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Don't touch EU stability pact, warns ECB's Draghi

15.07.14 @ 09:27

ECB boss Mario Draghi urged EU leaders not to meddle with the bloc's rules on debt and deficits on Monday, warning that it could turn the tide on much needed economic reforms. Addressing MEPs on the Parliament's ...

AgendaMore EU top jobs handed out this WEEK

14.07.14 @ 09:25

The saga of who will get the EU's top jobs will move a step closer to conclusion this week, in the last major decision before the EU institutions begin their six-week summer recess. On Tuesday (14 July), attention will ...

Valencia faces EU probe over dodgy statistics

12.07.14 @ 18:48

The European Commission has launched a probe into whether the Spanish region of Valencia is guilty of the first case of statistical fraud since the Greek crisis in 2009. The investigation, which will look at years worth ...

Post EU ElectionsWho is Jean-Claude Juncker?

27.06.14 @ 19:19

Britain's tabloid The Sun portrayed him as "the most dangerous man in Europe". Prime Minister David Cameron linked Britain's EU membership to him, while other leaders and MEPs said that without him as Commission chief, ...

EU to revisit budget rules by year's end, says Eurogroup chief

20.06.14 @ 09:26

The European Commission and government ministers will re-assess the bloc’s rules on deficit and debt limits by the end of 2014, the eurozone’s lead official has said. But Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who ...

German minister calls for EU budget rules to be loosened

17.06.14 @ 09:51

Germany’s economy minister has signalled that the EU should loosen its rules on budget deficits to allow governments more space to pursue growth-driving economic reforms. “No one wants higher debt, but we can only cut ...

EU official says response to economic crisis is flawed

14.06.14 @ 16:38

The EU’s social affairs commissioner on Friday (13 June) lashed out at the EU’s response to the economic crisis. Lazlo Andor, in a speech delivered in Berlin, said debt-curbing policies designed to resolve the sovereign ...

EU rules should focus on debt not deficit targets, says IMF official

10.06.14 @ 20:48

The EU’s rules on cutting national budget deficits discourage public investment and "imply procyclicality," prolonging the effects of a recession, a senior IMF official has said. Speaking on Tuesday (10 June) at the ...

Lithuania set to join eurozone in 2015

04.06.14 @ 18:39

Lithuania is set to become the nineteenth member of the eurozone after the European Commission gave its membership bid the green light. "Lithuania is ready to adopt the euro on 1st Jan 2015," confirmed the bloc's ...

Portugal's last bailout loan suspended

04.06.14 @ 09:40

The conclusion of Portugal's €78 billion EU bailout programme has hit a last minute snag after the EU and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) suspended the country's final €2.6 billion loan. The move follows a ruling ...

OpinionThe ECB and low inflation: no such thing as conventional policy

04.06.14 @ 07:53

The eurozone has been suffering from record low inflation for several months now. Last October the inflation rate dropped below 1 percent and has remained there ever since. This low pace of price increases is dangerous ...

AnalysisFrance falls victim to EU's economic powers

03.06.14 @ 09:39

Being singled out for censure by the European Commission is nothing new for the government of Francois Hollande. But the timing of the latest veiled threat from Brussels could hardly be worse. Ten days ago Marine Le Pen ...

EU warns France on budget efforts

02.06.14 @ 22:14

France must take further action to cut its budget deficit to the EU's 3 percent limit in its upcoming emergency budget law, the European Commission said Monday. The stark warning was contained in the commission's annual ...

Portuguese court throws out 'unconstitutional' pay and pension cuts

02.06.14 @ 09:30

Portugal’s supreme court threw out cuts to welfare and public sector pay in the latest challenge to Pedro Coelho’s government. In a ruling announced on Friday night (30 May), the court stated that public sector pay cuts ...

Russia driving up euro, says Draghi

08.05.14 @ 18:12

Low inflation, weak demand and high unemployment are not the only reasons for a strong euro, which is a "matter of serious concern" for the governing board of the European Central Bank (ECB). Russia's actions in Ukraine ...

EU 'bullied' Ireland into bailout, former Barroso aide says

08.05.14 @ 09:14

The EU's institutions 'bullied' Ireland into a bailout, a senior former adviser to the European Commission's president said on Wednesday (7 May). In an interview with Irish network RTE, Phillipe Legrain accused the ...

Post EU ElectionsEuro-exit parties fail to do their maths

07.05.14 @ 09:28

What is the price of a monetary union, or of leaving one, for that matter? These questions are now being raised by the eurosceptic parties that are gathering momentum in Germany, the Netherlands and Finland, all ...

EU recovery 'gaining traction', amid fears of low inflation

05.05.14 @ 18:18

The EU executive raised its growth projections across the Union to 1.6 percent for 2014, while its forecasts for the eurozone remain unchanged at 1.2 percent. Neighbouring Baltic states Latvia and Lithuania are forecast ...

Portugal and financial transactions tax top agenda this WEEK

05.05.14 @ 09:41

Siim Kallas, the acting commissioner for the eurozone, will present the bloc's spring economic forecast on Monday (5 May). The report will assess whether EU countries are set to meet their economic growth projections, ...

Post EU ElectionsAnti-euro talk spreads in Italy

24.04.14 @ 09:28

In the 1990s, qualifying against the odds for eurozone membership was a matter of pride for most Italians. Now leaving the euro – once a political taboo – is routinely discussed by the media, as the campaign for next ...

MEPs accuse commission of blocking EU statistics 'whistleblower'

07.04.14 @ 09:25

Talks aimed at increasing transparency on EU statistical output have collapsed after the European Commission refused to apply the rules it demands of national statistical offices to its own statistical agency. Lawmakers ...

Eurozone ministers agree to pay Greece €8.3bn

02.04.14 @ 08:56

Eurozone finance ministers agreed to pay out €8.3 billion of Greece's bailout package on Tuesday (1 April), bringing to a close a protracted battle between the Athens government and its creditors over the latest round ...

Common debt fund needs EU treaty change: report

01.04.14 @ 10:01

The EU treaties and democratic constraints block the way to establishing a fund to pool eurozone debt, according to a European Commission report released Monday (31 March). The report by a commission expert group led by ...

Post EU ElectionsGermany in renewed push for EU treaty change

28.03.14 @ 09:50

German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has said discussions on revising the treaty to secure the eurozone's architecture will begin after the May EU elections. "After the EU elections the debate about treaty change ...

Charity documents 'human cost' of EU austerity

27.03.14 @ 18:01

Evidence gathered by Caritas Europa, a network of charities working with the most deprived, shows that the impact of austerity programmes in Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Romania has " ...

Czech government backs EU fiscal pact

25.03.14 @ 09:28

The Czech government has agreed to adopt the EU's fiscal pact, as the new centre-left administration of Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka continues to tread a more pro-EU path than his predecessors. The decision, taken ...

MEPs: Troika undemocratic, European Monetary Fund needed

13.03.14 @ 14:21

The European Parliament is calling for the creation of an EU monetary fund to replace the "undemocratic" troika of international lenders. In a non-binding report voted Thursday (13 March) in Strasbourg, MEPs set out the ...

Stiglitz: ECB should scrap inflation targets

07.03.14 @ 09:34

The European Central Bank (ECB) should scrap its target to keep price inflation at 2 percent, Nobel prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz said on Thursday (6 March). Speaking at an event organised by the European ...

Italy and France on EU's economic 'watch list'

06.03.14 @ 11:15

Italy and France were the major euro area countries put on the European Commission's economic "watch-list" over fears about persistently high debt and deficit levels. The two countries were among 14 nations deemed to ...

ECB monitoring effects of Ukraine confrontation

04.03.14 @ 09:18

The European Central Bank (ECB) is monitoring the possible economic effects of the Ukraine-Russia crisis, ECB chief Mario Draghi told EU lawmakers on Monday (3 March). During a hearing at the European Parliament that ...

'Antici protocols' shed light on EU crisis summits

27.02.14 @ 10:00

EU summits are a tiresome affair. The Cypriot President had to install a bed in his delegation room to take a nap now and then during the all-nighters discussing Greek bailouts or other pressing euro-matters. France's ...

EU recovery "gaining ground", commission says

25.02.14 @ 18:22

The EU's economic recovery will gather speed in 2014 and 2015, the European Commission predicted on Tuesday (25 February), indicating that the worst of the economic storm which hit Europe is over. "Recovery is gaining ...

MEPs redouble attack on bailout 'troikas'

25.02.14 @ 10:01

MEPs investigating the troika of international lenders in bailout countries have said it was marred by conflicts of interest and lacked democratic accountability. The economic affairs committee on Monday (24 February) ...

