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11/12/2016

Spain’s Rajoy appoints EU-friendly Cabinet

Topic: economic governance


Euro & Finance 09-12-2016

Unhappy birthday: EU low-key on Maastricht's 25th anniversary

A quarter of a century after the summit in the Dutch town of Maastricht that gave birth to the euro, the EU will mark the anniversary today (9 December) with little fanfare as it battles a wave of crises.
Euro & Finance 08-12-2016

Economist: 'Italian reforms will come to standstill'

Italy's dismissal of Matteo Renzi's reform package sent a clear signal to the other member states that Rome is incapable of solving its economic woes alone, researcher Dr Paweł Tokarski said in interview with the SWP.
Euro & Finance 07-12-2016

Christmas spirit lacking in Greek bailout wrangles

Greece thanked creditors for modest debt relief on St Nicholas Day in Brussels but did not hide disappointment it won't get the Christmas gift it wants – a pass on the latest phase of its bailout programme.
Elections 06-12-2016

Euro gains as Italian vote goes as expected by traders

The euro jumped against the US dollar on Monday (5 December) after Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's loss in a referendum over constitutional reform, a defeat that traders had widely expected.
Euro & Finance 06-12-2016

Eurozone agrees short-term debt relief for Greece amid IMF row

Eurozone finance ministers on Monday approved new debt relief measures to alleviate Greece's colossal debt mountain in the wake of its huge €86 billion bailout, but at levels far short of those demanded by the IMF.
Euro & Finance 05-12-2016

Eurogroup ignores Commission’s expansionary fiscal target

Some eurozone members have expressed their willingness to invest more but did not take on board the executive’s proposal for a common positive fiscal stance to boost the bloc’s recovery, at a Eurogroup meeting held today (5 December).
Euro & Finance 05-12-2016

Eurozone seeks compromise on Greek debt ahead of IMF deadline

Eurozone finance ministers hope to reach a compromise on Greek reforms on Monday (5 December) in a final bid to get International Monetary Fund support for its bailout programme by the end of the year.
Euro & Finance 05-12-2016

Time for EU leaders to deliver on commitments to Greece

The Eurogroup will today (5 December) examine the progress Greece has made so far. Now the EU must deliver on their own commitments, write Dimitrios Papadimoulis, Udo Bullmann and Pervenche Berès.
Elections 29-11-2016

Fillon: French Sovereignty and European integration?

The centre-right candidate for next year's French presidential election presents himself as a defender of French sovereignty who wants to limit the powers of the European Commission. But he also supports further European integration in some areas. EurActiv France reports.
Euro & Finance 29-11-2016

Moscovici says EU and Greece 'very close' to opening vital debt talks

Greece and its European creditors are "very close" to an agreement that would open the way to vital debt talks, EU economy commissioner Pierre Moscovici said on Monday (28 November).
Euro & Finance 29-11-2016

Draghi: Trump and Brexit causing economic uncertainty

Geopolitical events including the election of Donald Trump and Britain's Brexit vote are the main reasons for the current economic uncertainty, European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi told EU parliamentarians on Monday (28 November).
Euro & Finance 21-11-2016

ECB chief outlines three risks still facing Eurozone recovery

The profitability of European banks, weak inflation and the recovery's dependence on accommodating monetary policy are the three immediate risks facing the Eurozone, Mario Draghi has said. EurActiv’s partner Milano Finanza reports.
Future EU 17-11-2016

European citizens, time to wake up!

The triumph of populism in Britain and the US should act as a wake-up call for citizens to support greater ambition for the European project, write signatories from the May 9 Movement.
Euro & Finance 15-11-2016

Trump, Wall Street and the banks: Massive deregulation ahead

Donald Trump’s promise to cut red tape in the financial sector is one of the few areas the president-elect has been consistent. Despite his anti-Wall Street rhetoric, the billionnaire is close to America's financial hub. EurActiv's partner La Tribune reports.
Euro & Finance 15-11-2016

Athens hopes Obama’s visit will pressure Germany over debt

The outgoing US President said he would press for “meaningful debt relief” in order to help Greece return to growth.

Academic: 'Clear evidence that cohesion policy has a significant impact'

The EU’s cohesion policy, which aims at closing the development gap between rich and poor regions, has succeeded in boosting local growth although many people aren't aware of it, professor John Bachtler said in an interview with EurActiv Greece.
Euro & Finance 10-11-2016

World stocks rally on Trump's rise to the White House

Global stock markets rallied Wednesday (9 November) in response to Donald Trump's capture of the White House, recovering from the sharp downturn overnight in the initial aftermath of Hillary Clinton's shock defeat.
Euro & Finance 09-11-2016

Commission cuts growth forecast for both EU and eurozone in 2017

Europe’s economy will grow less than initially expected as domestic and global risks have intensified, mainly in the wake of the UK referendum and the increased opposition to globalisation.
Euro & Finance 09-11-2016

Italy row with Brussels escalates, Renzi lashes out at EU 'diktats'

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi lashed out yesterday (8 November) over Brussels' "diktats" in the latest attack on the European Commission ahead of a referendum that could decide his political future.
Euro & Finance 09-11-2016

Italy and Spain: A tale of two deficits

While Italy has opted for a confrontational approach to clinch budget spending leeway from the European Commission, Spain is hoping that better-than-expected growth will placate EU demands.
Euro & Finance 08-11-2016

Eurozone says more debt relief for Greece 'impossible' for now

Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, in a move likely to anger Athens and the IMF, warned yesterday (7 November) it would be impossible to draw up fresh debt relief for Greece by year's end.
Euro & Finance 08-11-2016

Stop attacking Commission on fiscal policy, Juncker tells Renzi

Italy should stop attacking the European Commission over its fiscal policy, the EU executive's president said on Monday (7 November), as Rome and Brussels quarrel over an expansionary budget proposed by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
Euro & Finance 07-11-2016

European Parliament to side with banks and reject new Basel banking rules

The European Parliament is expected on Thursday (10 November) to announce that it does not intend to accept new international standards that would require banks to have greater capital reserves. EurActiv’s partner Milano Finanza reports.

Euro & Finance 04-11-2016

Spain's Rajoy appoints EU-friendly Cabinet

Spain's leader Mariano Rajoy, starting a second term after months of political paralysis in his country, formed a new cabinet last night (3 November) that looks set to maintain controversial economic reforms and cement EU ties.