European debt crisis

Greece unlikely to be discussed at Eurogroup, EU official says

It is highly improbable that Greece will be discussed during Thursday's Eurogroup in Luxembourg, a top eurozone official said Wednesday.
The same official said that the third report on Greece's enhanced post-program surveillance issued by the European Commission will be discussed by the eurozone finance ministry staff (Euro Working Group) after Greece's July 7 elections.

IMF suggests Romania to change policy course to avoid likelihood of boom-bust scenario

Romania's consumption-fueled growth has raised macroeconomic imbalances, including inflation pressure and increased fiscal and current account deficits, so a change in the course of policies is needed to reduce the likelihood of another boom-bust scenario, the International Monetary Fund writes in its Staff Concluding Statement of the 2019 Article IV Mission posted on Friday.

The Euro Area with a Sharp Decline in Inflation and the Lowest Unemployment Rate Since 2008

Unemployment has been the lowest since 2008, writes NOVA news.
Inflation in the eurozone dropped sharply to 1.2% in May, according to data released by AFP. Analysts surveyed by the Factset data company predicted a modest fall in inflation to 1.4%, down from 1.7% in April.

EU Attention Finally Rests on the Balkans Amid Growing Chinese Influence

There are currently five major Balkan candidates for EU enlargement: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Albania, and North Macedonia and Turkey. While talks with Turkey have stuttered, the remaining countries could prove pivotal for the EU to continue its policy of enlargement of its union of democratic markets.

Fitch Ratings confirms Romania's rating at 'BBB-', but warns it could exceed deficit target in 2019

Fitch Ratings has affirmed Romania's Long-Term Foreign and Local Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at 'BBB-' with a Stable Outlook, but warned that the budget deficit might widen to 3.4 percent of the GDP in 2019, a release of the agency informed.

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