Drop in consumer confidence in the EU
Confidence among consumers in the European Union and the eurozone has fallen for the third month running.
Consumer confidence in the eurozone and the entire European Union fell in August for the third consecutive month, according to flash estimates published today (21 August) by Eurostat.
Summer blog: A shake-up of the Commission's structure could give former national leaders more influence.
- Should the EU scrap scientific advice?Summer blog: Allowing the Commission's chief scientific adviser position to become a casualty of the GM crop war would be a disservice to EU policymaking.
- Belgian federal government formation talks to resumeSummer blog: Is Belgium within reach of forming its centre-right coalition government?
The chief executives of Unilever and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development discuss how to build a circular economy in Europe.
- Demographic shifts are manageableOne might think that a shrinking population is a bad thing, but in fact the benefits of demographic stability – or even decline – outweigh any adverse effects, writes the former chairman of the UK’s Financial Services Authority.
- Scotland's EU reform agendaWith a month to go until Scotland votes on whether to leave the UK, the Scottish government is setting out its vision for a future relationship with the EU, writes Fiona Hyslop, Scotland’s external affairs secretary.
A good week for...
The European commissioner for agriculture was praised for taking swift action to help farmers struggling to cope in the wake of Russia’s ban on food imports from the European Union. Cioloș used emergency measures that form part of the Common Agricultural Policy to make €125 million available. Farmers’ groups welcomed the move, but warned that more money will be needed.
A bad week for...
Sales at the Danish brewer Carlsberg have been affected by falling consumption in Russia and Ukraine, it revealed this week. The firm earns around one-third of its profits from the Baltika brand, a big seller in Russia, but said that beer sales in Russia had fallen by 6%-7% in the second quarter due to the "uncertain macroenvironment" and "weak economic development". Ukrainian beer consumption has dropped by 10% during the crisis.
Profile of Anthony Luzzatto Gardner, United States' ambassador to the European Union.
Anthony Luzzatto Gardner is hoping that before he leaves his post as the United States’ ambassador to the European Union, the EU and the US will have signed the biggest bilateral trade deal ever. If he achieves this goal, he could plausibly claim that no US ambassador in Europe has had as great an economic impact since the envoys who helped establish the US’s post-war Marshall Plan.
People & Places
Centre-right political veteran wants to be the UMP's choice at the next election.
- Martin Callanan to sit in House of LordsThe former leader of the ECR group, voted out of office in May, will sit in the UK's House of Lords.
- Michael Cashman becomes lordThe former MEP and head of the Parliament’s LGBT intergroup will sit in the House of Lords, Britain’s upper house.
- Cable association appointments
- Estonian members of the CoR
Switzerland's relationship with the EU is at a crossroads, with the country facing a choice of developing closer ties or greater isolation.
- Switzerland: on the outside, looking in
- Time to re-define the EU-Swiss relationship?
- Switzerland: the way ahead
Switzerland's vote to curb immigration suggests that relations with the European Union are close but fragile.
The EU-Switzerland relationship has been put under increasing strain by a Swiss vote to cap migration from the EU.
A strict interpretation of the constitutional amendment would be “incompatible” with the bilateral agreements and the free movement of people between the EU and Switzerland.
- Evolution without membership
- Switzerland's domestic politics
- EU membership ‘a threat to direct democracy’
- Blocher to concentrate on anti-EU fight
- Taxing times for the Swiss
- A show of economic strength
- Swiss private banks look for new opportunities
Sponsored ContentEU-Switzerland – a changing relationship
Referendums in Switzerland and legislative changes in the EU make for a fragile co-operation.
Parties on the right and the left have gained significant support at the expense of the centrists.
The Swiss habit of voting on all sorts of policy questions would be curtailed.
Christoph Blocher to step down from the federal parliament after almost 35 years.
Switzerland has made major concessions on tax transparency, but how much further will it go?
The Swiss economy has weathered recent economic storms thanks to a strong currency and the health of its close neighbours.
Many Swiss lenders are looking to put tax evasion investigations behind them to concentrate on their core business,
An interview with Alexis Lautenberg, chairman of the Swiss Finance Council.
18 September 2014
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