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EU Leaders Dinner on May 23

The European Union leaders are gathering for an informal dinner on May 23rd in Brussels in order to discuss the opportunities to boost economic growth and jobs creation across the EU. The purpose of the summit, as European Council President Herman Van Rompuy explained in his letter to the leaders, is not specific decisions to be taken but to lay the grounds for the June European Council to draw the future actions, which will also be based on proposals, which the European Commission will propose on May 30. This dinner will be the first participation of the new French president, Francois Hollande, on European stage. As usual, euinside will follow live the summit as in our Free Talk Corner, so with in depth articles. You can follow us also on Facebook and Twitter.

25 May 2012 11:10 Austerity and Growth - the Two Sides of the Same Coin. What Is the Third?

At first reading the EU leaders dinner on May 23rd did not produce anything special, although it ended late. The expectations of a titanic clash between France and Germany over eurobonds did not come true or at least this is evident from the outcome. There was nothing essentially new in terms of ...

23 May 2012 17:01 Eurobonds Are Again Coming into Fashion

Somewhat surprisingly the eurobonds emerged as a central topic on the agenda of the informal (in the form of a working dinner) EU summit on May 23rd. Surprisingly because the official topic of the summit are growth measures and employment. But leading international media are blaring forth that i ...

21 May 2012 19:51 G8: Everyone Decides on Growth and Austerity Measures by Themselves

While Europe was holding its breath during the penalties that destined Chelsea to defeat Bayern Munchen in the Champions League final, the leaders of the eight most powerful countries in the world were also watching TV. The images of leaders, watching the football game were the most published an ...

17 May 2012 11:07 Thunder And Lightning over the Euro Area

On the way to Berlin the plane of French President Francois Hollande was hit by a lightning and he had to return to Paris to change the plane. Ultimately, he managed to see Angela Merkel on Tuesday evening, just hours after officially taking office. As the French president explained to the media ...

24 May 2012 14:22 EU Leaders Remain Divided on Key Issues

"Tonight's meeting was about putting pressure, focusing minds and clearing the air." This summary by European Council President Herman Van Rompuy suggests the feeling that the European leaders rather attended a yoga course than a working dinner. The scarce and fragmentary information about the o ...

23 May 2012 13:54 The Last Supper

The EU leaders are gathering tonight in Brussels for a dinner, during which they have to find a way to synchronise their views about a common European approach in boosting economic growth. The context, in which the dinner will take place, is very stressful: governments are falling; populist poli ...

17 May 2012 11:08 What Lies Behind the Growth Discussion in the EU

It is finally clear what does the talking about economic growth measures in the EU mean, which started to gain momentum yet in January, around the negotiations of the fiscal compact, with the first informal European Council, dedicated entirely on this topic. Then during the spring EU summit, whe ...

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