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More generally, the EP group Greens/ALE need to coordinate their communications better. The following press release is available in EN/FR/DE on their site:

The Greens | European Free Alliance in the European Parliament - - EU summit and Eurozone crisis

European heads of state and government, at today's EU summit, agreed on a minimalist treaty change to allow the creation of a permanent stability mechanism. The Greens stressed that the permenet crisis mechanism will not be enough to get Europe out of the crisis. Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms, who attended EU summit, said:

"Today's summit, under pressure from a blinkered German chancellor, has simply kicked the can down the road again and failed to offer a definitive and urgent response to the Eurozone crisis. Instead of grasping the nettle and agreeing to the far-reaching solidarity measures that are urgently needed to shore up the Eurozone and deter the circling pack of speculators, EU leaders have agreed to a more minimalist treaty change.

"While the Greens support the creation of a permanent and legally certain stability mechanism, the changes agreed today are not enough to get Europe out of the crisis. With the very survival of the Euro at stake, we need urgent measures to prevent the contagion from spiralling totally out of control. Against this background it is dumbfounding that chancellor Merkel continues to resist the logical call for Eurobonds to buttress the Eurozone, as well as increasing the crisis funds available.

"Clearly, in order to permanently stabilise the Euro, member states need to commit to a meaningful common economic policy. The declaration of good intentions made at the summit have to be quickly followed by deeds.

"The grotesque decision by Moody's rating agency to downgrade Ireland's credit rating by five grades has underlined the thin ice on which the Eurozone remains. Decisive action is needed to address these agencies and their arbitrary decisions."

But not this piece in Le Monde and Süddeutsche Zeitung, which looks like an intiative on the authors' part.

However, the Greens/ALE briefing I referred to in C-B calls a spade a spade had the two Co-Chairs, Daniel Cohn-Bendit and Rebecca Harms, seated side by side as D C-B said the Greens/ALE were going to push the word that the Irish case proved the failure of neoliberalism. Which they did not go on to push...

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Dec 20th, 2010 at 11:07:17 AM EST
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looks like an intiative on the authors' part
Yeah, but "the authors" are basically the leading Green MEPs on the EP's Commitees on Economic and Monetary Affairs and the ad-hoc one on the Crisis, as well as the MEP group leader and the speaker of the B90/Grüne group in the Bundestag. You'd be forgiven for thinking this is an official position...

Of all the ways of organizing banking, the worst is the one we have today — Mervyn King, 25 October 2010
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Dec 20th, 2010 at 11:12:59 AM EST
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I wonder if it is?

srsly

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Dec 20th, 2010 at 11:31:21 AM EST
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