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Economy & Jobs 06-11-2018

Eurozone ministers urge inflexible Italy to drop budget defiance

Eurozone finance ministers urged Italy on Monday (5 November) to reverse course on its rule-breaking budget amid fears of market turmoil and a return of the debt crisis.
Economy & Jobs 02-11-2018

The euro ‘hawks’ want bigger say for crisis fund in cuts and reforms

The so-called Hanseatic League of EU countries called for a “strict conditionality” and more powers for the European Stability Mechanism over those countries requesting assistance to avert a full-blown crisis.
Economic governance 26-10-2018

French people barely comforted by positive economic conditions

France tends to develop in the opposite direction to the rest of the eurozone and the economic lights are now on green. However, French morale tells a very different story and the international situation raises concerns among economic forecasters. EURACTIV France reports.  
Economy & Jobs 25-10-2018

Draghi ‘confident’ about a deal on Italian budget

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi expressed his confidence on Thursday (25 October) about the likelihood of an agreement between the European Commission and the Italian government over Rome's spending plan for next year.
Economic governance 25-10-2018

Italian budget standoff may consign eurozone integration drive to slow lane

An uncompromising challenge to EU budget rules by Italy is providing the first big test for reforms introduced to save the euro zone nine years ago as financial crisis threatened to tear it apart.
Economy & Jobs 25-10-2018

Course unchanged for ECB as growth worries bubble under

The European Central Bank seems certain to keep policy unchanged on Thursday (25 October) but likely to acknowledge the growth outlook is deteriorating, even if not yet enough to derail a carefully crafted retreat from stimulus.
Economy & Jobs 18-10-2018

Italy’s ‘unprecedented’ breach of fiscal rules clouds euro summit

Euro-area leaders agreed on Thursday (18 October) to accelerate the work to bolster the monetary union as the European Commission questioned half a dozen member states’ efforts to balance their public accounts, particularly Italy.
Economic governance 16-10-2018

Eurozone faces critical budget issue as Italy defies the rules

For the first time since post-crisis rules entered into force, all eurozone countries are to submit their draft budget plans to the European Commission, but the Commission could also make an unprecedented move itself: sending one of budgets back to where it came from, most likely, Rome. 
Economy & Jobs 12-10-2018

German minister: Rescue package for Italy won’t be necessary

German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said on Thursday (11 October) he did not expect Italy to need aid to deal with its debt pile. Any intervention by the European Central Bank would require Italy to formally apply for a rescue programme, sources said. 
Economic governance 11-10-2018

EU Fiscal Board blames Commission for ineffective recommendations

The European Fiscal Board complained on Wednesday (10 October) that member states had failed to use strong economic growth to reduce their public debt, and called for a major change of EU fiscal rules to ensure better enforcement by the European Commission.
Economic governance 10-10-2018

Italy coalition chiefs defiant on budget, forecast GDP growth

The leaders of Italy's ruling parties said on Tuesday (9 October) they would permit no change to the government's 2019 budget plan, despite financial market pressure and criticism from the country's central bank and the parliamentary fiscal watchdog.
Economic governance 09-10-2018

EU Commission prepares to reject Italy’s budget

The European Commission will take the unprecedented step of rejecting a national budget later this month if the Italian government does not improve its announced deficit figures, EU officials told EURACTIV.
Economy & Jobs 01-10-2018

Ministers press Italy to respect common rules in budgetary spat

Eurozone finance ministers and the European Commission called on the Italian government on Monday (1 October) to respect the EU’s fiscal rules, saying the “non-compliant” budgetary plan announced by the third largest eurozone economy could destabilise the region.
Economy & Jobs 14-09-2018

The unfinished work to avoid another Lehman Brothers

In the ten years that have passed since the fall of Lehman Brothers, Europe has improved its banking regulation but the financial system remains vulnerable. Europe commemorates the tenth anniversary with a solid growth. But experts consulted by EURACTIV.com warn...
Economy & Jobs 03-09-2018

Italy sends mixed signals to jittery markets after debt downgrade

Italy's new anti-establishment government sent contradictory signals to financial markets on Sunday (2 September) amid increasing concern Rome could breach EU spending limits as it comes under pressure to fulfil its anti-austerity electoral promises.
Economy & Jobs 22-08-2018

Clouds gather for Europe in run up to 10th anniversary of financial crisis

Discrepancies between Italy and the EU over its expenditure, the trade dispute with the US and political quagmires such as the Brexit talks and the migration challenge cloud EU prospects ahead of the tenth anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers.
Economy & Jobs 20-08-2018

Has the eurozone learned from its Greek odyssey?

Greece will formally turn the page on its debt saga this week, but the eurozone remains vulnerable to further crises, with economists particularly worried about the situation in Italy.
Economy & Jobs 12-07-2018

Trade war starts to dent European growth

The European Commission cut expected EU growth for this year by 0.2% compared to its forecast less than three months ago, as output was weaker than expected during the first semester and external risks, especially the trade war, are on the rise.
Economic governance 12-07-2018

Commission rejects auditors’ call to tighten control of EU member states’ debt

The European Commission has rejected the European Court of Auditors’ recommendation to strengthen surveillance of EU member states with high levels of public debt.
Economy & Jobs 11-07-2018

Commission approves close surveillance of Greece after bailout

The European Commission adopted a set of measures on Wednesday (11 July) to closely monitor Greece's fiscal policy after it concludes an eight-year-long bailout programme on 20 August, closing one of the darkest chapter's in the single currency's short history.
Banking union 10-07-2018

Germany poses ‘real problem’ when protecting bank savers with European guarantee, says official

A senior EU official said on Tuesday (10 July) that an agreement on a European Deposit Insurance Scheme (EDIS) to protect savers across the bloc would be “very hard” given Berlin’s opposition.
Banking union 09-07-2018

Draghi urges countries to complete banking union as risks fall

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi urged eurozone member states to complete the banking union with a European Deposit Insurance Scheme, noting the “substantial” reduction of risks in the banks’ balance sheets and the benefits of risk-sharing.

Kurz pledges to shield Schengen as border dispute unfolds

Austrian Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz prioritised the protection of the external borders during his country's EU Presidency stint, in order to safeguard the Schengen area, as a recent deal between Germany’s conservative parties could lead to a resurrection of the bloc's internal borders.
Banking union 29-06-2018

EU leaders postpone completion of banking union

Despite previous promises to achieve results on eurozone reforms in June, EU leaders postponed until December an agreement on the backstop to wind down failing banks and did not include any date for starting discussions on a European deposit guarantee scheme.