Economy: Spring austerity

Spring austerity – Pierre Kroll
Le Soir (Brussels)

José Manuel Barroso – "Belgium: No fine, but a €1bn worth of savings to be made. And 30 more days of rain. Next!"

Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo – "These rainy days are awful."

The European Commission published its budget recommendations to Eurozone member countries on 29 May.

It eased up budget requirements for several states, including Belgium, but on the proviso that they introduce reforms.

Meanwhile, spring is struggling to establish itself in western Europe, which is marked by higher than average rainfall and temperatures several degrees below the seasonal norm.