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    1. December 14, 2014

      A topsy-turvy EU world of power, money and politics

      One of the more peculiar characteristics of the EU is an inverse relationship between political power and control over...

    2. December 8, 2014

      Watch your words or feed populism, French minister warns Germany

      France’s finance minister has called on the German establishment to watch its words when criticising his country’s economic...

    1. November 28, 2014

      Germany calls on EU to firm up €315bn investment scheme

      Wolfgang Schäuble, Germany’s finance minister, has welcomed plans by the European Commission to unlock €315bn in investment...

    2. November 28, 2014

      France faces possible sanctions from Brussels on budget

      France moved perilously close to becoming the first eurozone country to be fined under the EU’s latest budget rules after...

    3. November 27, 2014

      Draghi steps up push for economic union

      Mario Draghi has stepped up his push for Brussels to set the rules on member states’ economic policies, saying fears of a...

    4. November 26, 2014

      Juncker defends funding method for €315bn infrastructure projects

      The European Commission president defended his decision not to spend EU money on new infrastructure projects as part of his...

    5. November 25, 2014

      How Juncker plans to unleash investment in Europe

      It has become the central question facing the EU since the acute phase of the eurozone crisis ended more than two years ago:...

    6. November 20, 2014

      Germany’s EU commissioner doubts Hollande’s reforms

      Germany’s European commissioner has questioned whether President François Hollande has the “willingness to act” to reform...

    7. November 19, 2014

      Eurozone stagnation demands real solutions

      After three years of near stagnation and with unemployment stuck at double digit levels, it is increasingly clear that the...

    8. November 18, 2014

      France warns EU investment fund will flop without ‘real money’

      France says the EU must inject up to €80bn of “real money” into the flagging European economy, warning that a big investment...

    9. November 16, 2014

      Brussels weighs up options for €300bn investment funds

      The European Commission is considering the creation of investment funds seeded with cash from either the EU budget or the...

    10. November 11, 2014

      Ancien régime of bank bailouts is not yet confined to history books

      The interests of banks, politicians and regulators rarely overlap neatly, but when it comes to ending taxpayer bailouts all...

    11. November 7, 2014

      George Osborne wins reprieve on €2.1bn EU bill

      George Osborne, the chancellor, has won a tentative agreement to delay payment on the extra €2.1bn contribution the EU is...

    12. Brussels Blog

      November 7, 2014

      Compromise on UK's €2.1bn EU bill: the leaked plan

      David Cameron, with his Finnish counterpart Alex Stubb, at a summit in Helsinki Thursday The much-anticipated “emergency...

    13. November 5, 2014

      Almost €7bn of last year’s EU budget paid out improperly

      Almost €7bn of last year’s EU budget was paid out improperly, giving ammunition to British eurosceptics who have been...

    14. November 3, 2014

      Osborne seeks rule change over £1.7bn bill

      Britain is attempting to secure a political deal to rewrite Europe’s budget payment rules in order to avoid its outstanding...

    15. October 30, 2014

      David Cameron opts out to keep Britain at heart of Europe

      David Cameron is appearing more aggressive in the demands he is making as the price of Britain staying in the EU. It is...

    16. October 29, 2014

      Top-up bill row masks steep rise in UK payments to Brussels

      The noisy arguments over Britain’s £1.7bn bill for extra EU budget contributions covering a 12-year period have obscured the...

    17. October 28, 2014

      Brussels clears France and Italy’s budgets

      The European Commission on Tuesday decided not to send the French and Italian budgets back to their governments for big...

    18. October 28, 2014

      Smaller companies face funding freeze

      European syndicated loan volumes are running at their highest level since 2007, but concerns persist that small and...

    19. October 27, 2014

      Cameron rejects £1.7bn EU budget demand

      David Cameron was unequivocal on Monday as he addressed MPs: Britain would not be stumping up an additional £1.7bn in...

    20. October 27, 2014

      France bows to EU pressure on budget deficit

      France said that it would cut its budget deficit next year by an additional €3.6bn, a move that it hopes will be enough to...

    21. October 27, 2014

      Stress tests alone will not bring the eurozone back to health

      The examination is over. For more than a year the European Central Bank has been shining a light on the books of the...

    22. October 27, 2014

      Cameron is right to stand up to Brussels on the budget

      There is a way of explaining David Cameron’s showdown with the European Commission that flatters the latter. The commission...

    23. October 27, 2014

      Brussels warns David Cameron over €2.1bn bill payment

      David Cameron will “open a Pandora’s box” over Britain’s EU budget rebate and will be hit with automatic fines if he refuses...

    24. October 26, 2014

      Brussels seeks compromise in budget row

      When the European Commission sent formal letters to Rome and Paris last week informing them their 2015 budget plans risked...

    25. October 24, 2014

      Brussels cash: Who knew what and when?

      It was just a few minutes before they were due to arrive at a European summit that the UK’s man in Brussels mentioned to...

    26. October 24, 2014

      Cameron’s overreaction to a modest EU matter

      Britain has picked many fights with its European partners at EU summits over the past decades. Few have been as tense as...

    27. October 24, 2014

      David Cameron angry over €2.1bn EU surcharge

      David Cameron has lashed out at the EU, saying a €2.1bn surcharge for the UK was “unjustified”, even as it emerged that...

    28. October 24, 2014

      Q&A: Why is Brussels demanding EU budget back-payments?

      Britain has been told it owes an extra €2.1bn to the EU common budget because of its relative prosperity compared with other...

    29. October 23, 2014

      EU tells Britain to pay extra €2.1bn

      Britain has been told to pay an extra €2.1bn to the EU budget within weeks because of its relative prosperity, a hefty...

    30. October 23, 2014

      Row between Rome and Brussels heats up

      The European Commission has asked Italy to detail by Friday how it will avoid violating EU budget rules, according to a...

    31. October 22, 2014

      Paris defends budget amid EU irritation

      As the clock ticks down to a potential – and humiliating – rejection of France’s budget plans by the European Commission,...

    32. October 21, 2014

      EU to warn France and Italy on budget plans

      The European Commission will on Wednesday tell five eurozone countries, including France and Italy, that their budget plans...

    33. October 20, 2014

      France and Germany paper over budget cracks

      The French and German finance and economy ministers on Monday pledged to revive the stagnant eurozone economy by boosting...

    34. October 20, 2014

      Borders and budgets could lay Europe low

      Speaking on television earlier this year, Manuel Valls, the French prime minister, declared that his government’s budget...

    35. October 16, 2014

      Merkel defends fiscal rules as Paris and Rome put growth first

      German chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday delivered a tough defence of the eurozone’s fiscal rules, raising tensions with...

    36. October 15, 2014

      Budget pushes Italy to the edge of EU deficit rules

      Matteo Renzi, Italy’s prime minister, has proposed a budget heavy on stimulus measures – from tax cuts to investments – and...

    37. October 13, 2014

      Paris stands firm against fiscal enforcers

      Ever since the French government unveiled its 2015 budget two weeks ago, fiscal enforcers in Brussels have attempted to...

    38. October 8, 2014

      Europe’s leaders need to back shift on rules on public investment

      Three years ago, the euro risked exploding under pressure from the markets. After considerable tensions, Europe’s political...

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