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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

Mar 14, [...]

GEAB N°84 is available! Europe dragged into a division of the world between debtors and creditors: the United States’ desperate solutions for not sinking alone

leap2020.eu / April 17, 2014

In the present confrontation between Russia and the West over the Ukrainian crisis, the image of the Cold War inevitably comes to mind and the media are obviously fond of it. However, contrary to what it gives us to understand, it’s not Russia that seeks the return of an iron [...]

High End Real Estate $10 million+ Still Rising

armstrongeconomics.com / By Martin Armstrong / April 17, 2014

With the banking crisis looming in Europe, the IMF behind the drive to seize wealth on a global scale, big money of individuals continues to try to get “off the grid” as they say. Real Estate over $10 million is still booming as reported by AP.

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Nigel Farage Blasts “There Is No Consent For A United States Of Europe”

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 04/16/2014 11:26 -0400

In one of his more vitriolic speeches, UKIP MEP Nigel Farage lashes out at the terrible deja vu being ‘imposed’ on supposedly democratic nations across Europe. “The whole European project is based on a falsehood… and it’s a dangerous one.. because if you try to impose [...]

S&P Futures Lift Back Into Green For 2014

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 04/16/2014 08:05 -0400

As we noted earlier, yesterday’s ramp and the continued push higher in futures overnight has been stoked by first Japan, then China, and then Europe headlines proclaiming the great news that economic data is bad enough for the central banks to come back to refill the [...]

“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 [...]

European Stocks Tumble As Investors Rush Into “Safe Haven” Italian Bonds!?

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 04/15/2014 11:46 -0400

Consumer confidence slumps in the core and Ukraine fears weighed heavily on European stocks despite getting a push from the insanity in US equity markets this morning. Europe closed at their lows of the dayled by Italy and Portugal stocks fading fast. It would appear that [...]

Predictably, Central Bankers Suggest the ‘S-Word’ … Securitization

thedailybell.com / By Staff Report / April 15, 2014

Why Europe needs the City’s financial weapons of mass destruction … There is very little chance of a market-led recovery taking hold in Europe without a revival in securitised lending to give it legs. America’s sub-prime lending boom led to the banking crisis, yet securitisation is [...]

Greece’s Grand Decoupling, the Nuclear Option and an Alternative Strategy: A comment on Münchau

yanisvaroufakis.eu / By Yanis Varoufakis / April 14, 2014

In his latest Financial Times column Wolfgang Münchau concurs with much of what I have written here (on the Greek social economy’s deep coma) and here (on the reasons why investors are piling in) but goes on to suggest that Greece should seriously consider exiting the [...]

Liberation Of Europe From Gazprom Due To Nat Gas Exports Is Nonsense, Cheniere CEO

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 04/11/2014 12:11 -0400

Despite the ongoing propoganda machine’s push for a bailout plan to ‘liberate Europe from Gazprom’s claws’, The FT reports that the head of Cheniere Energy, which is due to become the US’s first new natural gas exporter next year, said the ability of US energy to [...]

Europe Folds As Putin Tells It To Pay Ukraine’s Gazprom Bill, Or Else

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 04/11/2014 10:03 -0400

Another day ending in “y” means another day in which Putin plays the G(roup of most insolvent countries)-7 like a fiddle.

The latest: Europe should provide aid to Ukraine to ensure uninterrupted natural-gas deliveries to the region, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said as reported by Bloomberg.

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Putin Warns Europe “No Alternative… Will Cut Gas Supplies”

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 04/10/2014 – 10:29

European partners have left Russia with “no alternative” but to halt supplies of gas to Ukraine and Europe, according to a letter from Russian president Putin to European leaders.

*EUROPEAN PARTNERS LEAVE RUSSIA ‘NO ALTERNATIVE,’ PUTIN SAYS *RUSSIA TO HALT UKRAINE GAS IF PAYMENT VIOLATIONS GO [...]

Citi Warns The Leverage Clock Is Ticking

zerohedge.com / By Tyler Durden / 04/09/2014 17:45 -0400

Citi’s credit strategy team warns, for non-financial corporations – fundamentals have turned. Low interest rates have helped keep debt service burdens low but, as they suggest, releveraging tends to sneak up on you. Leverage is as high as its ever been outside recession. This may not [...]

Europe, Russia and the Gas Question

acting-man.com / By Pater Tenebrarum / April 8, 2014

‘No Alternative to Russian Gas’

Even Germany’s vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel realizes that there is no alternative to Russian gas for Germany, at least not in the near future. It should be noted to this that Germany’s energy policy has driven energy prices to the very [...]

Insubordinate ‘Maverick’ Orban Wins Another Election

acting-man.com / By Pater Tenebrarum / April 9, 2014

‘Not a Nice Guy’

We would normally be inclined to like Hungary’s Viktor Orban, not least because he is widely despised by the EUnomenklatura in Brussels. He also happens to be a staunch anti-communist, which results in Europe’s political left instinctively disliking him. Left-liberals are usually [...]

