Analysis: Europe, Waiting For Germany, Could Be Disappointed

Prickly about efforts to impose more European discipline on national budgets and economic reforms, the French want a re-elected Merkel to move fast on practical steps such as EU funds to fight youth unemployment, to head off a feared Euro skeptic tidal wave in next year’s European Parliament elections. UNDER INVESTED Most Germans share Merkel’s view that other Europeans just need to emulate the German model of public and private thrift at home and competitiveness abroad to solve their economic woes. There is little, if any, inclination to acknowledge that Germany’s export-driven economic model, excess savings and suppressed domestic demand might be part of the problem. Nevertheless, some policymakers and analysts in Brussels and Berlin expect a shift in economic policy, especially if the Social Democrats or the Greens take a role in coalition. “What may well happen is a rethinking of national economic policy, not for Europe’s sake but for Germany itself,” said Daniela Schwarzer, head of European research at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). “We have under invested in infrastructure, education and research,” she said. That would raise wages and domestic demand and could attract more workers from poorer European states. For most euro zone partners, the top priority is to create a single European resolution system to wind down failed banks after giving the ECB the role of supervisor for some 6,000 banks. They want it underpinned by a common backstop fund until enough money is raised from banks’ own contributions. Economists say this is urgently needed in case a planned ECB review of the quality of banks’ assets produces nasty surprises, and to help restore credit to business in southern Europe. “Spain really wants a single resolution mechanism fast … because there is still uncertainty around its banking sector, which will emerged smaller and less able to lend because it will have to raise more capital,” De Areilza said.

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Isco is most creative centrally, while Cristiano Ronaldo has made scoring goals from the left look far too easy. Of course, there will be room for all three to interchange, with the possibility of Carlo Ancelotti playing without a genuine front man at some point too. By the end of his Tottenham career, Bale was enjoying success as a central player, given the license to maraud around and be the central hub of the team. It will take time to grow into that role in the Spanish capital, given the personalities around him, but his price tag dictates it should not take too long. Gary M. Prior/Getty Images Madrid’s last Champions League win was in 2002 And with the club well known to be particularly keen for European successa Champions League win would yield their 10th European Cup: “La Decima”it is on that stage that Bale will be expected to prove the difference. The competition has grown in importance over the past decadeso much so thatdespite winning La Liga, Barcelona’s seasonlast time outwas tainted by their dismal showing in their semifinal defeat to Bayern Munich. It is at that stage that Madrid have fallen in each of the last three seasons too, and Bale will be expected to provide the spark in those particular moments more than he will be expected to steamroll the likes of Osasuna and Elche. That means that while it’s unlikely Bale’s role will greatly differ from game to gameconsistency will be key in Carlo Ancelotti’s bid for successhe’s more likely to be judged on his showings on the continent. Same role, more importance, more goals. Ronaldo has scored 50 goals in the Champions Leagueincluding 12 strikes in 12 matches last seasonwhile Lionel Messi has bagged 59 times in 79 appearances in Europe’s premier competition. These are the sort of stats Bale is going to have to follow.

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Markets open in 6 hrs 51 mins New Financial Inclusion Study Spotlights Europes Financially Excluded Millions in Europe are financially excluded or financially underserved according to new MasterCard study, the Road to Inclusion To tweet this news, copy and paste to your Twitter handle with the hashtag #FinancialInclusion Press Release: MasterCard 39 minutes ago +4.5900 ROME–(BUSINESS WIRE)– MasterCard ( MA ) today launched the Road to Inclusion, a report which shows preconceptions of the financially excluded are wide of the mark, based on a new financial inclusion study that is the largest of its kind. The findings were unveiled at the 2013 MasterCard Europe Prepaid Conference in Rome today. The study took place across six European countries: the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Poland and Russia, although the results show that attitudes and behaviours do not differ that widely by geography, indicating that the issues of the financially underserved are similar across Europe and beyond. It was commissioned to help MasterCard and its partners better understand what financial exclusion or underservice means to the millions of people within this group and what has triggered their choices and lifestyles, in order for them to better provide services that engage this marginalised audience and build trust for the future. For the financially excluded those that do not have access to formal banking facilities the average age is 40. They are marginally more likely to be female (55%), and 51% of them are married. The largest group within the financially excluded segment (40%) have not received any form of payment, salary, welfare or otherwise, in the last three months. 35% of them have received wages of some sort in that timeframe. 81% have lived in their country all of their life. For the financially underserved those that do not have access to any form of electronic payment the average age is also 40 and again, 55% of them are female. This group is less likely to be married, at 37%. The largest group within the financially underserved segment (36%) has received social security within the last three months, while a third (33%) has received a salary of some kind.