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The United States’ Desperate Solutions For Not Sinking Alone

theautomaticearth.com / Raúl Ilargi Meijer / April 20, 2014

LEAP2020 is a European political/economic research institute that doesn’t shy away from volunteering opinions on the topics it researches, something that works both for and against it. It publishes a new GEAB (Global Europe Anticipation Bulletin) report every month. I thought I’d share the [...]

19/4/2014: If Only Forecasts Were Falling Ripe from Trees…

trueeconomics.blogspot.com / Dr. Constantin Gurdgiev / Saturday, April 19, 2014

Here we go, folks… ESRI’s latest thoughts on Irish economy… and they are earth-shattering.Let’s take a few pointers from the wise:1) “Ireland could face a debilitating period of stagnation – characterised by high unemployment, falling prices and low growth – if recovery in Europe falters”.“Could”?! [...]

US Gas Will Never Replace Russian Gas For Europe

peakprosperity.com / By Chris Martenson / Friday, April 18, 2014, 4:10 PM Recent entreaties by various US politicians to help wean Europe off of Russian gas are simply preposterous. The numbers don’t add up, and they never will.

Let’s begin with the facts:

16% of natural gas consumed in Europe flows through Ukraine

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Pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine refuse to disarm, leave government buildings

endthelie.com / April 18, 2014

The diplomatic deal reached on Thursday to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine was rejected by pro-Russian militants, who continued to occupy government buildings in eastern Ukraine Friday.

The preliminary agreement, reached by Russia and Ukraine along with the U.S. and EU, called for the separatists to leave Ukrainian government [...]

Investors Ignore Frightful Geopolitics

europac.net / By John Browne / April 17, 2014

When the former Soviet Union collapsed almost 25 years ago, most global strategic forecasters assumed that the U.S. would adapt pragmatically to her new status of sole world superpower. Instead she has pursued a variety of misguided nation-building adventures and has largely shrunk from [...]

Effective Immediately: France Bans All GMO Cultivation

nutritionalanarchy.com / By Heather Callaghan / April 17, 2014

The French National Assembly has made a sweeping declaration with a new bill, effective immediately. No more genetically modified crops.

On Tuesday, the French lower house of parliament adopted a law immediately banning cultivation of any GMO corn, due to environmental safety concerns.

Recently, they also [...]

BRICS Consider Creating IMF-Alternative As US Loses Credibility

zerohedge.com / By Tyler Durden / 04/16/2014 19:47 -0400

The BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) have made significant progress in setting up structures that would serve as an alternative to the IMF and the World Bank (which are dominated by the U.S. and the EU), according to RBTH. As WSJ reports, [...]

Moldova’s Transnistria Region “Approves” Appeal To Russia For Independence

zerohedge.com / By Tyler Durden / 04/16/2014 14:55 -0400

As the EU seeks a closer association with Moldova, the 97% pro-Russian state of Transnistria (that we first warned was next here) is accelerating its move towards independence. As Bloomberg reports, despite condemnation by Moldova’s government of the “direct defiance”, the Transnistria Assembly has approved an [...]

Bail-Ins Approved By EU Yesterday – Deposits Over €100,000 Vulnerable

goldcore.com / By Mark O’Byrne / 16 April 2014

BAIL-INS APPROVED BY EU PARLIAMENT YESTERDAY – DEPOSITS OVER €100,000 VULNERABLE

Yesterday the EU Parliament adopted three key texts outlining common rules on how to restructure and resolve failing banks.

The laws make up what has become more commonly known as Europe’s banking union and include [...]

“Uncreative” Destruction: The Troika’s Hostile Takeover of Europe

testosteronepit.com / By Don Quijones / April 15, 2014 at 3:16PM

Don Quijones, freelance writer and translator in Barcelona, Spain. Raging Bull-Shit is his modest attempt to challenge the wishful thinking and scrub away the lathers of soft soap peddled by our political and business leaders and their loyal mainstream media.

