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Olli Rehn Departs Reality Once Again


If one needs an example of out-of-touch, reality-denying and self-satisfied EU Commissioner, travel no further than Olli Rehn. Here’s the latest instalment from Court’s Favourite Entertainer of Things Surreal:

The speech focuses on what went wrong in Cyprus.

In the speech, Mr Rehn commits gross omissions and conjures gross over-exaggerations.

Nowhere in his speech does Mr Rehn acknowledge that Cypriot banks were made insolvent overnight by the EU (including EU Commission, where Mr Rehn is in charge of Economic and Monetary affairs) mishandling of PSI in Greek government bonds.

Nowhere in his speech does Mr Rehn acknowledge that Cypriot banks were massively over-invested in ‘core tier 1 capital’ in the form of zero risk-weighted sovereign bonds (Greek bonds…………………….

full article at source: http://trueeconomics.blogspot.ie/2013/05/852013-olli-rehn-departs-reality-once.html

Troika Target Of Truculence As Greek Tax Evaders Terrified

By Tyler Durden

The Troika technical team was chased from their Greek offices on Tuesday by an angry mob of Muni workers (who proclaimed that “they got our labor rights and conditions back to the Middle Ages”). As KeepTalkingGreece notes, this is the third incident in 24 hours as since the team arrived they have had water bottle thrown at them as well as cars kicked and ‘hurled coffees’. The clip below shows the Troika member looking rather anxious as he runs from the crowd (and NewsIt reported a female Troika member seeking refuge in a bookstore). It is not just the municipal workers who are in fear though, as GreekReporter notes the unbelievable story of the re-appearance of a ‘mysterious’ CD containing the names of 2000 ultra-rich Greek Swiss-bank account-holders is now back in the hands of the Greek government as they press for bilateral taxation on those huge deposits. It seems rich and poor alike are not happy with the Troika’s exposure of tax cheats across the desparate nation.

Via KeepTalkingGreece:

full article at source: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-10-02/troika-target-truculence-greek-tax-evaders-terrified


I’ll give the Greeks one thing  at least, they are not going to just lie down and die. They are fighting !Unlike the Irish, we are already on our knees and looks like we are going to stay slaves for a long time !let,s hope we will get some inspiration from the Greeks and learn to stand on our own two  feet and start the fight to take back our country from the puppets  and collaborators of the troika  Dictatorship who are sucking our country dry.

Ireland get up off your knees and fight back!

Time for Greece to Bring Back the Drachma?


austerity (Photo credit: 401(K) 2012)

Five years into an economic depression of epic proportions, one would have thought that the Greek government should be raising serious doubts as to whether the oft-repeated troika recipe of severe fiscal austerity is going to produce any different economic results this time around. And one would also have thought that the time has long since passed for the Greek government to start seriously exploring alternatives to a policy approach that offers the country the bleakest of prospects of many more years of a deepening economic depression and extraordinarily high unemployment.

The U.S. Example

Normally, in the midst of a deep economic slump, countries follow countercyclical policies to extricate themselves from the slump and to avoid a downward deflationary economic spiral. They do so by some combination of fiscal policy stimulus, interest rate reduction, and exchange rate depreciation.

full article at source: http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/the-exchange/time-greece-bring-back-drachma-173957240.html


Greece has no money to pay international law creditors, and the Bundesbank is owed 550 billion euros by debtor banks
From Germany’s Deutsche Mittelstands Nachrichten this morning came the news that investors with Greek government bonds issued under international law continue their refusal to take a cut in debt.
The Slog has already posted about the Venizelos Mob raiding University and Hospital bank accounts to pay off the English Law creditors with contracts that were watertight on the ‘money now please’ thing. Generalised international law is different, but only slightly so: Greece wants them to sacrifice most of their demands, but the remaining investors are rejecting any form debt restructuring.
This impasse was announced by the Greek debt agency yesterday (a Sunday – fancy that) and it seems the amount at stake totals three billion euros. In the past week, the Greek government has tried to agree a rescheduling of the first 539mn euros, but the negotiations failed, following which Athens made it clear that it had no further funds available with which to repay the debt.
This isn’t default, it’s insolvency. In the commercial sphere, Greece would now be subject to a simple winding up order and refused the right to trade further. But even in the rarified alternative universe of sovereign debt, payment default on the bonds under international law will trigger the usual massively leveraged obligations and derivatives.(Needless to say, it’s the Hedgies that are remaining immovable – as I predicted some weeks ago).

full article at source: http://hat4uk.wordpress.com/2012/04/02/eurozone-debt-two-more-uxbs-you-wont-find-in-the-uk-us-msm/


By The Slog

The illegally denied default of Greece entered a dramatic new phase this afternoon with the revelation by mainstream Greek public health website Health News that, shortly before midnight on March 8th – the eve of Greece’s psi completion on Friday March 9th – on average 70% of public utility funds in varous large, interest-bearing accounts at the Bank of Greece were raided. These included most of the State’s regional hospital budgets, various universities and (it is alleged) at least one utility company.

The shortfalls came to light late last week and this morning as various hospital purchasing cheques in particular began to bounce. The monies – estimated by one source to total some 1.4 billion euros – appear to have been used to pay off the tiny minority of private sovereign creditors who, under the original terms of their bond purchase, were entitled come what may to full payment of the bond’s yield entitlement.

full article at source:http://hat4uk.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/exclusive-greek-government-robbed-public-institutions-to-complete-bond-swap/

Irish banks will shrink and shrink

English: Bank of Ireland HQ Baggot Street

Image via Wikipedia

By Davis Mc Williams

The European debt crisis is moving swiftly to the next phase following the downgrade of France and the collapse of the Greek negotiations with its creditors last Friday night.

