Oct 25

- French Unemployed Hits Record High, Hollande Demands EU Budget “Must Be Adapted” (ZeroHedge, Oct 24, 2014):

France’s President Francois Hollande states confidently that “everyone should respeoct treaties,” then ‘Junckers’ it with this stunningly hypocritical bullshit, “budget rules must be adapted” to support growth and France “has done what it has to do” on its deficit… one glance at the following chart suggests that Hollande has done nothing and has been enabled by Draghi… What a farce!!

French Unemployed Hits Record High

So:

  • *HOLLANDE SAYS `EVERYONE’ SHOULD RESPECT TREATIES
  • *HOLLANDE SAYS FRANCE RESPECTS DEFICIT TREATY WITH FLEXIBILITY

But: Continue reading »

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Oct 24

- The Parrot Is Finally Dead: The Economist Does It Again (ZeroHedge, Oct 23, 2014):

With its latest “coverage” of the European economy, the Economist may have finally jumped the parrot.

The Economist - Europe's Economy

Hm, where else have we heard the “it’s only resting” excuse? Oh yes, Mr Panos of course. Continue reading »

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Oct 24

Related info:

- Dr. Paul Craig Roberts – Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov Speaks To The World (Complete English Transcript):

Dear Readers, I now have for you the complete English transcript of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s speech to the United Nations. Lavrov’s speech, together with President Putin’s remarks in his Serbian press conference (excerpts posted on this site) clearly indicate that the moral leader of the world is Russia, not Washington.

- Sergei Lavrov’s Speech At The United Nations General Assembly (Video)


- George Soros Slams Putin, Warns Of “Existential Threat” From Russia, Demands $20 Billion From IMF In “Russia War Effort” (ZeroHedge, Oct 23, 2014):

If even George Soros is getting concerned and writing Op-Eds, then Putin must be truly winning.

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Here are the highlights from what the Open Society founder has to say about the “existential” Russian threat in a just released Op-Ed: Continue reading »

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Oct 24

- Central Banker Admits Central Bank Policy Leads To Wealth Inequality (ZeroHedge, Oct 22, 2014):

Six years after QE started, and just about the time when we for the first time said that the primary consequence of QE would be unprecedented wealth and class inequality (in addition to fiat collapse, even if that particular bridge has not yet been crossed), even the central banks themselves – the very institutions that unleashed QE – are now admitting that the record wealth disparity in the world – surpassing that of the Great Depression and even pre-French revolution France - is caused by “monetary policy”, i.e., QE.

Case in point, during the Keynote speech by Yves Mersch, ECB executive board member, in Zurich on 17 October 2014 titled “Monetary policy and economic inequality” he said: Continue reading »

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Oct 23

 – Equity Levitation Stumbles After Second ECB Denial Of Corporate Bond Buying, Report Of 11 Stress Test Failures (ZeroHedge, Oct 22, 2014):

A day after a Reuters headline blast proclaimed that, in a stunning turn of events, the ECB which has barely started buying covered bond (of countries like Germany today for example, because the record low yielding Bunds clearly need help from the ECB) will also buy corporate bonds, sending the stock market soaring the most in 2014, it has now backtracked for the second time, and following a report from the FT yesterday which denied the report, the second denial came straight from Reuters itself which hours ago said that the ECB “has no concrete plans to buy corporate bonds, but this could be a way to prevent the bank from paying too much for just covered bonds and asset backed securities, ECB governing council member Luc Coene told Belgian media.” Continue reading »

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Oct 23

- Someone Didn’t Do The Math On The ECB’s Corporate Bond Purchasing “Trial Balloon” (ZeroHedge, Oct 22, 2014):

In other words, the “mega-leak” from the ECB will hardly scratch the surface in terms of the required liquidity injections, and certainly will be insufficient if at some point in the coming year, the BOJ finds it too has run out of collateral and is forced to wind down its own QE.

So after actually doing the math we wonder: how long before the market realizes Draghi’s latest bazooka was another water pistol, and how long until Reuters is forced to go with the nuclear leak – that the ECB is now considering monetizing ETFs and, gasp, stocks.

Because that, ladies and gentlemen, is the endgame here.

