European Union Forecasts Modest Pace Recovery

The economic recovery within the European Union and the eurozone should continue at “a modest pace” next year, the EU has forecast.

The economy of the 28-nation EU is set to grow by 1.9% this year, 2.0% in 2016 and by 2.1% the year after.

The 19-nation eurozone is expected to grow by 1.6% this year, rising to 1.8% next year and 1.9% in 2017.

The EU said growth was being helped by factors such as low oil prices and a weaker euro exchange rate.
Another factor cited was the European Central Bank’s attempts to stimulate the eurozone economy through its bond-buying programme.

However, the report also warned that new challenges to growth were appearing, including the slowdown in China and emerging market economies, and geopolitical tensions.
European Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said EU economies would “see growth rising and unemployment and fiscal deficits falling”, but the effects would be unevenly spread across member states.

He noted the global economic outlook remained uncertain, warning EU nations not to let up in their efforts to reform their economies.

via BBC

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Alfonso Esparza

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Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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