Europe’s economy

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.

Italy joins China’s Belt and Road project

Italy has become the first G7 nation to endorse the Belt and Road Initiative, China’s controversial series of global infrastructure investments.

Investors flee European equities

Slowing GDP growth and disappointing data has prompted the longest run of persistent outflows from European equities in a decade.

Deutsche-Commerzbank merger will be a disaster

The Deutsche-Commerzbank tie-up makes no sense and may spark another financial crisis.

Merkel II lays out her plans

Germany’s heir apparent is at odds with Macron’s vision. Matthew Partridge reports.

Macron’s vision for Europe

The French president has a plan to renew the EU. Matthew Partridge reports.

Germany narrowly avoids a recession

Germany’s GDP growth was below the eurozone’s average at just 1.4% in 2018, down from 2.2% in 2017. And it’s all down to reliance on what was once Germany’s biggest strength: exports.

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