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Oct 22

- Battleships And Helicopters Join Hunt For Missing Submarine: Sweden Prepares To “Use Weapons To Surface Sub” (ZeroHedge, Oct 21, 2014):

Sweden’s military has announced that if it finds a suspect foreign vessel in the Stockholm archipelago, it is prepared to force it to the surface “with weapons if necessary”. “Our aim now is to force whatever it is up to the surface… with armed force, if necessary,” he added. He added that submarines are “extremely difficult” to find, and that Sweden has never succeeded in the past when it came to tracking them down. “And no one else has either,” he added.  If the sub is indeed Russian, it would be quite a hit for Sweden, which in more than a decade of hunting Russian U-boats in the 1980s and early nineties, never succeeded in capturing one, except in 1981 when the U137 ran aground several miles from one of Sweden’s largest naval bases, triggering an embarrassing diplomatic stand-off for Russia.

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Oct 22

- Germany’s Merkel Agrees with ‘Angry’ Slovak Leader that Ukraine Bums EU to Pay for Russian Gas (Washington’s Blog, Oct 21, 2014):

But Merkel says EU taxpayers will have to subsidize Ukraine.

On October 21st, the German Economic News  headlined (as translated), “Merkel: EU Taxpayers Should Finance Debt of Ukraine,” and reported that, “Angela Merkel visited [Slovakia's Prime Minister] Robert Fico on Monday [in the Slovak capital of Bratislava]. Both leaders demand that Kiev should take more responsibility,” and not push the EU to pay Ukraine’s past-due gas bills from Russia’s Gazprom. Continue reading »

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Oct 21

- Living The Grecovery Dream: Two Jobless Parents, Two Kids, One Cat All Living In A Car (ZeroHedge, Oct 20, 2014):

Squeezed between steering wheel, handbrake, door and dashboard, Katerina reads in her history book, takes notes for school. Next to her, on the driver’s seat, cat Eddy stares right in the camera lens. It may look like a cute snapshot on a sunny day, if it wasn’t for a sad detail: a withering spring stuck in a roll of toilet paper.  A distinctive memory of a former normal life that turned into a grim reality for a family of four.

At night the seat where Katerina sits during the day turns into a bed for her sister Fay. Cat Eddy cuddles with Katerina on the back seat. Father Nikos and mother Maria sleep in shifts on the driver’s seat. When the one parent is in the car, the other spends the night on a bench of the park where the car has been parked, on a side road of Irakleio suburb of West Athens. “It’s dangerous when it gets dark,” Maria says “we have to watch out.”

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Oct 21

- Mysterious ‘Russian sub’ off Sweden may be Dutch – Defense Ministry source (RT, Oct 20, 2014): 

Swedish authorities reportedly searching for a Russian submarine in its waters are probably looking in the wrong direction. The sub is probably Dutch, a source in the Russian Defense Ministry told RT.

Earlier Swedish media reported that the nation’s navy is looking for a submarine in the Baltic Sea, possibly belonging to Russia.

Russia said there was no substance in reports of the Russian connection in the story. Continue reading »

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Oct 20

- ​Sweden deploys troops near Stockholm due to alleged underwater threat (RT, Oct 18, 2014):

Sweden’s armed forces have deployed planes and ships in the waters near the country’s capital due to possible “foreign underwater activity” in the Stockholm archipelago, said the country’s military.

The counter-intelligence operation was carried on Friday night and will continue all Saturday, the country’s military said.

“This will continue until we consider that we are done,” Jesper Tengroth, press officer for the Swedish army, told Swedish TT news agency, as cited by The Local. Continue reading »

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Oct 20

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- Europe’s Fatal Flaw Laid Bare For All To See. Again. (The Automatic Earth, Oct , Oct 17, 2014):

markets, at the end of last week, sort of refound their – shaky – feet, oil up a dollar, EU exchanges up 3% or so, Greece even up over 7%, while interestingly gold didn’t move much at all during the wild week (no safe haven), and most movement was perhaps, through all the see-saw, in bonds. To sum up the week: panic followed by plunge protection teams. And now the ‘leaders’ hope plunge protection will save another day too.

And they may. Germany sinks a bit, but Germany is strong. US housing is at least not falling further, but US consumer spending stalls and drops. The deep dark weakness has not yet hit the big economies. But the nerves are back. Volatility is back with a vengeance. As it should. And that will paint the picture going forward, plunge protection or not. Da markets will come again and again and dare central banks to plunge protect. Continue reading »

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Oct 19

- Kudos To Herr Weidmann For Uttering Three Truths In One Speech (David Stockman’s Contra Corner, Oct 17, 2014):

Once in a blue moon officials commit truth in public, but the intrepid leader of Germany’s central bank has delivered a speech which let’s loose of three of them in a single go. Speaking at a conference in Riga, Latvia, Jens Weidmann put the kibosh on QE, low-flation and central bank interference in pricing of risky assets.

