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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

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
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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
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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
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Economy

How Christine Lagarde’s drive for ever-closer union will affect your wallet

Christine Lagarde, the new head of the European Central Bank, has made it clear she will bankroll the EU’s push for “ever closer union”. John Stepek e…
25 Nov 2019
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Economy

Germany: a better global barometer than China or the US

It's quite possible that the country that matters most to the global economy is not China or the United States, but Germany.
22 Nov 2019
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Economy

Could Spain's free-spending government make it the next Italy?

Spain's new government could do a deal with the country's populist parties, leading to a fiscally irresponsible spending splurge, just like Italy.
15 Nov 2019
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Economy

Money Minute Thursday 14 November: will Germany fall into recession?

In today's Money Minute we get GDP figures from the eurozone – with particular focus on whether Germany can avoid recession.
14 Nov 2019

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Economy

Chart of the week: Sweden's high cost of negative interest rates

Sweden's Riksbank, pioneered the use of negative interest rates after the financial crisis. But its drastic action has driven private debt in Sweden t…
4 Nov 2019
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Economy

The troubled legacy of Mario Draghi, saviour of the euro

Mario Draghi may have rescued the euro in its darkest hour, but failed in his only official mission of keeping inflation within its target range.
1 Nov 2019
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Economy

Who will save the euro after Mario Draghi has gone?

Mario Draghi – a safe pair of hands at the ECB – is succeeded by Christine Lagarde, a lawyer who thought Argentina good for a loan.
27 Oct 2019
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Turkish stocks are cheap – but for a good reason

Turkish stocks are undoubtedly cheap, and very brave bargain-hunters may spy opportunity, but this market is cheap for a very good reason.
25 Oct 2019
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Eastern European stocks are a bargain

The small size of the region’s markets means that Eastern European stocks are often overlooked in favour of bigger Asian growth stories. Yet there is …
18 Oct 2019
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Economy

Europe’s radical monetary experiment

As the eurozone's economy sinks, the European Central Bank is thinking big. That’s worrying, says Matthew Lynn.
6 Oct 2019
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Europe: the bumpy road to a single market

The aim of converting the European nations into a unified economic zone remains an ideal to achieve for the EU. Completing the task should be a primar…
5 Oct 2019
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Stock markets

European stocks will bounce

More monetary easing may do little to help the eurozone's ailing economy, but it is good news for European stocks.
4 Oct 2019
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Economy

Mario Draghi’s last hurrah

Mario Draghi, the European Central Bank boss, steps down shortly. What has he achieved with his parting shot?
23 Sep 2019
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Economy

Money Minute Tuesday 17 September: German economic sentiment and US industrial production

Tuesday's Money Minute looks at the latest snapshot of economic confidence in Germany and, from the US, the latest report on industrial production.
17 Sep 2019
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Economy

What Mario Draghi’s legacy move means for markets

Yesterday was Mario Draghi’s last chance to leave a lasting impression on eurozone monetary policy. And that seems to be just what he’s done. John Ste…
13 Sep 2019
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Economy

Mario Draghi pulls out his big bazooka

Mario Draghi pulled out the biggest bazooka he could find in his second-last monetary policy meeting as boss of the European Central Bank. John Stepek…
12 Sep 2019
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Economy

If Mario Draghi fails to deliver today, there will be a lot of disappointed investors

Markets expect European Central Bank boss Mario Draghi to deliver extra stimulus at his policy meeting today. But can he live up to their expectations…
12 Sep 2019
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Economy

Money Minute, Thursday 12 September: ECB interest rate decision

Money Minute is all about the European Central Bank today, with markets expecting an interest rate cut as a bare minimum.
11 Sep 2019
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Economy

Can Mario Draghi save the eurozone all over again?

Mario Draghi’s policy of doing “whatever it takes” is credited with ending the eurozone’s economic panic in summer 2012. Now, Europe is facing the spe…
9 Sep 2019
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Economy

Money Minute, Wednesday 4 September: eurozone retail data and Canadian inflation

In Wednesday's Money Minute, we preview July’s retail sales data for the eurozone and Canada's latest decision on interest rates.
3 Sep 2019
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Economy

Money Minute, Tuesday 3 September: US and European manufacturing figures

Welcome to Tuesday's Money Minute, in which we preview the big stories of the day in just 60 seconds. Today, we get the latest manufacturing figures f…
3 Sep 2019
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Economy

Money Minute, Wednesday 28 August: German consumer confidence

Welcome to today's Money Minute, your 60-second preview of the day's most important economic issues. One data release to watch for today is German con…
28 Aug 2019
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Economy

Germany on the brink

GDP in Europe’s largest economy fell 0.1% in the second quarter and early signs for this quarter are ominous. Alex Rankine reports.
23 Aug 2019
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Economy

Are we about to see an epic splurge of government spending?

