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Inflation in Europe eases but still in painful double digits

Nov. 30, 2022 07:46 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Inflation in Europe has eased for the first time in more than a year as energy prices drifted down from painful highs, but the double-digit rate still hovers near a record that has robbed consumers of their spending power and led economists to predict a recession. ...

Europe's inflation likely hasn't peaked, ECB's Lagarde says

Nov. 28, 2022 13:07 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The head of the European Central Bank said Monday she does not believe inflation has peaked after reaching the highest levels on record. ECB President Christine Lagarde also told European lawmakers that the bank isn't through raising interest rates to combat those...

Sweden's big interest rate hike follows other central banks

Nov. 24, 2022 07:03 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden’s central bank followed other central banks in undertaking a big increase to its key interest rate to combat inflation, saying Thursday that high prices are undermining people's purchasing power and making it tough for households and companies to plan their finances. ...

Lagarde warns ECB may do more to rates than remove stimulus

Nov. 18, 2022 07:41 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde warned Friday that the bank may have to raise interest rates beyond merely withdrawing stimulus and into territory that could restrain growth as the bank fights to control record inflation in the 19 countries that use the...

German industrial workers to get pay raises in 2-year deal

Nov. 18, 2022 03:43 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's biggest industrial union agreed with employers Friday on a pay deal that will see millions of workers get raises totaling 8.5% over two years as well as one-time payments meant to cushion the effect of sky-high inflation. The IG Metall union and employers...

European Central Bank: Recession 'has become more likely'

Nov. 16, 2022 12:43 PM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank sees an increased likelihood of a recession in the 19 countries that use the euro currency, warning that soaring energy prices and high inflation fed by Russia's war in Ukraine have raised risks for bank losses and turmoil on financial markets. ...

European Central Bank leader doubles down on rate increases

Nov. 04, 2022 08:35 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The head of the European Central Bank underlined the bank's determination to fight rampant inflation with more interest rate increases on top of record hikes, saying Friday that “our job is far from being completed” and that even a mild recession would not be enough...

Bank of England makes biggest interest rate hike in 30 years

Nov. 03, 2022 16:48 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England rolled out its biggest interest rate increase in three decades Thursday, saying the move was needed to beat back stubbornly high inflation that is eroding living standards and is likely to trigger a “prolonged” recession. The central bank...

European Central Bank pushes banks to speed up climate work

Nov. 02, 2022 09:08 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank is warning that many of the financial institutions it oversees are moving too slowly to shield themselves and Europe's banking system from the impact of climate change, and it is setting new deadlines to meet those requirements. ...

Inflation hits new record in Europe, slowing economy

Oct. 31, 2022 07:45 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Inflation hit a new record in the 19 countries that use the euro currency, fueled by out-of-control prices for natural gas and electricity due to Russia's war in Ukraine. Economic growth also slowed ahead of what economists fear is a looming recession, largely as a...