Post EU ElectionsControversial author praises German anti-euro party

24.02.14 @ 18:38

Thilo Sarrazin is an unusual politician. A member of the German Social Democrats since 1974, he became a household name in 2010 after publishing his best-selling "Deutschland schafft sich ab" (Germany is doing away with ...

Troika to return to Greece in search of debt deal

18.02.14 @ 09:10

Greece's creditors will return to Athens later this week in a bid to conclude the latest review of the country's €240 billion bailout programme, eurozone finance ministers agreed on Monday (17 February). Officials from ...

EUobservedThat German court decision

14.02.14 @ 09:29

There is a long-standing tradition in politics of only dealing with something when really necessary. Why put your hand in a political hornet’s nest now, when others, down the line, could do it instead? It's a tradition ...

MEPs accuse troika of causing 'social tsunami'

14.02.14 @ 09:28

The troika caused social devastation by forcing eurozone crisis countries to ignore social and welfare standards, MEPs have said. Deputies on the European Parliament's employment committee backed a report by Spanish ...

AnalysisWould a eurozone committee enrich the EU parliament?

12.02.14 @ 19:16

The European Parliament seems likely to create a new committee specifically for the eurozone when MEPs convene in July for the first meetings of the new legislature. The idea, set out in a letter from Sharon Bowles, the ...

OECD admits failure to understand scale of eurozone crisis

12.02.14 @ 10:00

Failure to appreciate the scale of Europe's banking crisis led to the most significant economic forecasting errors since the oil crisis in the 1970s, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has said. ...

Ministers time-wasting on bank union talks, MEPs say

06.02.14 @ 21:15

MEPs have accused EU finance ministers of delaying tactics in negotiations on a single resolution fund for eurozone banks. Deputies in Strasbourg voted on Thursday (6 February) by a strong margin to back a parliament ...

Wilders report: Dutch families would be €10,000 better off out of EU

06.02.14 @ 17:55

Leaving the European Union would boost the Dutch economy by between 10 and 13 percent, and be worth nearly €10,000 per household, according to a report commissioned by Geert Wilders' Freedom party. The study, published ...

Schaeuble sees need for separate eurozone parliament

29.01.14 @ 09:29

German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has laid out ideas on how the single currency area should evolve, including having a eurozone parliament. "Some of the changes will reflect the new realities of the eurozone. ...

Lithuania expresses 'will' to join euro in 2015

28.01.14 @ 19:37

Lithuania is determined to become the 19th member of the eurozone in 2015, the country's finance minister confirmed on Tuesday (28 January. "We have expressed our will to be in the eurozone," finance minister Rimantas ...

Eurozone ministers impatient on Greek bailout review

28.01.14 @ 09:29

Greece came under renewed pressure to reach a deal with creditors on the latest round of cuts and economic reforms at a meeting of eurozone finance ministers in Brussels on Monday (28 January). Troika officials ...

EUobservedRemorseless troikas

17.01.14 @ 09:27

“The parliament, the place where the heart of Europe beats:” Such mindless flattery never heralds a frank exchange. And so it was with Jean-Claude Trichet, the former ECB chief asked to appear before MEPs to give an ...

MEPs issue threat over bank resolution plan

17.01.14 @ 08:57

The European Parliament is prepared to pull the plug on plans for a common rule book to wind up failed banks, deputies said on Thursday (16 December). Ministers reached agreement in December on a new authority to deal ...

MEPs call for dismantling of EU bailout 'troika'

16.01.14 @ 09:58

The "troika" of international lenders, which sets the terms of eurozone bailouts with little or no democratic oversight, should be replaced by an EU system which is accountable to the European Parliament, MEPs say. "All ...

Former ECB chief blames governments for euro-crisis

14.01.14 @ 21:39

The former head of the European Central Bank (ECB), Jean-Claude Trichet, has blamed EU governments for what he called the "worst economic crisis since World War II” and said the eurozone is still at risk. Trichet, who ...

EU commissioner defends work of bailout 'troika'

14.01.14 @ 09:30

In a two-hour long grilling by MEPs on Monday (13 January) in Strasbourg, EU economic affairs commissioner Olli Rehn defended the work of the troika of international lenders: the European Commission, the European ...

AnalysisGreece in search of dignity, as crisis subsides

13.01.14 @ 18:28

After more than four years of international humiliation as the result of an economic crisis that has piled innumerable indignities on its people, Greece is keen to restore some national pride. "Our common quest" is the ...