Romaric Godin

Elections 24-02-2017

Schulz shuffles the deck of German politics

Former European Parliament President Martin Schulz has resurrected the left-right divide in German politics ahead of the elections in September. EURACTIV’s partner La Tribune reports.
Elections 18-01-2017

Guy Verhofstadt’s flagrant opportunism in the name of Europe

Guy Verhofstadt’s support dragged Italian conservative Antonio Tajani over the line in the European Parliament’s presidential election yesterday (17 January). This is a dark signal for a Europe in crisis. EURACTIV’s partner La Tribune reports.
Euro & Finance 10-10-2016

German companies touted as possible Deutsche Bank saviours

Germany's biggest companies could band together to save struggling financial powerhouse Deutsche Bank from slipping further into crisis. It’s an option that could rule out the need for a public bailout. EURACTIV’s partner La Tribune reports.
Euro & Finance 26-07-2016

Has the Juncker Plan really boosted investment in Europe?

The Juncker Plan has put an end to Europe’s “investment breakdown”, according to the European Commission President. But many of its projects are no different to those normally financed by the European Investment Bank. EURACTIV’s partner La Tribune reports.
Brexit 20-07-2016

Referendum on Irish reunification is a ‘possibility’ after Brexit

Enda Kenny, the Irish prime minister, said on Sunday (18 July) that Northern Ireland could vote to become part of a united Ireland if they want to stay in the European Union. But the topic is highly divisive.  EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.
Euro & Finance 05-07-2016

Why Germany has had enough of Juncker

According to the Sunday Times, Angela Merkel sees Jean-Claude Juncker as "part of the problem" with the EU. But it was she who installed him at the head of the European Commission in 2014. So why the change of mind now? EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.
Euro & Finance 31-05-2016

The IMF discovers the downside of neoliberalism

Three IMF economists have signed a letter in which they say that neoliberal policies, in particular the opening of capital markets and austerity, have been “oversold”. EURACTIV’s partner La Tribune reports.
Euro & Finance 10-05-2016

Is the Eurogroup’s offer of a debt restructure really a victory for Tsipras?

Eurozone finance ministers yesterday (9 May) proposed to restructure the Greek debt, but with conditions that could cost Athens dearly. EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.
Global Europe 07-03-2016

Will Greece become the Calais of Europe?

Greece is at risk of becoming one giant refugee hotspot. The closure of its northern border and the continued influx of refugees from Turkey has placed Athens in a critical situation. EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.
Euro & Finance 24-02-2016

Aidan Regan: ‘The Troika had nothing to do with the Irish recovery’

The Irish recovery was the result of the country’s attractive business environment, not the demands of the Troika, Aidan Regan explains. Our partner La Tribune reports.
Future EU 05-01-2016

Will Cyprus be reunified in 2016?

The Mediterranean island, divided since 1974, has hopes of reunification. The Greeks and the Turks re-opened talks in the spring of 2015, but an end to the dispute is still out of reach. Our partner La Tribune reports.
Euro & Finance 18-12-2015

Tsipras forced to back down on anti-austerity plan

The Greek government has caved to the demands of its creditors and abandoned plans for a "parallel programme" of counter-austerity measures. Our partner La Tribune reports.
EU Priorities 2020 11-11-2015

Catalan parliament takes first steps towards independence

The Catalan parliament has this week adopted a resolution calling for the process of "disconnection" from Spain to be launched. But disunity in the separatist camp could derail the process. Our partner La Tribune reports.
Elections 09-11-2015

Green light for left-wing government in Portugal

The Portuguese Communist Party has agreed to form a governing coalition with the Socialist Party. The fate of Portugal’s minority government will be decided in a vote of no confidence on Tuesday (10 November). Our partner La Tribune reports.
Euro & Finance 06-11-2015

New Brussels deficit projections for Spain fuel tensions ahead of election

The European Commission has again increased its estimate of the Spanish budget deficit for 2015 and 2016. This is a blow for Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, and exposes the political games of the EU executive. Our partner La Tribune reports.
Euro & Finance 23-10-2015

Greece’s creditors demand further reforms

The European institutions and the IMF are increasing their demands on Greece, despite the recent reforms adopted by the Greek parliament. Athens can hardly afford to resist. Our partner La Tribune reports.
Euro & Finance 08-10-2015

Mariano Rajoy’s woes mount ahead of Spanish elections

With the rise of the Ciudadnos party, internal disputes, and budget problems, the return of economic growth may not help the center-right Spanish leader hold on to power. La Tribune reports.
Euro & Finance 02-10-2015

Portugal: Sunday’s elections will be no earthquake

Portugal is holding a general election this Sunday. The polls point to a victory for the right, but political disillusion could lead to record levels of abstention. La Tribune reports.
Euro & Finance 23-09-2015

Bank of Spain threatens to evict Catalonia from the eurozone

The governor of the Spanish central bank has weighed in on the question of Catalan independence, threatening the region with expulsion from the eurozone if it declares independence. La Tribune reports.
Global Europe 09-09-2015

Why Angela Merkel is so generous to the refugees

The German government has set aside €6 billion for the settlement of refugees. The Chancellor has many reasons for this magnaminity. La Tribune reports.
Euro & Finance 05-08-2015

Are Paris and Berlin really divided over Greece?

In an interview with Handelsblatt, Michel Sapin said Wolfgang Schäuble was “wrong” about Grexit, but the French-German relationship goes from strength to strength. La Tribune reports.
Euro & Finance 07-07-2015

Greek ‘No’ vote backs Angela Merkel into a tight corner

The resounding "No" uttered by the Greeks on Sunday offers yet more proof of their rejection of the vicious cycle of austerity. Angela Merkel now finds herself trapped between the will of the Greek people and the inflexibility of her finance minister. La Tribune reports.
Euro & Finance 26-06-2015

Stathakis: ‘We have made more reforms in five months than previous governments did in five years’

Giorgos Stathakis, Greece's Minister of Economy, Infrastructure, Shipping and Tourism, spoke to La Tribune about his country's negotiations with its creditors.
Transport 23-06-2015

Irish trade minister: ‘UK referendum is a worry for Ireland’

Sean Sherlock, Ireland's Minister of State for Trade Promotion and North South cooperation, discussed the risk of Brexit with La Tribune at the Paris Air Show. EURACTIV France reports.

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