After four long years [...]

Specter of Civil War; Putin’s Army Hiding – Not Even CNN Can Find It; Easy Solution

globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com / By Mike “Mish” Shedlock / April 15, 2014 12:56 PM

Today the government of Ukraine moved with force against the separatists, evoking a Specter of Civil War.

Ukraine unleashed an offensive to dislodge militants from towns in its eastern Donetsk region as the authorities in Kiev said elements of Russian special forces were [...]

Absurdity of the Week: Germany Could be Fined by the EU for its Trade Surplus

acting-man.com / Pater Tenebrarum / April 15, 2014

April Fool’s Day Has Become a Permanent Feature

There must be something in the water. After the world was forced to endure the almost physically painful nonsense emanating from various Japanese officials on the alleged benefits of its clearly failing monetary debasement program, it is the EU’s [...]

All This And World War, Too?

zerohedge.com / By James H. Kunstler of Kunstler.com / 04/14/2014 19:31 -0400

The situation in Ukraine hotted up this weekend and threatens to blow this morning with the Kiev government affecting to send “anti-terrorist” troops into the eastern cities where ethnic Russians seized buildings. (In the olden times of Europe, they had witches and devils. [...]

All That Money But Where’s The Beef!

gold-eagle.com / By David Chapman / April 11, 2014

This is a picture of the “Velocity of Money” (US M2). In many respects, this is not a pretty picture. I suppose nothing that has been falling for upwards of 16 years can be considered a sound investment. The velocity of money has broken lows set [...]

Bail-In Regime Facing Increasing Opposition In EU

goldcore.com / By Mark O’Byrne / 10 April 2014

Bail-In Regime Facing Increasing Opposition In EU The landmark EU agreement on a common rulebook for handling bank failures, including bail-ins, is in danger of unravelling over the fine print restricting when a state can intervene to rescue a struggling bank according to the Financial Times.

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Russian Sanctions And The Negative Effect On Global Energy Security

zerohedge.com / By Igor Alexeev via OilPrice.com / 04/08/2014 18:43 -0400

After a series of headline-grabbing statements about the possibility of “switching” European consumers over to American gas, the US media hastened to announce the launch of Obama’s oil and gas offensive against Russia. In reality the EU is not currently prepared, neither technically nor [...]

Throwing stones in a glass Dacha: The West’s metal vulnerabilities

mineweb.com / By Christopher Ecclestone / April 04, 2014

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Some have accused the EU and U.S. of soft-pedaling on the Crimea/Ukraine issue. But might these economic powers think twice before stirring up too much of a ruckus? The EU is particularly vulnerable to Russia cutting off natural gas exports and the U.S. has [...]

Three Gaping Holes In the EU “Recovery” Story That Could Cost Investors Millions

news.goldseek.com / By Graham Summers / 2 April 2014

The whole “recovery” in Europe never made much sense to us.

We are told repeatedly that Europe has passed through the storm, that the EU economy and financial system are on the mend, and that Europe is now the place to be investing.

However, the fact [...]

NIGEL FARAGE: EU HAS ‘BLOOD ON ITS HANDS’ OVER UKRAINE

silverdoctors.com / By RT.com / APRIL 1, 2014

The EU has blood on its hands after meddling in the Ukrainian crisis, once again revealing its imperial ambitions, Nigel Farage, leader of the euroskeptic UK Independence Party, said in a TV debate with Britain’s deputy PM, Nick Clegg. “We should hang our heads in shame,“ Farage [...]

Saxo Bank CEO: Short The Euro As It’s A “Currency Of Mass Destruction”

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 04/01/2014 09:14 -0400

Authored by Lars Seier Christensen (CEO Saxo Bank) via his blog at TradingFloor.com,

Has The EUR Reached Its Biggest “Sell” Since Inception?

