Economic governance

Economy & Jobs 26-10-2018

Member states must not let Commission stand against Italy alone

The rejection of Italy’s draft budget by the European Commission on Tuesday is unprecedented in the history of the Stability and Growth Pact. Member states cannot sit idly by but must take a more active role in the political conflict over fiscal sovereignty.
02-02-2018

EU lobbying rules must apply at the ECB

The European Central Bank should meet the same demands as the Commission when it comes to lobbyists in its advisory structure, insists the Corporate Europe Observatory.
Economy & Jobs 09-01-2018

In 2018, expect the euro area economy to put on the brakes – but not for the reason you may think

The euro area economy has at last started to begin recovering convincingly from the past decade’s two recessions. But two big factors will moderate growth in 2018, writes Ilaria Maselli, citing the ageing workforce in Germany as being of particular concern.
05-01-2018

A three-step plan for a better European Monetary Fund

The European Commission's ESM reform plans are so one-sided that they can only exacerbate the Eurozone’s existing problems and deepen the gulf between creditor and debtor states, writes Clemens Fuest.
Economy & Jobs 01-12-2017

Tackle the discrepancies of enlargement to build a genuine social model

To put vigour back into its social model, the discrepancies and contradictions which are the byproducts of the enlargement and deepening of the Union during the last twenty years need to be addressed, writes Alfred Sant.

Climate change is everyone’s business – the ECB is no exception

Whilst the European Union is firmly committed to joining the fight against climate change and developing sustainable finance, the significance of the role the European Central Bank can play is being overlooked, write Ludovic Suttor-Sorel and Frank van Lerven.
Economy & Jobs 09-06-2017

Commission must double efforts towards a sustainable financial system

Robust and binding criteria are needed to build sustainable capital markets or we risk that both national legislators and financial investors simply ignore their investment’s impact, or revert to greenwashing, writes Anne van Schaik.
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 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.
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 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.
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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.
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.
Euro & Finance 25-07-2016

LuxLeaks highlights need for whistleblower protection and incentives

The time has come for EU member states to decide how they will treat whistleblowers. Erika Kelton asks, will they embrace and encourage them, or will they perpetuate a culture of fear?
Banking union 19-07-2016

Commission’s private-sector ‘revolving door’ should work in public interest

Former Commission President Barroso’s job offer at Goldman Sachs has prompted outrage. But the real problem is the EU’s lack of transparency and democratic oversight. Interaction with the private sector through the so-called “revolving door” should be encouraged, write Katinka Brouwer, Penelope Bergkamp and Dr Lucas Bergkamp.
Euro & Finance 10-05-2016

A budget for the eurozone is taking shape

Budgetary capacities are an important tool to protect the eurozone from economic shocks, and their extension to non-eurozone countries could help with the economic convergence of the newer member states, writes Siegfried Muresan.
Euro & Finance 21-04-2016

Restore citizen confidence by tackling Europe’s underlying crisis

Europe currently faces an overwhelming number of crises, but one feature unites them all: the EU is unable to make member states comply with its own rules, writes Ramon Tremosa.
EU Priorities 2020 08-04-2016

The week when Europe was hit by a perfect storm

The result of the Dutch referendum was the latest in a series of serious setbacks for the European project. The second week of April could be remembered as the moment when all the fronts in Europe’s multifaceted crisis started to converge, writes Jorge Valero.
EU Priorities 2020 02-04-2015

The New European Commission frustrates Germany

Germany and the newly appointed European Commission have different visions for Europe's future, which has caused tension between the two, writes global intelligence company Strafor.
EU Priorities 2020 05-09-2013

The EU’s silent revolution

The eurozone crisis has redrawn the institutional structure of the European Union and intergovernmentalism has become a default mechanism to solve problems in an emergency, but that risks backfiring by exacerbating the democratic deficit and crumbling EU unity, writes Piotr Buras.
EU Priorities 2020 19-03-2013

The EU must work for the people, not for the beauty of processes

The EU has tightened its grip on economic governance, but a wrong focus might prove poisonous, writes Renaud Thillaye.
Future EU 06-12-2011

Parliament’s duty is to fight for economic democracy

The necessity to extend the EU competence in the field of fiscal policy is crucial and it lies in the hands of the European Parliament to address it since the EU lacks credible leadership at the moment, says British Liberal MEP Andrew Duff.
Euro & Finance 21-06-2011

For a new narrative on the euro zone

The euro zone needs a new narrative to overcome the current crisis or it runs the risk of a major political split, writes Maria João Rodrigues, a professor at the Institute of European Studies in Brussels and an advisor to the EU institutions, in an exclusive op-ed for EURACTIV.
Euro & Finance 21-06-2011

The economic governance the EU needs

Member states need to have more faith in pooling sovereignty via the EU if they are to respond more quickly and concertedly to the eurozone crisis, argues ALDE group leader Guy Verhoftstadt.