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A new challenge for central banks: governments as adversaries

The huge uncertainties hanging over the world economy have left central bankers facing governments whose policies directly counteract their own → Read More

What Germany’s dismal GDP means for Europe and interest rates

New figures confirm the lackluster performance of the German economy hit by rising trade fears → Read More

A perfect storm is brewing in Europe this Halloween

Inexperienced leaders at the EU’s two most-important bodies will have to deal with global economic crises – not to mention Brexit – on November 1 → Read More

Swiss-EU stock-trading row holds lessons for post-Brexit Britain

The UK has been handed a timely reminder that negotiating equivalence with the EU is fraught with risks → Read More

Christine Lagarde appointment risks making the ECB weaker

Lagarde has never seemed interested by the fierce economic arguments that split governments throughout the eurozone crisis → Read More

Central bankers’ worst fear is that Facebook will supplant them

To truly understand central bankers’ fears about Facebook’s plan to launch its own “currency”, consider their worst-nightmare scenario. For them, this could be the situation in a few years’ time: after a period of testing by wary customers followed by gradual implementation, Libra, as it will be called, has become the payment instrument of choice for the majority of Facebook’s 2.4 billion… → Read More

Central banks must guard their fragile independence

The former vice-chair of the US Federal Reserve created a stir a few days ago when he opined publicly that president Donald Trump’s constant push for lower interest rates could “destroy” the central bank’s independence. Stanley Fischer, the influential economist who served as number two at the US central bank between 2014 and 2017 after a stint as governor of the Bank of Israel, gave his… → Read More

Draghi exits on the wings of the dove

ECB president signals the bank stands ready to loosen monetary policy further and warned eurozone governments they may have to provide fiscal stimulus → Read More

The UK can refuse its EU divorce bill – but it will probably get sued for alimony

If Boris Johnson or any other prime minister refused to pay the agreed £38bn, the dispute would likely end up in The Hague → Read More

The exhausted ECB dove insists it can still fly

Draghi's signal achievement may turn out to be binding his successor into an accommodative monetary policy — at least for a while → Read More

A tale of two Italians illustrates risk of German ECB president

ECB presidential candidate Jens Weidmann's opposition to the nuclear option for saving struggling economies should be a cause for concern → Read More

UniCredit CEO Jean-Pierre Mustier: ‘Mergers can only work with cost cuts’

Mustier talks to FN about how Europe lost the corporate and investment banking battle and the importance of simplicity → Read More

Why Europe will lose the trade war it isn’t fighting

If Trump indeed turns his trade wrath toward the EU in the coming months, Europe will have some soul-searching to do → Read More

Europe’s leaders want banking mergers — for everyone else

It is hard to see what would trigger a long-awaited consolidation of Europe's fragmented banking market → Read More

A growing Franco-German rift threatens the future of Europe

The rift between Paris and Berlin could have long-term consequences for Europe’s economy → Read More

Collapse of merger talks throws Commerzbank into play

The collapse of merger talks between Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank may yet pave the way for one of the cross-border banking tie-ups that eurozone authorities have long called for — so far in vain. But the German government, which tried and failed to engineer a deal between the country’s two largest lenders, holds the key to whether such a pan-European deal will take place. Deutsche,... → Read More

Sorry, Britain, the EU has bigger problems than Brexit

Paris and Berlin at loggerheads over a potential no-deal as the extension sucks up the EU's policy oxygen → Read More

The EU in the age of Brexit, extending and pretending again

It can be easy to forget, but EU leaders have other not-so-mundane matters on their agenda → Read More

A no-deal Brexit may be Europe’s less costly option

Two more years of indecisiveness and political bickering would keep hurting Europe’s economic prospects — and the UK in return → Read More

Negative yields throw a harsh light on Germany’s debt fixation

It is time for German policymakers to realise that if investors are prepared to pay to lend money to the country, they should take the money and spend it → Read More