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    1. February 27, 2015

      MPs dismiss chancellor’s claim over cut in UK’s Brussels bill

      George Osborne’s claim that he had “halved” a £1.7bn surcharge presented to Britain by Brussels has been dismissed by MPs,...

    2. February 25, 2015

      France and Italy granted reprieve for breaching budget limits

      Brussels has granted a reprieve to France and Italy after they broke EU budget rules, underlining the bloc’s readiness to...

    1. February 25, 2015

      Axa chief Henri de Castries takes aim at regulators

      Henri de Castries is a devout Catholic and “believes in miracles”, but the chief executive of Axa says it is not the Lord...

    2. February 22, 2015

      The skirmish is over — let the Greek debt battle begin

      If this was meant to be the challenge to German economic orthodoxy, it failed. The compromise reached in Brussels on the...

    3. February 8, 2015

      US scrutiny of Barclays and UBS widens forex trading probe

      The US Department of Justice is scrutinising currency-linked investments marketed by Barclays and UBS in an indication that...

    4. February 5, 2015

      EU push on dealing commissions meets resistance

      New European rules on dealing commissions aim to cut prices and improve transparency for investors, but brokers are warning...

    5. February 2, 2015

      Spain feels the nervous ripples over Greece

      Spain is feeling ripples, if not shockwaves, from the formation of an anti-austerity government in Greece. Its stock market...

    6. January 29, 2015

      ECB targets bonuses and share options in bankers’ pay probe

      The European Central Bank has signalled a tougher approach on bankers’ pay, announcing that it will launch an examination of...

    7. January 28, 2015

      Basel Committee overhauls banks’ disclosure model

      The way banks disclose risks they hold on their balance sheets has been overhauled by the world’s top banking supervisor in...

    8. January 26, 2015

      S&P reports leap in Europe direct lending

      Alternative lending markets in Europe have progressed by leaps and bounds in the past year, according to Standard & Poor’s....

    9. January 23, 2015

      Bank supervisor to review sovereign debt rules

      The Basel Committee for Banking Supervision is to examine whether it should rewrite rules governing how sovereign debt...

    10. January 22, 2015

      France seeks to revive European financial transactions tax

      France tried to revive Europe’s floundering financial transaction tax initiative on Thursday, urging 11 eurozone countries...

    11. January 14, 2015

      Eurozone’s slide into deflation need not be a negative thing

      The Cassandras have finally been proved right. After months of predictions to that effect, the eurozone has finally fallen...

    12. January 13, 2015

      Brussels signals more flexibility on French and Italian budgets

      The European Commission signalled it may show leniency towards Italian and French spending plans by unveiling new guidelines...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. December 8, 2014

      EU’s eastern members plot joint raid on €315bn Juncker fund

      Central European countries are planning to combine forces to target the EU’s proposed new €315bn investment fund to join up...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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:...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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