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A clear, credible climate protection law is good for business, German expert says

In an interview with EURACTIV Germany, Karsten Neuhoff, a climate expert and professor, spoke about Germany's hotly-debated climate protection bill, stressing that a clear regulatory framework with "clear and credible paths for reducing emissions" is attractive for businesses.
Competition 08-10-2019

Commissioner hearings LIVE: Margrethe Vestager

The European Parliament is grilling the proposed members of Ursula von der Leyen’s Commission in a series of hearings between 30 September and 8 October. On Tuesday, Danish official Margrethe Vestager, nominated as Executive Vice President for Europe fit for the Digital Age, will be questioned by MEPs
Economic governance 12-09-2019

All signs point towards recession in Germany

The ifo Institute for Economic Research has lowered its forecast for Germany's economic growth for 2019 and 2020. Instead of the previously predicted 0.6%, the institute now expects a 0.5% growth rate for 2019. A potential hard Brexit and escalation of trade wars with the US were not taken into account. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economic governance 28-08-2019

Trade wars: Germany’s slide into recession

Germany is facing a recession, with business confidence plunging to levels not seen since the global economic crisis of 2009. As a result, calls for increased investment are growing louder – but possibly for the wrong reasons, EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 26-07-2019

Unconventional measures are seeing a comeback at the ECB

The ECB's key interest rate remains at zero and is expected to be at that rate at least until summer 2020. However, ECB chief Mario Draghi is suggesting that a decisive fiscal policy is far more important for the eurozone, especially for Germany and Italy. EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Elections 2019 16-05-2019

First clashes liven up last EU Spitzenkandidat debate ahead of election

The six lead candidates of the main political parties laid out their visions of Europe on Wednesday evening (15 May), clashing over jobs and climate change in their last televised debate before the EU elections.

Capital markets need to start making sustainability mainstream – report

We need to reboot the financial system and rethink old structures. This is what the OECD, the World Bank Group and the UN Environment Programme are calling for in their new joint report. Sustainable finance should become mainstream, but the market is still lagging far behind. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 03-05-2019

German corporations divided on carbon price

In a debate on the potential introduction of a carbon price, an increasing number of German company associations are voicing their thoughts. Some fear their competitiveness would take a hit, while others are excited about new business opportunities. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 16-04-2019

Saving energy, a European challenge of varying scale

Several EU member states, including France, have chosen to implement laws that would allow the trading of energy saving certificates, an important shift towards saving energy.
Economic governance 04-02-2019

French finance chief wants to tax expatriate business leaders

French Minister of Economy and Finance Bruno Le Maire wants to introduce legislation to ensure that heads of large French businesses living abroad pay more taxes in France. EURACTIV France’s partner La Tribune reports.
EU Elections 2019 22-10-2018

European elections amid a looming economic storm

The slowdown of Europe’s economic growth and the risk of a new recession if the ongoing trade war worsens could steer the political agenda in the run-up to next May's European elections.
Economy & Jobs 11-06-2018

Tax evasion deprives the EU of 20% of corporate taxes

Economists consider, based on tax havens’ statistics such as Bermuda or Ireland, that 40% of multinational companies' profits avoid taxation. The EU would thus be deprived of a fifth of its income from companies. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Brexit 12-03-2018

London’s transportation network bans French Brexit advert

London’s transportation network has decided to ban an advert that sought to tempt businesses across the Channel to France after Brexit. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Economy & Jobs 24-01-2018

The end of European labour agreements?

Barely a dozen sectoral agreements have been finalised ever since social dialogue was established in Europe. The social partners’ contradictory objectives and the progressive disinvestment of the European Commission are to blame for this.
Central Europe 21-09-2017

Czech analyst: Eastern Europeans have lost faith in the EU

When countries in Central and Eastern Europe joined the EU, their expectations were high. Above all, they thought that they would quickly reach a Western standard living, Irah Kučerová told EURACTIV Czech Republic.
Enlargement 01-09-2017

Serbian labour debate focuses on minimum wage

The Serbian government's Social and Economic Council, unions and the Serbian Association of Employers, have launched negotiations over the minimum wage for 2018. Labour leaders face an uphill battle. EURACTIV.rs reports.
Economic governance 30-08-2017

French businessmen worried about Brexit

The impact of Brexit concerns French businesses, who fear that this stumbling block to the European project will halt the EU's economic recovery. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 25-08-2017

Drought takes its toll on Serbia’s economic growth

Serbia plans to compensate for lower than planned GDP growth in 2017. Although, according to officials, economic indicators are good, the drought has taken its toll and forced the government to change its estimates. EURACTIV.rs reports.
Enlargement 11-05-2017

Spring Economic Forecast: Bullish on Serbia

Serbia is on the path to recovery, according to the Commission’s Spring 2017 European Economic Forecast. However, the reality for Serbians is still tough, despite 3.6% growth and a public debt predicted to fall under 70% GDP in 2018. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Economy & Jobs 12-04-2017

Italy greenlights plan to cut deficit by €3.4 bn

Italy's debt-burdened government approved a package of economic reforms Tuesday (11 April) designed to cut €3.4 billion from its deficit this year, Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said, following pressure from Brussels.
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).

An economy of, by and for the people

Europe’s economy has clearly seen better days. Facing great technological and societal change, it is marred by a sluggish recovery and a lack of investment, write Reinhard Bütikofer and Philippe Lamberts.
Enlargement 09-09-2016

Croatia holds snap election but fears more deadlock

Croatia votes on Sunday (September 11) in an early election that seems likely to prolong political uncertainty in the EU's newest member, at a time of strained ties between Balkan neighbours.
Trade & Society 25-08-2016

German firms see Brexit clouds approaching

Germany is waking up to the threat of Brexit and could see weaker growth in 2017, analysts said on Thursday (25 August), after a key business confidence survey showed a sharp decline.

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