Fiscal policy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, talks to Vice Chancellor and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, left, prior to the weekly cabinet meeting of the German government at the chancellery in Berlin, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
May 15, 2018 - 7:54 am
BERLIN (AP) — German economic growth slowed to 0.3 percent in the first quarter, its weakest performance in more than a year, though analysts largely blame one-time factors like bad weather and expect a rebound. The quarter-on-quarter growth reported Tuesday by the Federal Statistical Office...
Read More
May 12, 2018 - 7:47 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is urging the Senate to get its work done on funding before the August break, "or NOT GO HOME." The president tweeted Saturday that "Wall and Border Security should be included." He also said that he is "waiting for approval of almost 300 nominations, worst...
Read More
FILE - This June 19, 2015, file photo shows the Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Board Building in Washington. The central bank is meeting this week as its board is undergoing a makeover, with a raft of new appointees by President Donald Trump who appear generally supportive of the Fed’s cautious approach to rates since the Great Recession ended. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
May 02, 2018 - 3:13 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve achieved an inflation milestone this week, but that isn't likely to alter expectations for what the Fed will announce when its latest policy meeting ends Wednesday. After six years of mostly missing its annual 2 percent target for inflation, the Fed learned...
Read More
FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2017, file photo, workers build an apartment and retail complex in Nashville, Tenn. On Friday, April 27, 2018, the Commerce Department issues its first estimate of how the U.S. economy performed in the January-March quarter. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
April 27, 2018 - 3:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy slowed to a moderate 2.3 percent annual growth rate in the first quarter as consumer spending turned in the weakest performance in nearly five years. Still, the January-March increase came in better than expected, supporting hopes for a solid rebound for the rest...
Read More
FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 file photo, President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi speaks during a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany. Weaker signals from the economy and worries about a trade war between the United State and China mean the European Central Bank is in no hurry at all to start withdrawing its monetary stimulus efforts. And that means markets and consumers will have to live with central bank interest rates at zero and in some cases below for a good while yet. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, file)
April 26, 2018 - 7:56 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank has left its key interest rates and stimulus settings unchanged as it sizes up conflicting signs about how well the economy is doing in the 19 countries that use the euro. Markets are waiting to hear bank President Mario Draghi's assessment at a...
Read More
April 25, 2018 - 1:27 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — This summer's World Cup could have a total impact on the Russian economy of nearly $31 billion, organizers predicted Wednesday. A new report on the economic impact of the tournament said the boost for the country's GDP could amount to between 1.62 trillion rubles ($26 billion) and 1...
Read More
FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 file photo, President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi speaks during a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany. Weaker signals from the economy and worries about a trade war between the United State and China mean the European Central Bank is in no hurry at all to start withdrawing its monetary stimulus efforts. And that means markets and consumers will have to live with central bank interest rates at zero and in some cases below for a good while yet. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, file)
April 23, 2018 - 5:11 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — When will the European Central Bank join the U.S. Federal Reserve and start raising interest rates? This much is clear: It won't be soon. Weaker signals from the economy and worries about a possible trade war between the United State and China have left the top monetary...
Read More
French President Emmanuel Macron, left, welcomes Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Monday, April 16, 2018. Trudeau is in France for a two-day visit. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 16, 2018 - 10:51 am
PARIS (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron have discussed a renewed economic partnership to boost growth, jobs and investments in their two countries. In a joint news conference in Paris, Trudeau praised the "benefits" of a trade deal between Canada and...
Read More
April 12, 2018 - 1:33 pm
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers voted Thursday to threaten a 10 percent state funding cut for any university that fails to comply with proposed new requirements prompted by the Larry Nassar sexual assault case at Michigan State. The unanimous vote from a House budget panel came a day after...
Read More
House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., leaves a news conference after announcing that he will not run for re-election at the end of this term, Wednesday, April 11, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
April 12, 2018 - 12:16 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan will leave Congress having achieved one of his career goals: rewriting the tax code. On his other defining aim — balancing the budget and cutting back benefit programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — Ryan has utterly failed. Ryan, a budget...
Read More

Pages