Tag Archives: European Union

Mish/ Mike Shedlock – Germany’s Finance Minister Lectures Obama On Debt, Defends Euro, Says German Referendum Needed Soon – 26 June 2012

President Barack Obama should focus on cutting America’s own budget deficit before advising Europe on how to tackle its debt problems says German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble in the Spiegel article in Germany Rejects Obama’s Criticism in Euro Crisis

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble rebuffed recent criticism of Germany’s handling of the euro crisis from Barack Obama, telling the US president to get his own house in order before giving advice. Continue reading

Mish/ Mike Shedlock – Eurozone 1% Shell Game Stimulus Mirage; Meaning Of Necessary; “Real” Stimulus – 24 June 2012

Germany, France, Italy, and Spain have agreed to spend 1% of GDP on new stimulus measures.

Where is the money coming from? They will not say. Most likely from somewhere else, better known as nowhere. Continue reading

Mish/ Mike Shedlock – Italy “Gasping Like Beached Whale”; Berlusconi Reiterates Euro Exit “Not Blasphemy”; Beppe Grillo Discusses “Taboo Of The Euro” – 23 June 2012

On June 1, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said “Italy should dump the euro unless the European Central Bank agreed to inject more cash into the economy”. One day later Berlusconi said the idea Italy should dump euro was a “joke”.

It was not a joke, except perhaps as quoted. On June 20, Berlusconi says Italy euro exit “not blasphemy” Continue reading

John Ward – Cyprus : Shock For Brussels & Troika As Putin Bids To Create Another Cuba – 21 June 2012

Cypriots close to sealing €5bn loan from Moscow

One of the problems of having your head up your backside, examining the  internal view of your navel, is that the field of vision is extremely restricted. Frau Merkel having done it again yesterday afternoon (“I never agreed to that, it’s just a theory”), things go from bad to worse as ClubMed picks up the tab for multivariate greed, and the blindness of the eurozone’s founders. Continue reading

Mish/ Mike Shedlock – European Crisis Summit Score 0-18 With Another Coming up June 28; Is Merkel Misinterpreted? Will The FOMC Move Decisively? – 20 June 2012

 Steen Jakobsen, chief economist of Saxo Bank in Denmark, asks via email: “Is Merkel Misinterpreted? Will the FOMC Move Decisively?”

The misunderstood Chancellor.

The market clearly believes Ms. Merkel will, ultimately, not withstand the pressure – and she will end up collateralizing rising debt. I remain extremely skeptical. I even dusted off my school German to read Der Spiegel and Focus, two major German weeklies, which give you a very different perspective. Continue reading

John Ward – Euroblown : Now It Really Is, As Spain & Italy to get… – 20 June 2012

$750 BILLION

That’s $1500 for every EU citizen…to bail out two countries

Worse still, two-thirds of it doesn’t exist

Every penny of it represents completely wasted money. Why?

Because it is a muddle-through hybrid like everything Sprout & Kraut Inc do: it won’t stop the financial forest fire engulfing Europe, and it isn’t a bailout: it’s simply designed to buy up the bond debt for which Spain and Italy are liable. Continue reading

John Ward – Breaking : German Supreme Court Rules Against Merkel On ESM. Will She Now Recognise The Rule Of Law? – 19 June 2012

Karlsruhe Judges…fancy dress, or citizen protection with teeth?

The Karlsruhe judges today found that the center-right coalition government led by Chancellor Angela Merkel had breached the rights of the German parliament by failing to sufficiently inform lawmakers during negotiations towards the creation of the permanent euro rescue fund, the European Stability Mechanism (ESM).

This decision is “a further important building block in a series of decisions by the Constitutional Court that strengthen parliamentary responsibility in the context of European integration,” the president of the court, Andreas Vosskuhle, said.

But is it? If – like the case for a Weimar ruling against Nazi violence in 1931* – it is simply ignored, then what good is Karslruhe?

The decision follows another that the court handed down in February, in which it struck down a plan to create a committee of just nine members of the Bundestag to decide in secret about emergency measures regarding the euro. Then too, the court argued that the entire assembly must be involved in such decisions.

But it did not declare an ESM unconstituional in Bundeslaw…even though it obviously is, because of the anti-fiat money printing clauses in the BundesRepublik constitution.

Ironically, the court heard the case based on a complaint brought by the opposition Green party. No members of the anti-Warmist Right were to be seen anywhere in all this. Equally ironic is Wolfgang Schäuble’s obsessive fixation with a hyperinflation that occurred under entirely different circumstances ninety years ago.

However, far more significant than any irony is the reality that the Bundestag and the upper house, the Bundesrat, are expected to approve the creation of the ESM when they vote on the issue on June 29.

The educated sector of German life needs to get on top of this…unless Germans want to change their nation’s name to ‘DDR’.

* In 1931, the German Jewish lawyer Hans Litten became the only ordinary German citizen ever to bring Adolf Hitler into Court and interrogate the future Fuhrer. Litten’s demolition of Hitler’s argument that the Nazis were a peaceful, democratic movement earned the lawyer years of brutal persecution.  His obviously valid case against the Nazis was undermined throughout the trial by a frightened Judge. He died in a concentration camp in 1939.

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Mish/ Mike Shedlock – G20 Summit In Flames Already As EC President Blames US For Financial Crisis In Europes – 19 June 2012

The G-20 summit is off to a great start if you like fireworks, endless bickering, and finger-pointing. Otherwise these summits are totally useless.

When asked by a Canadian journalist “Why should North Americans risk their assets to help Europe?” EC President José Barroso replied “Frankly, we are not here to receive lessons in terms of democracy or in terms of how to handle the economy.
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John Ward – Greek Election : The Fate Of The Euro Is NOT In Greece’s Hands – 17 June 2012

The eurozone is doomed whatever happens in Athens

‘Greeks went to the polls on Sunday in an election that could decide whether their heavily indebted country remains in the euro zone or heads for the exit,’ opined Reuters this morning. I do wish the MSM (especially in the States) would stop writing half-baked bollocks about the Greek elections. If Greece leaves the euro next week following today’s election, it will be because other forces want it out, not because the Greeks themselves want to leave. Continue reading

Mish/ Mike Shedlock – German Vote On ESM Fails; Still Not Ratified By Germany, Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Slovakia, Netherlands; Political Football Over Financial Transaction Tax – 14 June 2012

The Wall Street Journal reports European Economics Commissioner Olli Rehn expressed concern Monday that Germany, Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Slovakia, and the Netherlands were dragging their feet in ratifying the ESM.

In the meantime, the Journal reports Spain May Tap EFSF.

The article states “Power broker Germany has yet to complete the process but is expected to do so soon.” Continue reading