Germany’s much-vaunted trade surplus disappears as import prices surge

Germany trade entered negative territory in May, raising questions about the stability of its economy in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Picture Alliance | Picture Alliance | Getty Images Germany is no longer exporting more than what it buys from other countries, highlighting the strains that the nation and other European economies are … Read more

Finland and Sweden move a step closer to NATO membership

Sweden and Finland have taken another step in joining NATO, meaning only a formal ratification of their accession agreement is now left. Anadolu Agency | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images Finland and Sweden on Tuesday moved a step closer to becoming full members of NATO with the formal signing of their accession agreement with the … Read more

EU airlines face strikes, struggle to find workers post-covid summer travel

Some airlines and airports are struggling with the post-covid demand for travel. Anadolu Agency | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images LONDON – Delays, cancellations and strikes. It’s been a messy time for many European tourist hotspots as airlines and airports struggle to cope with pent-up travel demand after Covid-19 lockdowns. Thousands of flights have been … Read more

How would a G-7 price cap on Russian oil work?

The G7 has floated the idea of ​​an oil price cap, but experts are doubtful about how effective this would be. Picture Alliance | Picture Alliance | Getty Images The world’s seven-largest industrialized economies have floated the idea of ​​a price cap on Russian oil to further squeeze the Kremlin’s ability to fund its onslaught … Read more

Euro zone inflation 8.6% in June, ECB to hike rates for first time in 11 years

The ECB has announced it will be hiking rates in July and September to counter record inflation. Daniel Roland | Afp | Getty Images Euro zone inflation reached a new record high in June just ahead of the European Central Bank’s first rate increase in 11 years. Headline inflation came in at 8.6% (year-on-year) for … Read more

Fed could cut interest rates in 2023, analysts say, after rate hikes this year

Some central bank watchers believe the Fed and the ECB will have to stop their tightening cycles because of an upcoming recession. Olivier Douliery | AFP | Getty Images Central banks around the world might have embarked upon a path of aggressive rate hikes – but not everyone is expecting this approach to last. The … Read more

EU agrees to deal on landmark MiCA cryptocurrency regulation

Bitcoin is a volatile asset, and has been known to swing more than 10% higher or lower in a single day. Jakub Porzycki | Nurphoto | Getty Images EU officials on Thursday secured an agreement on what is likely to be the first major regulatory framework for the cryptocurrency industry. The European Commission, EU lawmakers … Read more

ECB’s Lane sees double-sided risk of spiraling inflation and economic slowdown

Philip Lane, chief economist of the European Central Bank. Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images European Central Bank Chief Economist Philip Lane said the Frankfurt institution will have to remain vigilant over the coming months with the prospect of inflation spiraling ever higher alongside the risk of a consumer-led slowdown the region. “With the uncertainty, … Read more

ECB Lagarde plays down recession risks at Sintra Forum

European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde said the central bank can raise rates faster, if needed. Handout | Getty Images News | Getty Images European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde on Tuesday played down concerns about a recession in the euro zone, also saying her team is ready to raise rates at a faster pace … Read more

De Nora IPO priced at 13.50 euros per share; $2.8 billion valuation

De Nora was founded in 1923 and specializes in electrode and water treatment technologies. Pavlo Gonchar | Lightrocket | Getty Images The CEO of electrode maker Industrie De Nora says it is “not scared” about the current market turbulence as it braves an IPO this week. The initial public offering was priced at 13.50 euros … Read more