Any country leaving the eurozone would have to settle its claims or debts with the bloc’s payments system before severing ties, ECB President has said. The comment, a rare reference by Draghi to the possibility of the currency zone losing members, came in a letter to two Italian lawmakers. Source Euractiv
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Top advisers to French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen have met with strategists and analysts from BlackRock Inc, Barclays Plc and UBS Group AG, among other firms to explain their economic program and plans to withdraw France from the euro. They have met with analysts from British and American financial institutions. Source: Bloomberg
Four European leaders have called for a European “Federal Union” to strengthen the relationship between states as Brussels approaches its first “divorce settlement” on its 60th anniversary. Representatives from lower parliament chambers in France, Italy, Germany and Luxembourg wrote a letter in La Stampa, an Italian newspaper. Source: Express.co.uk
The European Central Bank will not put a sudden end to its asset purchase program, ECB policymaker Jens Weidmann said in an interview with German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. Weidmann reiterated his criticism of the ECB’s asset purchases, saying he saw them “very critically”. Source: Reuters