Sarkozy warns of the risk of explosion in Europe

Sarkozy warns of the risk of explosion in Europe

Europe had never been more in danger than today, never the risk of explosion in Europe had been so great.” True to his strategy of extreme tension, Nicolas Sarkozy has issued a dramatic warning to all members of the European Union to assume the seriousness of the situation in the euro zone and the need to respond quickly and forcefully to the crisis in the European Council in Brussels . “There will not be a second chance,” the French president said in the hours before the summit, before the delegates of the European People’s Party meeting in Marseille. On the same platform, the German chancellor, Angela Merkel , was more confident in the possibility of reaching an agreement – “We will find good solutions, I am convinced,” he said – but the messages issued in the last forty-eight hours for Berlin have not been less admonitory, coming to suggest that in some European capitals had not taken the measure of the seriousness of the situation.

France and Germany are determined to impose a rapid reform of European treaties, as a means of imposing budgetary discipline in the euro zone, in order to send a strong message to markets. For Paris and Berlin, the technical tricks proposed by the president of the European Council, Herman van Rompuy, to avoid the always difficult and risky reform of the treaties, are not of receipt. In this approach, Sarkozy and Merkel have attracted the complicity of the president of the Eurogroup and Luxembourg Prime Minister, Jean-Claude Juncker, who in an interview published today by Le Monde advocated a limited and rapid reform.

The president of the European Commission, José Manuel Durao Barroso, was also more flexible and, in the same forum in Marseille, was open to admitting a reform of the treaties. But with conditions. Yes to a reform, he stressed, provided that the Member States guarantee that it will be approved and ratified without problems, provided that it goes in the direction of greater integration, that it reinforces European unity and does not marginalize the role of the Community institutions. Something easier to say than to do.

The great political challenge of the summit is precisely to safeguard the unity of the European Union in the face of the crisis. The declared aim of the Franco-German couple is to try to agree on a reform of the treaty assumed by the 27-way already of 28, because tomorrow Croatia will sign its adhesion, which will become effective in 2013, but with the explicit threat that if there is blocking will opt for a restricted agreement to the 17 countries of the euro zone. What would definitely sanction a two-speed Europe.

Several countries resist the reform promoted by Berlin and Paris. But the epicenter of the resistance is in London. Imprisoned between the important anti-European sector of his party and the government pact that unites him with the liberal-democrats, the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, goes to Brussels with a difficult objective: to try to negotiate with his partners some relevant compensation -in terms of the return of sovereignty by Brussels- to support the reform of the treaty, under the threat of exercising its right of veto otherwise. The problem for Cameron is that a solution limited to 17 would marginalize the United Kingdom.

If yesterday it was the German government that spread pessimism about the likelihood of reaching substantial agreements at the Brussels summit, today it was the president of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, who has thrown a jug of cold water on the expectations of the markets by denying the existence of a large-scale peripheral debt purchase plan, as some analysts had interpreted his appearance before the European Parliament earlier this week.

“The program is not eternal or unlimited,” Draghi recalled in Frankfurt, after announcing a quarter-point drop in interest rates and announcing three years of free liquidity bar for banks. Draghi had made the same warning in his European Parliament speech, but his precautions went unnoticed.

The ECB is, in the short term, the only hope of European governments to move the euro away from the abyss. “Our objective,” a diplomat explains, “is to impress those who have the capacity to impress the markets.” That is, to the ECB. The idea is to convince him that they are serious so that next Monday, December 12, he will intervene more forcefully in the debt market, although Draghi’s comments this afternoon clearly indicate that it will not be a massive operation. “The spirit of the Treaty is always in our thinking,” the ECB president stressed in reference to the ban on loans to governments that weighs on the entity.

The European Council will also examine another measure to strengthen the eurozone’s response capacity to the financial problems of its partners: lend money to the International Monetary Fund so that it, in turn, leaves it to the countries that need it. The idea was studied last week by the ministers of Economy (about 150,000 million euros are passed) but there is still no unanimity in this regard, diplomatic sources admit. The option that opens the way is that the central banks lend money to the Fund; the option for the ECB to facilitate this increase in resources raises questions in Frankfurt and Berlin.

The leading service app in Europe opens round of financing

The leading service app in Europe opens round of financing

A sudden infernal back pain, and our physiotherapist on vacation. A family emergency and no babysitting for children … or pets! Small daily disasters to solve in a minute. Mission Impossible? No. Fortunately the crisis has not only brought drama but also a group of entrepreneurs who have made the virtue of necessity and have launched instant, personalized and very, very useful solutions that make life easier for the user.

This is the case of Heygo, a free app that allows you to offer and hire services in a geolocalized way in a minute and without intermediaries, so that in one click we can chat with the advertiser to reach an agreement as soon as possible.

And it is that solving emergencies is in the DNA of this startup founded in 2015 by Nicolás Espinosa, Ariá Prat and Claudio Umaña. Although there is no cost to the user, there is the option to pay for the service easily and securely through the reservation system of the app itself, since in that case Allianz covers the user against any incident derived from the service.

Financing round

The rise of the company has been brilliant. In less than a year and a half of walking, Heygo exceeds 100,000 users per month and offers more than 156,000 services, more than any other app or website in Europe. This year, the company continues with its growth and internationalization plan and has launched a round of financing through an investment round of 375,000 euros. The company has resorted to the syndicated joint venture model of Startupxplore, where an experienced professional investor, JME Venture Capital (Entrecanales group) leads the investment with 50,000 euros.

Investors registered in Startupxplore can do so under the same conditions as the reference investor, with a minimum ticket to invest of 1,000 euros. And there is no lack of reasons to bet on this proposal, which has a low CPI for its category and already exceeds portals such as in volume of published services.

The company will also have support in the media for its promotion and its foreseeable growth, since they have more than 500,000 euros to spend on a second television campaign and other media during the months of September and October of this year. Its organic growth, which has been increasing from 30% at the beginning of the year to almost 50% in the month of April, will have the promotion in the media to continue its brilliant rise.

The deadline for potential investors is next July 7, and the target amount to raise through Startupxplore is 375,000 euros. The tickets will be distributed in order of signing the letter of demonstrations until the total of the target amount is covered.

Caregivers, repairs or cleaning in 60 seconds

And is that if in recent years we are seeing that the collaborative is sweeping in all areas, could not miss an app that gave prominence to users and professionals and seek solutions in their own neighborhood or city, encouraging the trade of proximity. And it is clear that there was a niche market, because in just 15 months of travel and has almost 600,000 downloads.

Find a locksmith in your neighborhood in an instant? Solution in a moment an urgent problem of moving? A cleaning service, or locating a caregiver, a private teacher or a make-up artist when we literally do not have a minute to lose? All of them are examples of the urgent services that we can find through Heygo.

In 15 months of travel, Heygo already has almost 600,000 downloads

But in its very heterogeneous offer we can also find croupiers, teachers of plasticine workshops, flamenco shows, tarotistas, cleaning services, personalized cakes, wine tastings, pet sitters, locksmiths or boxing classes. Not in vain the app has almost 100,000 active users per month and more than 105,000 requests for quotes made on its platform.

And is that if in recent years we are seeing that the collaborative is sweeping in all areas, could not miss an app that gave prominence to users and professionals and seek solutions in their own neighborhood or city, encouraging the trade of proximity. And it is clear that there was a niche market, because in just 15 months of travel and has almost 600,000 downloads.

Heygo offers more than 156,000 services, more than any other app or web in Europe. With a team of senior engineers with high capacity for innovation and execution efficiency, it has the potential to become the largest peer-to-peer service contracting platform.