It is becoming increasingly obvious that there will be no deal in Greece. This is good news because it means the end of the pass-the-parcel-ponzi-scheme, whereby the bill for more and more institutional debt was passed on to more and more innocent people who had nothing to do with the debt in the first place.

Greece will default – as it should. The bondholders will get roasted – as they should – for making bad investments. The laws of capitalism will be allowed to do their thing. Debtors and creditors will pay – as they both should – with both parties sharing the cost.

Whether this leads to Greece being pushed out of the euro remains to be seen. An opportunistic play by a desperate Greek government might be a total default, followed by the reintroduction of a new currency and then the restart button is hit. Initially, it would be an international pariah, but over time it would recover.

Full article at source:http://www.davidmcwilliams.ie/2012/01/16/irish-banks-will-shrink-and-shrink


Last November I approached the Bank of Ireland for a loan to purchase a commercial building just off Dame Street in Dublin .The purchase  price would be around 800,000 Euro of which I was prepared to put up 200,000 cash so I would be needing 600,000 thousand euro .The Building has 150,000 rental income .The current owners are in up to their necks in Debt to an English bank I believe for 4.5 million euro  and the English bank wants out at any cost ,hence the price tag of 800,000 Euro .The bottom line is the bank told me that I was not going to get the loan as they themselves do not have the money. I am now living in Lubeck in Germany and a  GERMAN friend who works at a local company  on an adverage wage, has just taken out a loan to buy a property in one of the best retail streets in the town it is a huge old building and he bought it for 200,000 Euro he is going to put another 100,000 into it and I can say that he will do very well out of it. I will be helping him to renovate the building for the next year. I am currently looking for my own opportunity but the point is I will have an opportunity to do something as the German banks are still business friendly. Not to mention the prices for property here are far more realistic. Ireland and her banks have a long way to go before they reach rock bottom!

Best wishes Machholz.

Fitch Says 50% Greek Bond Haircut Would Be Default Event

By Jennifer Ryan

Oct. 28 (Bloomberg) — European leaders’ agreement on a 50
percent haircut on Greek bonds may create an event of default if investors
accept it, Fitch Ratings said in a statement today.

“The 50 percent nominal haircut on the proposed bond exchange
would be viewed by the agency as a default event under its Distressed Debt
Exchange criteria,” the statement said. While the accord is “a necessary step to
put the Greek sovereign’s public finances on a more sustainable footing,” Greece
will face “significant challenges” including ratios of government debt to gross
domestic product at “well over 100 percent even in a positive scenario.”

European officials concluded their 14th crisis summit in 21
months early yesterday in Brussels with an agreement that persuades investors in
Greek government bonds to write down half their holdings. Fitch said today that
more details are needed on the accord, which includes an increase in the
region’s rescue fund to 1 trillion euros ($1.4 trillion).

full article at source:http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-10-28/fitch-says-50-greek-bond-haircut-would-be-default-event.html

Greek default: What it would mean

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Experts agree it’s almost certain that Greece will not be able to pay all of its debts. But if the country does default, what happens next?

Greek leaders are struggling to agree to a set of painful budget cuts, including layoffs and new taxes, in order to get the next round of bailout cash from its European partners. But Greece is in the midst of a painful recession, which is cutting tax collections and causing it to sink even deeper into the deficit hole and even if Greek and European officials can agree on deficit reduction measures, the bailout plans need to run a gauntlet of votes in 17 separate European parliaments. Last week, just the news that the Austrian parliament had failed to set a timetable for a vote sent European and U.S. markets sharply lower

full article at source: http://money.cnn.com/2011/09/19/news/international/greek_default/

Is Ireland about to go down the same road as the Greeks ?

Athena column at Academy of Athens.

Image via Wikipedia

I know things are bad here in Ireland but take a look at this article and you might begin to think that things are not so bad here afterall .But we are heading in that direction unless we take charge of our own destiny,we will have to pick up the pieces from our incompetent politicians who are marching to the tune of the Deutsche Bank ,Europe’s Goldman Sacks !

By Gavin Hewitt

ATHENS: Europe is out of sympathy with Greece. It is the
country that threatens the dream of “ever closer union”. It is blamed for
undermining the very existence of the single currency. The White House frets
that the country could endanger the world economy. Greeks are caricatured as
lazy and feckless.Europe’s leaders have lost patience and turned up the threats. The message is clear. The Greek government must either live up to commitments to reduce its
deficit, or the next tranche of bail-out money will be withheld.

So, last weekend, a new tax was pulled from the hat. A property tax. At first
– as usually happens – it was well received in Brussels.But then the doubts set in. The tax will be levied on all property owners with the rate determined by the size of the property and its location. I met a Greek television producer whose apartment is 100sq m (1,000 sqft). She expects to pay around 700 euros (£600) in tax.It will be collected via the electricity bill – the most reliable way for  collecting taxes in Greece.

full article at source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-14972539

Greece has no more money to pay its civil servants !

The fact that Merkel is now saying something about a “orderly default” one can surmised that this method will be used to eject the other Pigs.

We are heading for default and no amount of pats on the head for been the trachers pet will not get you a pass in the comming exams !

Where Greece goes we are heading there too !

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