Europe’s economy

Bond yields are back at record lows – why are investors so scared?

Government bond yields have slumped to their lowest level ever as investors flee to the safety of sovereign debt. John Stepek explains what’s got everyone so worried.

Italy’s debt is in the news again. You can ignore it – but only for now

Italy’s debt is sitting at 132% of GDP. And it’s looking to spend more. That’s not a problem for investors right now, says John Stepek. But there is another potential flashpoint on the horizon.

The European elections mattered a lot more than you think

The European elections revealed nothing more than that the country is still as divided as ever about Brexit. So, what’s changed? Well, says John Stepek – quite a lot actually.

Nationalist right crumbles in Austria

Austria’s vice-chancellor and Freedom Party leader Heinz-Christian Strache was forced to resign after promising state contracts for cash.

Britain shoots for the top spot

England dominates European football. It looks as if it will take home the trophy for economic success, too, says Matthew Lynn.

Socialists win in Spain

But not by enough to form a majority. What next? Matthew Partridge reports.

Ukraine elects a neophyte as president

Volodymyr Zelensky was previously famous as a comedian who played a character from a TV series, who becomes president by chance. Now he gets to play the role for real.

Poll loss weakens the grip of Turkey’s strongman

Turkish local elections have produced a political earthquake for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist coalition.

Italy: one big threat to strike off your worry list for 2019

Some investors are worried that Italy’s huge debt combined with its populist government could spark another crisis in the eurozone. But it won’t come to that, says John Stepek. Here’s why.

Brexit: still on course, all things considered

Despite the overwhelmingly remain-leaning sentiments of the House of Commons, Brexit is proceeding relatively well, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

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