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EU to take first step to disciplining Italy over 2019 budget

20 Nov 2018

BRUSSELS The European Commission will on Wednesday take the first step towards disciplining Italy over its draft 2019 budget, backed by euro zone governments worried that Rome's borrow-and-spend plans could trigger another debt crisis that would hurt them all.

EU welcomes Franco-German budget idea, more work needed

19 Nov 2018

BRUSSELS A Franco-German proposal for a euro zone budget could be a "breakthrough" for a euro zone reform package next month, but more work on it is needed, the chairman of euro zone finance ministers said as Italy voiced reservations about the plan.

Franco-German proposal a "breakthrough" in euro zone reform plan- Eurogroup head

19 Nov 2018

BRUSSELS, Nov 19 The Franco-German proposal of a euro zone budget could represent a "breakthrough" for reaching a deal on a euro zone reform package next month, said the chairman of the zone's finance ministers, though Italy quickly distanced itself from the plan.

EU states offer Britain 'ambitious' ties after Brexit, but no frictionless trade

16 Nov 2018

BRUSSELS European Union states said on Friday that they wanted an "ambitious" future relationship with Britain but that this would not mean frictionless trade, as they met to prepare a text by Nov 25 to accompany the draft Brexit deal.

EU executive to launch action over Italy budget on Wednesday - sources

16 Nov 2018

BRUSSELS The European Commission will take the first step next week to discipline Italy over its 2019 budget, three officials close to the process said, after Rome defied EU objections to its plans to borrow and spend more next year.

Bemused EU eyes options for British Brexit meltdown

16 Nov 2018

By Gabriela Baczynska, Jan Strupczewski and Alastair Macdonald

Bemused EU eyes options for British Brexit meltdown

16 Nov 2018

By Gabriela Baczynska, Jan Strupczewski and Alastair Macdonald

Defiant Italy sets stage for budget showdown with EU

14 Nov 2018

BRUSSELS Italy re-submitted its draft 2019 budget to the European Commission with the same growth and deficit assumptions as a draft rejected for breaking European Union rules, stepping up its showdown with the EU over its fiscal policy. | Video

EU to adopt laws by end-Dec to safeguard against Brexit no deal - document

13 Nov 2018

BRUSSELS The European Commission said on Tuesday it intended to adopt by the end of December all the legislation necessary to prepare the EU for a British exit without a divorce agreement should it be necessary by Brexit day on March 29.

EU less optimistic than Italy on growth, sees jump in deficit, yields rise

08 Nov 2018

BRUSSELS The European Commission forecast on Thursday the Italian economy would grow more slowly in the next two years than Rome thinks, making government budget deficits much higher than assumed by Italy while public debt would be stable rather than decline.

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