These days the Keynesian chorus in favor of policy activism is so boisterous that a succinct statement to the contrary rarely gets through – especially at Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street yarn factory. But here’s what penetrated even Brian Blackstone’s filters:

“The biggest bottleneck for growth in the euro area is not monetary policy, nor is it the lack of fiscal stimulus: it is the structural barriers that impede competition, innovation and productivity,” he said.

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Oct 18

- Strange Liaisons? Putin Visits Berlusconi’s Home At 3am After Warning Merkel Of Gas Squeeze (ZeroHedge, Oct 17, 2014):

It appears Bunga-Bunga boy still has something to offer the international elite. After a lengthy meeting with Germany’s Angela Merkel (at a hotel in Milan) where Putin warned of “big transit risks” in delivery of Europe’s gas as Ukraine is “starting to siphon off our gas from the export pipeline,” and threatening to respond by “reducing flows by the amount stolen;” Putin decided the place to be was 78-year-old Berlusconi’s house at 3am. Finally, it is worth noting that Ukraine’s President Poroshenko was scheduled to meet with Frau Merkel this morning – we assume to plead his case for why gas transit should flow through his nation (and beg for some more support).

As Bloomberg reports, Continue reading »

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Oct 18

One reader at RT commented:

“Swiss is quickly becoming an oasis in the vast desertification of eurozone.”

… but only an oasis for the rich and powerful, …

… at least that is what reports that are coming in on my end tell me.

I’ve also been told that you cannot go there anymore, because it simply has become far to expensive.

Will Switzerland be (again) a refuge for elite when the financial collapse (and WW3) will take place?


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- Switzerland cuts growth forecast, blames slowing Europe & geopolitical crisis (RT, Oct 16, 2014):

Even the Swiss economy isn’t immune to the “fragile and vulnerable eurozone” and has cut growth forecasts for this year and next. The government points its finger at weak exports to Germany and geopolitical crisis in Ukraine and the Middle East.

The Swiss government has cut back its GDP expectation to 1.8 percent from 2.0 percent growth in 2014, the second revision this year, the State Secretariat for Economics (SECO) said in a statement Thursday. Continue reading »

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Oct 17

- Putin: If Ukraine siphons gas from pipeline, Russia will reduce Europe supplies (RT, Oct 16, 2014):

Moscow will reduce gas supplies if Kiev starts siphoning deliveries destined for Europe, said Russia’s President Vladimir Putin during a visit to Serbia.

“There are large transit risks. If we see that our Ukrainian partners start illegally taking our gas from the export pipeline as it was in 2008, we will equally reduce the amount of supply as happened in 2008,” warned Putin on Thursday at a news conference in Belgrade, stressing he was “hopeful” it would not come to that.

However, the Russian president pledged that Moscow will supply enough gas to Europe this winter.

“I can tell you for sure, and I am saying with absolute responsibility, there will be no crisis in Europe due to the fault of Russian participants in energy cooperation,” Putin stressed.

“Russia has always been a reliable supplier, we have enough resources.” Continue reading »

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Oct 16

- European Stocks Plunge, Enter Correction (-11% From Record Highs) (ZeroHedge, Oct 15, 2014):

Greece (-6.5% today), Italy (-4.4%), Spain (-3.6%), and Portugal (-3.2%) all saw major stock price collapses today dragging the broad European Stoxx 600 index down 11.4% from its highs just 18 days ago… All European stock indices are now red for 2014

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All European national stock indices are red YTD… Continue reading »

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Oct 16

Greece Is Crashing (ZeroHedge, Oct 15, 2014):

As we explained in detail yesterday, between governments hopes to exit the bailout program early (in order to save their election) – which the market does not like the idea of – and fears over the reality of OMT, Greek markets are tumbling. Greek stocks are down over 9% – the biggest plunge in 6 years and bond yields are surging… it appears the market is demanding Draghi get back to work as the “whatever it takes” gains have been halved (Greek stocks -35% from March 2014 highs). Continue reading »

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Oct 16

US, European Stocks Collapse As Oil Tests $80 Handle, 10Y Hits 2.15% (ZeroHedge, Oct 15, 2014):

Blood in the leveraged momo streets. Nikkei was crushed overenight as USDJPY could not hold 107. European stock indices are tumbling led by weakness in Spain, Portugal, and Italy. The peripheral bond markets are also getting crushed (spreads wider by 15-20bps). This has bled over into US equities with Nasdaq leading the way lower. Treasury yields are collapsing (10Y tests below 2.15%). The USD is modestly lower but oil is continuing to collapse testing the $80 handle for WTI. Continue reading »

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Oct 16

Reality is still the same, only the GDP figures are different.

