Everyone Wants the EU Coronavirus Fund, Apart from Merkel
Skerdian Meta • 2 min read
Markets got pretty excited when European leaders mentioned the EU coronavirus recovery fund earlier at the end of May and they got excited even more when the proposed amount was hiked to around 1.35 billion Euros. Most European leaders,as well as the ECB want the recovery fund to start as soon as possible, but Angela Merkel is keeping the old German stance on fiscal spending, although even her follow country politicians arte against her now.
Comments by Austrian chancellor, Sebastian Kurz
- Hopes that agreement on EU recovery fund can be found in July
- But that will depend on the preparation
- We need to discuss which countries should profit most, what it should be used for
- Says that grants are only possible with certain conditions
Comments from the EU Commission head
- Essential that we lose no time in setting up recovery plan
- First discussion of plan and next budget was very positive
- Overall size, balance of grans and loans and allocation key, rebates and own resources were all controversial
Meanwhile, France and Germany are said to be putting “heavyweight support” behind the European Commission’s proposal. Although Angela Merkel warns EU leaders of “very, very difficult times”, cautions interest on recovery fund. I suppose no one is listening to Merkel anymore in Germany, since she will be out soon, thank God.
Although, the ECB continues to pressure EU leaders into stepping up their fiscal response in the fight to deal with the current economic fallout. ECB’s Lagarde warned EU leaders that there are market risks if there is no recovery fund agreement.