Euro-area services and manufacturing expanded faster than economists forecast in April, indicating the economy continued to strengthen at the start of the second quarter.
Mario Draghi can look for clues from euro-area companies this week on whether the region needs more stimulus to counter economic risks from low inflation to geopolitical tension.
German investor confidence fell for a fourth month in April, highlighting the risks to the recovery in Europe’s largest economy.
European officials are about to decide how much pain their banks should be able to take.
Mario Draghi’s asset-purchase plan to ward off deflation may be lacking one key element: enough assets to buy.
German industrial output rose for a fourth month in February in a sign that growth in Europe’s largest economy continued to accelerate.
Mario Draghi can study an array of data this week to help him track his latest policy metric: economic slack.
German factory orders rose in February, adding to signs that growth in Europe’s largest economy is gathering pace.
Mario Draghi’s view that the euro area doesn’t need more monetary easing for now is being vindicated.
The European Central Bank kept interest rates unchanged as stronger inflation and economic output reduced the need for officials to take action.
"While the crisis in Ukraine remains the biggest risk to our optimistic outlook for euro-zone growth, the April PMIs show no evidence that the situation has had any major impact so far."
- Christian Schulz on Apr 23, 2014
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