Timetable for Greece

EU ministers give Greece timetable for recovery

from EurActiv.com by Claire

EU finance ministers gathered in Brussels yesterday to formalise a timetable for the Greek government to reduce its budget deficit from 12.7% to 3% by 2012.

If demographics are destiny, the fates aren’t smiling on Greece

from FP Passport by Annie Lowrey

The eurozone: Athenian arrangers

from FT.com – Analysis
The eurozone: Amid anxiety about the finances of nations such as Greece, the role of big investment banks in massaging debt data is under scrutiny

One big world of cheats

from FP Passport by Annie Lowrey

This weekend, the New York Times reported that Greece, in the midst of a massive economic crisis, had none other than Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs help it keep its books in the black with some creative financial maneuvers, such as selling away the rights to future lottery earnings.

A Greek Tragedy or a European Farce? Time to Re-Write the Script

from Social Europe Journal by Andrew Watt

Greek drama heightens debate on economic co-ordination

from EUobserver.com – Headline News

Greece and Goldman Sachs

from Atlantic Review by nospam@example.com (Andrew Zvirzdin)

Investigative reports by the New York Times and Der Spiegel have left Goldman Sachs and Greece squirming in the limelight. For at least fifteen years, the American investment bank has been helping Greece legally massage its public finances. The arrangement enabled Greece to keep its European partners happy without having to make tough fiscal decisions. Specifically, the bank created currency swaps that enabled debt issued in dollars or yen to be swapped for euro-denominated bonds that would be paid back at a later date. Sound fishy? Those on both sides of the Atlantic think so. From the New York Times:

MAIN FOCUS: A common economic policy for Europe | 17/02/2010

from euro|topics

The finance ministers of the EU on Tuesday ordered an ambitious austerity programme and strict budget controls for Greece. Commentators say it’s high time for a common economic policy for all EU members, and analyse reasons for the failure of Southern Europe’s economies.

Greek crisis could boost Turkish-Greek relations

from EU-DIGEST by A-News

he Greek economic meltdown can be turned to the advantage of both Turkey and Greece, observers have said, stressing the benefits of a possible solidarity visit to Greece by Turkish businessmen which might boost bilateral relations both politically and economically.

Small EU states need to ‘think smart’

from EurActiv.com by Georgi

Smart states realise that to get anything done in the EU they need allies in all policy areas. If their priorities involve a significant amount of money they need to get a net contributor member state involved, Haughton argues.

The eurozone’s critical design flaws | Henning Meyer

from Global: Henning Meyer | guardian.co.uk by Henning Meyer

A European Monetary Fund and governance mechanisms with bite would address the problems underlying the current crisis

Beyond Berlusconi: ten questions to Italy?s opposition ,

by openDemocracy
Geoff Andrews
Italy?s economy and polity are in perennial trouble, but its prime minister Silvio Berlusconi survives every blow. All the more reason to scrutinise Italy’s opposition, says Geoff Andrews.

The focus of critical attention that has long been on Italy?s prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is now moving to the country?s political opposition. In May-June 2009, two publications – the newspaper La Repubblica and openDemocracy – responded to the latest scandals swirling around Berlusconi by posing a series of questions to him. ?Le dieci domande mai poste al Cavaliere? (14 May 2009) and ?Silvio Berlusconi: ten more questions? (1 June 2009) asked the prime minister to account (among other things) for his public behaviour over his relationships with young women, his conflicts of interest as media tycoon and political leader, his party?s selection of  ?showgirl? candidates in the European elections, and his attacks on Italy?s judiciary and president.

EU & ECHR: A very difficult marriage

from Julien Frisch

As I have predicted, the negotiations around the EU’s accession to the European Convention on Human Rights (as foreseen in the Lisbon Treaty), a step that would make the Union’s institutions liable to the European Court of Human Rights, are already creating controversies.

Europe switches to gas

from EurActiv.com by Herve

A relatively abundant, cheap and clean source of energy, natural gas is becoming an increasingly essential part of Europe’s energy mix, winning supporters for a variety of uses ranging from power generation, household heating and transport to fertiliser, plastics, and other manufacturing products.

Why Obama snubbed the EU/US Summit

from Social Europe Journal by Gary Titley

European Digital Agenda 2010-2015

by Grahnlaw

In August 2009 the European Commission published the Communication:

How to build an EU energy market

from Centre for European Reform by Centre for European Reform

by Katinka Barysch

Unbundling the supply of energy from its transport, moving Europe towards a low-carbon energy system, and getting the Nabucco pipeline built ? these were the priorities of the last energy commissioner, Andris Piebalgs. His successor, Günther Oettinger, will write his own to-do list. The EU now has a dedicated climate change commissioner, Connie Hedegard, with whom Oettinger will have to work closely. When it comes to the EU?s internal energy market and security of supply, Oettinger will also have to rethink.

Greening air travel

from EurActiv.com by Outi

Amid steady growth in air traffic and related polluting emissions, the aerospace industry is rolling up its sleeves to ensure that the sector grows in a carbon-neutral manner as of 2020.

The Eurozone?s critical Design Flaws

from Social Europe Journal by Henning Meyer

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