About: austerity measures

Alcohol 21-06-2017

Alcohol makers brace for EU-wide mandatory labelling

Makers of spirits and beer are exploring self-regulatory solutions to show consumers the ingredients contained in the alcohol they drink. However, they find the Commission's timeline "too tight" and fear mandatory rules will eventually be imposed on them.
Future EU 27-03-2017

Socialists and Democrats lash out at centre-right, pledge to restore social justice

Europe's Socialists and Democrats hit out at conservative political parties across Europe and promised to end German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble’s policies. EURACTIV.com reports from Rome.
Future EU 25-03-2017

EU citizens send strong anti-nationalist message from Rome

Thousands of EU citizens gathered today (25 March) in Rome to celebrate but also deliver a wake-up call to their leaders to improve policies and address the rise of nationalism across Europe. EURACTIV.com reports from Rome.
Economy & Jobs 02-03-2017

Valetta and Athens insist ‘social pillar’ should be part of Europe’s future

Malta and Greece have pledged to work more closely even in a “coalition of the willing” to seek more social Europe. EURACTIV Greece reports.
Economic governance 23-02-2017

US businesses push EU single market in face of populist headwinds

Lawmakers must move forward with EU single market integration now more than ever, the vice-president of the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union told EURACTIV.
Future EU 10-02-2017

Progressives accuse Merkel of pushing a North-South divide

Europe needs a radical change of its austerity-driven policies and not multiple speeds as Germany’s Angela Merkel suggests, high-ranking Social-Democrat, Green and leftist officials told Euractiv.com.
Euro & Finance 19-01-2017

German SPD says Europe can back Athens without the IMF

In an interview with Süddeutsche Zeitung, Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) deputy chairman Carsten Schneider insisted that the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) participation in the Greek bailout was not necessary. EURACTIV Greece reports.
Elections 19-01-2017

Schulz’s departure paves way for leftist alliance in EU Parliament

The decision of former European Parliament President Martin Schulz to return to national politics came as a “relief” for the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) who now have their hands free to forge alliances with political parties on the left, S&D sources told EURACTIV in Strasbourg.
Elections 13-12-2016

Socialists declare end to EU institution grand coalition

The European Parliament grand coalition between the right-wing European People’s Party (EPP) and the Socialist and Democrats (S&D group) is over and cannot be re-established, said its chief, Gianni Pittella, today (13 December) during a news conference in Strasbourg.
21-09-2016

Austerity-hit citizens allowed to sue troika, ECJ rules

The European Court of Justice has ruled that EU citizens can now sue the troika if they believe their fundamental rights have been violated by austerity. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Future EU 12-09-2016

EU Parliament ‘Grand Coalition’ is at risk, party leaders admit

A dispute over who should be appointed as the next President of the EU Assembly as well as disagreement about austerity-driven policies have put the two biggest political parties in the European Parliament on a collision course that endangers the 'grand coalition', EURACTIV has learned.
Elections 08-09-2016

Talks begin for left-wing ‘grand coalition’ in EU Parliament

Socialist MEPs are exploring a left-wing alternative to their traditional alliance with the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP), which currently rules the European Parliament.

Britain’s Loach rages against EU austerity after Cannes win

British director Ken Loach launched a withering attack on austerity economics which he said had led the European Union to "near catastrophe", after winning the Palme d'Or at the Cannes film festival Sunday (22 May).
Euro & Finance 03-02-2016

Irish PM calls election for 26 February

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny on Wednesday (3 February) called parliamentary elections for 26 February in a small poll that could see disillusioned voters turn away from established parties to back political mavericks.
Economy & Jobs 06-01-2016

Varoufakis to launch new movement in Berlin

Former Greek Minister for Finance Yanis Varoufakis is planning a comeback - in Germany. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Germany’s Schäuble says ministers to discuss Greek credit line

Eurozone finance ministers will discuss in early December conditions for providing Greece with credit when its current aid programme expires, German Finance Minster Wolfgang Schäuble said on Sunday.
EU Elections 2014 24-09-2014

Leftist MEP moves to block Katainen appointment

Barbara Spinelli thinks that the European Parliament should reject Jyrki Katainen as Vice-President of the next Commission, because of his support for austerity  policies.

EU leadership approval ratings tumble to all-time low

Belgium, Denmark, Germany and Luxembourg are the only EU countries where citizens approve the European Union’s leadership with a clear 50% majority, according to a recent poll by Gallup. Approval ratings in nearly all other member states have dropped dramatically since 2008, especially in the crisis-hit south.
Health 24-08-2012

Immigrant healthcare ban causes indignation in Spain

Some Spanish doctors and regions say they will defy a ban on free healthcare for an estimated 150,000 undocumented immigrants, imposed by the central government as part of spending cuts to avoid an international bailout.
Euro & Finance 18-04-2012

Brussels to ask Greece for new budget cuts

Greece’s fiscal nightmare is far from over as the European Commission is set to ask Athens for a new round of spending cuts aimed at reducing labour costs, administration and healthcare expenditure, according to a draft seen by EURACTIV.
Euro & Finance 31-08-2011

Berlusconi backtracks on wealth tax, sparks criticism

Italy's decision to drop a proposed tax on the wealthy from its emergency austerity package announced earlier this month has triggered a wave of criticism, while the country's first debt auction since the European Central Bank stepped in to buy Italian bonds was met with lukewarm demand.
Euro & Finance 28-07-2011

IMF warns France on deficit target

The International Monetary Fund urged France yesterday (27 July) to take additional deficit-cutting measures to safeguard its AAA credit rating and to undertake structural reforms to improve flagging competitiveness.
Regional Policy 17-05-2011

Unions urge ministers to ease pressure on Greece

Meeting in Athens, trade union leaders from across Europe have called on EU finance ministers to show solidarity towards Greece and other EU countries facing serious financial difficulties, notably by reducing interest rates on loans from the European Central Bank (ECB).

Unions ensure noisy start to EU summit

Thousands of protesters are blocking traffic in Brussels today (24 March) as part of a coordinated campaign by European trade unions, who hope to influence the political decisions of EU leaders on social policies and economic governance.

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