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  1. Business - Economy

    IMF tells Italy: press reforms, create youth jobs

    Posted Jul 05th 2013, 02:19pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Rome The International Monetary Fund has pressed Italy to do more about “unacceptably high” unemployment, especially among young people and women, and urged it to bring ... told Italy the tax “should be maintained.” Berlusconi’s lawmakers immediately countered with a vow that the tax would be abolished, raising tensions in the already uneasy coalition. ...

  2. Cool heads needed at critical time for EU

    Posted Dec 13th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Crafting a constitution for a grouping as complex and ever-changing as the European Union was bound to be a tough task. Going into this weekend's Brussels summit on the topic, a number of daunting and controversial matters remain. Germany, a country ...

  3. Business - Economy

    France's growth push sets up showdown with Brussels

    Posted Apr 03rd 2014, 10:10am by NICHOLAS SPIRO

    ... after all, hope for France and Italy, the two main reform laggards in Europe's single-currency area. In the past six weeks or so, two popular and reform-minded politicians have assumed ... the conspicuous failure of France and Italy to reform their woefully uncompetitive economies before the outbreak of the euro-zone crisis in 2010 and in the past four years, when many of the so-called ...

  4. Business - Economy - Unemployment

    High minimum wage kills jobs and makes poor worse off

    Posted Mar 31st 2014, 11:31am by STEVE HANKE

    ... at the data from Europe. There are seven European Union countries in which no minimum wage is mandated- Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy and Sweden. Compare the levels of unemployment ...

  5. Business - Money - BONDS

    Safe havens are now risky

    Posted Sep 23rd 2012, 12:00am by Evelina Leung

    ... less clear in Ireland and Portugal than in Italy and Spain. Murfin believes Italy is already generating a primary surplus and merely has to continue doing so in order to reduce its debt load. ... through a serious recession. But Murfin explains Italy and Spain are solvent with the ability and willingness to undertake the needed reforms, and the current 5 to 6 per cent yields in the two ...

  6. Business - Economy

    Portugal, Greece risk reawakening euro zone beast

    Posted Jul 04th 2013, 03:01pm by Reuters

    ... to Cyprus, Slovenia to Spain and Italy, and now most pressingly Portugal, where the finance and foreign ministers resigned in the space of two days, a host of problems is stirring after 10 months ... wants a default. With German elections looming in September, Angela Merkel’s government is determined not to rock the boat beforehand. Spain and Italy, two far larger economies, also major ...

  7. Business - Economy

    EU eases pace of austerity to support ailing economies

    Posted May 30th 2013, 12:06am by AP

    ... because of an excessive deficit. They include Italy, Latvia, Hungary, Lithuania and Romania. The most important of these decisions was on Italy, the euro zone’s third-largest economy, where ... labour market reforms and an overhaul of the tax system, to be pushed through. The EU’s top economic official, Olli Rehn, insisted Italy still had little leeway to go on a spending binge or lower ...

  8. Business - Economy

    Euro zone’s queasy feeling as it looks in Japan mirror

    Posted Jul 11th 2013, 01:32pm by Reuters

    ... with rapidly ageing populations, including Portugal, Ireland and Latvia. Andrew Milligan, an economist with Standard Life in Edinburgh, is particularly concerned about Italy. Not only does Italy rank ... Japan, certain European countries, such as Italy, are much more vulnerable to going down the Japanese path than others,” Milligan said. The tricky balancing act for the ECB is to let bond markets ...

  9. Business - Economy

    EU leaders pledge €8b on jobs for youth

    Posted Jun 28th 2013, 02:13pm by AFP

    ... higher in crisis-hit southern euro-zone countries such as Greece, Spain, Portugal and Italy, where officials warn of a "social emergency". Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron ...

  10. News - China - TRADE

    Sweden, Denmark and Netherlands call for action to stop looming trade war

    Posted Jun 16th 2013, 12:00am by Reuters

    ... can reach our climate goal." China responded to the EU's move with a decision to investigate accusations of dumping of EU wine, an apparent attempt to target France and Italy ...




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