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Most Italians regret changing lira for euro

29.10.14 @ 09:03

A majority of Italians believe that ditching the lira for the euro has been bad for their country, according to a new survey. By a 47 percent to 43 percent margin, Italians said that joining the single currency had been ...

France offers new cuts to meet Brussels' demands

28.10.14 @ 09:25

France and Italy outlined extra measures to cut their budget deficits on Monday as they backed away from a full scale confrontation with the European Commission. French finance minister Michel Sapin announced new ...

One in five EU banks fail stress tests

27.10.14 @ 09:29

One in five EU banks do not have enough capital to cope if another financial crisis hits the bloc, after failing 'stress tests' set by the European Central Bank (ECB). The bank released the results of its so-called ' ...

Cameron vows to reject €2 billion EU bill

24.10.14 @ 16:16

UK prime minister David Cameron has vowed to oppose "in every way possible" the extra €2.1 billion EU budget bill, which he said was "completely unjustified and unacceptable", in a row that dominated the second day of a ...

Cameron slapped with new €2bn EU bill

24.10.14 @ 09:47

David Cameron was presented with a new bill for €2.1 billion by the European Commission on Thursday (23 October) as he endured another embarrassing setback in the EU capital. The UK prime minister was told at Thursday's ...

Poll shows UK support for EU at 20-year high

23.10.14 @ 13:38

The rise of the UK Independence party has coincided with increased support for Britain remaining part of the EU, according to a survey published on Wednesday (22 October). Fifty-six percent of Britons would vote to stay ...

EU fiscal rules won't be changed, says Juncker

22.10.14 @ 19:55

The EU's rules on debts and deficits will not be re-written, Jean-Claude Juncker told MEPs in his first speech as European Commission president. “The rules will not be changed,” said Juncker, whose team was backed by ...

Bank rescue fund to rely on big lenders

22.10.14 @ 09:29

Europe's biggest banks will foot almost all of the bill for a new EU rescue fund for stricken lenders, according to a plan published on Tuesday (21 October). The draft rules released by the European Commission put flesh ...

New accounting rules save EU deficit

21.10.14 @ 18:01

Budget deficits in the EU were within the limits set out in the bloc's stability pact in 2013 thanks to changes to accounting rules, the bloc's statistical agency Eurostat revealed on Tuesday (21 October). Eurostat ...

EU lawmaking down 40 percent in Barroso's second term

20.10.14 @ 18:22

The volume of EU lawmaking fell by nearly 40 percent in the last legislative term, according to an internal European Parliament paper. The European Commission adopted 658 proposals between 2009 and 2014, down from over ...

Sex and drugs drive EU growth surge

17.10.14 @ 09:23

Ask a politician in any EU country what they would give for an extra 2 percent on their nation's economic output without any policy changes, and you are likely to be offered a couple of limbs and a body part. Yet ...

EU health chiefs to debate entry screening for Ebola

16.10.14 @ 09:29

EU health ministers will discuss the introduction of entry screening for potential Ebola carriers at a meeting in Brussels on Thursday (16 October). Britain has already introduced screening at its airports in Heathrow ...

EU watchdog to close loophole on bank bonuses

15.10.14 @ 18:57

The EU's banking watchdog is poised to close a loophole allowing banks to use special allowances in a bid to get round the bloc's rules on bonus payments. Under the rules passed by MEPs and ministers in 2013, banks are ...

Dublin to scrap 'double Irish' tax loophole

15.10.14 @ 09:26

Ireland will scrap a controversial tax instrument which allows companies to legally shift huge profits from Ireland to countries with low taxes, the country's budget minister has announced. Speaking in the Irish ...

FocusLondon's forgotten city siblings

15.10.14 @ 09:07

Will English cities gain new powers from a new UK devolution settlement? That is one question following the Scottish referendum. A popular line among independence campaigners was that Scotland had been getting poorer as ...

ECB defends "whatever it takes" scheme in EU court

14.10.14 @ 19:43

ECB lawyers defended the bond-buying programme at the heart of Mario Draghi's promise to do "whatever it takes" to protect the eurozone at the EU’s top court in Luxembourg on Tuesday (14 October). The case was brought ...

Ministers play down French budget row

14.10.14 @ 09:28

EU finance ministers played down the prospect of a row with France at their monthly meeting on Monday (13 October), but insisted that the bloc's rules on budget deficits and debts had to be respected. Speaking with ...

