We don’t want a German Europe but we want a strong Europe and that means every member state including Germany has to increase its competitiveness,” Schaeuble said. “A stronger Europe means that everyone has to do its duty and not to ask for more money by others — that’s the wrong way to get a strong Europe, that’s the wrong incentive.” German FM: Greece needs until 2022 German FM: Eurozone in a better place His comments come ahead of the September 22 election, as Merkel faces a German electorate weary of Europe’s largest economy helping to bail out troubled eurozone nations, whose debt woes have threatened the stability of the currency. Greek unemployment hits record 27.6% Greece, along with three other eurozone countries — Portugal, Ireland and Cyprus — remain dependent on rescue loans from the EU and International Monetary Fund (IMF). The 17-nation eurozone has emerged from its longest ever recession, growing 0.3% in the second quarter after 18 months of contraction. Unemployment rates remain high, but worries that the debt crisis could spread to larger economies such as Spain and Italy — which both saw borrowing costs climb dangerously high last year — have abated.
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government housing finance authorities are pressing JPMorgan Chase & Co for at least $6 billion to settle lawsuits over bonds backed by subprime mortgages, according to a person familiar with the matter. * Billionaire Roman Abramovich is close to buying one of the biggest top-end office complexes in Moscow for up to $800 million in what would be Russia’s second-largest office deal, three sources told Reuters. * KKR & Co and TPG Capital are out of the running in the auction for Hutchison Whampoa Ltd’s Hong Kong supermarket chain ParknShop, people close to the matter told Reuters, after their offers failed to meet the company’s expectations. * BlackBerry Ltd is considering spinning off its messaging service into a separate unit, the Wall Street Journal said on Tuesday, quoting people familiar with the matter.
Finance committee to debate library, ferry funding
But according to our news partners at the Florida Times-Union, the water service needs $700,000 to continue operating. The newspaper also reports a key subsidy from the Jacksonville Port Authority will no longer be available in the new fiscal year. The ferry has suffered in recent months with ridership down at the end of last year by about 10%, according to the newspaper. Finance committee members will also debate this week funding for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Jacksonville Journey and the Parks and Recreation Department. Jacksonville Journey is an anti-crime initiative that is currently trying to make the city safer in the wake of a violent summer.