By Benjamin Shepherd: Since the European Union’s (EU) founding in the early 1990s, the currency union has been criticized for being just that: A monetary union that attempts to embrace fragmented fiscal interests and concerns. And while this monetary union might have worked initially with its 12 core member states, there are now 23 countries using the euro while pursuing their own fiscal interests.
MOSCOW — Russia’s government has pushed the country into an economic crisis by not tackling its financial problems fast enough, former finance minister Alexei Kudrin said on Monday, warning the full effects would be felt next year.
Kudrin — a darling of investors who is credited with building Russia’s $170 billion worth of sovereign wealth funds — added that sanctions over Ukraine, not falling oil prices, were primarily behind the collapse of the rouble and warned that Russia risked seeing its debt downgraded to junk status in 2015.
A WEEK late and billions of euros short euro-zone leaders have knocked out a deal with Cyprus over its ongoing banking crisis. Charlemagne provides key details here. The agreement is significantly better than last week's hash in a few ways. Insured depositors will not face losses; instead stockholders will be cleaned out, bondholders will be bailed in, and uninsured depositors will face big losses:
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU leaders meet on Thursday at a summit where they will try to bridge deep differences over plans for a banking union. It will be the fourth time EU leaders have met this year and the 22nd summit held since the crisis erupted in Greece in late 2009. Diplomats expect no breakthroughs at the two-day gathering, with the agenda focused instead on longer-term efforts to retool the region's banks and economies. (Brussels newsroom)
By Stoyan Bojinov:Stocks drifted lower to start the week as resurfacing Euro zone debt woes brought back the bears. Domestic equity indexes retreated into red territory after European leaders put pressure on Greek lawmakers to meet and accept the conditions of the proposed $171 billion bailout.
Reuters - European Union leaders sealed a new fiscal pact ensuring tougher budget discipline but failed to agree on a treaty change to enshrine the rules, meaning a deal may now involve the 17 euro zone nations plus any others that want to join, diplomats said.
By The Fair Weather Investor:I try to avoid as much as possible making predictions. However, there is one prediction I am fairly comfortable making, and that is that there is virtually no chance of the EU nations getting together to form a fiscal union.