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Eastern Europe 04-11-2019

Georgia: Private sector gives suggestions for a way forward

Georgia, a country championing economic reform and ranking seventh in the World Bank 'Doing Business' index, gave the floor on 23 October to experienced businessmen to identify ways of further improving the investment climate.
Future EU 23-04-2019

Macron prepares to launch ‘Act 2’ of his presidency

French President Emmanuel Macron will on Thursday (25 April) reveal his long-awaited response to almost half a year of street protests in a reform plan that could prove decisive for his presidency and long-term political future.
Economy & Jobs 23-01-2018

Greece gets green light for fresh bailout cash

Eurozone finance ministers approved another 6.7 billion euros in bailout cash for Greece yesterday (22 January) after Athens pushed through controversial reforms that drew strikes and protests.
Europe's East 10-04-2017

Ukraine’s reformist central bank chief resigns

Ukraine's reformist central bank chief, Valeriya Gontareva, submitted her resignation today (10 April) after coming under intense pressure from tycoons whose banks were shut down for illegal transactions and loans.
Elections 22-02-2017

Leftist rival to challenge Renzi as leader of Italy’s ruling party

Michele Emiliano, the leftist president of the southern region of Puglia, said on Tuesday he would challenge former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi for the leadership of Italy's ruling Democratic Party (PD), which faces a damaging split.
Euro & Finance 29-04-2016

Eurogroup to meet over Greek bailout on Europe Day

The next meeting of eurozone finance ministers to discuss Greece's massive bailout will be held in Brussels on 9 May, Athens said yesterday (28 April).
Euro & Finance 28-04-2016

Tsipras requests extraordinary EU summit to break debt talks deadlock

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras yesterday (27 April) sought help from the European Union to break a deadlock in critical debt talks as his spokeswoman accused the IMF of "undermining" the process.
Euro & Finance 27-04-2016

No Eurogroup meeting before Greek Orthodox Easter

Eurozone finance ministers will not meet on Thursday and need more time to discuss Greek reforms that would unlock new loans, signaling significant differences remain between Athens and its lenders on bailout targets.
Europe's East 26-08-2015

Ukraine’s anti-corruption bureau is in fact anti-constitutional

Despite the high appraisal of the new anti-corruption legislation of Ukraine by international organizations, an in-depth legal analysis shows that it is in fact unconstitutional, write Victor Solovyov and Roman Rukomeda.
Elections 17-08-2015

Problems mount for Renzi as economy stumbles

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's escalating problems were compounded on Friday (14 August) when data showed a long-awaited economic recovery is already losing steam.
Europe's East 24-03-2015

Ukraine brings its lustration controversy to Brussels

A Ukrainian civil society activist and MPs, from the country’s ruling parties disagreed on the role of lustration in building a more just society, during a public event in Brussels today (24 March).
Matteo Renzi

Italy to launch public administration reforms

Matteo Renzi promised to “revolutionise” Italy. In the wake of his victory in the European elections, he is expected to announce reforms in Italy’s public administration on Friday, 13 June.
Euro & Finance 20-11-2012

Moody’s downgrades France’s credit rating

Moody's stripped France of its prized triple-A badge yesterday (19 November), cutting the sovereign credit rating on Europe's No. 2 economy by one notch to Aa1 from Aaa, citing an uncertain fiscal outlook and deteriorating economy.
Euro & Finance 03-08-2012

Brussels welcomes Greece’s commitment to reforms

The European Commission yesterday (2 August) welcomed Greek moves to bring about structural reforms in its economy.
Euro & Finance 16-05-2012

Greece must remain in the eurozone

If Greece were to exit the eurozone, expansionary fiscal policies and successive competitive devaluations will not work, as they have not worked in the past. The root of the crisis is not austerity, but the fact that Greece essentially ceased its efforts to reform after the adoption of the euro, writes Nikos Chrysoloras.
Elections 18-11-2011

Monti unveils crisis strategy, France, Spain under strain

Italy's new government has announced sweeping reforms to respond to the euro debt crisis that yesterday (17 November) pushed borrowing costs for France and Spain sharply higher, and brought tens of thousands of Greeks onto the streets of Athens. EURACTIV Italy, Greece and France report. 

Romanian crackdown on petty bribery insufficient?

Despite Bucharest's now regular reporting to Brussels on a series of crackdowns on petty bribery, high-level politicians in the EU appear immune to such investigations, meaning a crucial monitoring report by the Commission on corruption in Romania, expected this July, could still be rather damning. 
Central Europe 06-03-2007

Turkish business wants EU membership by 2014

Turkish business association TÜSIAD is pushing for the country joining the EU soon. However, the current stalemate in Turkish EU-membership talks is yet to be overcome.

EU business ‘positive on reforms but more needed’

The fifth European Business Summit, to be held from 15-16 March 2007, is set to be more upbeat about the Lisbon-reforms progress. European CEOs, on the other hand, are increasingly worried about further EU enlargement.
EU Priorities 2020 01-02-2007

Comitology: Problem Solved or Dispute Postponed?

In this paper, Thomas Christiansen and Beatrice Vaccari, senior lecturers at the European Institute of Public Administration, examine the Council's 2006 decision on Comitology reform and the impact it has had on the comitology process.  

Commission: ‘Economic reforms delivering’

The Commission has presented an optimistic evaluation of the first year of its renewed  'Lisbon Strategy' for growth and jobs. However, at the same time, it warned that governments must accelerate further economic reforms.
Public Affairs 09-06-2006

Analysis: Selling reforms

Tasso Enzweiler analyses in this article published by Politik & Kommunikation the communication strategy of the German government.  It has to learn to sell its reforms to the citizens – a task, which is not always easy.
Brexit 28-03-2006

Strikes hit France, UK and Germany

Three of the EU's leading economies will be hit by strikes on 28 March. Both in France and the UK the disruptions underline the difficulty in pushing through labour market reforms.   
Public Affairs 20-03-2006

Communication of political reforms: trust is good, trust is better

Wolfgang Kreuter writes in this Politik & Kommunikation article about the dilemma of political communication in Germany.  Poltical reforms are becoming more and more of a patchwork and have a short life-span.  Only if politicians are able to explain this to their electorates might they have a chance of regaining their trust. The full text is only available in German.