The Greek patient returns for more help

by BEN CHU The Greek begging bowl is being brandished, once again, in European capitals. The leader of the country’s coalition government, Antonis Samaras, wants Athens to be given more time to fulfil the conditions of its IMF/EU bailout. Under the agreement’s present terms, Athens is required to reduce its budget deficit, which stood at 9.3 … Continue reading

ECB Plans to Set Yield Targets for Bond Purchases

Interest rates on Spanish sovereign bonds have been rising to dangerous levels in recent weeks. Now, SPIEGEL has learned that the European Central Bank plans to use a new instrument to stop the trend: The bank is considering setting yield targets on the bonds of euro-zone countries. Should interest rates exceed those levels, the ECB … Continue reading

Euro’s Medicine May Be Making Greece’s Symptoms Worse

By RACHEL DONADIO and SUZANNE DALEY ATHENS — Only a month after Greece installed a new government, the country is facing renewed peril. Its official lenders are signaling a growing reluctance to keep paying the bills of the nearly bankrupt nation, even as the government is seeking more leniency on the terms of its multibillion-euro bailout.

‘Reckless’ And ‘Unprofessional’: German Minister Criticized for Greece Comments

German Economy Minister Philipp Rösler has been accused of being reckless and unprofessional after saying he is skeptical that Greece’s reform efforts will succeed and that a Greek exit from the euro had “lost its horrors.” But some senior members in Germany’s ruling coalition agree with him. German Economics Minister Philipp Rösler, the leader of … Continue reading

Eurozone crisis will last for 20 years

By Wolfgang Münchau I always wondered who buys risky assets after one of these “historic” statements from the European Council. Sometimes the rally lasts for hours. Other times it lasts for days. The last one ended after less than a week; Italian and Spanish spreads are now above pre-summit levels. The consensus among observers had … Continue reading

One more summit: The crisis rolls on

by Charles Wyplosz The EU summit produced a vaguely worded agreement that can and has been read in different ways in different nations. This column provides a quick reaction to what was and was not decided. It concludes that useful progress was made, but this was far from the decisive turn-around that many had hoped … Continue reading

Angela Merkel, swimming instructor

WHEN warnings sound that the end of the euro is nigh, all eyes turn to Angela Merkel, the German chancellor. Germany must “assume its part” in saving the currency, says Spain’s economy minister, Luis de Guindos. If there is rescuing to be done, Germany is the obvious rescuer. Yet rather than toss out the lifebelt, … Continue reading

Angela’s vision

IN THESE times of tribulation for the euro, Germany offers a prophecy. One day, when the euro zone has got beyond the wilderness of austerity and structural reform, it will be rewarded with prosperity. Europe will have worked off its debt and become more competitive. Markets will see that the real problems of the world … Continue reading

From Nazi to Terminator, Europe’s media target Merkel

By Madeline Chambers (Reuters) – Demonised in Europe’s media as a red-eyed Terminator robot, a flabby centre-fold pinup and a fleshy Roman god eating Greeks, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has become the subject of a new wave of vitriol for her tough stance on the euro zone crisis. Already a figure of hate in Greece … Continue reading

Solidarity is Europe’s only hope

by James K. Galbraith In an opinion piece for DW’s Transatlantic Voices column, James K. Galbraith argues that neither growth nor austerity are the right remedies for the eurozone crisis. Instead, the focus should be on solidarity. The austerity moment is passing. Britain’s double-dip recession and Europe’s 11 percent unemployment show where austerity leads. Public … Continue reading