The head of the European Commission has warned governments to grasp the gravity of the eurozone crisis now threatening Italy and urged greater EU integration, after a rescue for Spanish banks fell flat.
The head of the European Commission warned on Thursday that European leaders must "rethink" their approach to climate change negotiations with major partners such as China and the United Sates.In a letter to the 27 European Union leaders, Jose Manuel Barroso said a UN summit in Copenhagen in December at which bloc negotiations were outmaneouvred "showed us just how tough it will be" to convince the world to adopt similar policies.
Following the ouster of Italian prime minister Enrico Letta in a political party power struggle, Matteo Renzi Set for Mandate to Lead Italy’s Next Government. Matteo Renzi will on Monday be formally handed the job of forming Italy’s fourth government in just over two years with the aim of presenting his reform programme to parliament by the end of the week.
A string of leading European figures on Monday denied persistent press reports that Spain is preparing a request for bailout aid.Such funding "is not even a working hypothesis," said Luxembourg prime minister and euro chief Jean-Claude Juncker after talks with European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso."Not for the commission either," Barroso said at a joint press conference. "The commission has no intention of preparing a specific plan for Spain."
Rome (AFP) - Pope Francis weighed into Italy's immigration crisis on Sunday, warning the country it faced a "social emergency", as the influx of asylum seekers blamed for mob violence on the streets of Rome accelerated again.
The head of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso on Monday said he did not anticipate Europe sliding into recession, instead seeing modest growth."We don't anticipate a recession in Europe. The latest forecast by the European Commission shows there will be growth, modest growth it is true," he said during a visit to Australia.His comments follow rating agency Standard & Poor's last week saying a second quarter slowdown had increased the risk of a double dip recession in Europe, but that the region should escape with sluggish growth this year.
Joaquin Almunia, European Union Economic and Monetary Policy Affairs Commissioner, believes Britain is very likely to join the euro currency. London has continued to deny the statement since similar remarks made by EU chief Jose Manuel Barroso.