EMU

Economy & Jobs 15-12-2017

Macron convinces Merkel to hold key debate on future of euro in March

Amid the political paralysis in Germany, EU leaders decided on Friday (15 December) to postpone for March a “strategic political discussion” on the future of the eurozone and adopt a 'reform roadmap' in June.

Economy & Jobs 13-12-2017

Macron shifts focus away from eurozone reform to court Merkel

French President Emmanuel Macron, concerned that a divisive discussion over eurozone reform might undermine his broader European agenda, has begun prioritizing other areas of EU cooperation, French officials say.

Tensions arise between Tusk and Commission over migration

The Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos described on Tuesday (12 December) European Council President Donald Tusk’s proposals on migration intended for the EU leaders’ summit later this week as "unacceptable" and  "anti-European".

Elections 08-12-2017

Schulz calls for ‘United States of Europe’ as SPD agrees talks with Merkel

Germany's Social Democrats, the country's second strongest party, agreed Thursday (7 December) to kick off exploratory talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives that could lead to a new coalition government early next year.

Economy & Jobs 07-12-2017

Commission wants single eurozone seat at IMF plan adopted by end of mandate

The European Commission is pushing for the adoption, by mid-2019, of the proposal to create a unified seat at the International Monetary Fund, as part of its package to strengthen the economic and monetary union presented on Wednesday (6 December).

Economy & Jobs 05-12-2017

Portugal scores again, landing Eurogroup presidency

Portuguese Finance minister Mário Centeno became on Monday the new president of the Eurogroup as he promised to bring consensus across the aisle to strengthen the eurozone. 

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.

Economic governance 22-11-2017

Commission calls for reforms to address wage stagnation

The European Commission told member states on Wednesday (22 November) to prioritize policies that support wage growth, in light of the economic pain still suffered by many Europeans.

Economy & Jobs 22-11-2017

Lack of German government puts eurozone integration plans on hold

The collapse of talks on a new German government means that the eurozone's ambitious plans for deeper economic integration could be put on hold, officials said on Tuesday (21 November).

Economy & Jobs 16-11-2017

European Fiscal Board calls for simple but tougher rules

The European Fiscal Board, the EU's finance watchdog, wants clearer rules and real sanctions to punish profligate member states and limit the European Commission’s discretion to interpret the Stability and Growth Pact.

Economy & Jobs 09-11-2017

European economy beats expectations as risks decline

The European economy is enjoying a period of positive momentum as growth spreads across all member states, public accounts are expected to look healthier and risks are balanced for the first time in a long while, the European Commission concluded on Thursday (9 November).

Economic governance 07-11-2017

EU finance chiefs thrash out post-Brexit future

European Union finance ministers wrangled yesterday (6 November) over differences in plans to reform the euro common currency in the wake of last year's shock Brexit vote.

Future EU 06-11-2017

Britain frozen out as EU finance chiefs plot future

European Union finance ministers meet without Britain in Brussels on Monday (6 November) to try to iron out their differences on plans to reform the euro in the wake of the shock Brexit vote.

Economy & Jobs 30-10-2017

PM says Croatia wants to adopt euro within 7-8 years

The European Union's latest member Croatia aims to adopt the euro within the next seven to eight years, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on Monday (30 October).

Economy & Jobs 30-10-2017

EMU: Focus on market discipline, financial stability, not on fiscal smoothing

The mood in Europe has changed. Attention has shifted from crisis management to how to make the European Union and in particular the eurozone function better in the longer term, writes Juha  Sipilä.

Economy & Jobs 30-10-2017

Eurozone needs to push on with banking, bailout reforms – Slovak finance minister

Slovak Finance Minister Peter Kazimir said on Saturday (28 October) the eurozone should speed up completion of a banking union and revamping a bailout fund as the window for reform is closing.

Politics 30-10-2017

Tomáš Zdechovský: The EU begins in the stomach of a Czech citizen

The Czechs do not know anything about the EU’s global strategies or the interconnection of energy networks. But they know very well that they can buy cheaper and better food in Germany, says MEP Tomáš Zdechovský (EPP).

Economy & Jobs 26-10-2017

ECB prolongs monetary stimulus at smaller amount

The ECB decided on Thursday to start reducing the monetary stimulus amid the improved economic situation in the eurozone, but decided to extend the asset purchase programme until September 2018.

Economy & Jobs 26-10-2017

ECB to chart end to easy money

European Central Bank governors are expected on Thursday (26 October) to begin weaning the eurozone off the high doses of support they prescribed in recent years but they remain far away from reaching their elusive inflation target.

Economic governance 25-10-2017

Economy, finance take centre stage in Commission’s final legislative push

Initiatives to strengthen the financial markets and deepen the economic and monetary union will play a major role in the European Commission’s work programme for 2018, the final one before the legislative machine slows down in the run-up to European elections in 2019.

Future EU 27-09-2017

Macron sinks teeth into EU taboos in forward-looking speech

Treaty change, agricultural policy and debt: French President Emmanuel Macron attacked a number of previously untouchable EU taboos during a speech focused on reform, sharing ambitious proposals for Europe's future with university students. EURACTIV France reports.

Economy & Jobs 25-09-2017

The time is right for a stronger monetary union – with everyone on board

French President Emmanuel Macron will give a speech on Tuesday (26 September) outlining his pitch to reform the European Monetary Union. But he has to prioritise his wishlist in order to make the most of member state support, writes Petros Fassoulas.

Future EU 25-09-2017

German voters deal a blow to Macron’s EU reform drive

Angela Merkel may be too busy holding together an unwieldy coalition to act as an effective partner for the French president’s bold plans, which he will outline on Tuesday (26 September).

Economy & Jobs 15-09-2017

France and Juncker disagree over eurozone priorities

France’s Economy and Finance minister Bruno Le Maire said that the priority should be eurozone integration before accepting new members, as European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker defended this week.