As Greek Drama Plays Out, Where Is Europe?
Stephen Erlanger, International Herald Tribune / New York Times, 30.04.2010
With new European Union leaders practically invisible and some national leaders acting largely for domestic political reasons, the burden of shaping a rapid and credible restructuring program for Greece has fallen primarily to the International Monetary Fund — exactly where proud European Union leaders had insisted it should not be. [...]
The European monetary union was simply “not ready for bad weather,” said Janis A. Emmanouilidis, a senior policy analyst at the European Policy Center in Brussels, saying it had no mechanisms in place to deal with issues of debt or the potential default of a member state. “In the absence of such clear mechanisms, you need political leadership,” he said. “But the past months have seen a lack of leadership.” [...]
But even worse, “the current crisis has done enormous political damage,” Mr. Emmanouilidis said. “It is decreasing the trust among member states,” he said, with Germany feeling betrayed by the “Club Med” countries of southern Europe, while those nations feel that Germany has procrastinated and shown an egregious lack of solidarity.[...]
For the entire article see here.
Latest media contributions
European Populists Who Looked to Trump Now Look Away
Quotes, The New York Times, 13.01.2021
EPC Update – State of the Union & challenges for 2021
Online Briefing, YouTube, 08.01.2021
Alemania al mando del Consejo Europeo: logros y fracasos
Quotes, Deutsche Welle (Spanish), 15.12.2020
Taking Stock of the German EU Council Presidency and Identifying Challenges for 2021
Online DGAP-EPC Event, YouTube, 15.12.2020
Jokes About Hungarian ‘Dictator’ Masked Breach at Heart of EU
Quotes, Bloomberg, 10.12.2020
"Gesamtnote 2- oder 3+"
Quotes, tagesschau, 01.12.2020
Europas Erfolge, Europas Enttäuschungen: Das erste Jahr der neuen EU-Spitze
Podcast, hr info, 01.12.2020
Die Zeit kühner Prognosen ist vorüber
Quotes, Die Presse (Austria), 27.11.2020
EPC Annual Conference 2020 – European integration in light of COVID-19: United in adversity or my country first?
Online Conference, YouTube, 13.11.2020
US election: EU pins hopes on Joe Biden victory
Quotes, Deutsche Welle (English), 01.11.2020