EU Economy

Why complacent Germany needs to get a grip
Nuclear power station in Germany
EU Economy

Why complacent Germany needs to get a grip

The gas-supply crisis is merely the most conspicuous sign of the complacency and drift besetting Europe’s largest economy. Germany’s national business…
5 Aug 2022
Brace yourself for the return of rationing
Restaurant chef cooking
Economy

Brace yourself for the return of rationing

Russia is turning off the cheap energy. That is already leading to belt-tightening, says Matthew Lynn. Who will suffer most, and which sectors will th…
5 Aug 2022
Will the euro crisis flare up again?
Christine Lagarde
EU Economy

Will the euro crisis flare up again?

With Italy’s borrowing costs rising quickly, and inflation climbing, the European Central Bank has unveiled a new tool to help indebted states. Is it …
28 Jul 2022
The wolf returns to the eurozone’s door
Man in a pinstripe suit holding various banknotes
EU Economy

The wolf returns to the eurozone’s door

The eurozone’s intrinsic flaws have been exposed again as investors’ fears about Italy’s ability to pay its debt sends bond yields soaring.
28 Jul 2022
Eurozone economy heads for paralysis
Coal-fired power station in Germany
EU Economy

Eurozone economy heads for paralysis

Record high energy prices, the threat of recession in Germany and squabbling in Italy's government has left the eurozone fighting fires on all fronts.
20 Jul 2022
The curious case of struggling German property group Adler
Property

The curious case of struggling German property group Adler

The rapid rise and fall of German property group Adler a fine case study in how investors turn a blind eye to red flags in every boom – and the perils…
14 Jul 2022
A new headache for the ECB
EU Economy

A new headache for the ECB

Italy, the eurozone’s third-largest economy, has debt of €2.759trn – almost 150% of GDP. A crisis there would pose an existential risk to the euro.
22 Jun 2022
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The Brussels effect – how the EU is raising standards around the world
Global Economy

The Brussels effect – how the EU is raising standards around the world

EU standards and consumer protection regulations have a habit of being enforced globally. Why is that? And is it such a bad thing?
20 Jun 2022
ECB set to raise interest rates as stagflation beckons
EU Economy

ECB set to raise interest rates as stagflation beckons

With inflation at 8.1% and economic growth at just 0.3%, the eurozone is on the brink of stagflation. To combat it the European Central Bank is to st…
8 Jun 2022
Allianz's $6bn scandal exposes Germany's cosy corruption
EU Economy

Allianz's $6bn scandal exposes Germany's cosy corruption

Allianz’s $6bn scandal is just the latest example of wrongdoing by a major German company.
2 Jun 2022
Could a stronger euro bring relief to global markets?
Currencies

Could a stronger euro bring relief to global markets?

The European Central Bank is set to end its negative interest rate policy. That should bring some relief to markets, says John Stepek. Here’s why.
24 May 2022
Britain’s post-Brexit trade chaos
UK Economy

Britain’s post-Brexit trade chaos

The government has yet again postponed introducing post-Brexit checks on EU imports. Why has it done this, and does it matter?
7 May 2022
EU tightens the noose on Russia
Oil

EU tightens the noose on Russia

Brussels has proposed a ban on all Russian oil imports. Could that work? Emily Hohler reports
4 May 2022
Russia ups the ante on Europe's gas supplies
Gas

Russia ups the ante on Europe's gas supplies

Russia's suspension of natural gas to Poland and Bulgaria saw the gas price spike by 24%. A complete shut-off could see it rise by 200%.
4 May 2022
Macron has failed France – but there is still plenty to invest in
European stockmarkets

Macron has failed France – but there is still plenty to invest in

Emmanuel Macron won a convincing victory in France's presidential election, but he has no clear vision for halting the country’s decline. Frédéric Gui…
28 Apr 2022
Why France's soaring debt is a real risk no matter who is president
EU Economy

Why France's soaring debt is a real risk no matter who is president

The result of France's presidential election matters less than the state of its public finances, says Matthew Lynn
24 Apr 2022
Why the EU should fear an exodus of Big Tech companies
Tech stocks

Why the EU should fear an exodus of Big Tech companies

Politicians are making the EU a hostile environment for Big Tech. It would be wise to tread more carefully, says Matthew Lynn.
20 Feb 2022
French stocks are back in fashion
European stockmarkets

French stocks are back in fashion

France’s CAC 40 stockmarket index gained 29% in 2021, making it the world’s best performing major market.
7 Jan 2022
Germany’s new government marks a radical transformation
EU Economy

Germany’s new government marks a radical transformation

New chancellor Olaf Scholz, who takes the reins from Angela Merkel, was in many ways the continuity candidate. But his government has radical plans fo…
10 Dec 2021
What Europe’s fourth wave of Covid means for investors
Economy

What Europe’s fourth wave of Covid means for investors

A fourth wave of Covid infections is spreading across mainland Europe, with many countries re-introducing restrictions. Saloni Sardana looks at what i…
25 Nov 2021
Has Italy’s economy turned the corner?
European stockmarkets

Has Italy’s economy turned the corner?

Italy’s FTSE MIB stockmarket index has returned 23% so far this year, more than double the FTSE 100’s performance over the same period.  
12 Nov 2021
The legacy of Angela Merkel
People

The legacy of Angela Merkel

German leader Angela Merkel is leaving office to spend more time with her family after 16 years at the helm. But what has she got to show for it?
1 Oct 2021