German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaüble:    in November the European Commission  had   invited national governments   to contribute to the EU investment fund, and earlier this month moved to clarify that such investments would be excluded in debt and deficit calculations. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

in Brussels German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has said Germany is not keen on national governments contributing to the European Commission’s(...)

EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in the   European Parliament. If a member state contributes to his  €315 billion investment plan, this contribution will not be counted when defining “fiscal adjustment”. Photograph: Getty Images

The EU Commission is set to relax its rules on EU budgets, a move that will alleviate pressure on the Irish Government to implement deep budget cuts i(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker  with Taoiseach  Enda Kenny   at the start of the EU summit  in Brussels. Photograph: EPA

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has urged EU member states’ leaders to provide national top-ups for his new EU investment fund, conf(...)

European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Less than a month after assuming the helm at the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker has unveiled his much awaited investment plan for Europe. Mi(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker talks to MEPs before his speech about the jobs, growth and investment package at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

Economics returned to the EU agenda this week as the European Commission unveiled its much-feted €300 billion-plus investment plan. As sceptics were q(...)

European Commission President, Luxembourg’s Jean-Claude Juncker (C) talks to Members of the European Parliament as he arrives to address the European Parliament.

in Strasbourg More than 1,000 potential projects have been identified by the European Commission for inclusion in its €315 billion investment programm(...)

The investment-fund package will need approval of EU nations and the European Parliament, although the EIB will be able to start some operations ahead of final approval

More than one thousand potential projects have been identified by the European Commission for inclusion in its €315 billion investment programme, the (...)

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is due to announce the three-year initiative this week (Photograph: Ian Waldie/Bloomberg)

The European Union is understood to be planning a €21 billion fund to share the risks of new projects with private investors. The new entity is design(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker: due to announce the three-year initiative in coming days. Photograph:  Paul Matthews/G20 Australia via Getty Images

The European Union is planning a €21 billion fund to share the risks of new projects with private investors, according to EU sources.The new entity is(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker rings the bell to start the first European Commission college meeting under his presidency yesterday. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

The winds of change swept into Brussels this week as Jean-Claude Juncker and his team of 27 commenced their five-year term at the helm of the European(...)