More Americans Go Hungry Than All But 2 European Nations

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 04/08/2014 21:40 -0400

Since 2007, when the financial crisis touched down across the world, the proportion of people going hungry in Europe has soared, according to the OECD. As Bloomberg’s Niraj Shah notes, the number has doubled in Greece alone from 8.9% in 2007 to almost 18% currently unable [...]

Russia’s Goal to Resurrect its Empire by 2020 & Rain of the Parade of a United Europe

armstrongeconomics.com / By Martin Armstrong / April 6, 2014

Putin has bluntly stated that the fall of the Soviet Union was the greatest tragedy of the 20th century and he was to see it resurrected (minus communism) by 2020. Russia clearly has its eyes set on bigger goals than just Ukraine. It is using [...]

End of U.S. Dollar & Collapse of Civilization as We Know It

silverdoctors.com / BY THE DOC / APRIL 7, 2014

In this interview with Finance & Liberty, the International Forecaster’s James Corbett discusses why the U.S. or Europe are unlikely to announce significant sanctions on Russia, whether you should expect to ever be able to utilize any funds held in a 401k or an IRA, and [...]

Draghi QE “Reflection” Drops Euro, Pops Bonds/Stocks

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 04/03/2014 09:21 -0400

Despite Draghi’s explanation that a QE program in Europe (due to the greater extent of bank lending vs capital market financing) would not be “as efficient” as the Fed’s program, his comment that:

*DRAGHI SAYS COUNCIL WILL REFLECT HARD ON DESIGN OF QE

Has provided just [...]

Europe’s latest policy on Irish and Greek banking losses: A tale of two swindles too similar for comfort

yanisvaroufakis.eu / By yanisv / April 1, 2014

The Irish and the Greeks are, in many ways, very different people. And yet, caught up in the Euro Crisis, our fortunes have become too close for comfort. Recently, European authorities have devised a creative new method for damaging the people of Ireland and of Greece [...]

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: Europe Has “Blood On Its Hands” Over Ukraine

zerohedge.com / By Tyler Durden / March 31, 2014 20:06 -0400

“We should hang our heads in shame,” UKIP’s Nigel Farage blasted during last week’s debate with Britain’s Deputy PM Nick Clegg, adding that it was the British government that had encouraged the EU to pursue “imperialist, expansionist” ambitions in Ukraine. Clegg’s comments on how [...]

Seeing Past the Obama Meme

thedailybell.com / By Staff Report / March 31, 2014

Chickens come home to roost for Obama … Today’s quiz: What do Vladimir Putin’s aggression and ObamaCare’s troubles have in common? OK, that was too easy. It is impossible to dismiss as mere coincidence the Russian Bear’s invasion of Ukraine and the continuing mayhem of the [...]

Obama is the Manifestation of a Multi-Generational Soviet Plot to Destroy America

thecommonsenseshow.com / By Dave Hodges / March 31, 2014

This article will demonstrate that B. Obama (Soetoro) is the manifestation of a decades-old plot designed to subvert the leadership of the United States, thus making America vulnerable to being conquered.

Is America Worth Dying For?

I loathe the government that we are forced [...]

E-Money Digital Payments Sweep Africa, Head for Europe and India

globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com / Mike “Mish” Shedlock / Sunday, March 30, 2014 8:44 PM

An interesting, but inaccurate headline appeared on the Financial Times today: Africa’s digital money heads to Europe.

A close look reveals this has little to do with “digital money” per se, but rather with monetary payments made by phone. Nonetheless, the wave [...]

Bring Out Your “Toxic Sludge” – European Loan Creation Remains At Record Low Levels

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 03/27/2014 12:19 -0400

Yesterday we reported that in an attempt to unclog Europe’s broken credit and monetary piping, European regulators are preparing to get their hands dirty by easing rules on, and unleashing, an asset class once labelled toxic sludge, i.e., all the worst of the worst debt that [...]

France Is Not Sick – Europe Is

thedailybell.com / By Staff Report / March 27, 2014

France is the ‘sick man of Europe’ … It’s France’s turn to be the “sick man of Europe,” a competition that no country wants to win. The phrase seems to have originated with Tsar Nicholas I of Russia, who wrote it in reference to the Ottoman [...]

“Unleash The Toxic Sludge” – Europe’s Latest Brilliant Idea To Fight Deflation

zerohedge.com / By Tyler Durden / March 26, 2014 15:29 -0400

By now all of our readers, if not so much the ECB (even though we know they read us religiously too), are aware that the biggest problem in Europe is the continent’s moribund, and record low, credit creationcourtesy of a clogged monetary transmission pipeline [...]

A Dark Cloud Of Disillusionment

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 03/26/2014 11:13 -0400

Submitted by James H. Kunstler of Kunstler.com,

Was it such a good thing in the post-cold-war decades that the US was regarded as the supreme sole super-power? Look what we did with that privilege: fumbled around like an overfed stumblebum, blundering from one foreign occupation to [...]

The World Is Mobilizing for War In Ukraine and Eastern Europe

thecommonsenseshow.com / Dave Hodges / March 25, 2014

Wars do not just happen by circumstance. It takes planning, training, positioning of assets, the building of alliances and coordination. This process is referred to as mobilization and a growing part of the world is participating in the coming conflict related to Putin’s intention to invade [...]