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Do the member states even want a Capital Markets Union?

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Euro & Finance 25-10-2016

Jean Tirole: 'I hope Europe and the UK can prevent Brexit'

Brexit triumphed through demagogy and populism, according to the economist Jean Tirole, who calls for a U-turn to prevent Europe falling to the forces of separatism.
Euro & Finance 24-10-2016

Tax transparency: Do new global standards really provide a level playing field?

A large majority of states are today committed to the new global standards for more transparency in the tax area, for both individuals and company.
Euro & Finance 24-10-2016

Italy warns of disaster if Europe rejects its budget

Italy's economy minister said yesterday (23 October) the European Union must choose between allowing Rome to raise its deficit to cope with a recent earthquake and the migrant crisis, or the "Hungarian way" of putting up barriers, which he said would spell doom for the bloc.
Euro & Finance 21-10-2016

France strengthens financial transaction tax to fund development

France will increase its Financial Transaction Tax in an attempt to halt the decline of its official development assistance budget, which has been cut each year since 2012. EurActiv France reports.
Euro & Finance 21-10-2016

Business as usual for Draghi and the ECB

The European Central Bank (ECB) is to stick with its policy of record-low interest rates and bond purchasing scheme, as head of the bank Mario Draghi continues to try and reach the bank's inflation targets. EurActiv Germany reports.

Euro & Finance 20-10-2016

Commission’s top advisor championed market 'discipline' in crisis years

Niels Thygesen, the new chair of the European Fiscal Board, called for “ambiguity” in the eurozone’s rescue mechanisms in order to let investors “impose discipline” on national governments.

Corporate accountability: Is the EU ready to listen?

The European Commission should start listening to its citizens and come out with concrete plans to enhance corporate accountability, at home and abroad, urge Jerome Chaplier, Urs Rybi and Sandra Cossart.
Euro & Finance 20-10-2016

ECB set to tee up next stimulus move: analysts

European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi is likely to prep markets for an extension of a huge monetary stimulus programme later today (20 October) after investors were rattled by talk that massive bond purchases may be drying up.
Euro & Finance 20-10-2016

Giving some teeth to Europe's budgetary watchdogs

EU institutions were roundly criticised over their handling of the recent economic crisis, so the European Commission’s decision to stop dithering and appoint a panel of experts to scrutinise budgetary performance is both timely and welcome, writes Michal Horvath.
Trade & Society 19-10-2016

World Bank: Populism in US, Europe threatens emerging markets

The biggest threat to emerging markets growth in coming years could come from the rise of populism and isolationism in developed countries, a World Bank official said on Tuesday (18 October).
Euro & Finance 19-10-2016

Obama hails Renzi's reforms, criticises EU austerity

Barack Obama praised Matteo Renzi in a newspaper interview yesterday (18 October), endorsing the under-fire Italian Prime Minister's reform agenda ahead of his state visit to Washington and a referendum that will define his political legacy.
Development Policy 19-10-2016

French MP: Banking lobby's 'long reach' undermines Financial Transaction Tax

Paris hopes to capitalise on Brexit to take over from London as the EU’s major financial hub. But this ambition could undermine France's promise to broaden the Financial Transaction Tax, Eva Sas told EurActiv France.

Greek WWF chief: Debt solution should be linked to ‘greener’ economy

Europe should explore creative ways to provide relief to indebted countries like Greece, if they pursue green investments and accelerate the switch to a sustainable economy, WWF’s Demetres Karavellas told
Euro & Finance 17-10-2016

European Parliament demands EU budget reform

In a bid to increase the European Union's budget, MEPs will demand changes to the multiannual financial framework (MFF) in return for supporting the 2017 budget. EurActiv France reports.
Euro & Finance 17-10-2016

Sharing economy: What challenges and opportunities for Europe?

With collaborative platforms and providers such as Uber and Airbnb booming across Europe, sharing economy is quickly establishing itself as a new, successful business model.
Euro & Finance 17-10-2016

Italy presents 2017 budget, seeks compromise with Brussels

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announced his 2017 budget plan on Saturday (15 October), hoping to persuade the European Commission to approve its minimal reduction in the budget deficit next year while avoiding unpopular belt-tightening.
Euro & Finance 17-10-2016

Belgian PM defends budget ahead of confidence vote

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel on Sunday (16 October) defended his budget and vision for the future after tensions within the fractious coalition government nearly sank his programme earlier in the week.
Euro & Finance 17-10-2016

Spain admits it will miss deficit targets

Spain, mired in political deadlock just as it emerges from a six-year recession, has admitted it will overshoot its budget deficit target next year.
Future EU 17-10-2016

A budget that connects citizens with the EU

Increasing the bloc’s revenue with own resources and strengthening the link between policy goals and spending would make the EU more dynamic and more relevant to its citizens, writes Petros Fassoulas.

EU ministers plan funding cuts for youth employment scheme, despite its success

European Commissioner Marianne Thyssen defended the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) at a meeting of European social affairs ministers on Thursday (13 October), hoping to encourage member states to unblock a €2 billion budget. EurActiv France reports.
Euro & Finance 14-10-2016

Greek business chief: German elections no excuse to defer Greek debt talks

The German government should not use the upcoming national elections as an excuse to defer discussions over Greece's debt, Konstantinos Michalos said in an interview with
Euro & Finance 13-10-2016

Joy and despair in European statistics

Europe needs more than temporary growth to boost its economy, write George Friedman and Antonia Colibasanu.
Global Europe 13-10-2016

Hollande criticises huge US fines for European companies

French President François Hollande yesterday (12 October) accused the United States of abusing its power by demanding multi-billion dollar fines from European companies, stoking an increasingly bitter trans-Atlantic dispute.
Euro & Finance 12-10-2016

Do the member states even want a Capital Markets Union?

A year ago, Jonathan Hill launched the European Commission’s Action Plan for a Capital Markets Union. Progress has been limited, and responsibility rests with the member states. Michael Collins asks if their appetite is strong enough for the reforms needed.