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The debt crisis in the euro area

First it was the global financial crisis. Then came the debt crisis in the euro area, unleashed by Greece. A series of strong explosions followed in the eurozone - first Ireland, then Portugal and now the attention is focused on Spain and Italy. All measures, applied so far, failed to solve the problem in its roots and markets' lack of confidence that the EU would control the crisis still exercises strong pressure on the debt stricken economies.

11 April 2017 19:22 Could Greece Really Turn the Page?

Will Greece manage to complete its bailout programme this time? This is the question that is hovering in the air after on April 7 the Eurogroup agreed in principle on the fiscal and reformist path of Greece after the programme expires next year. Since February, the Greek news from the meetings o ...

14 December 2016 11:50 Margarida Marques: Respecting the Rules Will Save the EU

The EU faces many challenges, but is capable of dealing with them if it follows the rules. Just like member states in the euro area need to adhere to budget criteria, the same approach needs to be used towards social issues and the rule of law. Only then will EU citizens see that the EU brings r ...

12 October 2016 11:18 Long Greek Crisis Is Causing Severe Jet-lag to the Eurogroup

In just a single month a great change happened in the assessment of European institutions of the implementation of the Greek programme. This change does have a price and it is a mismatch in perceptions. Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem (The Netherlands, Socialists an Democrats) admitted Monda ...

28 September 2016 12:02 Is ECB Getting Political Too?

The boss of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi gave life to several pieces of news after the end of the summer vacation. Following the regular meeting of the Governing Council of the ECB on September 8th Mr Draghi announced the end of financial fragmentation, repelled the attacks against t ...

26 July 2016 13:53 Brexit Awoke an Echo of the Euro Area Crisis

In the first days following the June 23 referendum in Great Britain, in which voters decided that their country should leave the European Union, economic data showed the presence of a far stronger economic shock for the United Kingdom, than for the EU. A month after the publishing of t ...

8 February 2017 11:08 European Semester Shows EU in the Eye of the Storm

The state of European economics today resembles a nice, thick, white snow cover – gross domestic product growth is good, unemployment is dropping, investments are beginning to grow. EU economy has grown by 1.9% in 2016 and that of the euro area – by 1.7%, shows the Eurostat data ...

5 December 2016 11:58 The Crisis Is Over. Prepare the Ground for the Next One

Do you remember what the first thing was that European leaders did following the outbreak of the financial crisis in the euro area in 2009? A discussion was started on new rules for tightening of the fiscal discipline, for not long after the start of the crisis an agreement was reached ...

5 October 2016 11:25 Populists vs. Lawmakers in the Debate on Spain and Portugal

Instead of a debate on the implementation of the law, the discussion on the temporary suspension of European funds for Spain and Portugal over systemic violations of EU fiscal rules turned into a rebellion against the law. The two and a half hour dialogue between European Commissi ...

14 September 2016 08:52 Commission's Politicalness Is Already Causing Anxiety in the ECB

Something unusual happened on Friday noon, heralding a very tough discussion on the future of Europe, which is already difficult. This happened following the informal meeting of the Eurogroup in Bratislava, which was supposed to send out the usual messages towards Greece on the implementation of ...

17 June 2016 19:48 EC Needs To Understand All Members Are Equal to the Pacts

The hearing of Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem in the EP’s economic committee on Tuesday was planned to be smooth and boring. The purpose of the hearing was for the minister to give an account about what has been accomplished by the Dutch rotating presidency during the six- ...

 
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Adelina Marini
#Brexit Nine months after the referendum on EU membership, the UK has today handed a formal notification that it is leaving. The letter triggering #Article50 was handed by UK Ambassador to the EU Tim Barrow to European Council President Donald Tusk. Thus the negotiations on Brexit have officially begun
29 March 2017 13:47
Adelina Marini #Article50 #Tusk: Thank you and good bye!
29 March 2017 14:05
Adelina Marini
European Commission First Vice President Frans #Timmermans is reporting on the rule of law procedure against #Poland in the civil liberties, justice and home affairs committee of the European Parliament. Stay tuned for live updates
22 March 2017 16:46
Adelina Marini #Poland #Timmermans: In every country there are problems with the rule of law. No country is above the law. But it is never an excuse that someone else is doing the same
22 March 2017 17:48
Adelina Marini
The #Eurogroup finance ministers are gathering today for their regular meeting with a main issue on the agenda the 2nd review of the 3rd bailout programme for #Greece. There is another issue hanging in the air, which is not on the agenda - will the Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem remain on the position as chair of the Eurogroup since his party sustained huge losses at the parliamentary elections in the Netherlands last week. For now, a Tusk-effect is not visible but all minsters praise Dijsslbloem as a brilliant chief of the Eurogroup. Everyone, however, refuse to forecast whether he will stay even after his mandate runs out in January. EU economic affairs commissioner Pierre Moscovici hinted something in that direction saying that Mr Dijsselbloem is very competent and is very well aware of the Greek dossier. This is a hint that the next is yet to get acquainted with this dossier and there might not be sufficient time for that
20 March 2017 15:15
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