MADRID | The Corner | ECB’s president Mario Draghi is attending two speaking engagements today, where he is expected to insist on the central bank’s determination to deploy its unconventional measures if necessary, given the eurozone’s gloomy macro picture.
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BEIJING | By Chen Changhua via Caixin | Efforts to introduce a genuine mixed-share ownership structure to state-owned enterprises in China have been obstructed by organizational conflicts of interest
MADRID | By Sean Duffy | The Irish Government presented its budget on Tuesday, keen to present the announcement of its projections for the year 2015 as the successful consequence of prudent fiscal planning. Critics have pointed out that it is much of the same, yet with the economic picture improving, the Government has sought to offer a respite from austerity, whilst also attempting to address the outstanding concerns of its international partners.
MADRID | The Corner | “Further evidence has emerged that the euro area recovery is at risk. We acknowledge that German data were distorted by technical factors… but we still think underlying momentum is fading in Germany,” Barclays’ François Cabau commented. And that means, for an increasingly number of experts, that the prospect of QE II is becoming more entrenched. Some believe it could happen before New Year.
MADRID | The Corner | Only highly positive US corporate results will cheer EU stocks today, which started fallling for a sixth day, the longest streak in almost three years, as investors awaited a German Confidence report plunging to its weakest level in 23 months.
MADRID | The Corner | The European Central Bank’s Outright Monetary Transaction (OMT) will be back on the front pages on Tuesday. The European Court of Justice (the EU’s highest tribunal) will have to respond to the challenge of German judges, who said the OMT can be seen as monetary financing of governments, banned in EU treaties. “Every time the monetary union takes a step forward, German individuals and/or civil or political groups file a case with the Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe,” our senior analyst Luis Martí commented.
BRUSSELS | By Alexandre Mato | Today’s Eurogroup meeting and the Ecofin on Tuesday will focus on French budgetary problems. Moreover, Luxembourg will raise the issue about the investment gap in Europe. After 5 years of austerity, the European Commission is trying to pursue an economic policy change in the last few weeks that will move towards a focused on greater growth.
MADRID | By Álex García.
MADRID | The Corner | Italian PM Matteo Renzi won the Parliament’s confidence vote on Italy’s labour reforms on Thursday, the most importan in his 8 months in the job. As the country’s economy has been stagnated for two decades, many wonder how far the center-left government’s plans will go. The current jobless rate of the eurozone’s third biggest economy is above 12% (44% youth unemployment). “Italy must reduce the proportion of workers on temporary contracts in the overall work force, but the details yet to be unveiled remain critical to assess whether it represents a true game-changer or not.” analysts at Barclays commented on Friday.
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