German-French alternative to Euro-Bonds

What's behind Merkel and Macron's 500 billion-dollar proposal. Our update on the reconstruction plans for Germany and Europe.


It is well known that the EU works best when Germany and France pull together. With the new proposal for a 500 billion euro recovery fund, Berlin and Paris are sending a positive signal to the EU countries in crisis. Now it’s time to convince the other EU 27 countries of the proposal. On Tuesday the finance ministers of the countries will already discuss the details of the proposal. Especially the Netherlands, Austria and Sweden will have to be convinced.

Nevertheless, the experts seem to agree that this could be a crucial moment for the EU.

Lucas Guttenberg (Jacques Delors Centre) is enthusiastic about the simplicity of the proposal, but wonders to what extent it is possible to ensure that the money gets to the right places.

The New York Times meanwhile speaks of a “Major Step” for European cohesion and notes positively that Merkel breaks the German taboo of common European debts and thus leaves German economic orthodoxy behind:

New York Times: Merkel, Breaking German ‘Taboo,’ Backs Shared E.U. Debt to Tackle Virus

But not everybody is as enthusiatic about the new proposal. IIn a recent twitter thread Sony Kapoor relativizes the historical magnitude of the proposal.


Hier finde Sie die Pressemitteilung zum gemeinsamem Vorschlag der Bundesregierung und eine erste Einordnung der Financial Times:

Press release of the German Government

Financial Times: Germany and France unite in call for €500bn Europe recovery fund

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