About: public debt

Economy & Jobs 04-06-2019

IMF urges France to step up reforms to rein in debt

The International Monetary Fund on Monday (3 June) warned France that its public debt is "too high for comfort", calling on the nation to tackle the issue by stepping up spending reforms.
Economic governance 23-05-2019

EU top court rejects ECB compensations for investors affected by Greek crisis

The EU's top court ruled on Thursday (23 May) against demands for the European Central Bank to compensate private investors affected by the restructuring of the Greek public debt in 2012.
Economy & Jobs 08-05-2019

Italy accuses EU of prejudice after grim economic forecasts

Italy accused EU authorities of prejudice on Tuesday (7 May) after they forecast the euro zone's third largest economy would stagnate this year and its huge public debt would rise further.
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.
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 12-07-2018

Commission rejects auditors’ call to tighten control of EU member states’ debt

The European Commission has rejected the European Court of Auditors’ recommendation to strengthen surveillance of EU member states with high levels of public debt.
Economy & Jobs 15-05-2018

Member states should renew fiscal vows

In 2012, all but two EU member states committed themselves to strengthening the rules and institutions that govern their national budget preparation processes by signing the European Fiscal Compact. However, little has been done since, writes Michal Horvath.
Economy & Jobs 09-03-2018

Commission levels up France on economic imbalances

The Commission highlights the progress of French competitiveness but also points out structural issues in the French economy. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Future EU 16-10-2017

Varoufakis tells Macron to adopt the ‘empty-chair’ tactic

Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis supports Macron’s federalist proposals on the euro single currency but believes only a real threat could make Germany budge on the issue. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 11-10-2017

French workers strike against Macron’s economic reforms

Civil servants, representing one-fifth of France's total labour force, went on strike on Tuesday (10 October) to protest against Emmanuel Macron’s planned economic reforms. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Economy & Jobs 22-02-2017

EU says Germany should do more to help economy

Europe's top economy Germany should help its EU partners out, the European Commission said on Wednesday (22 February), after the Trump administration attacked Berlin for using the bloc to boost exports unfairly.
Euro & Finance 14-12-2016

OFCE’s Timbeau: A high carbon tax would help end economic stagnation

EU leaders should see public debt reduction as a long-term challenge and not be afraid of making investments for the future. Cutting debts quickly can increase unemployment and make a country worse off, Xavier Timbeau told EURACTIV France.
Pierre Moscovici
Euro & Finance 06-02-2015

French deficit takes centre stage in EU’s winter forecast

France's budget deficit this year will be far above the EU limit and will not move in 2016 unless policies change, the European Commission forecast on Thursday (5 February), stepping up pressure on Paris to act before an evaluation later this month.
Michael Heise, Chief Economist at Allianz SE [Project Syndicate]
EU Priorities 2020 28-08-2014

A European lost decade?

Europe's economic woes resemble Japan’s situation in the 1990s, which led to a 'lost decade' of economic stagnation and deflation from which the country is still working to recover. Michael Heise asks whether Europe will suffer a similar fate.
Euro & Finance 22-07-2014

Eurozone’s debt rises in first quarter, set to peak this year

Eurozone public debt rose to 93.9% of economic output in the first quarter of this year, approaching the peak it is expected to reach later in 2014, official data showed on Tuesday (22 July).
Manuel Valls
Euro & Finance 17-04-2014

France will keep its promises, says Manuel Valls

The new prime minister reaffirmed France’s commitment to reducing its national deficit, and ending the government’s unclear stance on EU affairs. EURACTIV France reports.
Euro & Finance 02-04-2014

Public debt plan gaining momentum

By reducing their debt, European countries, will return to economic growth. But creating redemption funds, and eurobligations, raises the spectre of fiscal union. EURACTIV France reports.
Euro & Finance 12-02-2014

French court of auditors worried about the country’s deficit

France has promised to bring its public deficit under 3% but the Court of Auditors doubts it can be done.
Global Europe 06-01-2011

Chinese visit to Spain helps calm markets

A visit to Spain by a Chinese delegation led by Vice Premier Li Keqiang during which agreements worth 5.7 billion euros were signed yesterday (5 January) helped calm markets and provided some relief for the country's recession-hit economy. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Euro & Finance 17-12-2010

Reviving the West

The world now needs to agree on a financial and economic strategy for prosperity far bolder than the Marshall Plan of the 1940s, writes Gordon Brown, former prime minister of the United Kingdom.
Euro & Finance 15-11-2010

Europe’s monetary cordon sanitaire

The German government's proposed debt-restructuring mechanism immediately shifts weaker eurozone countries towards default, write Simon Johnson, former chief economist of the IMF and Peter Boone, chairman of Effective Intervention at the London School of Economics' Centre for Economic Performance.

Strengthening innovation need not cost new money

Countries facing huge public debt and diminishing resources will have a hard time earmarking money for innovation, but other means do exist, argues Eva Srejber, vice-president of the European Investment Bank, in a commentary sent to EURACTIV.
Euro & Finance 15-10-2010

The euro catalyst

There is grounds for optimism that structural reforms in the euro zone will succeed, writes Edmond Alphandary, a former French economy minister and chairman of the Euro50 Group.
Elections 15-10-2010

Is Belgium next?

As Belgium's political instability continues, the country's economic future looks increasingly precarious and whether it will be next to succumb to a debt crisis depends on which scenario the Belgians end up choosing, write Susanne Mundschenk and Raphael Cottin, executive director and research associate at Eurointelligence.

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