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24/01/2017

Commission cuts growth forecast for both EU and eurozone in 2017

Topic: EMU


Trade & Society 20-01-2017

Moscovici: 'Trump will bring more nationalism and protectionism'

Commissioner for Economic Affairs Pierre Moscovici agrees with the 'wait  and see' approach toward new US President Donald Trump mostly shared by the global elite in the in Davos. But he sees more nationalism and protectionism coming from the White House.
Euro & Finance 19-01-2017

Rutte and Schulz take the gloves off in front of Davos elite

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and former European Parliament President Martin Schulz clashed over the strategy to relaunch the Union, illustrating the deep division at Europe’s helm in front of the global audience of the World Economic Forum.
Euro & Finance 17-01-2017

Moscovici: Progress on deficit reduction must not be reversed

Pierre Moscovici spoke to EurActiv's partner Ouest-France about France's left-wing primary, the impact of Donald Trump's election, the 3% deficit rule, the Commission's March white paper and the importance of the euro.
Elections 04-01-2017

Europe finally takes centre stage in French election

In their eagerness to distance themselves from the National Front, the left-wing candidates for the French presidency are suddenly discovering their pro-European side. Some even want more sovereignty to go to Brussels. EurActiv France reports.
Euro & Finance 23-12-2016

Three trends that will continue hurting the eurozone in 2017

2016 did not fall short on anxiety over the eurozone’s fragile economic recovery. From feeble growth to fierce backlash, to full-blown uncertainty, here are three trends that look all but certain to spill over into 2017, writes Ilaria Maselli.
Euro & Finance 16-12-2016

Germany blocks small progress on banking union at EU summit

Germany prevented a new attempt to break the deadlock on a European Union plan to boost financial stability in the banking sector by watering down a joint statement of an EU leaders' summit, the bloc's officials said yesterday (15 December).
Euro & Finance 14-12-2016

EU leaders to turn a blind eye to Commission’s fiscal stimulus call

The European Council is expected to ignore the Commission’s call for €50 billion in eurozone stimulus, seen by the Commissioners as an “ambitious” step toward a budgetary union.
Euro & Finance 09-12-2016

European Fiscal Board chief: Commission's analysis 'made a bit too quickly'

The new European Fiscal Board began working just as the European Commission took the unprecedented step of proposing a fiscal target for the eurozone. The Board’s chief, Niels Thygesen told EurActiv.com that the Commission should have done “more analysis” before proposing an expansionist stance.
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 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.
Euro & Finance 06-12-2016

Member states support extension of Juncker Plan with EU funds

EU finance ministers on Tuesday (6 December) backed the European Commission’s proposal to expand the investment plan to mobilise at least €500 billion by 2020.
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 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 17-11-2016

Brussels makes timid fiscal push to reverse austerity, counter populist wave

The European Commission stepped up its efforts to leave austerity behind on Wednesday (16 November) by advocating for the first time a timid expansionary fiscal policy for the eurozone and forgiving Spain and Portugal for breaching EU budget rules.
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 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.