Greece, the recipient of the biggest sovereign bailout ever, now holds the EU's rotating presidency. The government pledges that the days of new rescue packages have come to an end.
Rome wants to borrow more in order to boost welfare, lower the retirement age, allow for a partial amnesty on unpaid taxes, and grow the Italian economy. The budget puts Rome on a collision course with Brussels.
Italy's Economy Minister has weighed into the row over Italy's 2019 budget, urging constructive conversation. The EU says Italy will break deficit rules and damage the bloc financially – claims which Rome denies.
It seems like bad news is springing up from many major economies. Although it's too early to talk of a doomsday scenario, the risks should no longer be ignored, says DW's Henrik Böhme.
British entrepreneurs who have settled down in France have been a blessing for the country's rural areas, but will this remain so after the UK's exit from the EU? Lisa Louis looks for answers in Verteillac.
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