German chancellor Angela Merkel has met many of French president Emmanuel Macron’s demands for eurozone reform during a meeting in Meseberg outside Berlin. Read more
French president Emmanuel Macron has unveiled new economic reforms benefiting small- and medium-sized businesses:
- Streamlining bankruptcy procedures.
- Easing auditing requirements.
- Advising companies on digitalization and exports.
- Lifting the thresholds at which higher tax and social charges as well as employment rules kick in. Read more
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“The worst crisis in Angela Merkel’s twelve-year chancellorship” has ended with a whimper. Read more
Michael Meyer-Resende of Democracy Reporting International argues for Carnegie Europe that applying the term “illiberal democracy” or “majoritarianism” to the politics of Hungary and Poland is a misnomer. The ruling parties there are not undermining democracy — by taking control of the (state) media, stacking the courts and rewriting election laws — for the sake of the majority, but rather to maintain their own power. Read more
Italy has learned from Donald Trump that Canada is now the enemy of the West.
In an interview with the newspaper La Stampa, the country’s new agriculture minister, Gian Marco Centinaio of the far-right League, said he would ask parliament not to ratify the trade agreement the EU negotiated with Canada in 2016.
Without ratification by all 28 member states, the treaty cannot go into effect for the entire European Union. Read more