Even if Germany had to write off the loans it extended to Southern European countries as part of the eurozone’s emergency rescue measures, the economic advantages of its membership would still be overwhelming, according to a recent study by the Bertelsmann Stiftung.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has revealed her long-term vision for Europe, saying the debt crisis is forcing eurozone countries towards a federalist model and placing her on a collision course with the more eurosceptic UK.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was due to Paris on Thursday (30 May) for talks with President François Hollande aimed at coming up with new ideas to strengthen management of the 17-country eurozone and boost European industry.
The euro rose to a seven-week high against the US dollar yesterday (21 August), fuelled by speculation the European Central Bank could soon act to stem the region's debt crisis by lowering Spanish and Italian borrowing costs.
European Council President Herman Van Rompuy interrupted his holiday in Seville yesterday (28 August) to visit Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in Madrid, while Commission President José Manuel Barroso received Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti. A flurry of other upcoming meetings marks the beginning of a heated season.
In a rare political declaration, Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank (ECB), has rejected "binary choices" for the eurozone's future, dismissing calls for a "United States of Europe" as well as a return to national currencies to stop the sovereign debt crisis.
The EU's 27 finance ministers will be debating new transfers of power to the European Commission when they meet on Tuesday (21 February), as they examine proposals to tighten control over member states' budgets in the wake of the eurozone's debt crisis.
Economic experts watching Spain don't know how much money will be needed or precisely when, but some are near certain that Madrid will eventually seek a multibillion euro bailout for its banks, and perhaps even for the state itself.
There are quicker ways to save the euro than modifying the EU treaties, says European Council President Herman Van Rompuy in a paper to be discussed at a crunch European summit on Thursday. EurActiv provides the text of the blueprint.
EXCLUSIVE / EurActiv France has obtained a copy of the draft conclusions of the EU summit in Brussels on 13-14 December. Plans to complete the legal framework for a European banking union are partly delayed until 2013. And the debate over deepening economic and political integration in the eurozone - including changing the EU treaties - will not take place until after the 2014 European elections.
Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti won praise and political backing from other EU heads of states, including Germany's Angela Merkel, at a two-day summit meeting which opened in Brussels yesterday (13 December). Some of Monti's economic ideas also gained traction, with large infrastructure investments set to be taken out of public deficit calculations.