1. Did France, Italy Just Get Away with Breaking the Rules?

    France and Italy make relatively minor budgets adjustments to avoid a confrontation with the European Commission.

    The European Commission provisionally accepted France's and Italy's budget proposals for 2015 on Tuesday, saying it could not "immediately identify cases of 'particularly serious noncompliance' which would oblige [it] to consider a negative opinion at this stage in the…
  1. What to Make of Europe’s Nationalist Resurgence

    Not all nationalists are right wing, nor do they all mark a throwback to the destructive nationalism of the past.

    Much of the commentary on the resurgence of nationalism in Europe tends to lump the various parties that represent it together in the "far right" category. This is unhelpful as not all nationalist movements are right wing,…
  1. Farage Revives Euroskeptic Group, Admits Polish Right Winger

    The United Kingdom Independence Party appears to have less qualms than he used to about working with radicals.

    Less than a week after he was forced to dissolve his group in the European Parliament, the United Kingdom Independence Party's Nigel Farage allied with a radical Polish libertarian on Monday to reclaim his position as Euroskeptic leader. Farage's…
  1. French Economy Minister Seeks to Buy Time with Deregulation

    Emmanuel Macron hopes reforms can convince the rest of Europe to give France more time to reduce its deficit.

    France's economy minister, Emmanuel Macron, unveiled a series of economic reforms on Wednesday that are meant to convince the country's European Union partners it is committed to liberalization even as it fails to meet the bloc's…
  1. Farage’s Euroskeptic Alliance Collapses, Opportunity for Le Pen, Wilders?

    The collapse of Nigel Farage’s bloc could be a chance for the Dutch and French nationalists to form a rival alliance.

    British Euroskeptic party leader Nigel Farage's group in the European Parliament collapsed on Thursday when Latvian Farmers' Union member Iveta Grigule resigned from the alliance. The Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group, which is dominated by…
  1. Liberal Belgian Premier Unveils Labor, Pension Reforms

    Charles Michel emphasizes labor market and pension reforms in his first speech to parliament as prime minister.

    Belgium's incoming prime minister Charles Michel emphasized labor and pension reforms in his first speech to parliament on Tuesday as head of a coalition of right wing parties. Alternating between Dutch and French, Michel, whose liberal…
  1. All Is Not Well in Germany But Merkel’s Coalition Slow to Act

    To sustain its competitiveness, Germany needs to invest. But the government has different priorities.

    When Marcel Fratzscher published Die Deutschland Illusion last month, it set off quite a bit of self-reflection in Europe's largest economy. But whether its central message -- that although Germany is now outperforming its peers, its future growth prospects could be dim --…
  1. Germany’s Christian Democrats Underestimate Alternative Challenge

    As long as Angela Merkel’s party is rooted in the center, there will be space for a conservative party on the right.

    Germany's ruling christian democrats seem to underestimate the political challenge the Euroskeptic Alternative für Deutschland party poses to them. This is not a fringe movement, as many in Chancellor Angela Merkel's party would like to believe. Rather, the…
  1. Italy’s Renzi Wins Senate’s Backing for Labor Reforms

    The reformists premier clears one parliamentary hurdle but must make haste to liberalize his nation’s job market.

    Italy's prime minister, Matteo Renzi, won his Senate's backing for labor reforms early on Thursday, clearing the first parliamentary hurdle in a months long process to liberalize the country's morose jobs market. After a marathon Senate session in Rome, even all of Renzi's own Democratic Party lawmakers…