About: austerity measures Archives

  • Europe must listen to its people

    Opinion | Social Europe & Jobs 29-01-2015

    ?Imposing reforms that are sometimes considered humiliating is the best way to jeopardise the construction of Europe, and plant the seeds of social devastation, populism and extremism, writes Elio Di Rupo. 

  • Germany’s Schäuble says ministers to discuss Greek credit line

    News | Social Europe & Jobs 01-12-2014

    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.

  • Leftist MEP moves to block Katainen appointment

    News | EU Elections 2014 24-09-2014

    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.

  • New EU trio is now complete, what next?

    Opinion | EU Elections 2014 01-09-2014

    New EU leaders Jean-Claude Juncker, Donald Tusk and Federica Mogherini face hard times, and deserve our support, writes Fraser Cameron.

  • A European lost decade?

    Opinion | EU Priorities 2020 28-08-2014

    Europe's economic woes resemble Japan’s situation in the 1990s, which led to a 'lost decade' of economic stagnation and deflation from which the country is still working to recover. Michael Heise asks whether Europe will suffer a similar fate.

  • EU leadership approval ratings tumble to all-time low

    News | Social Europe & Jobs 10-01-2014

    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.

  • Enrico Letta’s burden

    Opinion | Elections 26-04-2013

    A gigantic task awaits Italy's newly-appointed premier, Enrico Letta, and we may hope the young leader proves strong enough to sustain the country's emergence from political deadlock, since there is no alternative, writes Silvia Francescon.

  • Immigrant healthcare ban causes indignation in Spain

    Special Report | News | Health 24-08-2012

    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.

  • Brussels to ask Greece for new budget cuts

    News | Euro & Finance 18-04-2012

    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.

  • Spain denies bailout talks

     Video | Promoted content | Economy & Jobs 11-04-2012

    Is Spain next in line for a Greek style bail-out? Spanish Finance Minister Luis de Guindos does't think so, at least not for the moment.
    Spain is at the center of a financial storm as markets pushed the cost of its bonds to soar above 6%. In a bid to calm the markets and keep Brussels happy, the Spanish government on Tuesday announced a 10 billion euro slash in its public spending. The European commission welcomed the move, which comes on top of 78 billion euros in cuts presented in March.

  • Europeans with disabilities are terrified

    Opinion | Social Europe & Jobs 06-12-2011

    The austerity measures taken in response to the European sovereign debt crisis have had a devastating impact on people with disabilities, leading to allowance cuts and a rise of unemployment rates that could generate greater economic and social exclusion, says John Evans from the European Disability Forum.

  • 50000 trade union members protest austerity measures in Brussels

     Video | Promoted content | Social Europe & Jobs 02-12-2011

    Around 50 thousand trade union members marched across Brussels on Friday to protest against austerity measures. In response to the current financial crisis, the newly formed Belgian government agreed last week to cut public spending by 11 billion euros and to liberalise labour regulations. The new budget for 2012 has been described by trade unions as "unbalanced" and "unfair".