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27/09/2016

Berlin puts brakes on French push for eurozone fiscal transfers

Topic: Economic and Monetary union


Euro & Finance 19-08-2016

ECB stresses 'readiness to act' in face of Brexit headwinds

European Central Bank policymakers warned of "new headwinds" for the eurozone following Britain's vote to quit the EU, according to minutes of their July meeting released on Thursday (18 August).
Euro & Finance 15-07-2016

Correcting the eurozone’s imbalances could save the EU

The eurozone’s problems are not just caused by poor management in the South, but by its asymmetrical architecture and unfair implementation of the rules. A fiscal capacity would level the playing field and answer the Eurosceptics, writes Ernest Maragall.
Elections 13-07-2016

Macron positions himself as France’s europhile presidential candidate

Emmanuel Macron's En Marche movement is gaining momentum, but he has yet to officially launch his 2017 presidential campaign. The minister is the only potential presidential candidate to put Europe at the heart of his message. EurActiv France reports.
Euro & Finance 08-07-2016

Paris pulls out all the stops in effort to poach London's financial sector

The French government is bending over backwards with promises of tax cuts, in order to present Paris and the eurozone as a safe haven from the uncertainty of Brexit, and the risk of economic depression in the United Kingdom. EurActiv France reports.
Euro & Finance 07-04-2016

France and Germany dither over the eurozone’s future

France and Germany hope to present a common position on the closer integration of the eurozone by the end of the year. But ahead of today’s (7 April) French-German Council, little progress has been made. EurActiv France reports.
Euro & Finance 23-03-2016

Pervenche Berès: Eurozone budget carries a ‘strong political message’

Plans for a eurozone budget have progressed quickly in recent months. The European Parliament is finalising its proposals and two European Council summits will focus on the subject by the end of the year.
Euro & Finance 18-03-2016

Draghi warns EU leaders he can't fix the economy on his own

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi warned European leaders on Thursday (17 March) that monetary policy alone would not be enough to jump-start the economy and that governments needed to do their job by pushing through structural reforms.
Euro & Finance 15-03-2016

Romanian bank chief pessimistic about economic growth

The governor of Romania’s National Bank has announced that despite the current bright financial outlook in the Eastern European country, this period of growth could be short lived. EurActiv Romania reports.
Euro & Finance 15-03-2016

Maystadt: Consensus quietly growing for eurozone budget

A consensus has emerged in Germany, France and Italy over the need to create a eurozone budget, according to Belgium’s former Minister of Finance, Philippe Maystadt. But the popularity of anti-European parties is blocking progress. EurActiv France reports.
Euro & Finance 11-02-2016

Merkel and Hollande devise a plan for the future of the eurozone

The two leaders are expected to unveil a joint proposal on the future of the eurozone by the end of 2016, once they have set aside their own differences over how to pursue integration. EurActiv France reports
Future EU 08-02-2016

German, French central bankers call for eurozone finance ministry

The eurozone needs to press ahead with structural reforms and closer integration, including a eurozone finance ministry, to deliver sustainable growth, the heads of the French and German central banks wrote in a German newspaper on Monday (8 February).
Global Europe 14-01-2016

The Frankfurt Protocol: Calling for a new treaty for the eurozone

Faced with a series of unprecedented difficulties, the EU has little choice but to move forward swiftly to the next stage of integration. The way to do that is through treaty change, argues Anfrew Duff in his latest pamphlet 'The Frankfurt Protocol'.

Commission officials demotivated by Juncker-Timmermans bottleneck

Jean-Claude Juncker has put the brakes on the Brussels legislative machine, leading many EU officials to develop an alleged “identity crisis”. EurActiv's partner Tagesspiegel reports.
Euro & Finance 09-12-2015

Towards a stronger euro area: Sharing risk and sovereignty

What would a proposed “European Fiscal Union” look like, and would it be successful? ask Jörg Haas and Katharina Gnath.

Brussels ready to give France budget leeway for security

The European Union said on Tuesday (17 November) it was ready to take French security priorities into account after France said it was likely to break eurozone deficit rules due to the Paris attacks.
Trade & Society 10-11-2015

OECD disagrees with Commission over Spain's financial outlook

The Spanish economics minister, Luis de Guindos, announced yesterday (9 November) that the OECD expects Spain to meet its fiscal-discipline objectives this year and next, as does the government itself. EurActiv's partner EFE reports.
Euro & Finance 06-11-2015

Commission defends role as sole guardian of fiscal discipline

Amid growing concerns in Berlin, Frankfurt and The Hague about flexible interpretations of the Stability and Growth Pact, the European Commission ruled out the possibility of transfering the assessment of national budgets to an independent external body.
Euro & Finance 16-10-2015

Juncker and Draghi fail to win support for eurozone reform

The piecemeal approach orchestrated by Jean-Claude Juncker and Mario Draghi to address the root causes of the euro zone debt crisis and complete the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) has not yielded any positive results so far, EurActiv.com has learned.
EU Priorities 2020 02-10-2015

A Franco-German duet in front of a fractious Parliament

Those who wish Europe well will be hoping that Merkel can emulate Kohl’s leadership, and that Hollande can cut a more commanding figure than the wily Mitterrand, writes Andrew Duff.
Euro & Finance 01-10-2015

Hollande and Merkel join forces to push for eurozone integration

Motivated by the urgent need for reform, the French and German heads of state will put aside their deep political differences and champion eurozone reform together. EurActiv France reports.
Euro & Finance 21-09-2015

Commission lays the groundwork for post-2017 eurozone reforms

The European Commision has started laying the groundwork for the next stage of eurozone integration, claiming there is “political appetite” in European capitals to start discussing reforms, followng the French and German elections in 2017.
Euro & Finance 15-09-2015

Berlin and London play hardball in shaping vision for the EMU

The eurozone's rulebook and its anti-crisis mechanisms have been bolstered since the sovereign debt crisis hit Europe at the end of 2009. But serious risks still loom large, as growth potential remains low and the bloc's governance framework is “not fit for purpose”, Benoît Cœuré said after a meeting of EU finance ministers this weekend (12 September).

France to reform 'overly complex' labour laws next year, PM says

The government will propose legislation to simplify over-complex labour laws and promote more collective bargaining accords at a sectoral level, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Wednesday (9 September).
EU Priorities 2020 02-09-2015

Berlin puts brakes on French push for eurozone fiscal transfers

Germany yesterday (1 September) put the brakes on a French push for the eurozone to appoint a new Commissioner with powers to coordinate economic policy across the bloc and preside over fiscal transfers between its 19 members.