Austerity in Europe

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

Sturgeon rallies troops against austerity

SNP leader dismisses fears that party faces unrealistic expectations


A government insistent on cutting debt should not make it worse with bungs for wealthy savers
UK chancellor should shoot Labour’s fox by trimming spending cuts
There is no need for vacuous and irrelevant balanced budget laws

N Ireland swims against tide of austerity

District councils splash out on public amenities as the rest of the UK cuts back

Greeks denounce austerity in May Day rally

Varoufakis mingles with protesters opposed to bailout terms

Food banks used record 1m times in year

Increase turns spotlight on nature of economic recovery

Greek cash order triggers backlash

Mayors react with anger at demands to shore up public finances

France risks Brussels ire over cuts

Sapin announces new targets to narrow the deficit

Italy eases austerity as economy picks up

Renzi’s government mulls €1.8bn in new fiscal stimulus measures

Osborne’s pledge puts focus on axe

‘Rollercoaster’ profile for spending gives chancellor a headache

Osborne eases austerity as poll nears

Breaks for middle Britain partly funded by bank levy

Lib Dems attack Osborne over austerity

Tories accused of making ideologically motivated cuts

Osborne pledges an easing of austerity

Chancellor vows ‘truly national recovery’

Voices of dissent in Frankfurt

Activists from the leftwing Blockupy on their antipathy to the ECB

Anti-capitalist protesters mar ECB opening

Clashes before inauguration of HQ

Watchdog fears ‘radical surgery’ of cuts

Audit chief concerned at effect of unwieldy financial scalpel on services

Northern Ireland workers fight cuts

Hospitals, schools and transport network closed

Austerity hits poor hardest, says charity

Continuing cuts not sustainable, says Joseph Rowntree Foundation

France wins EU budget reprieve

Paris secures time to bring deficit under 3% ceiling

Coeuré calls for respect for EU budget rules

Decision to allow France and Italy flexibility questioned

Osborne finds austerity breathing space

Low inflation and tax receipts offer £30bn of Budget flexibility

Tories accused of ‘extreme’ cutback plans

Balls says budget surplus target will hit social care and police numbers