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Archived Since:February 15, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Schäublenomics

The veteran German will be the most familiar face around the table as the eurozone’s longest serving finance minister, having taken office in late 2009. He will take some comfort in the reassuringly crisis-free Eurogroup agenda. There...Show More Summary

Macron’s €9bn austerity headache

By Mehreen Khan Emmanuel Macron’s honeymoon may soon face its first test. As the new president prepares for his state of the nation address at Versailles today, an old political bugbear will be preying on his mind: France’s public finances. Read more

Burden sharing

By James Politi in Rome Italy has been fed up for a long time with the lack of help from fellow EU countries in dealing with the migration crisis in the central Mediterranean. But this week, it’s safe to say Rome’s frustration boiled over. Read more

Balkan borders

A landmark decision is expected today on a 26-year old border dispute between Slovenia and Croatia. But few expect it will be bring the saga over the Bay of Piran to an end. On a map it covers a tiny slither of space, but it has always had outsized political significance, holding up Croatia’s accession prospects for years. Show More Summary

US steels for Google fine

Cecilia Malmström has fired a loud warning shot in the direction of Washington, saying Brussels will retaliate if Donald Trump slaps tariffs on European steel as part of his threatened crackdown on imports on national security grounds. Show More Summary

Veneto banks: ‘failing or likely to fail’

A generous reprieve for lucky depositors and senior bondholders in Veneto Banca and Banca Popolare di Vicenza, the failing Italian banks at the centre of country’s latest effort to shore up confidence in its battered financial system. Political expediency Read more

Back in the EUSSR

To receive the Brussels Briefing in your inbox every morning, register for a free FT account here and then sign up here. Donald Tusk has not given up hope that Britain might stay in the EU. Speaking at the start of a two-day summit of...Show More Summary

Macron faces a clash on foreign takeovers

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Brussels v Budapest, Prague and Warsaw; King Macron; unFinnished business

To receive the Brussels Briefing in your inbox every morning, register for a free FT account here and then sign up here. Zero. This is how many they have actually taken. Read more

The strange death of European populism?

To receive the Brussels Briefing in your inbox every morning, register for a free FT account here and then sign up here. Elsewhere, True Finns were effectively kicked out of the Finnish government after their coalition partners refused to deal with their new leader, who has compared Islam to paedophilia and wants to leave the EU. Show More Summary

Tick, tock

Theresa May triggered Article 50 in March. One month later, she called a general election. Last night, it all went wrong. A shock result upturned British politics and turned the prime minister’s embryonic plans for Brexit into disarray. Show More Summary

Nato: Beyond Trump; Polls apart; A digital dilemma

To receive the Brussels Briefing in your inbox every morning, register for a free FT account here and then sign up here. Donald Trump may feel like the biggest problem for Nato — but he is not the only one. Read more

An Italian summer

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Papering over the cracks

If EU policy papers on the single currency had much bearing on reality, all of the governance arrangements for the euro would have been transformed long ago. Not so. Many of the euro zone’s institutions are widely seen as half built — and coordination of economic policies remains very much a work in progress. Show More Summary

2100: A Greek Odyssey

To receive the Brussels Briefing in your inbox every morning, register for a free FT account here and then sign up here. Talks between Athens’ euro area creditors and the International Monetary Fund have seen officials grapple with economic forecasts stretching decades into the future. Read more

Lessons from Luxembourg

Sometimes Luxembourg provides something for all. The European Court of Justice’s ruling on the parameters of free trade agreements – which determined that only parts of FTAs required ratification at a national level – made nearly everyone happy. Show More Summary

Quack, quack

What is Uber? The EU’s top court tried to answer this question and decided Uber should be treated as a transport company (which leaves it beholden to local taxi regulations) rather than as an information society service (which would help it escape such rules). Show More Summary

Rule of Law (and Justice)

Perhaps the only phrase more stultifying than “any other business” is “General Affairs Council”. But that could change later today. Frans Timmermans will park the European Commission’s long-running fight with Poland over the rule of law in front of ministers during an “AOB” at the unfortunately named “GAC”. Read more

Day One: Macron-Merkel, beware the Schulz-effect, and a summer of Brexit

“France has doubted itself for decades. It feels that its culture, social model and deepest beliefs are under threat.” As Emmanuel Macron took on the mantle of France’s head of state on Sunday, he was at pains to stress the the scale of the task ahead. Read more

What is Uber?

An adviser at the EU’s top court had the first go at trying to define Uber and came up with a simple answer to what is a complex question: in short, Uber should be treated as a transport company. The reasoning is clear and thoughtful. The full opinion can be read here in French. The edited highlights, in English, are below. Read more

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