU lawmakers tentatively back Brexit clearing law that could clobber Britain

European Union lawmakers on Tuesday (10 October) gave broad support to a law that could end the City of London's global dominance in clearing euro-denominated financial contracts after Brexit.

Future EU 11-10-2017

At Frankfurt book fair, Macron urges Merkel to fight for EU revival

French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday pleaded his case for ambitious European reforms, appealing to German Chancellor Angela Merkel to join forces with him and enter the debate.

Economy & Jobs 10-10-2017

Schäuble receives €100 notes with his face at farewell party

Eurozone finance ministers deluged German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble with farewell gifts yesterday (9 October) as the man who inspired Europe's austerity answer to the debt crisis attended his last meeting with them.

Elections 09-10-2017

Thousands protest in Barcelona against Catalan independence

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Catalonia's capital Barcelona on Sunday (8 November) to express their opposition to declaring independence from Spain, showing how divided the region is on the issue.

Economy & Jobs 06-10-2017

Cross-border mobility of companies: ‘Real seat’ vs ‘incorporation’

EU member states have adopted contrasting approaches to the cross-border mobility of companies, with some insisting on “real” economic activity and others happy to consider the legally-registered office instead. How the EU eventually decides could have important implications, writes Corrado Malberti.

Future EU 05-10-2017

European Parliament VP: ‘We must use the window of opportunity’ to deepen EU integration

Current conditions are ideal to push the EU towards becoming a European federal state, according to one of the vice-presidents of the European Parliament, Rainer Wieland. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Economy & Jobs 05-10-2017

Greek archaeologists’ decision clears way for Hellenikon tourism project

Greece welcomed a decision by senior archaeologists to conditionally permit a major tourism project in Athens yesterday (4 October), saying it cleared the way for the country to turn the site into one of Europe's biggest coastal resorts.

Digital 04-10-2017

Notaries turn blockchain into ally for digital transactions

Once feared as a technology that would make legal practitioners redundant, blockchain has now actually strengthened the role of notaries as interpreters of complex transactions, best illustrated by the convoluted issue of land registries.

Economy & Jobs 02-10-2017

EU eyes corporate rules shake-up with law on seat transfer

The European Commission is preparing a new directive on the cross-border transfer of company seats, a move that could have far-reaching implications for other areas of corporate governance, including tax planning and cross-border mergers, EURACTIV has learned.

Economy & Jobs 29-09-2017

Tax fight draws divisions at EU digital summit

Supporters of a controversial new push to tax tech giants insist they will overcome fierce opposition from a group of around 10 member states.

Future EU 28-09-2017

Merkel ally tells Macron: ‘Europe’s problem is not lack of money’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday (27 September) welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron's speech on EU reform, which contained "a lot of material" for necessary debate on the issue, her spokesman said. But not everyone was convinced by his grand plan for Europe.

Future EU 27-09-2017

Macron sinks teeth into EU taboos in forward-looking speech

Treaty change, agricultural policy and debt: French President Emmanuel Macron attacked a number of previously untouchable EU taboos during a speech focused on reform, sharing ambitious proposals for Europe's future with university students. EURACTIV France reports.

Economy & Jobs 26-09-2017

Dijsselbloem: Greece must wrap up review rapidly to start talks on bailout exit

Greece must wrap up an upcoming bailout review quickly to pave the way for a “clean” bailout exit next summer without further conditions beyond standard monitoring, Eurogroup Chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem said on Monday (25 September).

Elections 26-09-2017

Oettinger suggests stripping Schäuble of finance role

EU Budget Commissioner Günther Oettinger said on Monday (25 September) that Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble would make an "ideal" president of parliament, raising the possibility of a role change for a man long associated with unflinching austerity in the eurozone.

Economy & Jobs 25-09-2017

The time is right for a stronger monetary union – with everyone on board

French President Emmanuel Macron will give a speech on Tuesday (26 September) outlining his pitch to reform the European Monetary Union. But he has to prioritise his wishlist in order to make the most of member state support, writes Petros Fassoulas.

Future EU 25-09-2017

German voters deal a blow to Macron’s EU reform drive

Angela Merkel may be too busy holding together an unwieldy coalition to act as an effective partner for the French president’s bold plans, which he will outline on Tuesday (26 September).

Economy & Jobs 22-09-2017

European Central Bank: Immirgation boosts eurozone labour force

Immigrants have made a large contribution to the working-age population of the eurozone since 2013 and are likely also boosting its labour force, particularly in Italy and Germany, the European Central Bank said.

Economy & Jobs 21-09-2017

Commission wants bigger role for regulators in sustainable finance development

The European Commission has proposed giving the European Supervisory Authorities broader powers to determine what represents environmental, social and governance investment and to monitor banks’ activities in this field.

Economy & Jobs 20-09-2017

EU moves to extend grip on financial sector after Brexit

The European Commission proposed on Wednesday (20 September) transferring some powers to oversee the financial sector from national capitals in a move to extend the EU’s grip on the industry as the bloc prepares for the departure of London, its main financial hub.

Elections 20-09-2017

Merkel’s EU-policies: Paris can wait

Merkel keeps a low profile in the election campaign regarding European issues, trying not to alienate voters as well as potential coalition partners.

Economy & Jobs 19-09-2017

Post-election Germany: An iron chancellor with a liberal sidekick?

If the liberal FDP enters a coalition with the conservative CDU in Berlin, Merkel and Schäuble will have to adapt their plans for the future of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM). EURACTIV Germany's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.