Europe’s economy

Why I welcome Italy’s new populists

Another Project Fear is well under way in Europe, says Matthew Lynn. But Italy’s new government has some good ideas.

Customs union: the Gordian knot of Brexit

When Britain voted to leave the EU, almost nobody was talking about the customs union. Today it’s at the centre of the Brexit battleground. Simon Wilson reports.

Chart of the week: the euro is suffocating Italy

Before it adopted the euro in 1999, Italy could inflate its way out of trouble by cutting interest rates, devaluing the lira or increasing government spending. Those are no longer options under the single currency.

Betting on politics: a bad bet on the Italian prime minister

That Giuseppe Conti is almost certain to be the next prime minister of Italy is not too surprising after all, says Matthew Partridge.

Italy’s coalition could sink the euro

The new populist government is on a collision course with the EU, says Emily Hohler.

A simple lesson from Turkey for investors: rising authoritarianism is bearish

Turkey’s currency is collapsing. Money is flooding out of the country. Investors have lost all confidence. It’s a prime example of just how important good governance is, says John Stepek.

Populists take power in Italy – what does that mean for the markets?

The election of two populist parties, the Northern League and the 5-Star Movement, could shake things up in Italy and beyond.

Italy is not this year’s problem – but it could be a big deal in 2019

Italy is to be governed by a coalition of radical populist parties. But so far, markets have taken it in their stride. John Stepek looks at how long that can last.

Unreliable central bankers are leaving investors bamboozled

Central bankers have huge influence on the markets. But their lack of conviction is leaving investors unsure about what to expect, says John Stepek.

Turkey’s economic goose may be cooked

Turkish stocks have lost 20% this year and the Turkish lira has slipped by more than 10% against the US dollar.

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