Thursday, November 22, 2012

Europe Summit Update

by Bill McBride on 11/22/2012 09:24:00 AM

No announcements yet. There is much more being dicussed at the summit than just the Greek situation. Here are a few articles ...

From the WSJ: EU Leaders Prepare for Battle Royal at Summit

European Union leaders are headed to Brussels on Thursday for a big showdown over the bloc's spending budget, in a battle that pits richer against poorer member states, the East of the continent against the West, and the U.K. against almost everyone else.
European Council President, Herman Van Rompuy, who will preside over the two-day meeting, has vowed repeatedly to keep heads of state in Brussels through the weekend to avert a collapse of the talks, arguing that a deal is needed urgently to ensure the EU and its institutions continue to function properly.

The Multiannual Financial Framework, as the 2014 to 2020 budget is known, sets out the headline figures allocated to different EU programs and activities, ranging from foreign policy to transport and infrastructure.
From the Financial Times: German Doubts Force Rethink on Greece
After almost 10 hours of intense talks on Tuesday night, eurozone finance ministers failed to agree on how fast to cut Greece’s debt pile. They called a further meeting next week to settle differences and release €44bn of long-overdue aid.
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From Reuters: EU's Rehn Sees Definitive Deal on Greek Aid on Monday
Greece has taken all the steps necessary to secure its next tranche of aid and euro zone finance ministers should be able to sign off definitively on the assistance on Monday, the European commissioner for economic affairs said on Wednesday.

"I trust everyone will reconvene in Brussels on Monday with the necessary constructive spirit, and move beyond the detrimental mindset of red lines," Olli Rehn told the European Parliament.
And from Reuters: Spain Kicks Off 2013 Funding With Strong Bond Sale
Spain sold nearly 4 billion euros of bonds with ease at an auction on Thursday that kicked off its funding program for a daunting 2013 ...