Europe’s economy

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.

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.

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