The European Union has recommended a move away from austerity programmes towards more growth-oriented economic policies, but has put the EU’s bigger economies on notice about future plans.

Speaking at the launch of the EU’s country-specific recommendations for 2013 (a review of each member states’ economic and social performance in the previous year) on 29 May, European Commission President, Jose Manuel Barroso, said that there should be a renewed shift towards competiti...

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