Germany Archive

Italian article this am

Misrepresents what I say a bit, but they do have my picture next to JFK! ;) The IMF: sovereign currency, no longer the monopoly of the banks Eliminate the public debt of the United States at once, and do the same with Great Britain, Italy, Germany, Japan, Greece. At the same time ...Read More

DJ Europe Mulling New Role For ECB, Lending To IMF-Greek FinMin

Hint of German support? *DJ Europe Mulling New Role For ECB, Lending To IMF-Greek FinMin ...Read More

Marshall Auerback’s Euro Update Video

Marshal Aueback says: My latest attempt to explain it all. Is the ECB Europe’s Last Hope? ...Read More

Merkel comments

*DJ Merkel: “Euro Zone Solidarity Must Be Combined With Sound Budget Measures” To make sure unemployment never comes down and unit labor costs stay down. *DJ Merkel: Italy Will Put Through Planned Austerity Measures Soon Also to make sure unemployment never comes down and unit labor costs stay down. ...Read More

Talk still cheap – ECB writes the check again

Lots of talk, particularly from Germany about the ECB not writing the check, due to (errant) inflation concerns. But to no avail. In fact, with the Rubicon crossing decision to haircut Greek bonds 50% for the private sector’s holdings, expect the check writing to continue to intensify. And expect economies to continue ...Read More

German “wise men” (classic oxymoron) warn ECB is risking credibility

German “wise men” warn ECB is risking credibility By Alexandra Hudson November 9 (Reuters) — Germany’s “wise men” panel of economic advisers warned the European Central Bank it risks losing credibility by buying the bonds of heavily-indebted euro zone states, and that monetary and fiscal policy are becoming worryingly blurred. The group, ...Read More

For BTPS & SPGBs all inter dealer screens have gone blank

As previously discussed, it’s hard to see how anyone with fiduciary responsibility can buy Italian debt or any other member nation debt after EU officials announced the plan for 50% haircuts on Greek bonds held by the private sector. Yes, all governments have the authority, one way or another, to confiscate an ...Read More

Merkel is seeking to make it easier for the German arms industry to export weapons

Merkel Seeks to Ease German Arms Exports November 8 (Spiegel) — Chancellor Angela Merkel is seeking to make it easier for the German arms industry to export weapons. In a position paper sent to Brussels recently, Berlin asked that “economic interests” be “adequately considered” when it comes to export controls on arms ...Read More

News recap comments

The news flow from last week was so voluminous it was nearly impossible to process. For good measure I want to start today’s commentary with a simple recap of what happened. On the negative side – · Greece called a referendum and threw bailout plans up in the air taking Greek 2yrs ...Read More

Euro Bailout Fund Chief Sees No Quick China Deal

Now it all starts unraveling. It’s all talk- another ‘optical illusion’ with no operational reality I sight. The China participation isn’t a done deal. The 50% haircut isn’t a done deal either as they haven’t yet figured out how to actually do it without a default event. The EFSF contributions aren’t a ...Read More