27-06-2017 | EYE ON REPUTATION – NewsRoom

EYE ON REPUTATION – NewsRoom 27-06-2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

ECB chief Draghi rules out Greece joining QE soon

The president of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, said on Monday that Greece will not join its quantitative easing program (QE) until international creditors specify what sort of debt relief measures the country can expect.


PM invites union leadership to talks in latest effort to end garbage strike

The increasingly dire situation Greek cities amid an ongoing garbage strike in the country generated an invitation by the Greek prime minister himself towards unionists representing sanitation workers, especially contract staff whose employment status has expired.


Kammenos keeps mum over phone call with convict

Defense Minister Panos Kammenos failed to deliver clear answers as he was questioned in Parliament on Monday over the content and nature of a phone conversation with a convicted criminal who is serving a life sentence for drug smuggling.


Greece relaunches tender to sell gas grid stake

Greece on Monday relaunched a tender for the sale of a majority stake in its natural gas grid operator DESFA, the country’s privatization agency said.


State budget beats target on high revenues in January-May

The primary budget surplus has beaten its targets for the first five months of the year due to the increase in revenues and the decline in expenditure, Finance Ministry figures showed on Monday.


EIB offers more guarantee for SME imports, external trade

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is extending further support to Greek enterprises through the renewal of its program financing external trade and imports. The new trade finance facility worth 400 million euros will be presented on Wednesday at a special event in Athens.


ATHEX: Bourse benchmark stays near the 820-pt mark

Greek stocks had another mixed session on Monday as the majority of blue chips headed south while the rest of the market went the other way, on significantly reduced turnover.







KATHIMERINI: The PM’s office hopes that sanitation workers will be divided and their strike will dissipate

TA NEA: Stuck with the trash

EFIMERIDA TON SYNTAKTON: Operation: “Clean solution”

AVGI: New Democracy leader Mitsotakis acquits Neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn

RIZOSPASTIS: Down with imperialistic plans! No involvement for Greece!

KONTRA NEWS: Former Defense Minister Giannos Papantoniou acts innocent but he should be brought to justice violently

DIMOKRATIA: New Democracy turns to… reason

NAFTEMPORIKI: Draghi says that Greece’s inclusion in the QE will have to wait

COMMISSION — GOOGLE’S BILLION-EURO DAY: After seven long years, the European Commission’s antitrust probe into Google Shopping could end as soon as today, according to POLITICO’s sources. Margrethe Vestager, the European commissioner for competition, may announce a €1-billion fine. But that’s just a sideshow, reports Nicholas Hirst, who instead suggests you look “at whether the EU can wring changes from a company that looks genuinely too big to hurt.”

Be prepared for a brutal court battle after the decision. Google has consistently denied the charges, describing them as “wrong on the facts, the law, and the economics.” The verdict will reverberate across the Atlantic. The question on everyone’s lips: How will U.S. President Donald Trump react, if at all?

COMMISSION — COHESION FORUM: President Jean-Claude Juncker speaks at 9:30 a.m. Full agenda here.

COMMISSION — EUROPE TO THE RESCUE! Did you know the EU has a special crisis coordination center from which firefighters, water-bombing planes and other vehicles were dispatched to deal with Portugal’s forest fires after the country asked the EU for help? Harry Cooper reports on the small team of blue-uniformed European Commission officials in Brussels who coordinated the effort.

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COUNCIL — FAILED FRENCH CHOREOGRAPHY ON MIGRATION & PESTICIDES: Le Monde reports that while French President Emmanuel Macron in Brussels called for greater care for migrants and refugees, his own Home Affairs Minister Gérard Collomb was in Calais supporting a different approach. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Édouard Philippe had to intervene Monday as Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot and Agriculture Minister Stéphane Travers took opposing views on the use of neonicotinoids, a pesticide that opponents have labeled a bee-killer.

FRANCE — MACRON SECURES MORE SUPPORT: The above teething problems aside, Macron secured a win, receiving the backing of a group of senators in the upper house of parliament, potentially boosting his efforts to pass constitutional reforms.

ECB — INEQUALITY DESTABILIZING EUROPE, SAYS DRAGHI: Europe’s growing inequality is highly destabilizing and needs to be tackled with education, innovation and investment in human capital, particularly jobs for young people, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said Monday.

BANKING RULES NOT WORTH THE PAPER THEY’RE WRITTEN ON: Italy is taking a beating in the financial press for making a mockery of new EU bank rescue rules. Rome has poured up to €17 billion into its weak banks instead of letting investors wear the loss as they are supposed to under the rules. In other words: taxpayers, not bank shareholders, are once again footing the bill for failing banks. This, according to Bloomberg, has “left investors wondering whether Europe’s post-crisis rulebook is worth the paper it’s printed on. In three big tests this year of Europe’s new rules aimed at forcing investors to bear the cost of bank failures, senior creditors have escaped losses each time.”

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NATO — PLAYBOOK INTERVIEW WITH NATO GENERAL PETR PAVEL: Watch the interview here (45 minutes). Pavel is NATO’s senior military officer and said Russia’s increasing military presence was clear and growing on all fronts, even if its intentions were opaque.


ROMANIA — SOCIAL DEMOCRATS PICK NEW CANDIDATE FOR PM: Mihai Tudose will become Romania’s next prime minister after President Klaus Iohannis accepted his nomination Monday evening. Tudose, 50, is a former economy minister in the cabinet of outgoing PM Sorin Grindeanu and held the same role under former PM Victor Ponta. He also made headlines in 2015 when he was accused of plagiarizing his doctorate, a title he gave up in 2016, according to Romanian news portal Hotnews.ro.

