EU Economy

A new headache for the ECB
Christine Lagarde
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
The Brussels effect – how the EU is raising standards around the world
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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
euro sculpture outside the ECB in Frankfurt
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
Volkswagen
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?
Christine Lagarde of the ECB © Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images
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
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
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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
Warsaw and Stockholm: the unexpected new threats to the City of London
UK stockmarkets

Warsaw and Stockholm: the unexpected new threats to the City of London

London has seen off challenges from Frankfurt and Paris, but two other booming financial centres are a bigger threat, says Matthew Lynn.
19 Sep 2021
Change is coming to the German stockmarket as the Dax index expands
European stockmarkets

Change is coming to the German stockmarket as the Dax index expands

Germany's benchmark Dax stock index is to expand to 40 companies from the current 30 amid a broader shakeup of the German stockmarket.
10 Sep 2021
Is Covid’s Delta variant putting pressure on Europe’s economic recovery?
Economy

Is Covid’s Delta variant putting pressure on Europe’s economic recovery?

Just as Europe was beginning to open up after months of Covid restrictions, the Delta variant is bringing a third wave of infections. Saloni Sardana l…
13 Jul 2021
European stockmarkets poised to race ahead
European stockmarkets

European stockmarkets poised to race ahead

European stockmarkets are being tipped to outperform the US for the rest of the year, and into next year too.
9 Jul 2021
What is the EU’s “safe asset” bond and what might it mean for you?
Government bonds

What is the EU’s “safe asset” bond and what might it mean for you?

The European Union announced landmark debt plan aimed at helping EU countries recover from the Covid pandemic, financed by issuing “safe asset” bonds.…
22 Jun 2021
Can Mario Draghi save Italy's economy?
EU Economy

Can Mario Draghi save Italy's economy?

Italy's prime minister Mario Draghi hopes that his €222bn public spending plan, which includes high-speed internet, high-speed rail, and improving th…
30 Apr 2021
The Greensill saga: what’s it about and what does it mean for you?
UK Economy

The Greensill saga: what’s it about and what does it mean for you?

The collapse of Lex Greensill’s business empire has left a trail of financial devastation across several countries. Saloni Sardana looks at what happe…
27 Apr 2021