Showing posts with label news about europe. Show all posts
Showing posts with label news about europe. Show all posts

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Sarkozy and Merkel meet before the EU summit.

France, Europe
 AFP - The Europeans are working on a comprehensive overhaul of the second aid package to Greece through a substantially increased effort creditor banks to avoid bankruptcy at Athens in the marathon negotiations underway to rescue the euro area. The day Saturday is loaded. In addition to a meeting of finance ministers of 27 EU countries, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will try to overcome their differences in the evening on the response to the debt crisis in a mini-summit in Brussels with several other key players.

A countdown is committed to exit the euro zone crisis that has lasted two years and worried about the world. It should be completed Wednesday with a summit of 26 leaders of EMU, the second in a week. It should be "a complete solution to the crisis. We have had enough of short-term measures that were used plaster to take a few weeks," Saturday criticized the British Minister of Finance, George Osborne. His Belgian counterpart Didier Reynders said the discussions would turn "on a new Greek plan." "In this new plan, there is a substantial effort to Greece again, there is an effort by European countries and will also require an effort of the private sector (ie banks)," he said on the sidelines of the ministerial meeting.

The central bankers of the euro area have already agreed on Friday to request further efforts "substantial" the banks said their leader, the Luxembourg Jean-Claude Juncker. Given the scale of the task, they should meet again Saturday afternoon to continue their work. Their condition: that banks are willing to delete "at least" half of the value of Greek debt they hold, against 21% initially planned for July. "Negotiations with the IIF (the banking lobby) continue, there is no agreement yet," said a source close to the Saturday issue. But "the working hypothesis the most central in discussions with the banks" is that of a haircut (loss by financial jargon) of 50%, she said.

The euro area came to this conclusion based on the findings of an expert report submitted by the troika that brings together donors of funds to Greece. The paper estimates that banks have to accept losses from 50 to 60% for Greece hope to stabilize without excessively increasing the amount of international loans that have already been promised. The challenge is for Europeans to get the green light for banks, or risk creating a "credit event", or the outbreak of insurance against default risk in Greece. Such a scenario would favor those who have speculated about the fate of Greece and especially likely to cause a domino effect throughout the euro area with possible contagion to Italy and Spain.

In return for the effort required on the part of banks, finance ministers from the 27 floor Saturday on a broad plan to recapitalize the banking sector to enable it to cushion the blow. Europe is assessing the needs of 80 to 100 billion euros, two times less than the estimates of the International Monetary Fund, who first sounded the alarm on the need to strengthen the reserves of financial institutions of the Old Continent. Modalities remain to be defined: what is the timetable? Recapitalizations of private or public funds?

For their part, German Chancellor and French President will try in the evening with their respective finance ministers to resolve their differences on how to stem the debt crisis, at a meeting involving both the main European leaders: the EU president, Herman Van Rompuy, the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, the ECB, Jean-Claude Trichet and Juncker. This will be a lap before the EU summit on Sunday. Blocking is primarily how to strengthen the relief fund troubled countries in the euro area, the EFSF. This instrument is essential to prevent contagion of hope to the debt crisis in countries like Spain and Italy, in the viewfinder of the rating agencies.

Paris has proposed to transform the EFSF bank so that the counter is supplied by the ECB. One option that will not block the Berlin Mint, as it would violate their view the legal prohibition against the central bank to bail out government budgets. France, supported by Spain and Italy in particular, suggested Friday that it could eventually yield. But the subject is not yet evacuated. "We will discuss the European Facility (the EFSF) and its collaboration with the European Central Bank (ECB)," Mr. Reynders said Saturday.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Barroso to announce bank plan

(CNN) -- European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso will announce his plan to recapitalize Europe's banks on Wednesday afternoon, his office told CNN.

The details will come in a speech to the European Parliament, his office said, declining to say what the plan would include.

The announcement comes as the International Monetary Fund, European Central Bank and European Commission hinted that Greece would get a much-needed infusion of cash as it struggles to stave off default.

The tranche of 8 billion euros (about $10.8 billion) is likely to be released to Greece in early November if the Eurogroup and IMF executive board approve it, the ECB said Tuesday.

Stock markets around the world have eagerly anticipated a recapitalization or bail-out plan for the European banks for weeks. Traders, who have kept stock prices volatile, have feared that Greece would default on its debts and that the large European banks would be pushed into default because they hold billions of euros in Greek government bonds.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged Sunday to pursue recapitalizaton of Europe's banks, an announcement that sent world markets soaring.

The French and German leaders did not go into detail about their plan, but Sarkozy said they would "respond before the end of this month."

It is not clear what relationship, if any, there is between the French-German plan and Barroso's.

News by CNN