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19/02/2017

Poland’s Kaczynski warns two-speed Europe leads to ‘breakdown’

Euro & Finance


Euro & Finance 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.

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.
Euro & Finance 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).
Euro & Finance 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.
Euro & Finance 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).
Euro & Finance 14-02-2017

Will Switzerland end up on Brussels’ tax havens blacklist?

The ‘No’ vote in the Swiss referendum on tax reform was a big defeat for the government. Pressure from trading partners and big businesses will force Bern to come up with a new proposal, and fast. Euractiv’s partner La Tribune reports.
Euro & Finance 14-02-2017

Eurogroup deputy: 'Grexit is a non-issue'

Eurogroup Working Group President Thomas Wieser told Euractiv Germany that he remains confident the IMF will participate in the Greek bailout programme and that ‘Grexit’ is not even an issue.
Euro & Finance 14-02-2017

Syriza MEP: EPP tried to 'sabotage' Greek bailout debate in EU Parliament

The right-wing European People’s Party attempted to "sabotage" a debate today (14 February) on the Greek bailout in the European Parliament in the absence of Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who cited a “heavy workload”, Syriza MEP Dimitris Papadimoulis claimed.
Euro & Finance 13-02-2017

European Economic Forecast: Sunny with a chance of uncertainty

EU economies are expected to grow throughout 2018. The upturn is the first time in almost a decade that member states have collectively experienced positive growth.
Euro & Finance 13-02-2017

Commission: Trump stimulus payment 'gonna be huge’ but inconsequential

The European Commission predicted in its winter forecast €226 billion in additional spending as part of the fiscal stimulus promised by the new US government, but its economic impact will be “very low”.


EU auditors join fight against deadly air pollution

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) will investigate the fight against air pollution, which kills half a million European citizens every year, the court announced on Friday (10 February).

Euro & Finance 13-02-2017

Piketty outlines eurozone assembly proposal to 'democratise' single currency

As Benoît Hamon’s advisor for European budgetary issues, Thomas Piketty hopes to construct a “democratic decision-making mechanism” within the eurozone, he told France Inter on Sunday (12 February). Euractiv’s partner Ouest-France reports.
Euro & Finance 13-02-2017

Swiss voters soundly reject corporate tax overhaul

Swiss voters clearly rejected plans to overhaul the corporate tax system yesterday (12 February), sending the government back to the drawing board as it tries to abolish ultra-low tax rates for thousands of multinational companies without triggering a mass exodus.
Euro & Finance 13-02-2017

European recovery gains momentum despite 'Trump effect'

The European Commission is expected to revise upwards its growth forecast for Europe on Monday (13 February), showing a marked improvement over its last outlook published hours after Donald Trump was elected US president.
Euro & Finance 10-02-2017

Lenders agree on more austerity for Greece to avoid default

Eurozone and IMF officials met with Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos this afternoon (10 February) to overcome the stalemate in the bailout programme after the lenders agreed to request an additional €3.6 billion in cuts by 2018.
UK & Europe 10-02-2017

Apple CEO: Britain will be 'just fine' after Brexit

Britain will be "just fine" after it leaves the European Union, Apple's chief executive Tim Cook said in an interview broadcast on Friday (10 February).
Euro & Finance 09-02-2017

Dombrovskis: Brussels wants Brexit deal 'for all'

The European Commission's vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis argued on Thursday (9 February) that a Brexit deal must benefit financial services sectors in both Europe and Britain.
Euro & Finance 09-02-2017

Parliament rapporteur: 2018 EU budget should focus on ‘prosperity’ and ‘security’

The 2018 EU budget should be pro-growth in order to create well-paid jobs but simultaneously boost security both externally and internally, Siegfried Mureșan told Euractiv.com in an interview.
Global Europe 09-02-2017

Rajoy offers to serve as Trump’s bridge to Europe and Latin America

Spain's prime minister has told President Donald Trump that he would be the ideal point of contact for the United States in Europe and Latin America, as well as providing a bridge between the US and North Africa, as well as the Middle East. Euractiv Spain reports.
Euro & Finance 09-02-2017

'Grexit' reemerges as IMF and eurozone continue Greek debt squabble

Greece should leave the eurozone and then be given debt relief, the head of Germany's pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) told German radio today (9 February), as a dispute between the eurozone, the IMF and Greece itself continues unabated.
UK & Europe 09-02-2017

EU looks to agree formula with UK before issuing final Brexit tab

The European Union wants to agree with Britain on a formula for calculating how much it will owe the bloc after it leaves, rather than defining a specific sum in advance, EU officials have said.
Future EU 09-02-2017

Poland's Kaczynski warns two-speed Europe leads to 'breakdown'

The powerful head of Poland's ruling party yesterday (8 February) warned that any moves toward a two-speed European Union would lead to the bloc falling apart.