The Euro and Europe

Fighting elections and trying to save the Euro are two issues that are difficult for Sarkozy and Merkel to address simultaneously. That is why there doesn’t seem to be a solution. Europeans need to understand that the party is over. You cannot go on financing benefits by amassing new public debt indefinitely.

Parties in coalition or in absolute majority must pave the way, to make unpopular decisions, in order to reduce the massive overhang of public debt, which will hamper the reduction of debt for generations to come. Nobody has the guts to start the process, and talking is becoming more important than acting. However, people talking about a separate currency for the weaker southern area in the community are really missing the point. It is the common currency that united Europe and ensured a common approach to issues by all participants of the currency union.

Winfried Loeffler


Council adopts decision on the launch of EUTM Somalia


Brussels, 31 March 2010, 8208/10 (Presse 80)

Council adopts decision on the launch of EUTM Somalia

The Council adopted today – by written procedure – a decision on the launch of a European Union military mission to contribute to the training of Somali security forces (EUTM Somalia). This Council decision, which follows the approval of the Mission Plan for EUTM Somalia, provides that the Mission will be launched on 7 April 2010.

The objective of EUTM Somalia is to contribute to strengthening the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of Somalia as a functioning government serving the Somali population, as well as to contribute to a comprehensive and sustainable perspective for the development of the Somali Security Sector by strengthening the Somali Security Forces through the provision of specific military training and support.

EUTM Somalia will take place mainly in Uganda, where Somali forces are already being trained. The EU military mission will operate in close cooperation and coordination with international partners in particular the United Nations, the African Union, AMISOM, and the United States.

Source: Council of the European Union