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Jun 29, 2015

EU’s Juncker slams Tsipras government and urges Greeks to vote ‘Yes’

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The EU’s Jean-Claude Juncker delivered an emotional condemnation of the Greek government on Monday, accusing it of betraying his efforts to broker a loan deal and urging Greek voters to defy their leaders by voting “Yes” in Sunday’s referendum.

Accusing leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his ministers of playing “liar’s poker” with the future of Europe, the European Commission president said if Greeks rejected what he called a final, fair offer from creditors to save them from bankruptcy, it would be taken as a signal that they wanted to quit the euro, and the Union.

Jun 28, 2015

EU tells Greeks ‘door still open’ to deal, makes offer public

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker launched a last-ditch drive on Sunday to persuade Greece to agree a funding deal to save it from bankruptcy this week as Brussels insisted the “door is still open” for negotiations.

Appealing over the heads of the leftist government direct to Greek voters, Juncker’s European Commission published what it said was the sweetened offer that Greek negotiators were looking at on Friday night in Brussels when they got news from Athens that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had rejected the deal and would seek public endorsement of his move in a referendum next Sunday.

Jun 28, 2015

Rift with Greece sets Europe into uncharted territory

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europe’s grand project to bind its nations into an unbreakable union by means of a common currency lurched into uncharted waters after EU governments refused funding to save Greece from defaulting on its debts.

While finance ministers of the other 18 euro zone states chorused their insistence that Greece would remain inside the bloc, exasperation with the leftist government’s decision to reject creditors’ final offer and instead call a referendum was manifest and some officials spoke privately of expelling Athens.

Jun 26, 2015

Migration plan exposes EU rifts, tough bargaining ahead

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Hours of late-night squabbling in Europe’s highest council of state left EU leaders licking political wounds on Friday and preparing for weeks of hard bargaining over a plan to cope with a flood of migrants from the south.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called finding a common EU solution to the hundreds of thousands fleeing by sea and land from Africa and the Middle East the “biggest challenge” Europe had faced in her decade in power – greater than the Greek and wider euro zone debt crises and Russian action against Ukraine.

Jun 26, 2015

Cameron pitches new EU deal at summit overshadowed by Greece

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron told European Union leaders on Thursday he needed a new deal to keep Britain as a member, opening a struggle over the bloc’s future at a summit preoccupied with keeping Greece from crashing out.

Freshly re-elected last month, Cameron faces difficult negotiations if he is to persuade other EU members to accept new terms for the United Kingdom before a referendum by the end of 2017 on whether Britain will stay or go.

Jun 25, 2015

From menu of crises, Greece eats into Europe’s agenda

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders meeting in Brussels have a daunting list of long-running crises on their plates — 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 Greece’s looming bankruptcy next week forced its way on to a packed first-day agenda of the Brussels summit on Thursday, causing increasingly frustrated fellow leaders to again demand Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras stop asking them for favours and go and cut a cash-for-reform deal with their finance ministers.

Jun 25, 2015

From menu of crises, Greece risks eating Europe’s dinner

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.

Jun 24, 2015

EU states at odds on eve of summit on migration crisis

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.

Jun 24, 2015

British PM Cameron to pitch EU renegotiation amid Greek, migrant crises

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.

Jun 24, 2015

PM Cameron to pitch EU renegotiation amid Greek, migrant crises

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.

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