About: eurozone crisis

Brexit 18-03-2019

Association chief: Portuguese textile industry likes to think Brexit will not happen

Portugal has strong links with Britain and Brexit is perceived as a challenge in the country, as it has affected trade since the time of the referendum in 2016. But many companies seem to believe that Brexit will not happen, Paulo Vaz told EURACTIV in an interview.

Händel: German welfare proposal ‘goes against the spirit of European unity’

At the end of April, German Minister of Labour Andrea Nahles presented a bill that would lock out EU citizens from the country's welfare system. Die Linke’s Thomas Händel spoke with EURACTIV Germany about the issue.
Jakob von Weizsäcker (SPD)
Euro & Finance 22-04-2016

German MEP: ‘Governments blame ECB to cover own political failures’

The European Central Bank's (ECB) controversial policy of ultra-low interest rates continues to draw criticism and German politicians in particular have demanded its president, Mario Draghi, bring them to an end. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 20-04-2016

Ivan Krastev: Referendums cannot negotiate with each other

It is impossible that 20 % of the Dutch voters should take hostage of a common EU policy. The EU created a gifted class of intellectuals and bureaucrats and others, but they really lack a genuine political experience, Ivan Krastev told EURACTIV Slovakia in an exclusive interview.
Enlargement 15-01-2016

George Friedman: The EU is increasingly unreliable and unpredictable

The United States has a partnership with Europe, but it can no longer think of NATO as the mechanism by which it is related to Europe, George Friedman told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
EU Priorities 2020 18-12-2015

German ex-ambassador: EU Council ‘stands in the way of efficient and integrated Union’

The European Council represents national sovereignty “as if Europe were still in the days of the Vienna Congress,” says Dr Dietrich von Kyaw. The former German ambassador to the EU says this is “problematic” at a time when the EU needs a strong European Commission.
Development Policy 10-09-2015

Van Rompuy: ‘EU leaders only take bold decisions when they have a knife against their throats’

EXCLUSIVE / In a candid interview with EURACTIV, the former President of the European Council said the EU takes the boldest decisions only in crisis situations, "when we have our backs against the wall and are staring at the abyss with a knife against our throats".
Global Europe 20-07-2015

Korčok: The last 6 years have been the most dramatic in the EU’s history

The years between 2009 and today will perhaps be seen as the most dynamic period of the EU’s history, Ivan Kor?ok, Slovakia's Ambassador to the EU, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Brexit 30-01-2015

Andrew Duff: The eurozone crisis has accentuated the need for federalism

"I’ve always been a federalist," Andrew Duff told EURACTIV in a wide-ranging interview. "The eurozone crisis has accentuated the need for the federalist argument to be put."
Languages & Culture 25-09-2014

Dobbs: Eurozone drama can turn into ‘House of Cards’

Europe is a great story to tell, but often marred by institutional jumble. The Eurozone crisis could be told in such a way that it would spark the imagination of Europeans, on what the EU is all about, says Michael Dobbs, author of the critically-acclaimed Netflix series House of Cards, in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.
Werner Hoyer is president of the European Investment Bank (EIB). [The Council of the European Union]
Euro & Finance 17-06-2014

EIB Chief: ‘The crisis will not be over until reforms are felt on the job market’

The financial crisis is not over yet but Europe has already conceptually wrapped it up, Werner Hoyer tells EURACTIV Germany in an interview.
Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol
Future EU 16-04-2014

Scholar: EU countries’ positions change very little since 1960s

Although the situation today is very different from 30 years ago, countries in favour of deeper European integration, and those against, remain very much the same, says Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol, fellow in Social Sciences at the Adam Smith Business School, in Glasgow.
Trade & Society 15-07-2013

Tajani: Europe needs an Erasmus programme for workers

The European Commission wants to encourage young workers to gain education and skills in other countries, a sort of Erasmus programme for workers, Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani tells EURACTIV Slovakia in an interview.
Trade & Society 16-05-2013

Gas industry chief: We cannot wait for a more ambitious energy policy

The 22 May EU summit dedicated to energy issues should clearly transform the prevailing talking mode in the energy and climate framework into action mode, Jean-Claude Depail, tells EURACTIV.
EU Priorities 2020 17-04-2013

Nilsson: Reforms have made Europe better than three years ago

Europe is better now than three years ago as the crisis has forced EU leaders towards further integration, Staffan Nilsson told EURACTIV at the end of his mandate as president of the European Economic and Social Committee.
Energy 05-04-2013

NIS CEO: Gazprom is our main shareholder, but we support Serbia’s EU bid

  Gazprom Neft holds a 56% stake in NIS, the largest energy company in Serbia, but the company vows to do business “outside politics” and support the country’s EU integration, Kirill Kravchenko, CEO of NIS, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.  
Euro & Finance 07-02-2013

Delors’ disciple: Americans and British attacked the euro

The British and the Americans used the press to attack the euro , but the strategy failed and it's now the dollar that is in trouble, contends Marc Luyckx Ghisi, a researcher close to former European Commission President Jacques Delors. 
Future EU 06-09-2012

Analyst: The new EU treaty will be built by a vanguard

It is doubtful that all 27 EU members can agree to start treaty negotiations within the next few years. But a smaller vanguard of member states could agree on treaty changes which could be adopted by the other partners later on, Thomas Fischer from the Bertelsmann Stiftung told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Global Europe 12-07-2012

Chinese ambassador: Beijing is betting on Greece

Beijing is looking at new investments in Greece after the successful running of Piraeus Port by China's shipping giant COSCO, says China's ambassador to Athens. The diplomat spoke with EURACTIV Greece in an exclusive interview.
EU Elections 09 27-06-2012

Verhofstadt: Merkel, Hollande squabble like children

Time is running short to make a jump towards federalism - to avoid a complete collapse of the euro, Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the liberal ALDE group in the European Parliament, tells EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Global Europe 25-06-2012

Campaigner: Crisis dwarfs EU’s development aid

EU’s collective aid levels went down last year and Germany, France and Italy are responsible for 68% of the funding gap. Meanwhile, Spain, the Netherlands, Austria and Greece have achieved less than 25% of their spending promises made to Africa, says Eloise Todd.
Global Europe 16-04-2012

Envoy: Norway keeps €430 billion for ‘generations to come’

Tapping the €430-billion Norway pension fund, made up of revenues from the country's gas and oil exports, to boost EU bailout mechanisms is a "non issue" because the fund has a different purpose, Norway's Ambassador to the EU Atle Leikvoll told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Euro & Finance 23-01-2012

Stockbroker: Economy would have collapsed without ECB interventions

Europe's economy would have 'vanished into the underworld' had the European Central Bank not intervened in the eurozone debt crisis, says stockbroker Dirk Müller. He argues that a European ratings agency would ease the crisis and that the current combination of loans and austerity in Greece will lead to default.
Euro & Finance 17-01-2012

EU ambassadors hope for 2012 annus mirabilis

If 2011 was Europe’s annus horribilis, EU ambassadors hope actions in the making will restore confidence in the 27-nation bloc, reverse the cascade of the sovereign debt crisis that has marred the EU, and ultimately turn 2012 into an annus mirabilis.