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December European Council

On December 16th and 17th EU leaders will meet for their summit (the European Council), which euinside expects to be extremely tense and controversial. Unfortunately this time we were unable to send a team in Brussels but we will keep you informed about everything that is happening at the Council, thanks to the latest live webcast technologies. In this topic you will find everything related to what's happening on Thursday and Friday.

2 March 2011 06:22 EEAG: Greece should leave the euro area and devalue the drachma

Germany would support a possible extension of the Greek bailout programme from the EU and the IMF, Chancellor Angela Merkel suggested after a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Georgios Papandreou in Berlin. The argument she pointed out was that the Irish rescue loan had the term of seven years, ...

16 February 2011 09:48 The permanent euro area rescue fund will be twice as large as the current

The European Stability Mechanism (ESM) will be able to lend its full capacity of 500 billion euro to troubled euro area member states. This became clear after the extended meeting of the Eurogroup with the finance ministers of non-euro area countries on February 14th. "The loan capacity of the E ...

21 January 2011 15:20 A stress test year for the euro area

The first meeting of EU finance ministers - for this year and the first under the Hungarian presidency - ended with no fundamental news, but rather with some indicative guidelines for future intentions. Two main issues were discussed during the meeting - conducting a new set of bank stress tests ...

3 January 2011 09:08 Less EU and more euro area after a German model with British ornament and a French facon

I am not convinced that we actually take stock of what is going on in the European Union, especially in the euro area. In fact, ever since the EU started to enlarge, no one actually realised what was going on in it, no matter the fact that it started to institutionalise more closely, to integrat ...

18 December 2010 13:16 EU: we rescue only as a last resort!

The permanent bailout mechanism for the euro area countries will be activated only when necessary. This becomes clear from the final text, which EU leaders agreed to be added to Article 136 of the Treaty on the functioning of the EU (TFEU) to set up a European Stability Mechanism: "The Member St ...

16 February 2011 14:10 Bruegel: Greece is insolvent, urgent debt reduction is needed

At their March Summit, the leaders of the euro area countries are expected to come forward with concrete proposals for tackling the debt crisis - on the changes in the euro area rescue fund (EFSF), on the nature and functions of the permanent fund - the European Stability Mechanism, on the Pact ...

26 January 2011 14:40 Impressive market debut of the euro area rescue fund

The euro area rescue fund (the European Financial Stability Facility, EFSF) debuted strongly on the financial markets. Its first ever bond issue reaped stormy investors' interest, as the data published by the Financial Times show. Against the background of the planned issue worth 5 billion euro, ...

18 January 2011 09:10 Brussels wants a bigger and more flexible rescue fund for the euro area

The European Commission wants the effective financial capacity of the European Financial Stability Facility (the rescue fund for the euro area) to be reinforced and the scope of its activities to be widened. This is clear from the Annual Growth Survey, presented in Brussels on January 12. Accord ...

20 December 2010 11:16 If the EU wrote letters to Santa

The moods at the EU leaders meetings are becoming more and more tense, thus increasing the possibility some of them to lose it. This is happening against the backdrop of the receding light in the tunnel for the eurozone countries put under the pressure of financial markets. In such an environmen ...

16 December 2010 18:57 The EU leaders agree on the European Stability Mechanism

The EU leaders have agreed on a limited amendment of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (TFEU) in order to create a permanent stabilisation mechanism for the euro area - European Stability Mechanism (ESM). This is written in the draft conclusions of the European Council, circulated by media ...

 
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Adelina Marini
The #migrant route toward Europe has shifted through the Western Balkans, The New York Times reports. The newspaper quotes Hungarian authorities, who claim the shift of migrant flows is due to some extent to the many drownings in the Mediterranean, to the more centralised policy of the EU as well as the tightening of visa regime in Middle East countries. Another reason is that Bulgaria has significantly tightened border control, as well as Iran. Between January and June 79,000 people crossed illegally from Turkey into Greece, according to Frontex. Some of them continued through Macedonia and Serbia to Hungary. NYT writes that the shift is already causing sharp rises of the anti-migrant sentiments in the Balkans and is boosting nationalist parties euinsi.de/udqK
20 July 2015 09:10
Adelina Marini
The #Greek parliament has approved the conditions the euro area demanded to be voted on before starting negotiations on a third bailout programme. In the early hours of Thursday the parliament in Athens voted the measures with 229 MPs supporting the prior actions, the Kathimerini newspaper reported. 64 members of the party of PM Alexis Tsipras, SYRIZA, voted against the package. All MPs from the coalition partner Independent Greeks supported the legislation. The newspaper commented that with such support the government has received a mandated to continue to govern. Now the Eurogroup has to give a mandate for a start of the negotiations on a third bailout programme. However, in some member states this needs parliamentary approval
16 July 2015 08:51
Adelina Marini
The #Eurogroup has re-elected Jeroen #Dijsselbloem as president
13 July 2015 18:20
Adelina Marini #Dijsselbloem: It won't be easy (the negotiations on the bridge financing)
13 July 2015 18:55
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