European leaders are drawing up a solution to the EU’s fiscal crisis that would hand sovereignty over the budgets and fiscal policies of eurozone states to Germany in return for the pooling of national debt and banking liabilities. Brussels, France, Spain and Germany all support a federalized eurozone.
A “gang of four” – the European council president, the commission chief, the president of the European Central Bank and the head of the eurogroup of 17 finance ministers – has been charged with drafting the proposals for a deeper eurozone fiscal union, to be presented to an EU summit at the end of the month.
“You can’t demand eurobonds but not be prepared for the next step in European integration,” Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, said at the weekend. “We won’t be able to create a successful currency like that and no one outside will lend us money any more.”