NEWS

Short EU summit with split agenda?

Leaders from the eurozone are contemplating peeling off for talks on Greece among themselves following what was schemed as a short EU summit on Monday, diplomatic sources told AFP.

“It’s a possibility under consideration,» one source said Thursday. «It’s not been ruled out,» said another, adding that the 17 eurozone governments had received written notice that this may be required.

The 27 European Union leaders are due to gather from 1400 GMT to 1800 GMT on January 30.

A decision on eurozone talks may be taken during the EU summit.

Monday’s European Union summit is an «informal» gathering due to consider ideas for boosting growth and reducing youth unemployment while also agreeing a so-called fiscal «compact» to tighten budgetary discipline and economic governance.

Eurozone versus full EU summits are a sensitive topic for some governments, notably France, which refuses to grant access to the 10 other EU states more than once a year, and Poland, which had been seeking entry to eurozone talks as a prospective currency partner.

[AFP]