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Economics Diary

Eurozone growth likely to have held up in third quarter

German business confidence slumps

Key Ifo index falls amid fears of Brexit hit to sentiment

Germany’s discipline comes at a high cost

Schäuble would do better to spend more money at home, writes Martin Sandbu

August 22, 2016 - Ventotene, Italy: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and French President Francois Hollande meet to discuss the post-Brexit EU. Europe's economic outlook, jihadist attacks, the refugee and migrant drama, the Syrian conflict, and relations with Russia and Turkey were all on the agenda for the talks later on, on the island of Ventotene, one of the cradles of the European dream. Credit: Guido Bergmann / BPA Polaris /

Eurozone looks beyond Brexit vote

Growth is solid but longer-term performance needs improvement

Eurozone recovery weathers Brexit shock

Activity confounds expectations of sharp drop with 7-month high

Euro’s rise spells grief for exporters

Analysts expect the single currency to keep strengthening

Monetary policy lacks muscle for growth

The answer must be to strengthen our economies’ potential to create jobs, writes Michael Heise

ECB hints at further action next month

Brexit vote aftershocks and ailing banks risk derailing recovery

Portugal struggles to see off EU overseers

Lisbon remains constrained despite Brussels’ decision on fine

Comment illustration by James Ferguson

A split euro is the solution for Europe

The problems with the structure of the eurozone may be insurmountable, writes Joseph Stiglitz

Stagnating economy deals blow to Renzi

Germany beats expectations but eurozone growth continues to slow

The spreading pain of Italy’s bank saga

The country’s political and economic future is being threatened

Brexit is a chance to fix Europe

Europeans should use the vote to start afresh with a blank canvas, writes Leonhard Fischer

The myth of the European peace project

The notion that economic interdependence curbs military aggression is resilient but incomplete

Eurozone resilient after Brexit vote

Rate of growth in activity quickened in July, PMI shows

Abe’s stimulus lesson for the world

Eurozone should use fiscal policy to promote structural reform

Eurozone recovery loses momentum

Data cast doubt on strength of revival as French economy grinds to halt

Concerns over political influence at IMF

The fund must continue to reduce the undue dominance of Europe

Bank stress tests highlight lending fears

EU policymakers are concerned that poor results could damp credit revival and hit growth

IMF swayed by eurozone politics, says report

Damning evaluation of debt-crisis bailouts fuels debate on Greece

The danger of eurozone banking fudges

Stress test results will put the focus on weaknesses

The high price of Europe’s pragmatism

The sustainable solution consists of a more integrated eurozone and a less integrated EU

Eurozone economy resilient despite Brexit

PMI figures show only slight slowdown in pace of recovery

Draghi backs bailout of Italian banks

Shares jump on hint of backstop as ECB keeps rates on hold

What to watch for at the ECB meeting

Brexit fallout, QE headaches and Italian banks all on the agenda

Brexit takes toll on German confidence

ECB sees eurozone lending so far undisturbed despite ZEW findings

Weak growth is Italy’s fundamental problem

There is a limit to what EU partners can expect of Renzi for now

The German balance of payments quandary

The consequences of ignoring a surging current account surplus could be profound

IMF downgrades eurozone growth post-Brexit

Impact depends on closeness of UK ties after leaving EU

How Europe should respond to Brexit

Is the best way to preserve the bloc to make it a prison?