Europe’s economy

The market reaction to the French riots goes a long way to explaining them

The “yellow vests” riots in France have met with a typically Gallic shrug from the country’s stockmarket. That’s very telling indeed, says Dominic Frisby.

Rome plays the long game with Brussels

Italy’s response to pressure from Brussels over its budget may be better orchestrated than it appears.

Why GDPR is an own goal for the EU

The EU’s GDPR data-protection regulations will do nothing to rein in the tech giants and will hamper competition.

What’s next for Italy?

Italy’s unprecedented breach of Europe’s budget rules isn’t about money, it’s about politics. John Stepek looks at what might happen next.

Some clarity amid the Brexit noise

For leaving the European Union to be as bad as many fear, there would have to be shocking levels on incompetence, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Italy stands up to the EU

Italy is defying the EU over public spending. But this time, the markets won’t come to Brussels’ aid. That’s going to be a big problem for the EU.

The two faces of Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron, the French president, presents himself internationally as a bold statesman – yet his much-needed domestic reforms are remarkable for their timidity, says Frédéric Guirinec.

Iceland’s deep freeze – and thaw

Once a sleepy backwater, the country embraced the credit boom with gusto. Then came the crunch. Ten years on, the economy is back on its feet and its prospects look good, says Simon Wilson.

Germany: Europe’s lopsided powerhouse

Stockmarket volatility in Germany is a reflection of the underlying fragility of the country’s economy.

From Acropolis Now to Arrivederci Roma – get ready for the next big euro panic

There are plenty of reasons for investors to be nervous. Perhaps the biggest danger right now is Italy. John Stepek looks at how it could all blow up.

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