A small club of big consultancies has a monopoly on servicing EU bailouts, posing questions on transparency and conflict of interest.
Polish women are marching again this Sunday and Monday. They could succeed where the opposition, the European Commission and other protests failed, and redraw Poland's political map.
British leader Theresa May has repeated that the UK wants free trade, but not free immigration with the EU, while speaking warmly of “friends, allies”.
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- ECB holds rates and continues quantitive easing programme
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Slovenia is paying consultancies over €21 million to test its banks in controversial contracts classed as military secrets.
An Italian judge has convicted Deutsche Bank of fraud, amid widening probes on tax evasion and rate-fixing.
"You will be surprised in the autumn by the degree of movement that will have taken place in some member states," says Thomas Wieser, one of the economists preparing plans for banking union ahead of the October EU summit.
The European Central Bank is an important firefighter in the euro-crisis. But increasingly divergent eurozone economies are limiting the effects of its policies and democratic scrutiny remains an issue.
Concern over democratic oversight of the EU's bailout funds has led to six constitutional complaints in Germany and outrage in the European Parliament.
A lobby for the world's biggest banks - the International Institute of Finance - became a key EU player when it negotiated the debt cut on Greece's second bailout. Its world of rented castles and sopranos shows losses were bearable.
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