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Commission’s Apple tax clawback violates Irish sovereignty, claims Dublin

Topic: economic governance

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.
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.
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.
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 11-10-2016

Greece secures partial bailout payout amid Germany doubts

Eurozone ministers on Monday unlocked €1.1 billion for Greece from its huge third bailout after it delivered the necessary reforms, but held back more funds amid doubts from Germany.
Euro & Finance 10-10-2016

Greek bailout talks hit sensitive labour reform negotiation

The Greek government stressed that it will not sacrifice workers’ rights, even if offered a reduction in public debt, when Athens and its international creditors meet for sensitive talks on labour reform next week. EurActiv Spain reports.
Euro & Finance 06-10-2016

IMF officials downplay risk of imminent Deutsche Bank crisis

International Monetary Fund officials sought to play down the risk of an imminent crisis over Deutsche Bank yesterday (5 October) and expressed confidence that German and European authorities were working to ensure stability.
Euro & Finance 06-10-2016

‘Juncker Plan’ becomes friendlier to poorer EU members

The European Commission plans to improve the geographical reach of its flagship investment scheme popularly known as “the Juncker plan”, after the first year of its operation showed that mainly the richest 15 countries of the 28-nation bloc benefited from it.
Euro & Finance 04-10-2016

MEPs oppose 'immoral' suspension of EU funds for Spain and Portugal

A broad majority of MEPs spoke against freezing EU funds for Spain and Portugal at a European Parliament session late on Monday (3 October), saying such a decision would be “immoral”, “unfair”, “counterproductive” and even “illegal”.
Euro & Finance 28-09-2016

Greece passes electricity market reform, sets sovereign wealth fund

Greek lawmakers yesterday (27 September) passed reforms sought by the country's creditors to cut pension spending and expedite privatisations in exchange for financial aid under the country's latest international bailout.
Enlargement 27-09-2016

World Bank: Western Balkans economically resilient despite setbacks

The World Bank published  a report today (27 September) revealing that the economies of the six Western Balkans countries have performed rather well despite Brexit, the slow recovery in the EU and enlargement fatigue.
Euro & Finance 20-09-2016

Apple ruling indicates EU, US must solve tax jungle

The EU and US administrations have to work, with others, to find an equitable, effective and mutually acceptable solution for taxing the corporate profits of multinational companies, writes Philippe de Schoutheete.
Euro & Finance 15-09-2016

Stiglitz: The 'easiest way would be for Germany to leave Europe'

Joseph Stiglitz, winner of the Nobel Prize in economics, has blasted Germany's austerity measures and the management of the eurozone. EurActiv Germany reports.
Euro & Finance 12-09-2016

As elections near, French politicians renew assaults on EU budget rules

Nobody yet knows the winner of France's presidential election next year, but the smart money is on one loser: the 3% cap on government deficits enshrined in eurozone rules.
Euro & Finance 12-09-2016

Pan-European tax on the table after Brexit

Delegates from around the EU met in Brussels last week to discuss the possibilities for budget reform, an issue previously blocked by the United Kingdom. EurActiv France reports.
Euro & Finance 12-09-2016

ECB warns against weak application of deficit rules

The ECB issued a strong warning to the EU institutions on Friday (9 September) about the “long-term consequences” of poor implementation of the fiscal rules, in the aftermath of the partial pardons given to Spain and Portugal, after they missed their deficit targets.
Euro & Finance 09-09-2016

Economist: Distrust rife between Greece and its lenders

Following on from EurActiv's exclusive interview with Alexis Tsipras, our partner WirtschaftsWoche spoke to Greece expert Jens Bastian about Greek distrust of its donors, Tsipras' political future and how Angela Merkel has made herself popular in the country.
Euro & Finance 08-09-2016

Latvian minister to miss Bratislava meeting - to play chess

Buoyed by her defeat of the best woman player in the world, Latvia's finance minister is to skip a top EU meeting this week to pursue her passion for chess, her spokesman said Wednesday (8 September.)
Euro & Finance 08-09-2016

Brussels willing to grant Spain more time to submit fiscal measures

EU officials have responded with a conciliatory tone to Spain’s difficulties in meeting agreed fiscal targets as new elections loom in December to break the ongoing political stalemate.
Euro & Finance 08-09-2016

Irish parliament backs Apple tax appeal after angry debate

Ireland's parliament battled through an ill-tempered debate on Wednesday to vote in favour of appealing a European Commission ruling ordering the country to collect billions of euros in unpaid taxes from tech giant Apple.
Global Europe 31-08-2016

G20 is a test for Europe

The G20 summit, which opens this weekend in China, will see the EU in defensive mode, shaken by Brexit, the refugee crisis and on-going structural problems in the Eurozone, writes Fraser Cameron.
Digital 30-08-2016

Commission’s Apple tax clawback violates Irish sovereignty, claims Dublin

The European Commission today (30 August) hit Apple with a €13 billion clawback of unpaid taxes in Ireland, but Dublin branded the move a violation of its sovereignty and both the country and the US tech giant immediately said they would appeal the decision.