BRUSSELS, Nov 14 (Reuters) – European Union finance
ministers will pledge on Friday to stand by their banks if
health checks next year reveal they need to bolster their
capital, according to a draft statement obtained by Reuters.
The Eurogroup of ministers from the 17 countries that share
the euro were due to discuss the backstop arrangement for banks
on Thursday, but more serious talks will only take place when
finance ministers of all 28 EU member states meet on Friday.
BRUSSELS, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Market euphoria and soaring
demand for European bank debt could be brought back down to
earth if the European Union pushes ahead with the early
introduction of rules allowing Cyprus-style raids on bank
creditors and big depositors
Following demands from Germany, the European Union law to
raid the bondholders and savers of failing banks could take
effect as soon as January 2015, three years earlier than planned
and in time to hit banks exposed by European Central Bank tests
BRUSSELS, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Germany is demanding that the
euro zone force losses on big depositors and bondholders of
failing banks from 2015 in return for giving its blessing for a
reform to police euro zone banks.
As EU ministers prepare to meet next week in Brussels to
discuss building the second pillar of banking union, namely a
scheme to close or salvage troubled banks, an EU report prepared
for diplomats spelt out Germany’s wishes.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded on Thursday that the United States strike a “no-spying” agreement with Berlin and Paris by the end of the year, saying alleged espionage against two of Washington’s closest EU allies had to be stopped.
Speaking after talks with EU leaders that were dominated by allegations that the U.S. National Security Agency had accessed tens of thousands of French phone records and monitored Merkel’s private mobile phone, the chancellor said she wanted action from President Barack Obama, not just apologetic words.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – In Brussels, Germans have shrugged off their postwar reserve and make no apology for shaping Europe’s future, taking key posts in EU institutions and pushing Berlin’s trade interests with vigor.
As Angela Merkel forms a new coalition government after a third successive election triumph, the conservative chancellor can build on efforts, in place since her first term in 2005, that have increased not just the number of Germans in senior jobs in Brussels but the extent to which they answer to Berlin.
BRUSSELS, Oct 24 (Reuters) – In Brussels, Germans have
shrugged off their postwar reserve and make no apology for
shaping Europe’s future, taking key posts in EU institutions and
pushing Berlin’s trade interests with vigour.
As Angela Merkel forms a new coalition government after a
third successive election triumph, the conservative chancellor
can build on efforts, in place since her first term in 2005,
that have increased not just the number of Germans in senior
jobs in Brussels but the extent to which they answer to Berlin.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European states need to spell out by late November how they will cope with recapitalizing troubled banks to pave the way for prompt health checks, EU leaders will pledge this week, according to a draft statement.
Such a commitment is designed to persuade investors that countries are ready to come clean on the banking problems that continue to dog the region after more than half a decade.
LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – EU finance ministers agreed on Tuesday to give the European Central Bank sweeping supervisory powers in the euro zone but Germany dug in its heels on how to deal with failing banks, the second stage in building a banking union.
The European Union ministers gave their final approval for the ECB’s regulatory role nearly 1-1/2 years after the idea was first floated, with Britain dropping opposition to a plan it feared might threaten its control of London’s financial centre.
LUXEMBOURG, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Britain dropped its
objections to granting the European Central Bank sweeping powers
of supervision in the euro zone, but EU governments remained
divided on Tuesday over how to deal with failing banks ahead of
a rapidly approaching December deadline.
Europe’s finance ministers are striving to agree the next
big step in European integration by setting up a banking
framework chiefly for the euro zone that would not only police
the bloc’s banks but find joint solutions to their problems.
LUXEMBOURG, Oct 14 (Reuters) – The euro zone debated on
Monday how to prop up banks likely to be declared unstable next
year, but France’s blunt criticism of Germany before the meeting
laid bare the tensions surrounding the far-reaching financial
Bank health checks by the European Central Bank are a
critical step in establishing a single banking framework for the
euro zone, giving credibility to ECB supervision and paving the
way for the bloc to cooperate on saving bust banks.