Small businesses could save €41bn on EU red tape

14.10.14 @ 07:03

Small businesses should be exempted "wherever possible" from EU law, according to an expert group tasked with slashing red tape. The recommendations, which would exempt small firms from a raft of EU laws aimed at ...

Eurozone in danger of repeating Japanese stagnation, IMF chief warns

10.10.14 @ 09:11

International Monetary Fund boss Christine Lagarde has warned that the eurozone risks following Japan and falling into a prolonged cycle of recession and stagnation. Speaking on Thursday (9 October) ahead of the IMF's ...

Ministers publish mandate for US trade talks

09.10.14 @ 18:59

EU governments have published the negotiation mandate given to the European Commission to open talks on a free trade deal with the US in a bid to assuage criticism that the deal is being made behind closed doors. On ...

Germany on brink of recession as exports tumble

09.10.14 @ 14:59

Germany is on the brink of recession after recording its weakest export levels for five years. Data published by the Federal Statistics Office on Thursday (9 October) indicated that exports slumped by 5.8 percent ...

UK's Hill set to survive after second hearing

08.10.14 @ 09:32

Jonathan Hill is set to be approved as the EU's next financial services chief, following his second grilling in the European Parliament. Speaking on Tuesday (7 October), for the second time in a week, with MEPs on the ...

EU needs to invest, IMF warns on eve of jobs summit

08.10.14 @ 09:29

The eurozone and Japan are the economies most vulnerable to a protracted period of stagnation and need to increase public investment, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned. The Washington-based Fund published ...

EU launches probe into Amazon's Luxembourg tax deal

08.10.14 @ 02:07

The European Commission will launch a probe into Amazon's tax arrangements in Luxembourg, the EU's competition chief has confirmed. Speaking with reporters on Tuesday (7 October), Joaquin Almunia said the investigation ...

EU unlikely to reform treaties, French PM tells Cameron

07.10.14 @ 09:25

Re-opening the EU treaties to satisfy the UK would be “perilous” and deflect attention from dealing with the bloc's struggling economy, French prime minister Manuel Valls has said on a visit to London. Speaking in the ...

Euro not to blame for debt crisis, says commission nominee

06.10.14 @ 20:55

The euro is not to blame for the sovereign debt crisis which forced several EU countries into multi-billion euro bailouts, the next commissioner for the single currency told MEPs Monday (6 September). Speaking during ...

AgendaCommissioners to-be and bearded ladies This WEEK

03.10.14 @ 18:47

The European Parliament is once again at the centre of the action next week, as it completes the final rounds of hearings for the next European Commission and welcomes Eurovision song contest winner Conchita Wurst. The ...

ECB announces €1 trillion bond-buying plan

03.10.14 @ 10:24

The European Central Bank will start buying bank securities worth up to €1 trillion between now and the end of theyear, president Mario Draghi has announced. Speaking at a news conference following the monthly meeting ...

Moscovici gets rough ride as commission hearings turn partisan

02.10.14 @ 17:20

French commission nominee Pierre Moscovici was the latest candidate to face a tough ride from MEPs, as the hearings for the EU executive became increasingly partisan. Moscovici, a former MEP who served as finance ...

France 'rejects austerity' in controversial budget

02.10.14 @ 07:33

France has put itself on a collision course with its EU partners after rejecting calls for it to adopt further austerity measures to bring its budget deficit in line with EU rules. Outlining plans for 2015 on Wednesday ...

MEPs summon UK's Hill to second hearing

01.10.14 @ 21:19

MEPs have summoned the UK’s European Commission nominee, Jonathan Hill, to a second hearing amid concerns on Banking Union and Eurobonds. Hill impressed deputies with his personal commitment to the EU post during the ...

ECB to change rules to buy Greek, Cypriot debt

01.10.14 @ 09:21

The European Central Bank (ECB) is set to change its rules to allow it to buy asset-backed securities with junk ratings issued by Greek and Cypriot banks. The ECB’s executive board, meeting Thursday (2 October), is to ...

Apple's tax deal illegal, EU commission tells Ireland

30.09.14 @ 17:45

Ireland's tax arrangement with software giant Apple constitutes illegal state subsidy, the European Commission has said. In a letter made public on Tuesday (30 September), but sent to the Irish government in June, the ...

