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Economic governance 13-12-2018

Italy’s Conte admits defeat on budget, presents new plan to EU

Italy has admitted defeat and agreed to change its “beautiful” budget plan to avoid the opening of a disciplinary procedure against Rome.
Economic governance 12-12-2018

Commission to judge in May France’s deficit deviation

The European Commission will conclude in May whether France’s deficit slippage caused by new spending measures represents a limited and temporary deviation allowed by the rules.

Marrakesh UN forum adopts migration pact despite withdrawals

A United Nations conference adopted a migration pact in front of leaders and representatives from over 160 countries in Morocco on Monday (10 December), despite a string of withdrawals, including several EU countries, driven by anti-immigrant populism.
EU Elections 2019 10-12-2018

Salvini hails six months in power, wants to personally negotiate with EU

Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini spoke to thousands of supporters in a packed square in Rome on Saturday (8 December) as his surging League party celebrates six months in power. EURACTIV reports from Rome.

Host migrants or pay, France and Germany propose

European Union governments that refuse to host refugees could instead pay to be excused from the bloc's system of sharing out migrants, France and Germany proposed on Thursday (6 December) as they sought to end a long-running EU feud over migration.

Dozens of mafia suspects held in international sting

Police arrested dozens of suspected mobsters in Europe and South America on Wednesday (5 December) in a huge international swoop targeting Italy's notorious 'Ndrangheta mafia clan, officials said.
Economic governance 30-11-2018

Italy one step closer to EU budget procedure

Italy’s deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said he was confident about ongoing talks with the European Commission over the country’s budget, despite a fresh recommendation by EU government representatives on Thursday (29 November) to open an excessive deficit procedure against Italy.
Economic governance 25-11-2018

Commission ‘not at war’ with Italy, Juncker says

The European Commission has no plan to start a war with Italy over its budget, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said a day after a working dinner with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Saturday (24 November). But Rome confirmed that the main reforms included in the disputed budget will stay unchanged.
Economy & Jobs 25-11-2018

Commission: Italy, EU to work to bring views on 2019 budget closer together

Italy and the European Commission will work in the coming days to bring closer their positions on Italy's 2019 draft budget, which the EU executive says breaks EU laws by not reducing the country's huge public debt.
Brexit 23-11-2018

Katainen on Brexit: We have to take Spain’s concerns very seriously

Member states share Spain's concerns over the future relationship with Gibraltar after Brexit, Vice-President of the European Commission for Jobs, Growth, Investment & Competitiveness Jyrki Katainen told EURACTIV.com in a long interview where he addressed all the pressing challenges the EU is currently facing.
China 23-11-2018

US asks allies to shun Huawei equipment over espionage fears

The US government is trying to persuade wireless and internet providers in allied countries to avoid telecommunications equipment from China’s Huawei Technologies, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday (22 November).
Politics 23-11-2018

Tweets of the Week: May and Juncker, Italy, and Rake News

This time it’s Juncker and May in a Brexit schmooze, Italy thinks it's got nothing to lose, and Finns are all about rake news.
Economy & Jobs 22-11-2018

Germany proposes tough conditions for ‘European IMF’

Germany's plans for a "European Monetary Fund" to help eurozone states in difficulty would set strict eligibility criteria that shut out those who are failing to tackle high national debt.
Economic governance 21-11-2018

Commission launches excessive deficit procedure against Italy, saying it is ‘sleepwalking into instability’

The European Commission hedged its bets and called for the opening of an excessive deficit procedure against Italy on Wednesday (21 November) as Rome refused once again to revise its draft budget plan.
Economic governance 20-11-2018

Italy’s revised budget ‘did not dispel concerns’, Eurogroup president says

Italy’s slightly modified budget might not get the green light from the European Commission, the president of the Eurogroup, Mario Centeno, told the Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee on Tuesday (20 November), raising the likelihood of an excessive deficit...
Economy & Jobs 19-11-2018

Eurozone budget to be ready by 2021 say France and Germany

France and Germany's finance ministers on Monday (19 November) presented their proposal on establishing a eurozone budget by 2021, describing it as a "major political breakthrough".
Economy & Jobs 15-11-2018

Italy sticks to its guns in revised budget submitted to EU

Italy defied Brussels again on Tuesday (13 November) as Finance Minister Giovanni Tria presented only a slightly modified draft budget, despite the European Commission rejecting the previous spending plan in an unprecedented decision.
Economy & Jobs 08-11-2018

No compromise on EU budget rules, Moscovici warns Italy

The EU’s Economics chief Pierre Moscovici insisted on Thursday (8 November) that there was little room for Brussels to compromise with the Italian government over its budget plans as he unveiled the European Commission's latest economic forecasts.
EU Elections 2019 07-11-2018

European conservatives open door for Italy’s far-right

Fratelli d'Italia (FDI) leader Giorgia Meloni on Tuesday (6 November) met with the leadership of the Group of European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) in the European Parliament to discuss a possible alliance after the 2019 European elections.
Economy & Jobs 07-11-2018

EU’s troublemakers find comfort in Chinese arms

Cornered by their EU partners, Italy, Hungary and the UK were welcomed with open arms by Chinese President Xi Jinping during his landmark trade event held in Shanghai this week, where around 3,000 companies from more than 130 countries are taking part in the first China International Import Expo (CIIE).
Economy & Jobs 06-11-2018

Eurozone ministers urge inflexible Italy to drop budget defiance

Eurozone finance ministers urged Italy on Monday (5 November) to reverse course on its rule-breaking budget amid fears of market turmoil and a return of the debt crisis.

‘Total disaster’ as Italy storms kill at least 30

Floods killed 12 people on the island of Sicily, including nine members of a single family, pushing Italy’s week-long storm toll beyond 30, rescuers said Sunday (4 November). After a river burst its banks, the bodies of the family including...
Energy 31-10-2018

Conte tells Italian rebel village he is unable to stop TAP pipeline

In an open letter of the to a rebel municipality where the TAP pipeline is expected to come on shore, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte explains at length why he cannot stop the project.
Elections 30-10-2018

Italy’s Di Maio warns against party divisions after TAP pipeline U-turn

Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio called on Monday (29 October) for unity within his 5-Star Movement after the anti-establishment party was forced to renege on an electoral pledge to halt a major, international gas transport project.