Data collated by the University of Cambridge shows that year-on-year growth in the provision of alternative finance – predominantly crowdfunding – has been running at an impressive pace within the EU. To illustrate, since 2014 it grew by 92% to reach a value of €5.4 billion in 2015. If this is indeed the case one…

For years we have heard European pension systems are under strain, as a result of increases in life expectancy and declining birth rates.  Although many Member States have been reforming their pension systems to varying degrees to meet this challenge, the most recent financial and economic crisis had made the situation more difficult and more urgent. Higher…