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A mini-Eurogroup in Berlin ended as "one of many working meetings" ahead of the finance ministers' regular meeting in Brussels next week, an EU commission spokesperson said. Commissioner Barnier and German finance minister Schaeuble are at odds over who should call the shots when a bank needs to be closed.
A group of MEPs, including Poland's Saryusz-Wolski and Germany's Brok, as well as former Georgian leader Saakashvili, have flown to Kiev to join pro-EU protests. Ukraine's PM Friday branded protesters "Nazis and criminals," while a police chief said he plans to "act decisively, harshly" unless people stop occupying official buildings.
German finance minister Schaeuble is hosting a "working session" with his counterparts from France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, EU financial markets commissioner Barnier and ECB board member Asmussen, a government spokesman said Friday. They aim to reach a deal on the upcoming "single resolution mechanism" dealing with failing banks.
Gazprom has criticised the EU commission for saying that Russia's South Stream pipeline is against EU law. The firm said Friday it is "surprised and disappointed" at the "unfortunate timing," because the pipeline deals have been "public for years," but the EU spoke out after construction already began.
German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble will host a mini-Eurogroup session in Berlin on Friday, Handelsblatt, AFP and Reuters report. The meeting, confirmed by EU diplomats, is aimed at finding a compromise ahead of the proper Eurogroup next week on the upcoming "single resolution mechanism" dealing with failing banks.