Europe’s economy

Iceland’s deep freeze – and thaw

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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.

EU moves to address populist revolts

The French want radical reform; the Germans remain cautious. Emily Hohler reports.

Italy: crisis postponed

Italy’s populist coalition is back on, and a collision between Brussels and Rome has been postponed. But hostility to the euro will grow.

Why we’re unlikely to see Italy leave the EU

Matthew Partridge talks to Barclays’ William Hobbs about Italy’s political pantomime, explains why we won’t be seeing an “Italexit”, and picks the best way to bet on an Italian recovery.

Italy gets a new government – the eurozone hokey-cokey is on hold for now

Markets freaked out when Italy seemed to be heading for fresh elections. But now the populist coalition is taking charge after all. John Stepek looks at what’s going on.

How Turkey could bring down the euro

Turkish banks and companies owe approximately $150bn to foreign creditors, mostly European banks, which could cause big problems in the event of a default.

Betting on politics: the far-right rises in Sweden

The far-right Sweden Democrats pose a threat in the upcoming Swedish election. Matthew Partridge looks at the odds of them winning.

No preparations for no-deal Brexit

The government’s preparations for a “no-deal” Brexit in March 2019 have largely ground to a halt.

Italy’s political turmoil threatens EU

What happens next in Italy is anyone’s guess, but the stakes are high. Emily Hohler reports.

The euro crisis returns as Italy's establishment strikes back

Italy’s president blocking the government’s choice of finance minister will mean fresh elections – which could easily turn into a referendum on Europe.

An Italian euro exit may just have moved a little bit closer

Italy’s president has overruled the country’s populist coalition and appointed his own man as finance minister. That could mean fresh elections and an explicitly anti-euro government, says John Stepek.

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