THE European Central Bank's (ECB) top officials lined up to express cautious confidence in the euro-area economy after a series of reports pointing to a surprisingly weak start to the year,...

THE EUROZONE is set to start the new year the way it ended the old: the economy is strong but inflation is weak.

PRIVATE consumption and investment drove euro-area economic growth in the third quarter, underpinning a recovery that has spread across the 19-nation bloc.

WHEN France elected Emmanuel Macron in May, the prospects of mending the euro's inherent flaws suddenly brightened. Adopted in 1999, the common European currency was intended as a political...