After two year of recession, Slovenia is in line to be Europe's next bailout case. The government has now announced an action plan to end the country's fiscal woes, which is heavy on privatisation and spending cuts.
Debt relief measures for Greece, agreed by the EU in June, have been estimated to cost €34 billion, a German daily reports. The package gave Athens a 15-year deferral in loan repayments and interest.
As lenders decide on Greece’s post-bailout future, some say it may not differ much from its bailout present: targets, compliance and disbursements. DW talked with Alexander Kritikos, an expert on Greek political-economy.
The ECB has warned the new Italian government to stick to EU budget rules rather than launch into new spending projects, given its €2.3 trillion debt. Eurozone finance ministers took a softer line.
The French president's urgent demands for EU reform could well be slowed down when he visits Berlin this week. Angela Merkel's conservatives are not on board with his plans to expand the bloc's bailout program.
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