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Farmers, unions defy EU-US trade talks

2014-12-19 20:00

Farmers and trade unionists are protesting against a EU and US plan to set up a trans-Atlantic free trade zone.

World set to end year in brittle economic state

2014-12-17 07:39

The global economy is ending the year in a fragile state with factory activity shrinking in China, weak eurozone business growth and Russia in a currency crisis.

Germany to pump funds into infrastructure

2014-12-08 21:00

Germany plans invest €89bn in the country’s ageing infrastructure as part of an EU effort to invest Europe out of its present economic malaise.

Asian high prices force firms to go home

2014-12-01 18:03

After years of moving production to Asia, some European companies are following the example of their US counterparts.

More rail strikes loom in Germany

2014-11-04 08:49

Negotiations between German rail operator Deutsche Bahn and the train drivers' union have collapsed in acrimony, raising the threat of further strikes.

Germany under fire for laggardly reform

2014-10-14 05:00

Germany is being criticised after statistics showed economic recovery is faltering after the country did not follow through on reforms began a decade ago.

IMF sees world growth at just over 3%

2014-09-08 14:00

The International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde has hinted the global lender could downgrade its forecast for world economic growth.

Gloomy eurozone prospects

2014-08-28 07:27

Fragility in SA's main trading partner puts our own economy risk, says Leopold Scholtz.

ECB hurls cash at sluggish eurozone economy

2014-06-05 18:30

The European Central Bank has launched a raft of measures to fight low inflation and boost the eurozone economy.

Italy 'may leave euro if ECB stays hardline'

2014-05-06 13:45

Italy and other countries will have no choice but to leave the euro unless hardline monetary policies are dropped, says Italy's ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi.

Italy vows rigour to change EU fiscal rules

2014-04-09 11:01

Italy's new government has given its clearest indication yet that it plans to push for an easing of European Union fiscal rules after convincing its EU partners.

French cabinet gets anti-austerity ally

2014-04-03 10:51

A fierce critic of budget austerity has been named French economy minister in a reshuffled government packed with strident personalities.

Greece may make swift market comeback

2014-04-01 12:45

Greece could be on the verge of making one of the fastest market comebacks of a defaulted sovereign ever recorded.

Italy's wage cut woes

2014-03-21 12:54

Industrial decline is eating away at Southern Europe's embattled workforce.

Eurozone output in Nov beats expectations

2014-01-14 17:30

Reports say the eurozone industrial production in November rose much more than expected, signalling stronger momentum.

The EU's flawed design

2013-11-21 07:25

Leopold Scholtz on why Germany is in the dog box for being too successful.

Eurozone's budget deficit falls

2013-10-21 11:58

The eurozone's budget deficit fell to 3.7% of gross domestic product last year but the region's debt levels continued to rise, data shows.

Spain won't ask for more aid - EU official

2013-10-08 19:15

Neither Spain nor Ireland are likely to seek more financial aid when current programmes of EU and IMF support ends, a senior EU official says.

Eurozone credit slump deepens

2013-07-25 15:09

Loans to the eurozone's private sector shrank by more than expected in June, starving the region of much needed funds to sustain economic recovery.

Eurozone grants lifeline for Greece

2013-07-08 20:26

Greece has secured a €6.8bn lifeline from the eurozone but was told it must keep its promises on cutting public sector jobs and other reforms, a report states.

EU deals on banks and budget lift mood

2013-06-27 20:05

European officials have struck two significant deals in last-ditch negotiations, giving EU leaders a much needed lift.

Eurozone slump eases in May

2013-05-23 13:34

The downturn across eurozone businesses eased slightly in May, although a dearth of new orders means the bloc's economy is likely to contract again in the second quarter.

G7 to press on with bank reforms

2013-05-12 10:55

Group of Seven finance officials have agreed to redouble efforts to deal with failing banks and gave a green light to Japan's drive to galvanise its economy.

Eurozone approves Cyprus bailout

2013-04-14 08:50

Eurozone finance ministers have formally approved the terms of a problematic Cyprus debt rescue that will cost Nicosia far more than first thought.

 

Modest recovery for France on the cards

2014-12-19 16:14

The euro has fallen, oil prices have tumbled and borrowing rates are at record lows and this may help France to kick-start its long-awaited recovery.

