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But Juncker is a bit player in this. It only needs a minority in the Eurogroup or a majority in the ECB  to drive this train off the tracks and down a ditch.
by generic on Fri Mar 13th, 2015 at 11:59:36 AM EST
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Juncker said as much today when Tsipras came to Brussels: the decisions are taken by the Eurogroup.

And that, the primacy of the Intergovernmental over the Community method, is one of the toxic legacies of Merkel's handling of the crisis.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Mar 13th, 2015 at 12:01:16 PM EST
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True, technically that is none of Junckers business. He intervened anyway; somewhat successfully.
by IM on Fri Mar 13th, 2015 at 12:28:33 PM EST
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A Commission President he is one of the European Union's appointed general purpose mediators. But he cannot force anything on anyone. And he oversees 1/3 of the Troika.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Mar 15th, 2015 at 05:58:45 PM EST
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Hmm, apparently the Commission is now out of the Troika, replaced by the ESM. More intergovernmentalism and another insane German in charge (Klaus Regling).

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Mar 16th, 2015 at 05:37:14 AM EST
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