The euro area continues to struggle with feeble growth, but economic performance for the first three months of the year rose by 0.5 per cent compared to the previous quarter. Germany beat analysts’ expectations, reaching a two-year quarterly high.
France's economy minister has warned Italy to respect its financial commitments to the EU under "whichever government." Bruno Le Maire said eurozone stability would otherwise be threatened.
The European Commission has recommended that France be removed from a list of member states with excessive deficits. The move came on the back of a raft of economic measures adopted by Paris to reduce public spending.
Millions of people in Africa and beyond are abused as slaves, and Western consumers are complicit in their exploitation. Protest actions across Germany on Friday aimed to draw attention to their plight.
With a euroskeptic government coalition likely to take over the reins in Italy, fears are mounting that the problems in the eurozone's third-largest economy will only get worse. Financial markets are already jittery.
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