Europe’s economy

Europeans are strangling innovation – why doesn’t the EU step in?

Instead of blocking internet-driven innovation, the European Union should be encouraging it, says Matthew Lynn.

The Catalonian question

Inspired by the Scottish independence vote, Catalonians are protesting for their right to hold a referendum. Will they get one? Simon Wilson reports.

ECB rescue: less to it than meets the eye

Mario Draghi surprised markets with a round of stimulus measures – but it was a far cry from full-blown money-printing.

Place your chips in the east

Putin is trying to reassert Russian power, with eastern Europe caught in the sanctions crossfire, but the region has potential, says Matthew Partridge.

Europe takes yet another step closer to money-printing – keep buying

The ECB’s surprise rate cut and debt-buying scheme mean just one thing for investors, says John Stepek: buy European stocks.

Germany bans taxi app Uber

US taxi app Uber has fallen foul of Germany red-tape laws.

Putin plays a surprise card

Russian president Vladimir Putin surprised markets by appearing willing to broker a ceasefire in Ukraine.

Chart of the week: British workers are a bargain

Not only is the cost of British labour competitive with other northern European counties, it’s becoming increasingly competitive with southern Europe too.

Storm clouds gather over Germany

The indicators suggest Germany could be facing years of steady decline.

Bored of Ukraine? Don’t be. It matters. Here’s why

The threat to investors posed by the Ukraine crisis isn’t going to just blow over. John Stepek looks at what that means for your investments, and how you can protect your wealth.

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