We are entering the week of the informal EU summit to be held in Brussels on Wednesday. The summit was announced by Herman Van Rompuy shortly after Francois Holland was elected as french president, and the summit is widely expected to deal with Hollande’s wishes for a new growth pact. This is also set to be the first summit for a long time, where the normal duo of the EU, former french president Sarkozy and german chancellor Merkel, is to be replaced with the new very influential trio of the EU: Francois Hollande, Mario Monti and Jose Manuel Barroso. They will put pressure on Angela Merkel.
These main characters had a chance to meet each other this weekend, when the american president Barack Obama hosted the annual G8 meeting between the biggest economies in the world, including Germany, France, Italy and the EU. Also british prime minister David Cameron was at the meeting. On top of the agenda at the G8 meeting was the eurocrisis and the current situation in Greece. And here Angela Merkel had a little taste of what she can expect to be met with at the summit on Wednesday. The leaders also confirmed wishes for Greece to stay in the eurozone, while underlining that they’ll need to respect the commitments of the EU and IMF loans.
Meanwhile in Greece new polls are being published with even better results for the leftist coalition Syriza, who denies to follow the austerity measures put out by the EU and IMF. In latest polls Syriza are leading as the biggest party before coming elections in June. Other polls, although, shows that the conservative party, New Democracy, are still leading the race. New Democracy co-signed the agreement with EU and IMF and are expected to respect the commitments put out for Greece. Several political leaders around Europe has now called the election for a choice between staying in the euro and a Greek exit of the euro. One can only speculate of what will happen if Greece leaves the eurozone, while BBC has tried to made an illustration of the situation, the The New York Times has instead tried to summon up the worst possible fear for Europe.
In Serbia they had their second round of presidential elections yesterday, which lead to a defeat for the current president, Boris Tadic, and a win for the former nationalist Tomislav Nikolic. The winning Tomislav Nikolic has earlier been very skeptical towards further integration for Serbia with the EU, but during the campaign he has said that he and his supporters are in favor of EU membership.
As a concluding remark we will just shred the light on the G8 summit in the US this weekend. At the meeting the leaders gathered in front of the television to watch the end of the Champions League final on saturday. The british football team Chelsea won, and british prime minister David Cameron explains in this rather entertaining video from the BBC how the world leaders watched the final stages of the match. Once again Angela Merkel had to feel defeated.