UK — CONSERVATIVES AND DUP AGREE £1-BILLION DEAL: British Prime Minister Theresa May and DUP leader Arlene Foster posed Monday morning for photographs outside Downing Street. The thin smile on the British PM’s face looked rather forced. Foster, by contrast, beamed in the morning sun, after securing what has been described as a cash-for-votes deal. Four takeaways here.

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May’s offer: Read the full offer for citizens from the EU27 living in the U.K. here.

8 signs that point to a deal: While there are several areas on which the EU and U.K. diverge, Tom McTague writes the two are within striking distance of a deal, despite the fact the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier sent a barbed message on Twitter demanding more “ambition, clarity and guarantees” from Britain’s government. The reason the two are likely to agree? The U.K.’s opening bid is very similar to the EU’s June 12 proposal.

Generous? “Tens of thousands of EU nationals who filled in a complex 85-page form to secure British residency after Brexit will have to apply again. … They will not be able to transfer their rights to the new category of ‘settled status.’” reports the Independent.

ECJ-phobia: Why the U.K. won’t be able to shake the European Court of Justice, even if ardent Brexiteers don’t want to hear it.

UK — COUNTERPRODUCTIVE COUNTERTERRORISM: Rachel Shabi writes from Manchester: “Many [Muslims] are … frustrated by the government’s counter-radicalization strategy … Community leaders point out that communication with authorities needs to be a two-way street — with actionable information, as well as more resources and training, flowing back to the community … the British government’s counter-radicalization program Prevent is seen by many as a surveillance program for Muslims, who have dubbed it ‘MI5-Islam.’”

UK — CONSERVATIVES ACCUSED OF PASSING OVER CANDIDATES TO REPLACE OUTGOING MEPs: Two Conservative Party members sued the party for not nominating them as candidates for seats in the European Parliament.

ESTONIA — TWO MPs LEAVE GOVERNMENT COALITION: The MPs from the center-right Pro Patria and Res Public Union, a party in the coalition government, quit the party. The government retains a narrow parliamentary majority.

DENMARK — MINISTER CAUGHT MISLEADING COLLEAGUES OVER EU MARINE RULES: Danish Minister Esben Lunde Larsen misled 20 of his fellow ministers from other EU countries in 2016 when he overrode advice from his civil servants to claim the European Commission had exceeded its legal powers in managing a marine strategy directive. Larsen’s opponents described his actions as motivated by a crusade to limit environmental regulation.

SWEDEN — NO ARMS EXPORTS TO DICTATORSHIPS: Sweden’s government and the opposition have agreed to limit sales of weapons to dictatorships and countries where human rights are severely under threat.

THE NETHERLANDS — SECOND COALITION NEGOTIATOR STEPS DOWN: Herman Tjeenk Willink, who had been tasked with leading talks to form a government in the Netherlands, will step down and be replaced by Gerrit Zalm (former finance minister, and former CEO of ABN AMRO bank). Zalm is likely to start Thursday.

ITALY — SILVIO BERLUSCONI IS BACK: Center-right parties scored a resounding victory in mayoral elections across Italy on Sunday, dealing a blow to the ruling center-left Democratic Party led by Matteo Renzi.

GERMANY  — GREENS JOIN COALITION GOVERNMENT: Greens members in Germany’s Schleswig-Holstein voted in favor of joining a so-called Jamaica coalition with Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats and the Free Democratic Party.

CYPRUS — UN TRIES AGAIN FOR REUNIFICATION DEAL: “Rival Cypriot leaders meet in the Swiss Alps this week in a make or break summit to find a peace deal ending decades of division for the partitioned island. The omens are not good,” reports Reuters’ Michele Kambas.

REAL EUROPE 1: How Harry Potter changed my life, by one of Playbook’s favorite journalists, Marie le Conte.

REAL EUROPE 2: Eastern Europe’s problem is not migration, argues the FT, but an aging population and skilled workers fleeing the region.

UKRAINE — TRASH TALK: Trash is piling up in Lviv and landfills are full to capacity as a standoff continues between Mayor Andriy Sadovyi and the government in Kiev, writes David Stern. Sadovyi claims Kiev has imposed a “trash blockade” on Lviv for over a year, blocking the city from moving its trash, in retaliation for his Samopomich (Self Reliance) party leaving the national ruling coalition. Kiev blames the mayor, claiming he ignored his city’s trash build-up and didn’t follow through on a promise to build a garbage processing plant. And so the nasty, down-and-dirty nature of Ukrainian politics continues.

ALBANIA — RAMA WINS SECOND TERM: “Brussels might want to take a break from Brexit talks this week to welcome Albania’s overwhelming endorsement of the reforms that will propel the country toward EU membership,” writes Andi Dobrushi.

TRUMP TANKS US IMAGE ABROAD: According to a new Pew Research survey, a median of just 22 percent of people surveyed in 37 countries have confidence in U.S. President Donald Trump to do the right thing when it comes to international affairs. A median of 64 percent had confidence in President Barack Obama.

THE EX-FILES: Former French Environment and Energy Minister Ségolène Royal accepted an offer to be France’s new ambassador the Arctic and Antarctica, allowing her to continue her work on climate change.