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Economy & Jobs 30-04-2020

First quarter results ‘officially’ herald French recession

The French economy is officially in recession as it shrunk by 5.8% in this year's first quarter due to the country's strict lockdown measures in place since mid-March, according to an initial estimate unveiled on Thursday (30 April) by France's National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE). EURACTIV France and AFP report.
Agrifood 11-01-2019

German farmers ‘cautiously optimistic’ about 2019

For the first time, the annual economic forecasts by the German Economic Institute (IW) have also included the agricultural sector. The German Farmers’ Association (DBV) was one of the associations consulted and said it was "cautiously optimistic" for 2019. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 09-10-2018

IMF: Brexit, low productivity to slow eurozone growth

The International Monetary Fund warned on Tuesday (9 October) of a further slowing in eurozone's economic growth, which was forecast at 2% this year, due to persistent uncertainty over Brexit and low productivity. EURACTIV’s partner efe-epa reports.
Euro & Finance 27-11-2015

Italy, France and Belgium warned over high debt, low growth

Italy, France and Belgium are vulnerable to economic shocks because of their large public debts and low potential growth, the European Commission warned on Thursday (26 November).
Euro & Finance 15-11-2013

Pace of eurozone recovery slows

The eurozone economy all but stagnated in the third quarter with France's recovery fizzling out and slower expansion in Germany, the latest growth data released today (14 November) showed.
Central Europe 02-04-2010

Slow recovery looms large over East European politics

A prolonged deterioration of economic prospects could undermine public support for reform ahead of political elections in many of the EU's ten Central and East European member states, warns the latest World Bank report on the economic situation in the 'EU 10'.
Public Affairs 15-03-2010

PA firms optimistic about growth prospects

Public affairs professionals are optimistic that the worst of the recession is over, with the majority feeling that the recovery in Europe has already begun, revealed a new survey presented last week in Brussels. 
Brexit 16-09-2009

Irish SMEs planning to downsize in next quarter

A new survey of small businesses in Ireland reveals 44% will restructure, decrease in size or close down in the next three months.

Business leaders see EU recession drawing to a close

Europe's fiscal and monetary stimulus plans have paid off, according to EU employers' association BusinessEurope, which forecasts a stabilisation in economic activity but warns that conditions for sustained growth are still not within reach.
EU Priorities 2020 23-02-2009

Economic crisis dims EU enlargement success

The European Union's historic eastward expansion has been an economic and political success, but recession poses a challenge for the bloc's unity, a report from the EU's executive arm said on Friday (20 February).

Top EU officials: 2009 ‘Year of many dangers’

Amid the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, resurgent violence and war in the Middle East, a row between Russia and the Ukraine over gas supplies which left Europe freezing, and skyrocketing expectations for the first Afro-American US President, EURACTIV asked European Commission director generals to spell out their hopes for 2009.
Euro & Finance 21-11-2008

Merkel warms to EU stimulus plan

After early opposition, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is now said to support a planned EU-wide stimulus package totalling €130 billion to restart the flagging European economy, according to a government spokesperson.
Euro & Finance 18-06-2008

Economic Prospects for Central, East and Southeast Europe

Domestic factors are more likely to inhibit economic growth in the EU's new member states than external ones, argue a group of scholars from the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies in a February 2008 paper.
Euro & Finance 12-11-2007

EU growth forecast cut amid ‘continued uncertainty’

The Commission has played down expectations for the EU's economy in 2008 and 2009. Meanwhile, the European Central Bank has responded to the "continued uncertainty" on European financial markets following the US sub-prime mortgage crisis by announcing further cash injections, but said higher than expected inflation meant a cut in interest rates remained out of the question. 
Euro & Finance 12-10-2007

Euro-zone GDP expected to grow 2.6% in 2007

Despite the US real estate crisis and declining confidence in financial markets, eurozone GDP is expected to register growth of 2.6% in 2007 thanks to an increase in private consumption, according to forecasts from the Ifo Institute for Economic Research.
Euro & Finance 25-05-2007

OECD raises growth forecast for Europe

A strong and sustained recovery in Europe is underpinned by strong job creation and falling unemployment, according to the OECD's May 2007 economic outlook.

Citizens don’t share business euphoria over economy

While the European economy is entering a boom phase, social reality lags behind, a number of recently published reports suggest.
Euro & Finance 19-02-2007

Commission upbeat on EU economic outlook

The Commission made an 0.3% upward correction to its economic forecast for growth in the EU, while inflation is expected to ease.

European entrepreneurs see bright future ahead

2007 is looking brighter for the vast majority of European businesses, whose confidence has been boosted by this year’s stronger-than-expected economic growth. However, the benefits are not being felt universally.

Commission optimistic about jobs and growth

Economic growth in the EU will overtake America’s for the first time in years and millions of jobs will be created in 2007, according to the Commission’s latest economic forecasts.

Eurozone economy: Will the upswing last?

For the first time in six years the eurozone has enjoyed several consecutive quarters of healthy economic growth, but this upturn could end as badly as in 2001 unless policymakers respond adequately, warn research institutes.
Euro & Finance 03-10-2006

Eurozone growth reaches six-year high

Economic ecovery is on a solid footing and growth rates could rise even more than expected by the end of the year, thanks to falling oil prices and lower unemployment. 
Euro & Finance 06-09-2006

OECD, Commission confirm surge in EU growth

Economic growth has increased this year to 2.7% in the European Union and 2.5% in the eurozone. The rise is driven mainly by domestic demand, particularly investment. 
Euro & Finance 25-08-2006

New figures carry fresh optimism for German and European economy

Business climate sentiment in Europe’s largest economy remained close to its 15-year high in August but expectations for the economy in the coming months are less optimistic.