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AgendaEU to unveil investment fund this WEEK

21.11.14 @ 16:19

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker is to unveil his highly-anticipated €300bn investment plan next week (24-30 November) with most of the focus set to be on how much is 'new' money and how much is just ...

Dutch had euro-exit plan at height of crisis

21.11.14 @ 09:53

Details have emerged indicating that both the Dutch and German governments were preparing emergency plans for a return to their national currencies at the height of the euro crisis. In early 2012, a few months after the ...

ECB ready to buy government bonds, Draghi signals

17.11.14 @ 19:48

European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi has indicated that he is prepared for the bank to buy government bonds if necessary to ward off a spiral of recession and deflation in the eurozone. Addressing MEPs on Monday (17 ...

Eurozone facing unprecedented triple-dip recession, warns Cameron

17.11.14 @ 09:27

The eurozone is on the 'brink' of an unprecedented triple-dip recession, UK prime minister David Cameron warned as the weekend's G20 summit in Australia came to its conclusion on Sunday (16 November). In an article in ...

Germany returns to growth, Italy falls into recession

14.11.14 @ 17:25

Germany's economy has returned to growth while Italy has officially fallen back into recession, according to data for the third quarter of 2014 published Friday (November 14) by Eurostat. Overall, the eighteen countries ...

Germany plans extra €10 billion investment to head off EU critics

07.11.14 @ 09:29

Germany has given the first hint that it is prepared to increase public investment to steer a return to economic growth after Angela Merkel's government pledged to invest an extra €10 billion by 2018. "I will propose to ...

Letter shows ECB threat ahead of Ireland bailout

06.11.14 @ 16:26

The European Central Bank on Thursday (6 November) formally made public a letter showing that the eurozone bank threatened to pull emergency bank funding if Ireland did not enter a bailout and undertake austerity ...

OpinionJuncker's unashamed admiration of the past

05.11.14 @ 17:54

There are many interesting aspects to Jean-Claude Juncker’s start as European Commission president but a key one is his unabashed hailing of the past. He makes little attempt to hide the fact that he believes the great ...

EU projects dismal growth, urges investment

04.11.14 @ 14:11

The European Commission lowered its growth forecasts for the EU and the eurozone area, blaming the wars in Ukraine and the Middle East, and urging governments to do more to spur investments. According to the Autumn ...

ECB takes control as EU bank supervisor

04.11.14 @ 09:27

The European Central Bank (ECB) formally assumes its new role as the chief supervisor of EU banks on Tuesday (4 November), a major milestone in the creation of the bloc's banking union. The making of the banking union, ...

Barroso, Rehn 'unfairly criticised' for eurozone austerity

31.10.14 @ 08:03

As Jose Manuel Barroso steps down as European Commission President (31 October), one of his few left-wing colleagues says that he was unfairly labelled as an austerity ideologue during his time in office. Laszlo Andor, ...

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 ...

Van Rompuy and Barroso leave EU stage with porcelain plates

24.10.14 @ 20:13

Herman Van Rompuy and Jose Manuel Barroso said goodbye to EU leaders on Friday (24 October) after attending their final summit as presidents of the EU council and commission. For the Belgian Van Rompuy it marks almost ...

Draghi warns eurozone leaders on recession 'relapse'

24.10.14 @ 20:09

European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi on Friday (24 October) gave a stark warning to eurozone leaders about the risk of a "relapse into recession" unless they agree on a "concrete timetable" of reforms and spur ...

Barroso clashes with Italy over published budget warning

23.10.14 @ 15:32

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso has hit out at Italy for publishing a letter the commission sent asking Rome to justify its budget for 2015. "It was a unilateral decision by the Italian government to ...

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 ...

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 ...

Ailing eurozone back on markets' radar

16.10.14 @ 16:52

The eurozone appears to have come back onto the markets' radar amid low inflation, poor economic news from Germany, and Greece's bailout exit plans. Greece's long-term borrowing costs went above 8 percent on Thursday ( ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

OpinionCameron's logic calls for eurozone democracy

23.09.14 @ 15:23

Those who thought that a ‘no’ vote in the Scottish referendum on independence would end discussions on the United Kingdom’s institutional architecture were sadly wrong. What’s more, the outcome may indirectly influence ...

ECB ready to use more 'unconventional tools' to spur economy

22.09.14 @ 18:07

European Central Bank (ECB) chief Mario Draghi has said he is prepared to use more unconventional measures to spur growth in the eurozone. "We stand ready to use additional unconventional instruments within our mandate, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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), ...

OpinionThe ECB: An act of determination or desperation?

05.09.14 @ 09:26

In yet another attempt to revive the eurozone recovery and fight low inflation, the European Central Bank (ECB) on Thursday (4 September) emptied its toolbox almost entirely. With another rate cut, an ABS (asset-backed ...

Draghi cuts interest rate, launches new stimulus measures

04.09.14 @ 18:33

The European Central Bank has cut interest rates to a historic low and unveiled a raft of bond-buying programmes to stimulate lending, in a move that surprised financial markets and analysts. The Frankfurt-based bank ...

Choose between pound or EU membership, Rehn tells Scots

03.09.14 @ 09:26

An independent Scotland would have to choose between using the pound and joining the EU, the bloc's former economic affairs commissioner has said. In a letter to the UK's treasury minister Danny Alexander released on ...

Berlin-Paris tensions re-emerge as ECB ponders stimulus

02.09.14 @ 09:29

European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi is testing the mood of EU governments as he ponders whether to unleash a new wave of monetary stimulus to boost the eurozone's struggling economy. On Monday (1 September), French ...

OpinionWhy America is recovering, but Europe is not - Part II

01.09.14 @ 09:17

It is the differences in the way the United States and Europe tackled the global financial crisis that explain why the US economy is recovering, whereas the eurozone is in a lost decade. Why US crisis policies worked In ...

Hollande calls for special summit on eurozone growth

28.08.14 @ 18:10

French president Francois Hollande has called for a summit on eurozone growth, warning that “Europe is threatened by a long and possibly interminable stagnation if we do nothing.” In a speech to his ambassadors in Paris ...

OpinionWhy America is recovering, but Europe is not - Part I

28.08.14 @ 16:29

Half a decade after the financial crisis, the United States is recovering, but Europe is suffering a lost decade. Why? In the second quarter, the US economy grew at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4 percent, ...

Valls picks investment banker as France's new economy minister

27.08.14 @ 09:29

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls appointed Emmanuel Macron, a 36-year-old former merchant banker, as his economy minister on Tuesday (26 August), as he unveiled his new government Valls, who was himself appointed by ...

Draghi urges new stimulus to stave off stagnation

25.08.14 @ 09:26

The European Central Bank (ECB) is preparing to step up its attempts to breathe life into the eurozone’s stagnant economy. During a speech in the US on Friday (22 August), ECB chief Mario Draghi called on eurozone ...

France scraps deficit target, as eurozone recovery halts

14.08.14 @ 19:17

France has all but abandoned a target to shrink its deficit, as the eurozone endured a turbulent day that raised the prospect of a triple-dip recession. Figures published by Eurostat on Thursday (14 August) indicated ...

European industrial output slumps

14.08.14 @ 09:26

The eurozone economy is facing another slowdown after figures revealed that industrial output fell for a second successive month. Data published on Wednesday (13 August) by Eurostat showed a 0.3 percent drop in output, ...

German economic slowdown poses risk for EU recovery

13.08.14 @ 09:29

Fears that the eurozone’s recovery could stall have heightened after new German data indicated the bloc’s economic powerhouse is performing at its weakest level since 2012. Published on Tuesday (12 August) the ZEW think ...

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 ...