About: Austerity

Elections 26-10-2017

S&D chief works for a progressive alliance away from ‘Orbánising’ EPP

There should be a clear distinction between the right and the left in European politics and the EU socialists should open the door to other anti-austerity progressive forces as well as to those who do not want to follow the “Orbánisation” of the centre-right, S&D leader Gianni Pittella told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Brexit 29-03-2017

Moravcsik interview, part I: Britain is the exception to the rule

Brexit was an extremely unlikely occurrence, Princeton’s Andrew Moravcsik told EURACTIV Slovakia.
Euro & Finance 14-02-2017

Eurogroup deputy: ‘Grexit is a non-issue’

Eurogroup Working Group President Thomas Wieser told Euractiv Germany that he remains confident the IMF will participate in the Greek bailout programme and that ‘Grexit’ is not even an issue.
Euro & Finance 09-12-2016

European Fiscal Board chief: Commission’s analysis ‘made a bit too quickly’

The new European Fiscal Board began working just as the European Commission took the unprecedented step of proposing a fiscal target for the eurozone. The Board’s chief, Niels Thygesen told EURACTIV.com that the Commission should have done “more analysis” before proposing an expansionist stance.
Euro & Finance 07-10-2016

Researcher: IMF and World Bank are changing – but not fast enough

The World Bank and the IMF, the two big international financial institutions, have been too slow to embrace change. But they are showing signs of evolving, admitting that austerity is not always the answer, Françoise Nicolas told EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France.
Future EU 09-09-2016

Tsipras: Euro-Med summit will unite Europe, not divide it

EXCLUSIVE / The meeting of leaders from Southern European countries taking place in Athens today (9 September) will put Mediterranean issues on the EU agenda, without attempting to create divisions, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Development Policy 09-12-2015

Seamus Jeffreson: EU leaders divert aid money at our peril

If, instead of providing billions to Turkey to stop refugees, EU leaders had supported the countries hosting them three years ago, with a fraction of these funds, Europe and the world would be better off now, Seamus Jeffreson told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Euro & Finance 02-03-2015

Pierre Laurent: ‘Europe is an asset for Syriza, not an obstacle’

The leader of the French Communist Party sees the success of Syriza as an opportunity to set the European project on a different path. He told EURACTIV France that he hopes to gain the support of Europe's ecologist, socialist and far-left politicians. 
Development Policy 02-03-2015

MEP Pedro Silva Pereira: Austerity-minded countries are wary of providing more ODA

The European Parliament hopes to contribute to a strong EU position at the International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa next July. But some EU countries are concerned about having to allocate more resources to official development assistance, MEP Pedro Silva Pereira told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Alessandro de Pedys

Italian ambassador: ‘Illegal immigration poses security threat to Europe’

Many immigrants reaching Italy’s shores cannot or do not want to be identified, posing a security threat to the whole of Europe in terms of terrorism and criminal infiltration, says Alessandro de Pedys, the Italian Ambassador to Poland.
Eric Schweitzer [Heinrich Böll Stiftung/Flickr]
Trade & Society 17-09-2014

German trade chief on Greece: ‘Sustainable stimulus only comes from the private economy’

German investments in Greece have been dwindling, but there is good news for Greco-German economic relations, explained Eric Schweitzer, outlining German investment and Greek growth in an interview with EURACTIV Greece.
Bernadette Ségol

Trade union leader: ‘The EPP is no longer unanimous on austerity’

Bernadette Ségol, the secretary general of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), recalls her organisation’s messages on austerity policies ahead of today's EU summit meeting, and warns that even centre-right politicians see the need for a policy shift.
Health 14-03-2014

Public health prof.: Health inequalities solutions lie outside healthcare sector

There are huge health inequalities in the EU and most of them were created by policies pursued outside the healthcare systems, says Michael Marmot.
Future EU 13-12-2013

Human rights commissioner: ‘European states should penalise participation in racist extremist groups’

The latest report by the Council of Europe's human rights commissioner warns against the consequences of austerity policies on the most vulnerable parts of society. In an interview with EURACTIV, Nils Muižnieks also discussed the crackdown on Roma populations and the rise of extreme parties at the next European elections.
EU Priorities 2020 16-05-2013

WIFO director: Austerity should be complemented with a ‘Social Pact’

Budget consolidation efforts are necessary but should be complemented with a clear promise that better times are lying ahead, says Karl Aiginger, director of the WIFO economic institute in Austria. Otherwise, people will reject it, he argues in an interview with EURACTIV.
Development Policy 18-02-2013

Aid advocate: EU leaders took short-term approach to budget

EU leaders applied a short-term approach to a long-term budget. But it is never too late for them to get back on the right track, Oxfam's Nicolas Mombrial told EURACTIV Germany. 
Regional Policy 17-05-2011

Dassis: ‘European workers are fiercely opposed to austerity measures’

Trade union leaders from across Europe are gathering in Athens this week, for the 12th Congress of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC). Veteran trade unionist George Dassis shared with EURACTIV his views on the social impacts of the financial crisis, and how the EU should show solidarity with countries such as Greece, Ireland and Portugal.