Articles by Alexandre Mato

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Alexandre Mato
Alexandre Mato covers European affairs from Brussels. Former Editor in-chief of Cierre de Mercados, he was the first ever editor on Spanish TV appointed under the age of 30. He has a degree in Journalism and a postgraduate in International Relations, both from Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
Italy and the bad management of euro funds

Italy And The Bad Management Of Euro Funds

Alexandre Mato | Rome and Brussels are engaged in a permanent dispute over the 2019 budgets, exacerbated by the lies of the populist Italian coalition. The Commission leaders counterattack with the data in hand. Between 2014 and 2020 Italy will receive almos€43 Bn in European structural and investment funds.



Banco Popular crisis

The Eurogroup Dodges Banco Popular’s Problems

Brussels is not concerned about the Spanish banks, even despite the problems of a systemic lender like Popular, in the process of being sold. The Spanish banks have shown that they have done their homework and restructured their balance sheets since receiving a European bail-out in 2012.


spain's anti-brexit machinery

Spain Government Is Greasing Its Anti-Brexit Machinery

The country which tried to invade England in 1588 may become its best ally. After the 28 European partners held their Summit in Malta at the beginning of February, this was the Bloomberg headline regarding the relations between Madrid and London during the Brexit negotiations. But the question of Gibraltar remains a thorny one.



Spain´s public deficit in 2017 was the highest in the EU

Spain Is No Longer A Problem For Europe: There Are Other Fronts Open

The euro’s fourth biggest economy will not be the protagonist in long economic debates in 2017.  Spain’s deficit and its domestic politics are no longer a concern for Brussels, now focused on the Brexit negotiations and worried about the complicated elections cycle in various countries.


European construction

The EU Still Has No Fiscal Backstop For Banking Crises

Within the EU it is being discussed how to set up a fiscal backstop, a barrier of public money to be used in times of crisis, not just to help out a bank. One option being considered in Brussels is turning The European Stability Mechanism (ESM) into a kind of management tool for a crisis.


Euroscepticism, Past Austerity Allow Spain To Avoid EC Fine

The European Commission (EC) opted against imposing fines on Spain and Portugal for their non-compliance with 2015 deficit targets. So Brussels did not implement the penalties equivalent to 0.2 percent of gross domestic product included in the Stability and Growth Pact for failure to comply with budget rigour. The fines would have amounted to about 2 billion euros for Spain and around €350 million for Portugal.


Juncker investment plan in Spain

“The EU has to make itself attractive” in the wake of Brexit

“The EU has to make itself attractive” in the wake of Brexit. Brussels is trying to force London to accelerate its departure process “as soon as possible, despite how painful that may be,” according to European Commission President Jean Claude Junker. During the European Summit on Tuesday, the the scenario for the new EU with 27 Member States will be presented.


Greek banks will not need full amount of EU bailout

Athens may need no further than €10 billion to recapitalise its main financial institutions. These are the funds in the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund to cover the sector’s requirements. Looks like in Brussels there is a broader consensus that the figures revealed by the ECB are “encouraging”.