Investors are worried that central banks are running out of ways to "stimulate" economic growth, writes John Stepek. Never mind – there's always the g…
20 Aug 2019
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Economy

Why German exports are falling

Project Fear failed to move us Brits, but it should really have put the wind up the Germans, says Matthew Lynn.
17 Aug 2019
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Economy

The threat to Europe’s banks

While the Euro Stoxx index has rallied 15% this year on the prospect of interest-rate cuts, eurozone banks have been notably absent from the festiviti…
16 Aug 2019
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Stock markets

Adventurous investors should head for the frontier in Georgia

Georgia Capital, a London-listed investment fund, is trading on a big discount and looks a good bet for the brave.
13 Aug 2019
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Stock markets

Renault and Nissan: reboot or divorce?

Renault and Nissan have opened talks on the idea of Renault reducing its 43% stake in its Japanese partner.
8 Aug 2019
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Economy

Are trade wars rattling markets, or is it fear of another blow-up in Europe?

As the trade war intensifies, developed-world government bonds have sunk to new lows. But the root cause of the markets' jitters could lie not so much…
8 Aug 2019
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Economy

Will the ECB start buying equities?

Larry Fink, the chief executive of asset manager BlackRock, has called on the ECB to buy European stocks with newly created cash.
1 Aug 2019
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Economy

BlackRock is wrong: nationalising capitalism is a bad idea

Asset manager BlackRock thinks the ECB should start buying equities. But that would distort pricing signals; be anti-free markets; and would be almost…
30 Jul 2019
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How to invest in Europe’s e-commerce boom

Online sales are growing fast. That means strong demand for warehouses and opportunity for investors.
24 Jul 2019
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Economy

A tough road ahead for new EU president

The new president of the European Commission, Germany's Ursula von der Leyen, has her work cut out.
18 Jul 2019
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Economy

Chart of the week: French wage inflation gathers pace

Unemployment in France is at a ten-year low, which is creating production bottlenecks and boosting the annual rate of wage inflation.
16 Jul 2019
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Economy

Lend to Germany at 0%? We’ve seen even stranger things in the bond market

If you want to lend money to the German government, you won't be getting any interest. In fact, you may have to pay. John Stepek explains what's going…
12 Jul 2019
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Economy

Greece: back in business

Victory for the centre-right in last Sunday’s Greek election is good news for the country’s stockmarket.
11 Jul 2019
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Stocks and shares

Deutsche Bank beats a retreat

Deutsche Bank, Germany’s biggest bank, has presented its latest plan to get out of trouble. But is it all too little too late? Ben Judge reports.
11 Jul 2019
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Carrefour checks out of China

Supermarket group Carrefour is selling an 80% stake in its Chinese division, after trying various tactics to bolster its performance.
27 Jun 2019
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Berlin targets big landlords with rent freeze

Shares in German landlord Deutsche Wohnen have fallen by almost a fifth in two weeks following news that Berlin’s senate has approved a draft bill for…
24 Jun 2019
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Economy

Disappointing employment figures mask a much rosier picture

The May employment report in the US was mildly disappointing. But in America, as in the UK and Europe, the labour market is looking super strong, says…
20 Jun 2019
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Stock markets

What does Lufthansa’s profit warning mean for airline stocks?

German airline Lufthansa issued a profit warning this morning. And it’s not the only airline finding things tough. But are there any bargains in the s…
17 Jun 2019
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Economy

Bond yields are back at record lows – why are investors so scared?

Government bond yields have slumped to their lowest level ever as investors flee to the safety of sovereign debt. John Stepek explains what's got ever…
31 May 2019
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Economy

Italy’s debt is in the news again. You can ignore it – but only for now

Italy's debt is sitting at 132% of GDP. And it’s looking to spend more. That's not a problem for investors right now, says John Stepek. But there is a…
30 May 2019
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Economy

The European elections mattered a lot more than you think

The European elections revealed nothing more than that the country is still as divided as ever about Brexit. So, what's changed? Well, says John Stepe…
28 May 2019
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An investment trust to help you ride Europe’s rebound

Fidelity European Values offers exceptional promise at a great price by investing in large-cap European companies.
28 May 2019