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The eurozone takes a big step forward towards fiscal union
Ursula Von Der Leyen and Charles Michel  © STEPHANIE LECOCQ/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
EU Economy

The eurozone takes a big step forward towards fiscal union

The European Union’s coronavirus recovery plan and its decision to issue joint debt will change the bloc forever.
23 Jul 2020
Here’s the one simple reason the EU deal matters for investors
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EU Economy

Here’s the one simple reason the EU deal matters for investors

The EU has agreed a deal to bail out the countries worst-hit by coronavirus. It's not the best deal on earth, but it is a very important one for inves…
21 Jul 2020
How to have a low-tax retirement in the sun
Hiker admiring view in Crete
Pensions

How to have a low-tax retirement in the sun

Greece is to offer a ten-year tax incentive to foreign pensioners. That’s a pretty good offer, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But it might not last.
20 Jul 2020
Will this weekend take the world a step closer to a federal Europe?
Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron and Charles Michel
EU Economy

Will this weekend take the world a step closer to a federal Europe?

The EU is meeting to discuss issuing common debt backed by all member states. That’s a big change, says John Stepek, and could have far-reaching effec…
17 Jul 2020
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The challenge for central Europe – and how to invest
Torun, Poland
Emerging markets

The challenge for central Europe – and how to invest

After years of being Europe’s fastest-growing region, the Visegrád Group’s economic model may be reaching its limit. But central Europe still offers r…
16 Jul 2020
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Boris Johnson’s big Brexit plan
Brexit

Boris Johnson’s big Brexit plan

The prime minister needs to get Brexit done, and get the economy growing – particularly for first-time Tory voters. Can he manage all that while negot…
15 Jun 2020
European assets bounce as the eurozone's economy turns upwards
European stockmarkets

European assets bounce as the eurozone's economy turns upwards

Both the euro and European stocks have rallied strongly in the last few days.
12 Jun 2020

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Margrethe Vestager: a symbol of all that’s wrong with the EU
EU Economy

Margrethe Vestager: a symbol of all that’s wrong with the EU

Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s competition commissioner, wields enormous power over industry, and abuses it, says Matthew Lynn.
7 Jun 2020
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Why a stronger euro is good news for investors
EU Economy

Why a stronger euro is good news for investors

The fragile state of the eurozone has for a long time brought the threat of deflation. But the ECB’s latest moves have dampened those fears. John Step…
5 Jun 2020
Here’s why investors should care about the EU’s plan to tackle Covid-19
EU Economy

Here’s why investors should care about the EU’s plan to tackle Covid-19

The EU's €750bn rescue package makes a break-up of the eurozone much less likely. John Stepek explains why the scheme is such a big deal, and what it …
28 May 2020
Germany throws a spanner in the eurozone’s works
EU Economy

Germany throws a spanner in the eurozone’s works

A German court has told the ECB to beware of exceeding its mandate with its QE scheme. John Stepek explains what this means, and why it matters.
5 May 2020
A battle for the future of Europe
EU Economy

A battle for the future of Europe

The struggle to pay the costs of the coronavirus crisis has exacerbated long-standing tensions about the EU’s budget. Failure to compromise could be d…
30 Apr 2020
Europe still can’t resolve its main problem – who pays for everything?
EU Economy

Europe still can’t resolve its main problem – who pays for everything?

Europe is trying to agree measures to get its worst-hit members back on their feet once the coronavirus pandemic is over. But nobody wants to foot the…
24 Apr 2020
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The French president is warning that the EU could break up over coronavirus – is he right?
EU Economy

The French president is warning that the EU could break up over coronavirus – is he right?

French president Emmanual Macron is warning that the coronavirus crisis could result in the breakup of the EU. What's he worried about and what could …
17 Apr 2020
The European Central Bank throws away the rulebook to bail out Italy
EU Economy

The European Central Bank throws away the rulebook to bail out Italy

The ECB has removed all constraints on asset purchases and will now buy “whatever it takes” to tackle the coronavirus. John Stepek explains what it me…
26 Mar 2020
The euro: will the single currency survive the coronavirus?
Currencies

The euro: will the single currency survive the coronavirus?

The EU has failed to convince anyone that it has either the will or the tools to keep the eurozone together in the face of the coronavirus epidemic.
20 Mar 2020
Get set for the next euro crisis
EU Economy

Get set for the next euro crisis

Italy is almost certainly heading for its fourth recession since the global financial crisis. 
13 Mar 2020
Keep an eye on Sweden's interest rates
Government bonds

Keep an eye on Sweden's interest rates

Could Sweden be poised to return to negative interest rates?
31 Jan 2020
Investors needn’t fear the rise of Europe’s green parties
EU Economy

Investors needn’t fear the rise of Europe’s green parties

Green parties across Europe are finding the centre-right to be natural allies. That will be great for business, says Matthew Lynn.
12 Jan 2020
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Sweden ditches negative interest rates
Economy

Sweden ditches negative interest rates

Sweden has ended its experiment with negative interest rates. The Sveriges Riksbank, the world’s oldest central bank, has raised the main interest rat…
26 Dec 2019
What's behind the great French pensions revolt?
Economy

What's behind the great French pensions revolt?

Workers in France are on strike and taking to the streets to protest against President Macron’s reforms. We’ve seen this play before – but this time t…
21 Dec 2019
EU throws green spanner in the works of global trade
Economy

EU throws green spanner in the works of global trade

Europe has big plans for the environment – but making them work without damaging world trade will be a challenge.
12 Dec 2019