2020 economic roadmap for Europe

Brussels unveils 2020 economic roadmap for Europe

from EurActiv.com by frederic

If implemented, the strategy should bring “at least 2% growth” to Europe, Barroso said, presenting his proposals in Brussels on Wednesday (3 March).

Hanging In The Balance Over At The ECB

from A Fistful Of Euros » A Fistful Of Euros by Edward Hugh

In the time of my confession, in the hour of my deepest need
When the pool of tears beneath my feet flood every newborn seed
There?s a dyin? voice within me reaching out somewhere,

The European Commission is more democratic than the British cabinet,

by openDemocracy
David Coombes
The ‘democratic deficit’ aside, the European parliament does a better job than the British one of scrutinising the executive

The decline of public confidence in Parliament owes as much to the impression that what happens in the chamber of the House of Commons is remote from people?s real needs and concerns, as it does to the scandal of MPs overcharging for their expenses. Most people are aware that almost all parliamentary debate is boringly predictable, following strict party lines, while legislative measures proposed by the executive are hardly ever rejected, or even substantially amended, by MPs.

Is this the turning point for Greece?

from FT.com – World, Europe
After weeks of turbulence, bond markets are starting to stabilise, raising hopes that the latest austerity package may prove to be a turning point in the ongoing drama over the country’s debt

Commission welcomes fresh Greek austerity measures

from EUobserver.com – Headline News

Athens’ lessons in political economy

from FT.com – World, Europe
Greece’s harsh new deficit-cutting measures will only ease its financial woes if they also solve its political challenge

Setting a good example

by Open Europe blog team

Amid gloomy economic news about the state of Greece’s public finances and impending austerity measures, former MEP and Greek singing legend Nana Mouskouri has today said she will donate her pension from her time as an MEP (1994-1999) to the public coffers to help Greece tackle its debt crisis.

France?s other worlds: burqa and abyss,

by openDemocracy
Patrice de Beer
The degrading realities of France?s survivalist economy put the country?s latest debate about Islamic apparel into perspective, says Patrice de Beer.

The campaign for the regional elections on 14 and 21 March 2010 seems already all but lost by the party of France?s president, Nicolas Sarkozy. In order to infuse it with at least a semblance of life, parts of the political elite have found an appealing tonic: Islam-bashing. This sorry game has become a near-permanent element of French political life – all too often combined in a toxic mix with unfounded insinuations about crime and immigration (see ?France: identity in question?, 11 December 2009).

ACTA leak: EU positions on the internet chapter

by Julien Frisch

On the blog of the German party “The Left” – a parliamentary party in the German Bundestag that also sits in the European Parliament among the GUE/NGL group – there is a leaked ACTA document prepared by the EU Commission on 12 February.

Dutch Political Uncertainty Boosts Far-Right Party – by Eric Westervelt


The Dutch coalition government collapsed last weekend over the country’s commitment to the NATO mission in Afghanistan, setting the stage for early elections in June and putting politics in the Netherlands in turmoil.

Greek industry driven back into recession

from FT.com – World, Europe
The country’s financial crisis is struggling, even as manufacturing prospects brighten elsewhere in the eurozone, especially in Germany

MAIN FOCUS: EU ups pressure on Greece | 02/03/2010

from euro|topics

EU Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn on Monday urged Greece to do more to reduce its bloated budget deficit. Europe’s help is badly needed but Greece must also show initiative of its own, writes the press.

Germany on standby to provide aid to Greece

from FT.com – World, Europe
Angela Merkel is preparing her government to provide financial assistance, although officials have stressed that the chances are slim that any help would come in the next few days

Greece agrees new austerity package

from FT.com – World, Europe
The country’s cabinet has approved a sweeping austerity programme, the third in as many months, in a drive to rein in a bulging budget deficit and secure European financial support

‘New Europe’ loses out in ECB currency swaps

from EurActiv.com by Claire

The European Central Bank (ECB) could have done more to provide liquidity to new member states in Eastern Europe, such as extending its currency swap lines to the countries’ central banks, argues Zsolt Darvas, from the Brussels-based Bruegel think-tank.

Just What Is Going On In Sweden?

from A Fistful Of Euros » A Fistful Of Euros by Edward Hugh

According to data released today (Monday) by the Swedish statistical office Sweden unexpectedly fell back into recession in the fourth quarter, adding to the impression there has been a growth dip among Europe?s economies and raising further questions about the durability of the recovery in Europe.

Recovery stronger in central Europe

from FT.com – World, Europe
The region’s economic turnround is gathering momentum, with manufacturing in its biggest economies recording continued gains, recent data show

Sarkozy admits France made ‘serious errors’ over Rwanda genocide


After almost 16 years of bitter recriminations over France?s role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, Nicolas Sarkozy became the first French leader since the killings to visit the tiny Central African country.

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. for Germany’s Economic Model

from Atlantic Review

“It is high time the German economy got some respect. It has been faring much better lately than either the United States or Britain, despite the scornful predictions of Anglophone economic observers,” writes Eamonn Fingleton in the American Prospect.It turns out that the German system was quite successfully reformed after all:

Greece bailout plan takes shape as EU visit looms

from EurActiv.com by frederic

Economy Minister Louka Katseli said Prime Minister George Papandreou would review Greece’s fiscal plans, after an EU mission to Athens last week decided that the country’s austerity measures were not strong enough to reassure financial markets.

The database of EU internal jobs: From EPSO to SitCen

by Julien Frisch

By accident – via Google – I came across a publicly available database on EU internal jobs announcements.

Is Britain trying to take over EU foreign policy?

from FP Passport by Joshua Keating

Yet another Catherine Ashton controversy:

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