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Economy & Jobs 10-05-2017

The CMU midterm review: How not to miss an opportunity

More often than not, the European Union is accused of overpromising and under delivering. That´s hardly the case in the Commission’s modest and pragmatic approach to the Capital Market Union (CMU). But as the midterm review of the financial flagship initiative nears, pragmatism is no excuse to miss an opportunity, writes Paul Tang.

Euro & Finance 04-01-2017

Spain’s banks recover but toxic assets remain

Hit by a severe crisis several years ago, Spain's banking sector has recovered, but at a cost, as thousands are laid off and it struggles to get rid of toxic assets.

Brexit 23-11-2016

Brexit slams brakes on British growth

Brexit will cause Britain's economic growth to slow sharply and blow a hole in government finances that will require it to borrow an extra £122 billion [€143 billion] over five years, a gloomy budget update revealed today (23 November).

Portugal’s Left Bloc says budget talks smooth, sees deal

Portugal's budget negotiations between the minority Socialist government and its left-wing backers in parliament are heading towards a deal that would involve providing more income to pensioners, the leader of the Left Bloc said on Tuesday (13 September).

Euro & Finance 09-09-2016

Economist: Distrust rife between Greece and its lenders

Following on from EURACTIV's exclusive interview with Alexis Tsipras, our partner WirtschaftsWoche spoke to Greece expert Jens Bastian about Greek distrust of its donors, Tsipras' political future and how Angela Merkel has made herself popular in the country.

16-08-2016

Italy to seek new EU deal to keep economy on track

Italy is to seek a new deal with the European Union to allow it to kickstart its stalling economy with an expansionary 2017 budget, a government minister said on Saturday (13 June).

Euro & Finance 14-07-2016

The threat of populism must be a non-issue in decision to fine Portugal and Spain

Stability and Growth Pact rules must be applied to the letter if the eurozone is to keep any kind of credibility. Populism must not be used as an excuse to reward irresponsible budgetary policies, argues Friedrich Heinemann.

Euro & Finance 10-05-2016

Is the Eurogroup’s offer of a debt restructure really a victory for Tsipras?

Eurozone finance ministers yesterday (9 May) proposed to restructure the Greek debt, but with conditions that could cost Athens dearly. EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.

Euro & Finance 07-07-2015

Voters in eurozone countries remain open to a compromise with Greece

Greece's creditors claim that they are acting on a mandate from the EU's citizens by refusing to be flexible. But public opinion in the union is not so hostile argue Michael Bechtel, Kirk Bansak, Jens Hainmueller and Yotam Margalit. 

Euro & Finance 10-04-2015

Varoufakis steals the show at economic forum

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has called on the European Union to reform its institutions and use the EIB to boost investment in Greece. He believes the EU should address the structural inequalities that plague its weakest members. EURACTIV France reports

Euro & Finance 30-01-2015

Juncker rejects Greek debt write-off

With the uncertainty surrounding Greek debt preoccupying political leaders, the President of the European Commission has called on Athens to "respect Europe". EURACTIV France reports

Euro & Finance 26-01-2015

Italian finance minister eyes ‘bad bank’ to clean up risky loans

Italy is considering setting up a state-backed "bad bank" to help clean up its banking sector, Pier Carlo Padoan said in a newspaper interview on Sunday.

Euro & Finance 06-11-2014

Eurozone ponders whether Greece needs more debt relief

Eurozone states are reconsidering whether Greece needs the additional debt relief it has been seeking, because the country's economic reforms, and improved prospects, have changed the arithmetic, officials say.

Development Policy 17-01-2014

EU donors ‘profiting from aid budgets’ with high-interest loans

European donors have been accused of profiting from their aid budgets, as an increasing amount of their money for the world's poorest countries is being given as loans – which have to be paid back with interest.

Development Policy 05-11-2013

France to cancel more debt for the world’s poorest countries

Foreign debt cancellations are expected to reach new highs in France's 2014 development aid budget, with Somalia, Zimbabwe, Chad, Ivory Coast and Sudan in line for a complete deletion of their national debt.

Development Policy 20-08-2013

Norway’s audit of developing world debt could inspire EU

A new audit of the debt pile owed by developing countries to Norway, published last week, was the first of its kind anywhere in the world and should inspire other European countries to do the same, campaigners said.

Regional Policy 29-08-2012

Spain’s Catalonia to ask Madrid for €5 bn bailout

The Spanish autonomous region of Catalonia, which generates around one-fifth of Spain’s economic output, has said it will request a €5-billion emergency credit line from Madrid, heightening debt fears a week before the European Central Bank is to unveil its bond-buying plan.

Euro & Finance 14-08-2012

Italy’s public debt hits record

Italy's public debt hit an all-time high in June of almost €2 trillion and the annual budget deficit was also bigger than a year before, due largely to Italy's share of bailouts for other eurozone states, the central bank announced.

Euro & Finance 14-06-2012

MEPs give green light to negotiate new fiscal discipline package

The European Parliament approved yesterday (13 June) an economic governance package that foresees setting up a redemption fund to help countries in financial trouble and gives more power to the EU to control national budgetary and economic policies. That gives a clear mandate to start negotiations with EU ministers that are expected to last for months.
 

Euro & Finance 09-03-2012

Economists say euro crisis may not be over

A top EU economist has warned that consumption is unsustainable in parts of the eurozone and that many countries would not recover economically for "many years" - an assessment backed other experts who call for reforms at European and national levels.

Euro & Finance 09-02-2012

Greece to present incomplete bailout deal

Greek leaders failed yesterday (8 February) to agree on a reform and austerity programme, the price of a financial bailout to avoid a messy default, forcing Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos to go to the country's financial backers with an incomplete deal.

Euro & Finance 24-01-2012

Eurozone ministers reject private bondholders’ Greek offer

Eurozone finance ministers rejected as insufficient an offer made by private bondholders to help restructure Greece's debts, sending negotiators back to the drawing board and raising the threat of Greek default.

Euro & Finance 13-12-2011

EU leaders fail to convince rating agencies

Investors are bracing for a possible mass downgrade of eurozone countries as soon as this week after EU leaders failed to convince credit rating agencies that they have taken decisive measures to tackle the sovereign debt crisis.

Euro & Finance 07-11-2011

Berlusconi struggles to hold coalition together

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has one day left to win over party and coalition rebels threatening to bring down his government in a backlash over its failure to adopt reforms.