Politics & Policy
Greece – Debt crisis: Tentative plan
The International Monetary Fund and the Eurozone disagree on Greece’s debt crisis management. While European creditors recognize the necessity of debt relief, they want to postpone the final decision until 2018. On the other hand, the IMF believes that Greek debt repayment scheme is unsustainable, and that lenders need to take a decision now. Eurozone finance ministers will most likely meet in Brussels on Tuesday to decide whether Greece’s debt can be “re-profiled” by extending maturities and placing limits based on growth.
Source: Times of Malta, 19/05/2016
Italy – EU: General dissatisfaction
According to Ipsos Mori, almost half of Italians would like to leave the EU immediately. The Italian research group Demo also claims that half of all Italian political parties have run some campaigning against the EU over the past five years. One of the reasons explaining this political phenomenon is the country’s current economic situation. Indeed, during times of prosperity, the EU is usually seen in a positive light, while in times of crisis it tends to be blamed for everything that is wrong in the economy, on the basis that, for instance, it imposes excessive competition and makes taxpayers’ life difficult.
Source: The Local, 20/05/2016
“When you have what looks like collusion between the government and big remain-backing businesses, it seems to be suggesting that in exchange for support for remain there’s consideration given to the awarding of lavish public sector contracts. I think we need a full explanation of that without delay.”
Boris Johnson, ex-London Mayor (attacking David Cameron)
Source: The Guardian, 17/05/2016
The number of UK students that could miss the opportunity to vote in the EU referendum because they are unaware that it is taking place during holidays, or because they are registered in the wrong place.
Source: The Guardian, 20/05/2016
The number by which people living under the poverty line increased in Slovenia between 2005 and 2014.
Source: STA, 20/05/2016
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