BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders faced a daunting list of crises as they began their summit on Thursday, notably migrants crowding in at their southern borders, Russia growling in the east, Britain’s threat to quit and a desperate need to create jobs.
But a battle of wills between Greece and its creditors that threatens to disrupt the euro single currency looked set to take up part of the 24-hour Brussels summit, despite frustrated leaders’ efforts to push the issue down to their weary finance ministers to solve.
BRUSSELS/VIENNA (Reuters) – Austria threatened to reimpose controls on its Hungarian border and Britain considered adding security around the French port of Calais on Wednesday as divided EU leaders prepared to debate how to stem a flood of desperate migrants.
On the eve of a Brussels summit looking for ways to spread the load of receiving hundreds of thousands fleeing poverty and war in Africa and the Middle East, the frontier rows across the 28-nation bloc were a reminder that the stakes are high.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron will pitch his renegotiation of Britain’s relationship with the European Union at a summit on Thursday as leaders of the 28-member bloc grapple with an influx of migrants and the prospect of a Greek default.
Just over 42 years since Britain first joined the precursor to the EU, Cameron is trying to win a new settlement before holding a referendum on membership by the end of 2017.
BRUSSELS, June 25 (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron
will pitch his renegotiation of Britain’s relationship with the
European Union at a summit on Thursday as leaders of the
28-member bloc grapple with an influx of migrants and the
prospect of a Greek default.
Just over 42 years since Britain first joined the precursor
to the EU, Cameron is trying to win a new settlement before
holding a referendum on membership by the end of 2017.
BRUSSELS/BUDAPEST (Reuters) – In a challenge to European leaders before a summit that aims to tackle a refugee crisis, Hungary unilaterally suspended an EU asylum program on Tuesday, saying it was overburdened by illegal migrants.
As Italy said its ships had rescued 3,700 migrants at sea since Monday and Libyans threatened military action against EU moves to curb human trafficking, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government demonstrated Budapest’s frustration with proposals to spread asylum seekers around the continent by refusing to take any more migrants sent there under EU regulations.
BRUSSELS, June 21 (Reuters) – As Greece threatens new shocks
for the euro zone, EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker laid
out a vision on Monday for tighter joint control over the
currency zone’s economies, including, one day, a potential
common euro zone treasury.
In a report issued in cooperation with the European Central
Bank and other EU bodies, the European Commission president
proposed more help for states in distress, combined with tougher
discipline for countries that miss fiscal targets.
ATHENS/BRUSSELS, June 22 (Reuters) – A new Greek offer for a
cash-for-reforms deal raised hopes of an agreement as euro zone
leaders prepared for an emergency summit on Monday, with EU
officials welcoming the proposals as a “good basis for progress”
to avert a default by Athens.
European shares surged and the Greek stock market jumped
nearly 7 percent on hopes that the government could finally end
months of wrangling that have left the country on the verge of
bankruptcy and possibly being pushed out of the euro bloc.
BRUSSELS/ATHENS (Reuters) – The European Union welcomed new proposals from Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras as a “good basis for progress” at talks on Monday where creditors want 11th-hour concessions to haul Athens back from the brink of bankruptcy.
EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker’s chief-of-staff spoke of a “forceps delivery” as officials worked late into the night to produce a deal ahead of a summit of euro zone leaders in Brussels that they hope can keep Greece in the currency bloc.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – As Greece threatens new shocks for the euro zone, EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker and four other top EU officials have laid out a vision for the common currency involving tighter control from Brussels.
In a report to be published on Monday, in cooperation with the heads of other EU bodies, the European Commission president also proposed help for states in distress.
ATHENS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras spoke to the leaders of Germany, France and the European Commission by phone on Sunday in an attempt to break the deadlock over a cash-for-reforms deal as time runs out to save Greece from bankruptcy.
After months of wrangling and with anxious depositors pulling billions of euros out of Greek banks, Tsipras’s leftist government has signaled a willingness to make concessions in order to unlock 7.2 billion euros in bailout money.