BRUSSELS Apparently only Pope Benedict and divine intervention can save the euro now.
In a spoof statement issued on Thursday, the European Council announced it was calling another euro zone summit to resolve the debt crisis - a meeting to be held on April 1, or April Fool's Day - with the pope in attendance.
"The presence of His Holiness the pope affords an opportunity to pray for divine intervention to save the euro," it said. "This is now seen as the most credible strategy."
While clearly a joke, the statement might lead some to conclude EU diplomats are taking a more relaxed approach to the debt crisis now that the worst appears to have passed.
The Vatican uses the euro even though it is not in the 17-member euro zone.
(Writing by Daniel Rolle; Editing by Luke Baker)
Trending On Reuters
The Group of Seven industrial powers pledged to seek strong global growth, while papering over differences on currencies and stimulus policies and expressing concern over North Korea, Russia and maritime disputes involving China. Ready
- U.S. sees first case of bacteria resistant to all antibiotics
- Vietnam restricted access to Facebook during Obama visit - activists
- Trump vows to undo Obama's climate agenda in appeal to oil sector
- China eyes turning South China Sea islands into Maldives-style resorts
- France sends underwater probes to EgyptAir search zone