EU Economy

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
How the Covid-19 vaccine crisis is putting the EU in danger
EU Economy

How the Covid-19 vaccine crisis is putting the EU in danger

The botched coronavirus vaccine campaign will cause long-term harm to the EU's economy, says Matthew Lynn.
4 Apr 2021
How the vaccine wars will harm us all
Global Economy

How the vaccine wars will harm us all

Grabbing and hoarding vaccine supplies, or even manufacturing one’s own, might seem to make sense for a state in an emergency. But the damage done to …
27 Mar 2021
The European Central Bank fumbles its way towards yield curve control
EU Economy

The European Central Bank fumbles its way towards yield curve control

The EU’s economic recovery is faltering, but its bond yields keep rising. That makes things tricky for the European Central Bank, says John Stepek. He…
12 Mar 2021
Vexing vaccine delays hit drug firms
Biotech stocks

Vexing vaccine delays hit drug firms

AstraZeneca and Pfizer are being attacked by the EU over what it claims are delays in delivering the Covid vaccine.
28 Jan 2021
Plenty more Brexit arguments to be settled yet
Brexit

Plenty more Brexit arguments to be settled yet

Many important negotiations remain to be sealed in our deal with the EU. “No deal is better than a bad deal” is the way to play it, says Matthew Lynn
10 Jan 2021
Will 2021 hold one last deflation scare?
Global Economy

Will 2021 hold one last deflation scare?

With many looking ahead to a world of high inflation, John Stepek looks at a couple of potential scenarios that could give the world one last deflatio…
28 Dec 2020
Will a stronger euro ruin Europe's rally?
European stockmarkets

Will a stronger euro ruin Europe's rally?

International investors have been buying into European stocks, driving the euro higher. But that surge now risks dampening the recovery that started i…
21 Sep 2020
No deal is the best deal for Britain – and the EU too
Brexit

No deal is the best deal for Britain – and the EU too

Europe has a lot to gain from a thriving, independent Britain, says Matthew Lynn.
6 Sep 2020
Europe’s magic works better in the dark
EU Economy

Europe’s magic works better in the dark

Europe’s latest fiscal intervention looks like the kind of muddle-through that makes a United States of Europe more likely, says Merryn Somerset Webb.…
28 Aug 2020
The eurozone takes a big step forward towards fiscal union
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
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
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?
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
The challenge for central Europe – and how to invest
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
What the Latin Monetary Union – Europe’s forgotten currency – can teach us about the euro
Currencies

What the Latin Monetary Union – Europe’s forgotten currency – can teach us about the euro

The euro isn’t the continent’s first flawed single currency, says Jonathan Compton. The Latin Monetary Union lasted 61 years.
11 Jul 2020
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
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