The Italian tale in the Brexit story

Yesterday, we discussed in these columns the impact that a Brexit could have on Scotland (see here for A little bit of Scottish of this world of British). As the Brits will have to vote within a week, let us continue on that path and have a look on what might be the consequences of [...]

By |June 16th, 2016|Categories: Analyst's Insight|Tags: , , , , |

Italy, Spain Seen Most Vulnerable to Sovereign Caps Risk…

…should European Union finance ministers decide to impose restrictions on bank holdings of sovereign bonds, which are currently treated riskfree.

Source: Bloomberg. Italy, Spain Seen Most Vulnerable to Sovereign Caps Risk: Chart. 22 April 2016.

By |May 2nd, 2016|Categories: Graph Analysis|Tags: , , , , , |

Sovereign bonds and banking risk, an old story still to be concluded…

Ever since Lehman Brothers collapsed in 2008, we all know that there is nothing such as a company who could be “Too big to fail”. Ever since Greece collapsed in 2011, we all know that any European country can default (most of all if it cooks the books) and that the Copenhagen criteria were not [...]

By |April 25th, 2016|Categories: Analyst's Insight|Tags: , , , , |

Chernobyl Anniversary: Ukraine Holds Fast to Nuclear Energy Despite Disaster

Result is a boost to the government of Matteo Renzi, who openly supported abstention

Source:  WSJ, 2016/04/17

By |April 19th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Any given Sunday?

This week-end news flow was intense in the energy business as many decisions were expected to be made all over the world regarding fossil fuel producers. But the outcome of last Sunday turns out to be rather unsurprising or, as the French saying goes, the mountain labored and brought forth a mouse. Let’s get back [...]

By |April 18th, 2016|Categories: Analyst's Insight|Tags: , , , , , |

Italy raises 2017 deficit goal, sets up tussle with Brussels

Italy on Friday cut its forecasts for economic growth this year and next and raised its goal for the 2017 fiscal deficit, setting up a potential conflict with the European Commission. The Commission, already unhappy about Italy's reluctance to make decisive cuts to rein in its huge public debt, has not yet signed off on [...]

By |April 12th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Solar energy potential in the European Union: Portugal and Spain at an advantage even in comparison with Italy and Greece

Source: Stratego (Co-funded by the IEE Programme of the European Union). Peta, the Pan-European Thermal Atlas: renewable energy. As of April 2016.

By |April 5th, 2016|Categories: Map|Tags: , , , , , |

Italy Recovery From Slump Seen Continuing Slowly but Surely

Italy’s economy will keep recovering from recession slowly but surely and avoid a renewed slump this year and next, a Bloomberg survey of analysts showed.

Source:  Bloomberg, 2016/03/15

By |March 22nd, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

France and Italy warned again on economic weakness

The European Commission warned France and Italy again on Tuesday (8 March) that their economic weaknesses risked destabilising the other EU economies.

Source:  EU Observer, 2016/03/08

By |March 15th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Italy risks breaking EU fiscal rules even with all leeway granted- Eurogroup

Italy's 2016 budget is at risk of breaking European Union fiscal rules even if Rome is granted all possible fiscal leeway by the European Commission, euro zone finance ministers said in a joint statement on Monday.

Source:  Bloomberg, 2016/03/07

By |March 15th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |