Brussels occasionally gets sober from the intoxication of spectacular goals and strategies, paid by citizens. But sobering means that the goal is slightly less grandiose but in the end, likely purposeless and economically harmless.
Except for few unfortunate ones, high schoolers have already finished their key exams. European banks have not.
The “Flat Tax Era” in Slovakia came to a definite end on 1st January 2013. Corporate tax rate of 23% (highest in the whole Central and East European Countries region by the way) became valid instead of the 19% rate. This was considered to be the last nail in the flat tax coffin.
Greeks are preparing a new emission of their bonds. Although only three years but they should bring 2.5-3 billion euro to the country.
Being a member of the European club is sufficient for common citizen. European institutions and their processes are largely unknown to the voters and they feel no urge to show any opinion, when even the parties are largely ambivalent towards European issues.
Europe is experiencing a boom in the contingent convertible bonds, in the Anglo-Saxon world also dubbed CoCos. These are the bonds which, at a certain point, convert to the shares of the debtor.
On May 1, 2014, the ten years long ban for foreigners on buying land in Slovakia comes to an end. The EU’s philosophy is that the European citizen is at home in every member country of the Union and this entails the possibility to buy an agricultural land. Thus, Slovakia and other member states are obliged to loosen these restrictions.
In Spain, the government-established expert group recommended a reduction of the corporate tax by 10%.
German Eurosceptic party AfD has been delighted this week, as the German court annulled the 3% quorum necessary to be elected in the European Parliament elections.
Not even government subventions can help the sinking Peugeot, so the company has to be rescued by a Chinese partner.