Austerity in Europe

Europeans are braced for a new age of austerity as governments across the region take action to eliminate unsustainable budget deficits

Unions will fight cuts, says McCluskey

Unite leader warns of ‘backlash’ against austerity


Politicians prefer not to talk about a deficit that remains huge
OECD study offers no one-size-fits-all recommendations
Tory and Liberal Democrat visions of austerity to come

Anger at Ireland’s water charges boils up

After six years of austerity, move to charge consumers directly is last straw

Foreign Office loses direction due to cuts

Some wonder if FCO can regain former lustre as more austerity looms

Britain and the cuts: NI faces harsh reality

Finance minister welcomes agreement on plan to reduce spending

Britain and the cuts: Pain tolerated

Decision not to tighten screws further means tougher measures have been deferred

Britain and the cuts: Spain’s spend rise

Recent economic hardship had little to do with austerity

Britain and the cuts: Irish count cost

Last month’s budget did not raise taxes or slash public spending

Appetite for austerity evaporates

FT Series: Poll shows fewer voters think more hard cuts needed

Britain and the cuts: Councils set aside £2.3bn

Part 2 of FT series finds local authorities building up reserves

Britain and the cuts: Blow for Cameron

Part 1 of an FT series finds government must double annual savings to £48bn

Portugal attacked as bailout reforms flag

‘Troika’ raises concerns about growth outlook

IMF slammed over support for austerity

Watchdog says calls for fiscal tightening in 2010 were premature

N Ireland faces £1bn cuts after budget deal

Stormont agreement ends impasse after pressure from Treasury

Cameron’s deficit claims mauled by IFS

‘No sense’ in which 80% of spending cuts are done, says think-tank

Brussels clears France and Italy’s budgets

Move comes after Paris and Rome agree to additional fiscal tightening

France bows to EU pressure on deficit

Paris to cut an additional €3.6bn in effort to avoid budget fight

Brussels seeks compromise in budget row

Italy and France need to amend plans to fit rules by Wednesday

Row between Rome and Brussels heats up

Italy leaks confidential letter from European Commission

Paris defends budget amid EU irritation

PM dismisses speculation that Brussels will demand a review

EU takes step toward rejecting budgets

France and Italy among five states to be asked for more details