National transport strike hits Belgium

2014-12-15 12:15

A national strike is crippling Belgium, with flights grounded, trains at a standstill and businesses across the country blocked by picket lines.

US boost helps halt eurozone share slide

2014-12-12 12:00

Eurozone shares have snapped a three-day losing streak, taking their lead from gains on Wall Street as consumer spending data show positive signs.

Eurozone risks return to contraction

2014-12-04 12:15

The eurozone economy may face another contraction after business activity grew less, with upbeat data in Asia and the United States promising growth.

Low growth, price cuts plague eurozone

2014-11-05 17:00

Eurozone business growth has picked up less than expected in October, despite another deep round of price cuts.

EU rescue fund faces Fitch downgrade

2014-10-16 09:43

Fitch ratings agency has put the EU's €500bn bailout fund on review for a possible downgrade, triggered by concerns over France's budget deficit battle.

Eurozone banks unable to support growth - IMF

2014-10-08 16:08

Eurozone banks remain undercapitalised and unfit to lend at levels needed to restore sustainable growth in the currency area, says the International Monetary Fund.

Draghi under pressure to deliver ECB stimulus

2014-09-04 09:19

The ECB faces intense market pressure to take policy action and risks losing credibility if it fails to back up a dovish message by president Mario Draghi.

Eurozone manufacturing PMI falls to 51.8

2014-07-01 12:45

Eurozone manufacturing growth has eased slightly more than previously thought last month, a survey shows.

Expansion in eurozone factory activity eases

2014-06-02 14:15

Eurozone manufacturing growth has slowed more than initially thought last month, likely fuelling expectations that the European Central Bank will ease policy.

Eurozone unemployment holds steady

2014-05-02 13:43

Unemployment in the eurozone has held steady for the fourth consecutive month, according to Eurostat data.

Global markets tense before US jobs data

2014-04-04 11:58

Investors have taken to the sidelines ahead of monthly US employment data, while the euro nursed losses.

Top officials meet over Greece crisis

2014-04-02 16:08

The falling price of living in Athens has presented the unmistakable spectre of deflation to European Central Bank President Mario Draghi.

French jobless total surges to new record

2014-03-27 10:11

The number of people out of work in France surged in February by 31 500 to a new record, dealing a blow to President Francois Hollande during local elections.

Europe faces policy crossroads

2014-02-09 20:15

The euro zone faces electoral and economic crosswinds which could push it to break policy taboos while challenging its ability to do so.

ECB resolution plans may be too complex

2013-12-17 08:56

Europe's latest plans for winding down failing banks may be too complex and inadequately funded, says the head of the European Central Bank.

The EU's flawed design

2013-11-21 07:23

Leopold Scholtz on why Germany is in the dog box for being too successful.

Europe's bold vision hits trouble

2013-10-18 15:30

Barely a year after European leaders set out an ambitious vision for the eurozone's future, progress has all but stalled.

Eurozone recovery gathers pace

2013-10-03 19:45

Eurozone business activity is continuing to pick up, with an improved performance from Europe's battered south feeding hopes of a continued recovery.

'Low rates build risk for fragile banks'

2013-07-17 11:42

Keeping interest rates low might save the Eurozone's fragile banking system from short-term pain, but it undermines long-term profitability, a report says.

IMF calls for faster Italy reform

2013-07-04 18:50

The International Monetary Fund says Italy's government must accelerate its reform efforts as the recession-bound economy growth outlook remains weak.

ECB not changing rates soon

2013-06-25 18:52

The European Central Bank says it has no intention of altering eurozone interest rates for the time being, as economic conditions remain weak.

EU eyes creditors to rescue banks

2013-05-14 16:56

EU finance ministers are seeking rules to shift the burden for bank failures from taxpayers to creditors.

Shares rise on central bank expectations

2013-04-29 11:44

European shares rise as investors counted on easy money from central banks in the eurozone and US to offset further disappointing global economic data.

EU approves Cyprus bailout terms

2013-04-12 15:28

Eurozone finance ministers have approved the terms of a Cyprus debt bailout as the overall cost increased to €23bn from the €17bn agreed.

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