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Vote leave supporters wave Union flags, following the result of the EU referendum, outside Downing Street in London, Britain June 24, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall ©Reuters
I am torn between fear of disintegration and hope that Brexit will force the bloc to fix its faults
– Wolfgang Münchau
A copy of Dutch tabloid newspaper Algemeen Dagblad Dutch with the headline Don't Leave Me This Way and a British Union flag on the front page is removed from a rack outside a newsagents store in this arranged photo in Utrecht, Netherlands, on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. The campaigns for and against keeping the U.K. in the European Union laid out opposing visions of life outside the bloc as dueling ahead of next week's referendum enters its final stretch. Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg ©Bloomberg
If they do not want EU to fall, leaders must share responsibility for mistakes, writes Laurence Boone
Second division of the Federal constitutional Court with (L to R) Ulrich Maidowski, Sibylle Kessal-Wulf, Monika Hermanns, Peter Huber, Andreas Voßkuhle, Herbert Landau, Peter Müller and Doris König, announce the judgment on the ECB's 2012 bond-buying plan called Outright Monetary Transactions (OMT) on June 21, 2016, in Karlsruhe, western Germany. Germany's constitutional court ruled that a key crisis-fighting tool of the European Central Bank complies with national law, throwing out objections by a group of eurosceptics. / AFP / dpa / Uli Deck / Germany OUT (Photo credit should read ULI DECK/AFP/Getty Images) ©AFP
The Karlsruhe constitutional court should allow flexibility in monetary policy

Brexit will give EU protectionism clout

The UK has long been a proponent in Brussels of free markets

Merkel at centre of new EU crisis

German chancellor fights to keep what is left of union united

Eurozone PMI at lowest level since 2014

Fears rise over single currency area’s growth

ECB prepares for Brexit contingencies

Impact on eurozone ‘very difficult’ to predict, says Draghi

German court backs ECB crisis-fighting tool

Challenge to Outright Monetary Transactions programme rejected

Germany to rule on legality of ECB weapon

Outright Monetary Transactions programme has never been used

IMF warns of political risk to eurozone

Fund urges policymakers to act to counter divisions

ECB urged to lavish ‘helicopter money’ on consumers

Group of MEPs says bank should focus on supplying cheap money to consumers

Brussels lambasted on national budgets

Eurogroup president says some countries treated better than others

Draghi steps up call for eurozone reform

ECB chief warns of cost in delaying measures to boost productivity

Sovereign debt change threat to EU banks

Fitch says lenders’ capital requirements might rise by 30%

Potential euro members fall short

Some of bloc’s poorest members fail to meet legal standards

ECB plays down hopes on growth uplift

Bloc grew 0.5% from fourth quarter of 2015 to 2016’s first quarter

How the ECB’s corporate bond buying works

Programme is designed to ease financing costs

Markets shrug off eurozone deflation

Investors focus on €15bn of new sovereign debt after quiet period

Eurozone inflation stuck in negative territory

Data suggest chances of a serious bout of deflation have fallen

Athens set for ECB debt waiver

Move would be big step to rehabilitate banking system

European equities top list of bad trades

Stocks fail to match expectations of a blistering 2016

ECB warns of populist risk

Central bank cautions that rise of insurgent parties makes economic reform more difficult

Poll points to eurozone growth slowdown

Purchasing managers’ index dips to 16-month low

ECB to demand data on 100m eurozone loans

AnaCredit database set up to help spot threats to financial stability

Flexible rules are in eurozone’s interest

But reprieves for Spain and Portugal will deepen gap with Berlin

ECB steps up call for reform

Central bank wants looser fiscal policy and structural changes but faces difficulties in making case

Spain and Portugal win EU fiscal reprieve

Commission delays decision on fines for missed deficit targets

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