Euro & Finance

Economy & Jobs 27-02-2017

Germany insists on no debt relief, Greece shows how much gold it has

Greece must not be granted a "bail in" that would involve creditors taking a loss on their loans, Germany's deputy finance minister said yesterday (26 February), as Athens announced how much gold it has in reserve.

Competition 27-02-2017

EU set to block stock market mega merger

London Stock Exchange (LSE) said its proposed merger with Deutsche Börse AG was unlikely to be approved by the European Commission, leaving the stock market operators' third attempt at combining on the brink of failure.

Economy & Jobs 27-02-2017

EU court asked to decide if card game is actual ‘sport’

The European Court of Justice has been asked to rule if the card game bridge is actually a sport, for the purposes of the EU’s VAT Directive.

Competition 24-02-2017

US companies would avoid EU state aid rules with Republican tax proposal

A planned reform of the US tax system designed to attract economic activity and jobs to the country could also put US companies beyond the reach of European state aid rules, an EU official told EURACTIV's media partner PaRR.

Economy & Jobs 23-02-2017

Mélenchon and Hamon unable to overcome differences on Europe

Discussions on a possible coalition between the two left-wing candidates for France’s presidential election appear to have broken down. Their fundamentally different views on the future of Europe make any partnership unworkable. EURACTIV France reports.

Banking union 23-02-2017

HSBC prepares for Brexit, ECB bond programme pays off

British multinational bank HSBC could transfer 1,000 of its employees from London to Paris within the next two years. Meanwhile, the European Central Bank’s bond-buying programmes continue to impress. EURACTIV’s partner Milano Finanza reports.

Economy & Jobs 23-02-2017

The bailout business: Who profits from bank rescues in the EU?

According to a new report by Amsterdam's Transnational Institute, bailing out banks is a lucrative business in the EU.

Economy & Jobs 23-02-2017

The bailout business in the EU

Since the 2008 financial crisis broke out, more than €1.5 trillion in taxpayer money has been used to rescue ailing banks in Europe, according to the European Commission. Citizens shouldn’t grow accustomed to this, writes Sol Trumbo Vila.

Economy & Jobs 23-02-2017

Brussels tells Italy to reduce fiscal gap or risk being fined

The European Commission warned Italy on Wednesday (22 February) it risked disciplinary action if it did not adopt promised measures to cut its deficit, adding to pressure on a government facing possible early elections and rising euro-sceptic sentiment.

Economic governance 23-02-2017

US businesses push EU single market in face of populist headwinds

Lawmakers must move forward with EU single market integration now more than ever, the vice-president of the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union told EURACTIV.

Economy & Jobs 22-02-2017

EU says Germany should do more to help economy

Europe's top economy Germany should help its EU partners out, the European Commission said on Wednesday (22 February), after the Trump administration attacked Berlin for using the bloc to boost exports unfairly.

Economy & Jobs 22-02-2017

EU to say French economy out of balance, Germany surplus too high

The European Commission will tell France on Wednesday (22 February) its economy is improving but still has excessive imbalances, while chiding Germany over its current account surplus and warning Italy it must reduce its rising public debt, an EU official said.

Economy & Jobs 21-02-2017

Member states’ broad definition of tax havens raises concerns

EU finance ministers agreed today (21 February) on criteria that will be used to label tax-free jurisdictions as offshore territories, sparking concerns about the negative impact on EU’s future black-list.

Economy & Jobs 21-02-2017

Greece’s lenders shift from austerity to reforms

The Eurogroup took a small step on Monday (20 February) towards the completion of the second review of Greece's €86 billion rescue programme, placing the emphasis on reforms over austerity to reduce the country's huge debt pile.

Economy & Jobs 20-02-2017

Schäuble denies ‘Grexit’ threat, says Greece on right path

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble denied yesterday (19 February) that he had said Greece would have to leave the eurozone if it failed to implement economic reforms.

Public Affairs 20-02-2017

EURACTIV Metamorphosis: The story behind EURACTIV’s rebranding

As you discover our rebranded euractiv.com website today, we wanted to walk you through the changes that have been taking place at EURACTIV over the last 6 or so months.

Economy & Jobs 20-02-2017

Commission to warn Italy over rising debt

The European Commission will warn Italy on Wednesday (22 February) it could face EU disciplinary action for not reducing its huge public debt as required by EU laws, unless Rome delivers on deficit cutting measures as promised, an EU official said.

17-02-2017

EU’s Dombrovskis: Trump brings ‘concern’ to international financial regulation

European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis is wary of US moves to deregulate the banking sector, saying the main lesson from the 2008 financial crisis is that international finance needs international rules. But he was positive about Greece’s fiscal adjustment and called on Athens and its lenders to give a “final push” to break the stalemate on the country's bailout programme.

Global Europe 16-02-2017

Gates urges Trump not to defund foreign aid

Bill Gates spoke at the European Commission on Thursday (16 February) urging world leaders, including Donald Trump, not to defund foreign aid spending.

Central Europe 16-02-2017

Future EU: Does Visegrád have a plan?

In the Visegrád Group, there is a desire to both strengthen the powers of member states, but also defend the Schengen area, and the four freedoms. Unsurprisingly, talk of treaty change is in the air. Euractiv's Central European partners report.

Over a Beer with Udo Bullmann

Udo Bullmann on Trump, social justice and football

In our Over A Beer video series this month, Euractiv’s Brian Maguire chats with German MEP Udo Bullmann, vice-president of the Socialists and Democrats political group in the European Parliament.

16-02-2017

Cost of deadly quakes hits €23bn as Italy asks for EU aid

A series of deadly earthquakes that struck central Italy over the past six months has cost the country more than €23 billion, the nation's Civil Protection Agency said Wednesday (15 February).

15-02-2017

Commission: We ‘stuck our neck out’ assessing Trump’s plan

Experts welcomed the European Commission’s assessment of US President Donald Trump’s fiscal stimulus package despite the high level of uncertainty around the plan.

15-02-2017

Dombrovskis warns US on bank deregulation move

Rolling back international banking regulations would put the achievements made since the financial crisis into question and could trigger a dangerous race between countries to ease rules, a senior European Union official warned on Tuesday (14 February).