Wednesday, May 12, 2010

EU Proposes more "interdependent" economic governance

by Bill McBride on 5/12/2010 07:52:00 PM

From Stephen Castle at the NY Times: E.U. Plans Peer Review for Member States' Budgets

[T]he European Commission on Wednesday outlined ambitious proposals to give countries that use the euro a say over each other’s budget plans.
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“Member states should have the courage to say whether they want an economic union because, if they don’t want that, it is better to forget monetary union altogether,” [European Commission president, José Manuel Barroso] said at a press conference in Brussels.

Among the ideas announced Wednesday was a plan to make the huge safety net for the euro that was decided on over the weekend a permanent crisis-resolution mechanism.
From the EU: Mastering economic interdependence: Commission proposes reinforced economic governance in the EU

I'm not sure how this will go over.

Meanwhile in Spain from the Financial Times: Tough new Spanish austerity measures
José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Spain’s prime minister ... announced a surprise 5 per cent cut in civil service pay to accelerate cuts to the budget deficit.
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The measures should help bring the deficit down from 11.2 per cent of GDP in 2009 to just over 6 per cent in 2011.
excerpt with permission
The EU €750 billion announced on Sunday just buys time. As part of that agreement, both Portugal and Spain agreed to reduce their deficits.