EU – The devided Union

New self-confidence of small EU states

The strongest european country Germany shows weakness as we discussed before. Mrs. Merkel prefers beeing in countries far away because she is still adored there. Not so in Germany. 43% of the germans want her to step down (german: Focus)

France and Germany used to lead the EU and the other member states followed. Money always helped, if a country rebelled. But times change and young leaders like Sebastian Kurz from Austria and the italian secretary of the interiour Matteo Salvini want to get involved in the decisions. The latest example for this is the rejection of Merkels and Macrons plan of a new european budget. 12 EU countries signed a letter against the plan. Their simple but entitled question is: “What problem does this new budget solve? – We see no sense in it.” (german Focus)

Greece.

Greece was officially released from the rescue program on Friday. The Euro almost had crashed and the country has been broke but over 270 billion euro saved her. (german: Badische Zeitung)

That sounds good as long as you don’t look behind the facade. Economic data have been forged over many years and no one believes them now. Unemployment is still over 20%. High taxes make it difficult for start-ups to establish. Since the European Central Bank will stop buying state bonds, new money will get more expensive. Greece is a risky financial investment and so they will have to pay higher interest rates. I hope that Greece will make it but chances are that the next crisis is aroud the corner.

Global trade war will test EU unity

What is the final answer to the US tariffs? Will they promote a new EU, that builds a wall against immigrants and protects itself by own protective tariffs? Or will the globalists win? There are different opinions within the EU that could split the continent even more.

Dangers and possibilities

It seems to me that many countries got strong leaders in the last years: Putin, Trump, Kim Jong Un, Kurz, Netanyahu, Macron and Erdogan for example.  No matter what will happen with Germany’s chancellor in the near future, Germany will be without a strong leader. No party is strong enough to form a strong government. The EU as a whole is estranged. This is like a vacuum that longs for fulfillment. It could be that people say: “We need a strong leader whatever it takes.” So let us watch mindfully at the political developments.

 

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From Sleep to Depression to Aggression

tiger-3264048 - KopieAfter – summet G7 – blues

Our chancellor Angela Merkel usually is like a high-quality teflon pan. You never see her angry, sad or passionate. Even terror attacs, substantial losses of votes or the European dept crises don’t touch her.

However this changed yesterday. Although there seems to be no anger about Donald Trump, you clearly feel that Angela Merkel is frustrated and depressed after the G7 summit in Canada (in german: Anne Will). What is depression? Right, it is suppressed anger. I guess there is a huge amount of anger. Remember the strengh of our car-lobby, remember Mercedes and BMW. Both are not pleased to live under the threat of tariffs on their products. Their voice is strong in our politics.

Mrs. Merkel is a diplomat and dares not to speak out openly against the US president.  But her position after Trump’s quote “disappointing, sobering and depressing withdrawal from the final summit agreement via twitter” shows her anger.

Anne Will: “Would you say that the times are definitely over when we could rely on the USA under Donald Trump?”

Angela Merkel: “I would not say ‘definetely’ …”

Last year after a Nato summit she said it the first time and repeated it yesterday in the interview:

Europe must become a strong pole as strong as China, Russia and the USA. Europe must become a global actor. There should be no arrangement between single countries within the EU with the various big poles of the world, that would ground down the EU.

Conclusion: “We don’t want to be pulled over the barrel time and again. We act now.” (quote Merkel) – The EU will try to build a stronger economic and strategic unity. Relationships with China, Russia, Japan, Canada and India will intensify in order to compensate the loss of the USA.

Merkel will not stop her efforts to talk with Donald Trump and to try to find a common basis. But, she sais, if this doesn’t work, you have to go your own way.

There are always changes in history and we seem to be at a critical juncture.

See what will happen on thursday!

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There is not only a supervolcano in Italy (english: Reuters) but there is also a financial volcano there. For years the European Central Bank is buying risky government bonds from Spain, Italy and other member states. Until now these papers add up to

2.710.000.000.000 USD) !

This procedure was and is highly controversial. What once was meant to save the Euro from the collapse became a problem itself. Countries became used to the cheap money. Some important people say that on thursday the European Central Bank could announce the end of the program. That would bring huge problems for the liquidity of the poorer EU countries. (german: General-Anzeiger and Der Spiegel)

Update Tuesday: Capital Flight 

As the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” (in german) reports today, the Italiens transfer about 1.18 billion USD abroad EACH DAY since May.

Italiens don’t trust their new government and fear a severe bank crisis in the land. In 2013 we saw such a scenario in the Euro-country Cyprus with strict capital controls  and bank closures (german: Der Spiegel). Italy is much bigger than Greece and her financial breakdown would be devestating. The italian leaders know this also and try to calm down the people.

What you need to know today

Will the global crash start in Germany soon?

There are signs that the financial system in Germany could crash in the next few months and cause another global crisis. This time could be much worse than the last time.

Disturbing news today

The ugly face of an emergency fusion of Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank occurs today again in german news (german: Die Welt). Both banks are totter candidates, both share prices declined since 2007: Commerzbank from 245.18 Euro to 9.32 Euro and Deutsche Bank from 79.84 Euro to 9.55 Euro. Deutsche Bank faces also expensive complaints in the USA and Australia. What would a fusion of those banks bring us? Nothing good, because zero plus zero stays zero. The german state is the biggest shareholder of the Commerzbank which is the forth-largest bank in our country and present in more than 50 nations (Wikipedia). If those two banks fail it would affect Germany first and hard and then spread around the world.

100.000 Euro savings deposit garanteed – REALLY?

We germans believe that Angela Merkel said the truth when she promised that our savings will be safe. But the bank fond that has to back 0.8% of the savings of their customers is half empty.  That means that in the case of another bank crisis savings could be lost (german: Der Spiegel).

Shocking drop in orders 

The german industrie notes it’s longest drop in orders since the global financial crises in 2008.  Originally the orders were expected to grow for 0.8% but the political and economic uncertainty pressed the order numbers down. (german: Handelsblatt) One of the main reasons are the fears of an international tradewar. The G7 summit is already called a G6+1 summit: on the one side US president Donald Trump and on the other hand Canada, Japan and the EU countries. They have their deepest conflict since WW2.

USA vulnerable and isolated – german policy influences german press

The press in Germany never liked Donald Trump. The background seems to be clear. People don’t trust the newspapers anymore and get their informations in the internet. But that also means that the media needs different ways to finance themselves. Mass media is therefore grateful that the german party SPD is financially deeply involved in their affairs (german: Presserecht) It is clear that the mass media that is partly financed by the left party SPD shares and prints her opinion.

The crazy fact is that the SPD herself is in deep trouble. Her politics are polluted with economic interests and the workers don’t see what the party is doing for them. Once the SPD was strongly represented in our Bundestag with 45.8% in 1972. Now they are only one among others with 20.5%.

Hit dogs bark and the SPD bites in panic every political enemy. This hits Donald Trump in the USA and the AfD in Germany that received a lot of votes from former SPD people. Long before the tradewar started the german press denigrated Mr. Trump. Now they are happy to have a real topic: the (quote Merkel:) illegal tariffs on steel and aluminum. The international mood is heated up because of Mr. Trumps withdrawal from the iran deal, from the climate agreement and his Israel politics.

You already can hear voices from the EU that they don’t need the USA any more. Agreements with other states would make them just as strong and stronger than the USA. Now what will happen if the USA really needs help and her current allies have turned away? This could be a real threat to the USA – because even the strongest nation on earth needs friends in a case of emergency.

Be prepared for a storm ahead and be careful if they say “Peace and prosperity everywhere”.