Dijsselbloem Wants Focus on Budgets Not Spending

The European Commission should focus on enforcing European Union budget rules rather than proposing fiscal stimulus, the chair of the Eurogroup of euro zone finance ministers said on Tuesday, in remarks that echo Germany’s position on tight spending.

With euroscepticism growing in Europe after years of slow growth and persistent unemployment, the commission – the executive arm of the EU – proposed earlier in November loosening budget policy for the 19-country euro zone. It suggested fiscal expansion of 0.5 percent of gross domestic product next year.

But Jeroen Dijsselbloem challenged those proposals at a hearing of the economic affairs committee of the European Parliament, reminding the Commission that its role is to monitor the application of fiscal rules in EU countries.


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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Market Analyst, UK & EMEA at OANDA
Based in London, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a market analyst. With many years of experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while producing macroeconomic commentary. His views have been published in the Financial Times, Reuters, The Telegraph and the International Business Times, and he also appears as a regular guest commentator on the BBC, Bloomberg TV, FOX Business and SKY News. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and is recognised as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.
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