I have to admit that I have been surprised by the EUR’s resilience in recent months…

Readers of my past blogs and editorials elsewhere [...]

German Executives Denounce EU/US Leaders Over Russia Confrontation

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 03/30/2014 19:57 -0400

With at least 300,000 German jobs dependent on business relations with Russia, it is hardly surprising that, as Reuters reports, several top German executives have criticized the strategy of the U.S. and Europe in dealing with Russia fearing the consequences for their businesses. On the [...]

Far-Right Gains In French Election As Hollande’s Socialists Admit “Unquestionably A Defeat”

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 03/30/2014 15:47 -0400

A week after initial votes showed the far-right anti-Euro National Front party gaining ground in French municipal elections, it appears the ongoing disappointment in the ruling Socialists is increasing (amid record joblessness).

*FAR RIGHT MAKES FURTHER GAINS IN FRENCH MUNI ELECTIONS *MOSCOVICI SAYS TODAY’S ELECTIONS [...]

‘Unemployed EU citizens can be expelled’

Photo: DPA

thelocal.de / 27 Mar 2014 09:25 GMT+01:00

Germany has raised the prospect of expelling EU citizens who fail to find work and have no job prospects in the country.

A draft report from a government panel, which was released on Wednesday, said that even if they were EU citizens, unemployed foreigners did [...]

Ukraine Shocks Population With Staggered 100% Heating Price Increase While Restricting Cash Use

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 03/28/2014 17:23 -0400

In a TV address to his divided nation, Ukraine’s PM Yatsenyuk stunned the people by first suggesting heating prices would rise gradually, then confirming a plan that will see prices rise 100% in the next 2 years (and almost 200% by 2017) as the cost [...]

IMF and EU Capture of Ukraine

batr.org / By James Hall / March 26, 2014

It should be obvious that the recent putsch and regime change in the Ukraine inspired and backed by the U.S. shadow government, benefits the international banksters. For the average EU resident, only further economic displacement and diminished prospects can be expected from any inclusion of Ukraine [...]

If we are to be democratic about EU’s powers…

trueeconomics.blogspot.com / Saturday, March 22, 2014

In February 2014, Ipsos conducted a survey across the EU states covering voters preferences for the long-term policy they saw fit their country in relation to the future of the EU. Here is the summary of the results:

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Kto Kogo?* The NATO Syndrome, the EU’s Eastern Partnership Program, and the EAU

ronpaulinstitute.org / anne williamson / friday march 21, 2014

In 2009, Poland and Sweden, ever attentive to the US’s geostrategic goals of isolating Russia and gaining control of China thereafter, initiated the Eastern Partnership program, which its sponsors said was intended to tighten ties with former Soviet Republics, such as Moldova, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, and Ukraine. [...]

Senator Dan Coats’ Top 10 Reasons Why Russian Sanctions Suck

zerohedge.com / By Tyler Durden / March 21, 2014 11:55 -0400

Having noted the ridicule with which the Russians view the sanctions barrage between the EU and US, we thought it worth reflecting, courtesy of Senator Dan Coats, on the absurd political farce that is the entirely useless (and purely public-relations-based) war of words (and [...]

Fitch cuts Russian debt rating over possible sanctions impact

(Image credit: www.solvencyiiwire.com/Flickr)

endthelie.com / March 21, 2014

Russia’s debt rating published by Fitch Ratings was dropped from stable to negative on Friday based on the potential impact of sanctions resulting from the annexation of Crimea.

This comes after the Russian parliament unanimously ratified a treaty with Crimea that accepts the region into the [...]

EU Agrees Banking Union – Bail-Ins Cometh …

goldcore.com / By Mark O’Byrne / 21 March 2014

Early this morning European Union politicians struck a deal on legislation to create a single agency to handle failing banks and bail-ins in the Eurozone after another all night negotiating marathon ahead of a summit of EU leaders starting in Brussels today.

German Finance Minister Wolfgang [...]