German Chancellor Angela Merkel is opposing economic stimulus policies that rely on new debt, amid calls to relax austerity measures from centre-left opponents in Germany and newly elected French President François Hollande.
A continuation of the economic growth in central and eastern Europe is "not to be taken for granted", argue the authors of this paper from the think tank 'Lisbon Council for Economic Competitiveness and Social Renewal'.
Ian Begg, Associate Research Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), assesses the progress of the Partnership for Growth and Jobs (PGJ, the name of the relaunched ‘Lisbon’ strategy) during the 2006-07 cycle.
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) are potentially the most dynamic sector of the economy. Their growth is key for the overall economic well-being. The Commission has several programmes and measures in place to promote SME growth.