In an interview with the German WDR public television service, Jean-Claude Juncker, the Luxembourg Prime Minister and president of Eurogroup, declared that Greece leaving the euro “would be a manageable process under current conditions,” but it would not be “desirable”.
Juncker: Grexit would be “manageable” – Luxemburger Wort
At age 65, the President of the Danish People’s Party has stepped down. However, she will continue to act as a “spokesperson for the values” of the populist movement, which gave its support to the liberal-conservative government of 2001 to 2011. She is to be succeeded by her appointed heir, Kristian Thulesen Dahl, who will take her place at the head of the party.
Pia Kjaersgaard resigns – Berlingske Tidende
Following the July 25 statement of Interior Minister Manuel Valls, who wants to enforce court deportation orders, there has been an increase in the number of Roma camps being dismantled over the last few days. At the same time, the ministry is examining ways of improving Roma integration into the community, notably through boosting their access to the labour market.
The Roma. What is the answer? – Libération
Crowds were queuing in front of Amber Gold (AG) branches all over Poland on August 7, as clients of the gold-investing company waited to get their money back, after rumours of the company’s possible insolvency spread in the media. The problems of AG began when OLT Express airlines went bankrupt at the end of July after the company withdrew from the carrier. The daily fears that the 15 other companies offering financial services like AG in Poland might follow.
Who’s next after Amber Gold – Rzeczpospolita
From August 31, immigrants without residence permits will lose their healthcare card unless they pay a 710 euro annual fee. Doctors and regions of Catalonia, Andalusia and the Basque Country say they refuse to leave those people without medical services. Opposition political parties and professional health care associations add that many Spanish people could not afford to pay such a high charge.
Illegal immigrant “health toll” rejected by all – El País
After Greece, Italy is now starting to bash the German chancellor. Anglo Saxon media are getting more and more aggressive. The Germans and the world are deaf to each other’s words.
Bogeyman Merkel – Die Presse
On August 7, the Italian parliament voted in a public spending reform package that will enable the state to save more than 26 billion euros over three years — including 4.5 billion euros by the end of 2012 — and to avoid a further two-point VAT increase in October.
Civil servants, healthcare and university fees: The changes following the spending cuts – Il Sole-24 Ore