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France calls for an 'Euro government” led by a 'vanguard of countries'

Monday, July 20th 2015 - 08:06 UTC
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France favors a “stronger organization” behind the Euro led by “a vanguard of countries”, French President Francois Hollande said in an interview published Sunday. In the past week “the European spirit prevailed” in addressing the Greek crisis, he told the weekly Journal du Dimanche. Read full article


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  • DennisA

    This has always been the plan. Greece has been a beneficial crisis, on the back of which the colleagues call for more integration and a European fiscal government, run by Germany and France.

    Jul 20th, 2015 - 08:41 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CaptainSilver

    Up yours Delors!

    Yesterdays men

    Jul 20th, 2015 - 08:56 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @1, 2. Now, now, this is an excellent idea. Hollande wants a euro government, parliament and budget. That's fine. The euro “government” can't have any powers in respect of of the 9 members that aren't in the eurozone. Nor can the euro “parliament”. More importantly, the 9 non-members won't have to contribute to the euro “budget”. Reductions in contributions. No more UK money stolen by the EU to fund the failing euro. So let's cut the UK contribution by 50%. Shall we have a non-euro government, parliament and budget as well? Can't have any more integration or “ever closer union”, can we? Perhaps we could have a whole new organisation. After some suitable discussions, we could call it something like the European Free Trade Association. With certain associative co-operation, the old dictatorial EU might be able to watch the EFTA members steadily growing richer. Trading all over the world.

    Jul 20th, 2015 - 11:52 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Bisley

    Is everything run by idiots? The present system is a failure, and instead of looking for a different way to go, they want to push the failure even harder.

    Jul 20th, 2015 - 12:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    The French, an exercise in failure if ever there was one.

    The Germans are well on course for this however:

    “The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the EU rather than German which was the other possibility. As part of the negotiations, Her Majesty's Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5 year phase-in plan that would be known as ”Euro-English“.

    In the first year, ”s“ will replace the soft ”c“. Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard ”c“ will be dropped in favour of the”k“. This should klear up konfusion and keyboards kan have 1 less letter.

    There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year, when the troublesome ”ph“ will be replaced with ”f“. This will make words like ”fotograf“ 20% shorter.

    In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be ekspekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkorage the removal of double letters, which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of the silent ”e“s in the language is disgraseful, and they should go away.

    By the fourth year, peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing ”th“ with ”z“ and ”w“ with ”v“. During ze fifz year, ze unesesary ”o“ kan be dropd from vords kontaining ”ou“ and similar changes vud of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters.

    After zis fifz yer, ve vil hav a reli sensibl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi to understand ech ozer. Ze drem vil finali kum tru! And zen ve vil tak over ze world!”

    Jul 20th, 2015 - 01:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • zathras

    5 ChrisR (#)

    Well done, titter.

    English but not as we know it.

    Just ask the Saxe-Coburg-Gotha's.

    I salute you, just not in the way some do.

    Much as I was not a fan of Gordon Brown.
    We all owe him thanks for standing up to Tony Blair and refusing to let us go into the Euro as TB wanted to do.
    For all the financial mismanagement of that administration, not joining the Euro has saved us many Billions.

    Jul 20th, 2015 - 01:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    Bureaucrats are always looking for more power. This “super” gov't run by unelected bureaucrats out of Brussels will eventually kill Europe.
    The UK better “git” while the “gitten” is good.

    Jul 20th, 2015 - 03:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • gordo1

    “In 2011 Delors said the crisis facing the Euro required member states: to accept greater economic cooperation or transfer more national powers to EU centre.”

    Nonsense - these Eurocrats are all seeking to have their names in the history books. What they are doing is total madness!

    Jul 20th, 2015 - 05:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jmackiej

    Come on Europe - sell out your democracy, your welfare, your sovereignty and join Greece - errr no thanks.

    Jul 20th, 2015 - 05:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britworker

    As expected, kiss goodbye to your parliamentary democracy eurozone.

    Jul 20th, 2015 - 06:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    One wonders why France is so desperate to create a European union,

    unless she is not telling the whole truth, and France is more deeply in the shxt that the people are told, and thus desperate to join Germany to stop France going under,

    just a thought.

    Jul 20th, 2015 - 07:31 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • toooldtodieyoung

    France calls for an 'Euro government” led by a 'vanguard of countries'

    Hurrah for Dave's “re-negotiation” of powers!!!!!

    Thanks for that President Hollande, you have just won the “No” campaign for us !!!

    Anyone who thinks that the EU is still a good idea better take a very hard look at Greece........ I'm with Yankeeboy on this one.

    4 Bisley

    “Is everything run by idiots?”

    Yes, yes it is. In the stakes of “Not listening to the people” the EU wins this one hands down!!

    Jul 20th, 2015 - 08:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    @11 France is the elephant in the room in Europe. Their economy is shot.

    Jul 20th, 2015 - 09:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • brasherboot

    There's a phrase

    Do the same thing, get the same results.

    Jul 20th, 2015 - 09:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Voice

    'Ein Volk! Ein Reich!! Ein Euro!!!'.....

    Jul 21st, 2015 - 12:10 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Englander

    In other words France wants to keep its hands on as much German money as possible.

    Jul 21st, 2015 - 05:14 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen


    Some of the best comments ever written on Mercopress.

    Intelligent and witty people, all of you.

    Jul 21st, 2015 - 11:26 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    No doubt Hollande sees himself as the first “president” of the “Euro government”. And why not? He's crap as “president” of France. His first move? A 75% supertax. Always a good idea to impose a measure that gets people to change their nationality and move their domicile. How should one address Herr Monsewer Hollande as the people of the eurozone rush to cross the Mediterranean to live in North Africa? In such numbers that muslims are forced to flee for their lives. On the other hand, the OAS attempted to assassinate De Gaulle in 1962. How strange that the OAS would choose to use machine gun fire at a vehicle passing at high speed. What was wrong with a bomb? Possibly triggered by speed of the vehicle. How about a group of snipers waiting for De Gaulle to get out of the car? Not that I want to encourage more freedom fighters from eliminating another wannabe Napoleon. It must always be remembered that France cares nothing for “Europe”. France cares about “France”. There are countries in Europe that are amongst the most selfish in the world. France is a leading member of that group. It leads Italy, Spain and most of the scrounging eastern Europe.

    Jul 21st, 2015 - 03:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • toooldtodieyoung

    17 ilsen

    “Some of the best comments ever written on Mercopress. ”

    ......and you?

    I find myself waiting for the punch line that you undoubtedly have up your sleeve regarding this story.

    As ever, I'm sure it will be concise, to the point and with a rather large sting in the tail

    .........Can't wait..........!!

    Jul 21st, 2015 - 06:21 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    Does he want to create some kind of monster french 'franc-enstein' superstate?

    Jul 22nd, 2015 - 01:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    French Fries

    Jul 22nd, 2015 - 06:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • willowas1

    the eurozone is a bit like my dad-oladejo awoku-if he coughs we all catch cold

    Jul 27th, 2015 - 12:05 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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