Parties skeptical toward the European Union may benefit from today’s German court ruling that a threshold of 3 percent for the European Parliament election is unconstitutional, lawmakers and pollsters said.
Romania’s coalition government shattered after 14 months in power as the Liberal Party withdrew and forced Socialist Prime Minister Victor Ponta to shore up a ruling majority to back a new cabinet by March 4.
Portugal should seek a precautionary credit line from the European Union to help ensure successful access to debt markets after its bailout program ends in May, former Finance Minister Fernando Teixeira dos Santos said.
Sweden’s government proposed increasing taxes on pension saving and motor vehicles amid the widest deficits in 18 years as it seeks revenue for spending to win back voters ahead of elections in September.
A proposed Swiss-German tax accord is dead and buried amid growing public opposition in Germany to any agreement that’s seen as too easy on evaders, senior members of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition said.
Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt pledged to end years of tax cuts that polls show alienated voters focused on education spending as he fights for political survival ahead of September elections.