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  1. August 20, 2014

    Draghi has to do, as well as say, whatever it takes

    Mario Draghi does his redoubtable best to reassure us: the eurozone recovery, he tells us, is “on track”. Rather than face...

  2. May 13, 2014

    Olli Rehn tries to allay fears of eurozone threat to London

    Olli Rehn, the EU economic and monetary affairs chief, has said David Cameron has no reason to fear eurozone countries...

  1. May 8, 2014

    Angela Merkel sees no ‘room for manoeuvre’ on tax cuts

    German chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday poured cold water on recent speculation about possible tax cuts saying a...

  2. April 5, 2014

    No reason to give France more time to cut deficit says commissioner

    BRUSSELS, April 5 – There is no reason to further extend a European Union deadline for France to cut its budget deficit, the...

  3. FT Alphaville

    February 24, 2014

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: Asian markets started the week on the back foot, with investors concerned that Chinese banks have curtailed lending...

  4. February 23, 2014

    EU warns west must be ready to rescue Ukraine

    Western leaders were scrambling to put together a rescue deal for Ukraine on Sunday, as the European Union’s top economic...

  5. February 23, 2014

    EU ready to offer financial aid to Ukraine

    Olli Rehn, Europe’s top economic officer, said the EU is prepared to offer a financial aid package worth billions of euros...

  6. February 18, 2014

    Brussels warns Italy’s Renzi to stick to EU budget rules

    Brussels has warned Rome it is unwilling to bend tough EU budget rules despite promises by incoming prime minister Matteo...

  7. Brussels Blog

    January 17, 2014

    Rehn vs Verhofstadt: the Liberals' debate debate

    Verhofstadt, right, with his centre-right counterpart in the European parliament, Joseph Daul Despite the hopes advocates...

  8. December 20, 2013

    S&P strips EU of triple A rating

    The EU was stripped of its triple A credit rating by Standard & Poor’s a day after the bloc’s 28 national leaders took the...

  9. November 20, 2013

    Tusk drops Rostowski from Polish cabinet in bid to revive support

    Jacek Rostowski, the London-born economist who helped lead Poland through two economic crises in a turbulent six years as...

  10. November 18, 2013

    Italy’s leader warns Germany of rise of anti-European sentiment

    Enrico Letta, Italy’s centre-left prime minister, has urged Germany to spur economic growth in Europe rather than be left...

  11. November 18, 2013

    EU will learn that attacking German economic success is not the right strategy

    When a boy throws a pebble in a pond, he expects several evanescent ripples before the water returns to stillness. Likewise...

  12. Brussels Blog

    November 13, 2013

    Rehn, Germany and US Treasury Dept: Round Two

    Rehn, left, with President José Manuel Barroso at Wednesday's press conference It may have appeared that Olli Rehn, the EU’s...

  13. November 13, 2013

    Brussels launches inquiry into Germany’s current account surplus

    José Manuel Barroso has launched an inquiry into whether Germany’s large current account surplus is harming the European...

  14. Brussels Blog

    November 11, 2013

    Rehn siding with Washington in its battle with Berlin?

    Rehn, right, consults with Germany's Wolfgang Schäuble at last month's IMF meetings. Over the last few weeks, the normally...

  15. November 5, 2013

    Pressure mounts on ECB following eurozone forecasts

    In charts: European Commission forecasts Pressure mounted on the European Central Bank to cut interest rates after Brussels...

  16. September 20, 2013

    Italy lowers output forecasts and says deficit risks overshooting

    Italy’s coalition government, appealing for political stability to keep an anticipated recovery on track, has lowered its...

  17. September 17, 2013

    Olli Rehn berates Italy over political instability and property tax

    The EU’s top economic official has bluntly warned Italy of the threats to its fragile recovery posed by political...

  18. September 10, 2013

    Brussels signals concern over meagre French pension reforms

    Brussels has signalled its clear dissatisfaction with France’s modest pension reforms just as thousands of demonstrators...

