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European bank mergers: Domestic or cross-border?

As the European economy recovers from the global financial crisis, bank mergers are back on the agenda. While cross-border mergers have been predicted before, most European bank mergers have been domestic until now. What are the odds of cross-border mergers in the upcoming bank-consolidation wave?

As Greece ends a decade of bailouts, problems linger for Europe

As Greece prepares to emerge from one of the region’s most wrenching economic periods, its creditors are drawing up plans to ensure it is never a problem for the rest of Europe again.

Merkel and Macron propose Eurozone budget

The leaders of Germany and France agreed to create a Eurozone budget they hope will boost investment and provide a safety mechanism for the 19 nations using the euro currency, and also to seek a European solution to migration issues.

Eurogroup reaches agreement on European Stability Mechanism

Eurozone finance ministers (Eurogroup) reached an agreement in principle to widen the mission of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) to assist banks as well as member states.

EU Commission aims move to reduce governments’ veto powers

The European Commission will propose measures that could reduce EU small states’ veto powers, a move meant to overcome resistance to tax reforms as the bloc aims to increase levies on digital multinationals.

French President Macron envisions an EU army in 2020

French President Emmanuel Macron has called for the EU to co-operate more closely on defence, immigration, tax and social policy, and for the single currency bloc to have its own budget.

Is Facebook losing its base?

The pioneering social media site is increasingly being looked at skeptically by college-aged Americans, according to new polling data.

It’s time to fix the Euro

There is a renewed debate in Brussels on fixing flaws in Europe’s shared currency to prevent future crises.

European Commission demands more EU laws on drones

European Commission has called for fresh impetus behind its stalled plans for EU-wide regulation of drones, after a string of near-misses with airplanes across Europe last year.

Greek PM Tsipras calls for European alternative for IMF

Alexis Tsipras said that many EU leaders recognize the need for Europe to create its own institutions to deal with problems, instead of relying to outside help such as the IMF.

Commission scales up EU’s response to cyber-attacks

To equip Europe with the right tools to deal with cyber-attacks, the European Commission and the High Representative are proposing a wide-ranging set of measures to build strong cybersecurity in the EU.

IMF chief tells bankers to not dismiss cryptocurrency

Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund, has a message for the world's central bankers: Don't be luddites.

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