Wolfgang Schäuble, ministro das Finanças da Alemanha, causou algum tumulto ao defender a saída da zona euro dos países que não consigam consolidar as finanças públicas ou reestruturar a sua economia, num artigo publicado no Financial Times; em causa estaria principalmente a Grécia. Tal não acontecerá, pelo menos para já. Está finalmente decidido; a Grécia terá a ajuda que tanto quer e que a alemães não queriam dar. Ao mesmo tempo a Comissão Europeia quer implementar um novo conjunto de regras para a zona euro. Escreve o The Guardian:
[…] Senior sources in Brussels said that Berlin had bowed to the bailout agreement despite huge resistance in Germany and that the finance ministers of the “eurozone” – the 16 member states including Greece who use the euro – are to finalise the rescue package on Monday. The single currency’s rulebook will also be rewritten to enforce greater fiscal discipline among members.
The member states have agreed on “co-ordinated bilateral contributions” in the form of loans or loan guarantees to Greece if Athens finds itself unable to refinance its soaring debt and requests help from the EU, a senior European commission official said. […]
Alongside the financial relief package for Greece, the European commission is rushing through tougher rules for the eurozone, using powers conferred by the recently enacted Lisbon treaty to try to establish a system of rigorous “budgetary surveillance” of all 16 participating countries. The aim is a new regime of “reinforced economic policy co-ordination” in the EU.
“This is the essential lesson that has to be learned from the Greek case,” Olli Rehn of Finland, the new commissioner for economic and monetary affairs, told the Guardian (and four other European papers). […]
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