Tuesday, 23rd of June: EU raises hopes of deal on Wednesday, Growing income inequality in Europe, Cautious response to Five Presidents’ reform plans

⊂ EUROPE ⊃

EU raises hopes of deal on Wednesday: Greece presented new budget proposals that eurozone leaders welcomed as a basis for a possible agreement. Commission President Juncker said he was convinced that Athens and EU would come to an agreement in the course of this week. Council President Tusk said the aim was to have the EU finance ministers approve a cash-for-reform package on Wednesday and put it to eurozone leaders for final endorsement on Thursday. Meanwhile, thousands of Greeks demonstrated in favour of keeping the euro.
reuters.com, telegraph.co.uk

Growing income inequality in Europe: According to a study published by the German Institute for Economic Research and the Free University of Berlin, the disparity of disposable income between ten examined Central and Southern European countries is growing. In particular because income in Greece, Spain, and Portugal is shrinking. A redistribution doesn’t happen between rich and poor, but between debtors and savers.
tagesspiegel.de

Cautious response to Five Presidents’ reform plans: On Monday the five presidents of European Commission, European Council, European Central Bank, Eurogroup, and European Parliament have submitted their report for the further development and strengthening of Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union. It included short-term measures such as a common bank deposit insurance system, as well as longer term ideas like establishing a common eurozone treasury. EU Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) welcome the economic governance paper, but warn Council not to adopt proposals behind closed doors.
europa.eu, dw.de, alde.eu

Collin-Langen leaves RWE board: German MEP Birgit Collin-Langen is quitting her second job on the board of energy giant RWE, after an investigation came out on Wednesday that put MEPs‘ additional sources of income under the spotlight. The investigation highlighted financial declarations from nine MEPs scattered across the political spectrum. Legislators are allowed to have second jobs, but they do have to disclose their earnings under Parliament rules.
euractiv.com

EU extends sanctions against Russia: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande spoke by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Merkel spoke of a disturbing number of violations of the Minsk ceasefire. Meanwhile, EU foreign ministers extended broad economic sanctions on Russia until the end of January 2016. Kremlin officials reacted furiously, calling the measure self-defeating. The Russian government said it would retaliate with an extension of countersanctions.
wsj.com, nytimes.com

EU launches operation against human smugglers: EU foreign ministers decided on Monday in Luxembourg to launch the EU naval operation against human traffickers in the Mediterranean called „EUNAVFOR Med“. Its mission is to identify, capture and dispose of vessels. The first phase focuses on surveillance and assessment of trafficking networks. The operation includes ships, submarines, planes, helicopters and drones.
europa.eu, euronews.com

Deposit insurance: German savings banks against joint solution for all EU bank customers handelsblatt.com
Ukraine crisis: Austrian diplomat Martin Sajdik to serve as OSCE Ukraine envoy europeonline-magazine.eu
EU Alliance for Apprenticeships: Companies and organisations commit to making 140.000 apprenticeships available to young people europa.eu
Inflation: Up to 0.3 percent in the euro area europa.eu
Political union: Philosopher Jürgen Habermas wants citizens to decide over EU, not banks sueddeutsche.de

⊂ QUOTES ⊃

State bankruptcy will be difficult for the Greeks, but the Grexit after bankruptcy is the solution.
The head of the German Ifo economic research institute, Hans-Werner Sinn, calls for the creditors to accept that Athen is bankrupt.
dw.de

The majority of Greeks would condemn the day that the Grexit is announced. We would be catapulted back into the Stone Age before we even realise it.
Many would like to remind Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis of his words from the year 2011.
welt.de

⊂ COUNTRIES ⊃

Denmark is headed for minority government: Denmark’s center-right Liberals received a mandate on Monday to form a minority government and signaled that the eurosceptic Danish People’s Party (DF) was their most likely coalition partner. Former Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen’s opposition party Venstre failed in talks to forge a majority coalition. Rasmussen said he would hold further talks with the three other center-right parties, beginning with the DF.
reuters.com

Erdogan threatens with dissolution of Parliament: Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged political parties to form a coalition government quickly, or face the prospect of holding another election. It could be possible that the process may take until the middle of August, Erdogan said on Sunday. He believes that Turkey cannot endure such a loss of time. AKP officials have said Erdogan may view a snap election as the best hope for the AKP to win back a majority and help him realize his vision for the presidency.
reuters.com, bloomberg.com

Polish party Law and Justice names candidate: The conservative opposition party Law and Justice has named deputy leader Beata Szydlo as its candidate for prime minister after this year’s parliamentary election. Party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski announced he was stepping back from the role as would-be prime minister, a decision that could improve the party’s election chances. Some have criticized Szydlo as a puppet operated by Kaczynski.
bloomberg.com, yahoonews.com

Poland appoints commander in case of war: In an unprecedented move, Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski has appointed army Lt. Gen. Marek Tomaszycki as commander of the nation’s armed forces in case of war. Komorowski said the appointment was a reaction to increased threats and instability in the region. In line with new regulations, Tomaszycki is a candidate for Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces in time of war, but would automatically be put in charge of Poland’s defense effort in case of a conflict.
yahoonews.com

Romanian Prime Minister eludes investigation: Victor Ponta is confronted with allegations that he is attempting to hide from justice. On the very day of his hearing in front of Romania’s National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA), Ponta is recovering from knee surgery in Istanbul. The premier left Romania last Monday without telling the president. Ponta said he would not be able to perform his duties for the next 28 days after undergoing surgery and asked President Klaus Johannis to appoint deputy premier Gabriel Oprea as interim prime minister until he can return.
reuters.com

Poland: Polish airline hit by cyber attack reuters.com
Belgium: Russian state accounts frozen by Belgium have been unblocked bbc.com
Russia: Ceremonies to remember the day the German army invaded the Soviet Union euronews.com

⊂ DATA ⊃

The cost of living in Denmark is 38 percent above the EU average. In Sweden, it is 25 percent and in Finland 23 percent above average. The Scandinavian countries are thus the most expensive EU regions.
faz.net

⊂ JOB-BOARD ⊃

politjobs.eu: Fundació Barcelona Promoció seeks Brussels Liaison Officer (German Speaker) *** Verband öffentlicher Versicherer sucht Policy Advisor (m/w) *** Kellen AGEP seeks Stagiaire Consultant *** Inclusion Europe seeks an Executive Director *** VDMA sucht Referent (m/w) Handelspolitik/Wirtschaftsrecht *** Bayer seeks EU Policy Manager *** POLITICO seeks Policy editor/Account Manager *** RISE Foundation seeks Researcher *** ECDHR offers Advocacy & EU Public Affairs Internship
politjobs.eu, politjobs.eu/submit (Inserat schalten)

⊂ MALFUNCTION ⊃

Aldi’s Greek week: While the negotiations about the Greek debt crisis are in full swing in Brussels, German discount grocer Aldi is making waves with a “Greek week”. However, not all of the products are even made in Greece. The pita pockets with tomatoes and cheese, for example, are from Denmark. The green olives sold in glasses were produced by an Austrian company.
handelsblatt.com

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