  19. August 29, 2013

    Italy’s premier gives in to Berlusconi tax cut demands

    Enrico Letta, Italy’s beleaguered prime minister, has bought time for his fragile coalition by agreeing to demands by Silvio...

  20. August 25, 2013

    Brussels warns France over planned increase in taxes

    The European Commission on Sunday warned France not to look to new tax increases as Europe’s second-biggest economy looks to...

  21. August 14, 2013

    Q&A: What does 0.3% growth mean for the eurozone?

    0.3 is the magic number – the second-quarter growth rate that lifted the eurozone out of the longest recession in its...

  22. FT Alphaville

    July 9, 2013

    Caption this -- lat there be euros edition

    Olli Rehn (left) and Valdis Dombrovskis, the Latvian prime minster, (right) regrettably seem to have got lost in a...

  23. July 2, 2013

    Portugal’s Passos Coelho pledges to stay as prime minister

    Portugal’s beleaguered prime minister has pledged to stay in office and seek to establish a stable government despite the...

  24. June 20, 2013

    IMF to suspend aid payments to Greece unless bailout hole plugged

    The International Monetary Fund is preparing to suspend aid payments to Greece by the end of next month unless eurozone...

  25. June 19, 2013

    EU struggles to unlink banks from states as summit looms

    Last month, in a little-noticed speech urging national leaders to move quickly to create a European “banking union”, Olli...

  26. June 19, 2013

    Fears rise over how Portugal and Ireland exit bailout schemes

    Less than a year before European leaders hope to chalk up success for their handling of the sovereign debt crises in Ireland...

  27. Brussels Blog

    June 17, 2013

    ESM's direct recap plan: Really 'breaking the link'?

    Would Ireland's Anglo-Irish Bank, whose rescue forced Dublin into a bailout, been covered? Remember a year ago when eurozone...

  28. June 7, 2013

    EU’s Olli Rehn lashes out at IMF criticism of Greek bailout

    Olli Rehn, the European Commission’s economic chief who has been responsible for Brussels’ management of Greece’s two...

  29. June 5, 2013

    Latvia set to join eurozone next year

    Brussels has given the green light to Latvia to become the 18th country to adopt the euro, despite concerns at the European...

  30. Brussels Blog

    May 23, 2013

    Will Slovenia be next week's Brussels target?

    Bratusek: "Slovenia can on its own without any supervision resolve its problems.” Amid all the talk that Spain, France and...

  31. May 8, 2013

    Political reform: Financial crisis fuels talk of democratic deficit

    Last year, when Belgium was faced with demands from the European Commission to shave a further €1bn-€2bn from its budget, a...

  32. May 6, 2013

    Brussels trains its sights on Slovenia

    The European Commission is being pushed to take a tougher line with Slovenia amid mounting concerns that infighting is...

  33. May 3, 2013

    Brussels relaxes austerity across the eurozone

    Brussels has for the first time signalled its willingness to relax austerity across the eurozone as EU forecasts showed the...

  34. Brussels Blog

    April 25, 2013

    Reexamining the Cypriot bailout numbers. Again.

    Cypriot European Parliament member Takis Hadjigeorgiou protests during the bailout debate Connoisseurs of the Brussels Blog,...

  35. April 21, 2013

    Perils of placing faith in a thin theory

    John Kenneth Galbraith memorably put down his fellow economist Milton Friedman by saying: “Milton’s misfortune was that his...

  36. April 21, 2013

    Eurozone anti-austerity camp on the rise

    Flaws found last week in an academic treatise on the effect of high public debt on economic growth have heaped pressure on...

  37. Brussels Blog

    April 17, 2013

    Olli Rehn, Cyprus and fruit: reexamining the costs

    Rehn: critics of Cyprus bailout are "comparing apples with pears and coming up with oranges." During a debate in the...

  38. April 12, 2013

    Bailout countries given seven years’ grace

    EU finance ministers attempted to put their recently besieged crisis management back on track by agreeing to give Portugal...

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