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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.

London and Copenhagen, the most expensive cities in Europe

Europe’s capital cities have a great deal to offer, but it often comes with a hefty price tag. A recent Eurostat study ranked the EU’s most expensive places to live. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.
Trade & Society 15-01-2015

The last emperor of GDP

Gross Domestic Product is a measure of the size of a country's economy. It represents the value of all goods and services produced over a specific period of time, with year-on-year growth generally considered a sign of good economic health, writes Éloi Laurent.

EU finance chiefs urge pay restraint

As trade union members gathered in their thousands to demand wage rises in the face of rising prices, EU finance ministers warned that excessive pay hikes risked fuelling spiralling inflation.
Euro & Finance 14-06-2005

Big Mac index: the euro, indeed, is overvalued

The euro is overvalued against the US dollar by 17%; the Swiss franc is still the most overvalued currency; and in the EU-10, Hungary remains the most expensive country - or so says the Economist's latest 'Big Mac index'.
Energy 09-10-2003

New VAT rules for gas and electricity

A new Directive changes the rules for VAT on gas and electricity and aims at improving the operation of the internal energy market.
Energy 29-09-2003

Blackouts in Italy: Commission calls for improvement of grid infrastructure

Following the blackouts in Italy on 28 September, Energy Commissioner Loyola de Palacio emphasised the importance of a single energy market to improve grid infrastructure and security of electricity supply.
Enlargement 20-06-2003

Purchasing power: GDP versus disposable income

The study concludes that in Central and Eastern Europe, the share of GDP redistributed to households by the State is larger than in the EU.

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