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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Europe: On the Strasbourg meeting today

by Calculated Risk on 11/24/2011 10:56:00 AM

From Bloomberg: Germany, France to Propose Treaty Adjustments on Fiscal Rules (ht Brian)

Germany and France said they will make proposals to amend European treaties in coming days to impose greater fiscal discipline on euro-area countries ...

The initiative announced today at a meeting in Strasbourg, France, involving German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti ...

The planned treaty changes prepared for a Dec. 9 European summit involve “the question of a fiscal union, that is a deepened political cooperation,” Merkel told reporters after the meeting over lunch. “It’s not about a quid pro quo. It’s about overcoming the defects in the euro zone’s construction, step by step.”

Merkel won backing on demanding changes to treaties as a prerequisite to discussing the issuance of common euro bonds.
From Bloomberg: Merkel Rejects Euro Bonds After Failed Auction ‘Wake-Up Call’
German Chancellor Angela Merkel again ruled out joint euro-area borrowing and an expanded role for the European Central Bank in fighting the debt crisis. ... Euro bonds are “not needed and not appropriate,” Merkel said today at a press conference
More from the WSJ: Leaders to Propose EU Treaty Changes