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9
Sep
2015

The 2015 edition of the Eurostat publication "The EU in the world" compares the European Union (EU) with the 15 non-EU G-20 (group of twenty; there is a total of 19 countries) across thirteen statistical fields using a range of European and international statistics. The G-20 comprises the world's major advanced and emerging economies. It includes the EU, four EU member states (Germany, France, Italy and the United Kingdom) and 15 countries from the rest of the world (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey and the United States). Together the members of the G-20 cover over 61% of the world's land area, are home to 64% of the world population and generated 85% of the global GDP in 2013.

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9
Sep
2015

Composite leading indicators (CLIs), designed to anticipate turning points in economic activity relative to trend, continue to point to stable growth momentum in the OECD Area as a whole. Growth in the US and UK is expected to moderate while indicators suggest it's deteriorating in China. Separately, Eurostat revised Euro Area growth up in both the first and second quarters.

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7
Sep
2015

EEF (Engineering Employers' Federation), UK manufacturers' lobby group, has cut its forecast for growth in 2015 in half because of a "rollercoaster of risks" taking its toll on UK manufacturing. Meanwhile, a survey on jobs reports that permanent position placement by recruitment firms is at a 27-month low.

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7
Sep
2015
6
Sep
2015

Last Thursday was the 68th birthday of Mario Draghi, but at the central bank's new headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, it was the ECB president who delivered the gift surprise to the markets when he suggested that the quantitative easing (QE) programme of buying bonds in the markets, which is officially called "non-standard monetary policy measures," would likely be ramped up. Meanwhile ECB data on interest rates show that Irish rates are above equivalent rates in Italy and Spain.

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3
Sep
2015
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Sep
2015

Unemployment in the Euro Area dipped to its lowest level in more than 3 years in July, suggesting that the region's recovery is at last gaining pace. Eurostat, the EU's statistics office, reported on Tuesday that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the 19-nation region fell to 10.9% in July from 11.1% in June. That's the lowest since February 2012 with Germany at the lowest member country rate and Greece at the highest level.

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1
Sep
2015

August data PMI survey data show a further expansion of the Euro Area manufacturing sector, as continued growth in Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Austria and Ireland offset the ongoing contractions in France and Greece. At 52.3 in August, the final seasonally adjusted Euro Area Manufacturing PMI (Purchasing Managers' Index) was only a shade below its earlier flash estimate and July's final posting (both 52.4).

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1
Sep
2015

Europe is split on the handling of the influx of migrants, about half coming from the wars and civic breakdowns in North Africa, the Middle East and Afghanistan. On Monday Angela Merkel, German chancellor, warned Germany's eastern neighbours that the Schengen Agreement on passport-free travel could be put at risk if they are not willing to share the burden of accepting migrants.

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31
Aug
2015

Emmanuel Macron, France's 37-year old reforming economy minister, has called for a Euro Area economic government that would include a transfer union. He also called for a powerful euro commissioner in Brussels. Macron told a German newspaper that the euro crisis and the negotiations for a bailout package for Greece proved that the monetary union could not go on as before.

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