Investor clauses could be left out of EU-US trade deal

29.09.14 @ 18:50

The EU's likely next trade commissioner has signalled that controversial investor protection rules allowing companies to sue governments could ultimately be left out of a transatlantic trade deal with the United States. ...

AnalysisSelf-defeating Tories fighting over Europe again

29.09.14 @ 18:36

While most British politicos have spent the last month on the beach or fretting about the possibility of the Scottish people sending the United Kingdom to its grave, the UK Conservative party spent the summer having yet ...

'I could back No vote' on EU, Cameron says

29.09.14 @ 09:21

David Cameron has suggested that he would campaign for Britain to leave the EU if he is unable to renegotiate the country's membership terms. Speaking in a BBC interview on Sunday (28 September), the UK prime minister ...

UK commissioner deprived of power to oversee bankers' pay

27.09.14 @ 09:19

The European Commission has played down suggestions that it had deliberately stripped the UK's commission candidate of responsibility for policing the EU's bank bonus rules. Officials with Commission President designate ...

EU-Canada pact faces German opposition over investor clauses

25.09.14 @ 18:25

Provisions allowing companies to sue governments to protect their investments must be taken out of an EU-Canada trade agreement (Ceta), German chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition partners have said. Speaking in the ...

AnalysisCrises of confidence in UK party conference land

24.09.14 @ 18:00

The September party conference season has always been political jamboree time in the UK. For a caffeine-fuelled month, ordinary party members have the chance to hob-nob and get drunk with the country's senior ...

EU changes tack on Google, threatens record fine

24.09.14 @ 08:49

Google could face a record fine for breaching EU competition rules, the European Commission's competition chief has said, warning that its four year investigation into the US search engine could eventually rival the ...

FocusErasmus students find love and jobs, EU research finds

23.09.14 @ 15:07

If you are looking for love and a good job then you need to use the Erasmus student exchange programme, according to new research published by the European Commission. One in four Erasmus students hooked up with their ...

AnalysisFailure to launch: Is the ECB's tool-kit empty?

22.09.14 @ 18:02

During the EU's seven year economic slump, the European Central Bank (ECB) has, to most observers, stood alone among the EU institutions in having had 'a good crisis'. As analysts and policy makers again become ...

Europe needs new stimulus to ward off crisis, US treasury warns

22.09.14 @ 10:13

European governments need to "boost demand" in order to reduce unemployment and avoid deflation, the US Treasury secretary has told the G20 group. Speaking after the meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bank ...

Mastercard loses EU battle over card fees

11.09.14 @ 19:01

Mastercard has lost its legal battle with the European Commission over payment fees following a ruling by the European Court of Justice. The verdict on Thursday (11 September) threw out the firm's appeal against a ...

Juncker's economic balancing act

11.09.14 @ 09:29

Even Jean-Claude Juncker’s critics would agree that the new Commission president is a skilled deal-maker. His division of portfolios for the new look EU executive announced on Wednesday (10 September) is a masterclass ...

Most Europeans want Britain to stay in EU

11.09.14 @ 09:24

A majority of Europeans want Britain to remain in the EU, but French people would be happy to see it go, according to a poll by the German Marshall Fund (GMF). The survey, published on Wednesday (10 September), spoke ...

EU repeats demand for energy chapter in US trade treaty

10.09.14 @ 09:26

The EU's trade chief has reiterated his demands for the US to include an energy chapter as part of a trans-Atlantic free trade deal. "It is important that we come forward with a position on that [energy agreement] as ...

One in three Europeans more educated than parents, research finds

09.09.14 @ 18:55

One in every three young Europeans has a higher level of education than their parents, according to new research. However, the number of young people with lower educational attainment than their parents has increased, ...

Scots to back independence, shock poll says

08.09.14 @ 07:58

Scotland is poised to vote Yes on leaving the UK after an opinion poll gave pro-independence campaigners a shock lead. Just days before Scotland's four million voters go to the polls on 18 September to decide whether to ...

Polish minister calls for €700 billion EU investment fund

05.09.14 @ 09:28

The EU should establish a temporary investment fund capable of paying for infrastructure projects worth €700 billion, Poland's finance minister has said. In a speech at the Bruegel think-tank on Thursday (4 September), ...