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Parliaments of Europe will speak about the agreement with Greece

Outre l'Assemblée nationale en France et le Parlement grec, sept autres Parlements nationaux de la zone euro seront impliqués.

In addition to the National Assembly in France and the Greek Parliament, seven other eurozone national parliaments will be involved Photo credits: ODD ANDERSEN / AFP

Wednesday, French deputies will vote in favor or not of the economic agreement on Greece. In the coming days, seven other parliaments in Europe will do the same, including Germany Friday.

Members will speak. Today in France and in the coming days in different countries of the European Union, elected parliamentarians will be consulted to determine whether to approve the economic agreement on Greece. Besides the National Assembly, France, and the Greek Parliament, seven other national parliaments of the eurozone will be involved: Finland, Austria, Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia, Spain and Germany, where the Bundestag should even decide twice on Friday.

These debates have several reasons to be. “In some countries, such as Germany or Finland, there are constitutional reasons,” says the Figaro political scientist Anne-Marie Le Gloannec, specialist in Germany and Europe. “And if this is mentioned in the constitution, we can not ignore, unless a dictatorship. Democratically speaking you can make retoquer by the Constitutional Court, it is unimaginable, “she says.

For other countries, the organization of a vote in parliament directly dependent on the government. This is particularly the case in Spain. The Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, announced Wednesday his willingness to submit to Parliament the agreement of Greece with the European Union, given the importance of the committed funds. “Although in our country this procedure is not mandatory, it is my intention to submit to Parliament (…) because the funds to be guaranteed by Spanish taxpayers are very important,” said Mariano Rajoy in Congress (lower house) of the deputies. One estimate delivered by the head of the government on Monday, the bill for the Spaniards will represent 12% of the third plan of aid to Athens in the amount of 82 to 86 billion euros. The plenary session devoted to this debate should take place in August.

The decisions of Germany and Finland expected

At first the French Parliament should vote majority in favor of this agreement, as well as right left. Some disagreements remain, however, on the side of environmentalists, divided, and the Left Front, opposed. The debate in Germany and especially in Finland ahead however much more heated. Regarding the latter, the Finnish Finance Minister Alexander Stubb, said Saturday that Greek proposals were insufficient. If the weight of the Nordic countries is minimal in the negotiations, 2.51% share of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), disagreement, however, could represent a dangerous alert. “A negative vote of a parliament could jeopardize the agreement to nineteen. In that case, we should start negotiations, “says Anne-Marie Le Gloannec.

For Germany, the vote should be less problematic. According to the economist Christopher Dembik, told Les Echos , the agreement “will be voted” by the German parliament. “The agreement imposed on the Greeks is a complete humiliation, with loss of political and economic sovereignty. There will be enough pledges to the Bundestag vote for the bailout plan. In the worst case, Angela Merkel can still use its political capital to flex the most refractory. The vote will be a letter in the mail if the Greeks vote the measures agreed on schedule, “he analyzes.

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