Mission accomplished!


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- Sex, drugs and…Hookers and dope bring Italy out of recession (RT, Oct 15, 2014):

Illegal economic activities such as drugs and prostitution are apparently responsible for having lifted Italy out of economic recession. EU data calculations have demonstrated that the black market has significantly boosted GDP figures.

Italy is technically no longer in economic recession because of the addition of figures from illegal activities.

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Oct 16

- Experts Slam Inconclusive German Glyphosate Risk Assessment (Sustainable Pulse, Oct 10, 2014)

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Oct 15

- German economy in ‘choppy waters’, as growth forecast slashed to 1.2% (RT, Oct 14, 2014):

The German Ministry of Economic Affairs has slashed its forecast of growth this year to 1.2 percent, which is mounting evidence that Europe’s biggest economy is losing steam.

The numbers released Tuesday are a significant downward revision from the 1.8 percent growth expected earlier in the year. Growth for 2015 was also revised down to 1.3 percent from 2 percent, the ministry said. Continue reading »

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Oct 14

- China, Russia Sign CNY150 Billion Local-Currency Swap As Plunging Oil Prices Sting Putin (ZeroHedge, Oct 13, 2014):

While it is beyond a doubt that the primary catalyst for Europe’s triple-dip recession has been the nearly two quarters and counting of escalating Russian sanctions that were supposed to solely harm Putin (because who could have possibly foreseen that plunging German exports to Russia would have a far greater impact on the export-driven German economy), the truth is that the Kremlin itself is starting to hurt, if not so much as a result of the European trade embargo but mostly due to crashing oil prices, which have been driven lower almost exclusively by Saudi Arabia as part of its most recent secret bargain with the US, a bargain which as we read today is likely to tear OPEC apart.

One place where Russia has been hit the hardest as a result of tumbling oil prices, is the crashing currency, with the Ruble hitting new record lows against the USD on a daily basis. In fact, as Bloomberg reports, Russia has been forced to spend a whopping $6 billion in just the past 10 days to slow down the tumble of the RUB: Continue reading »

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Oct 13

- Why Tomorrow It Could Get Even Worse (ZeroHedge, Oct 13, 2014):

While today’s market dump was certainly dramatic, it was a function of the scant liquidity in the market (as we warned would be the case first thing) and outsized moves following last week’s mauling, not the result of any fundamental (or not so fundamental) news.

That could change tomorrow, and change for the worse, because as Barclays reminds us, tomorrow is when the European Court of Justice (ECJ) is scheduled to hear testimony on the ECB’s non-existent Outright Monetary Transactions program (OMT). Recall that the OMT is the imaginary (again: non-existent) byproduct of Draghi’s “whatever it takes” speech: a byproduct that was supposed to exist purely in the imaginary realm (as it was merely a verbal bluff, one which was never meant to be actually activated), and never actually take practical shape (hence, why the OMT’s legal term sheet still does not exist, over two years later).

Sadly for Draghi, and the entire Deus Ex theater that managed to send European peripheral bonds from record wides yields to record low, tomorrow it will attain some much dreaded shape.

And while a ruling on the legal questions forwarded by Germany’s Constitutional Court is not expected this year, the hearing and questions posed by EU judges may give some early insights into their views and to what extent they might share the view of the German court that, unless several restrictions are imposed, the OMT should be considered illegal under European law. Continue reading »

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Oct 13

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- Saudi Arabia’s “Oil-Weapon” Hits Europe (ZeroHedge, Oct 12, 2014):

We first exposed the “secret” US-Saudi deal in September which led to the inevitable bombing of Syria. We then progressed to explain the quid pro quo of the deal in lower oil prices (benefiting US consumers into an election and crushing Russian revenues). In today’s Wall Street Journal we get the final piece of the puzzle as it is clear that what Saudi Arabia loses in ‘price’ it will make up in ‘volume’ as The Kingdon is taking the unusual step of asking buyers to commit to maximum shipments if they want to get its crude. Simply put, “they are threatening [European] buyers” to discontinue sales if they don’t agree with the full fixed deliveries. The ‘oil weapon’ grows stronger… Continue reading »

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Oct 13

- Draghi The Dictator: “Working With The Germans Is Impossible” (ZeroHedge, Oct 12, 2014):

The war of words between Europe’s unelected monetary-policy dictator Mario Draghi and Germany’s “but it’s us that pays for all this” Bundesbank has been gaining momentum since Jens Weidmann penned his Op-Ed slamming Draghi’s OMT ‘whatever it takes’ as “too close to state financing” in 2012. A week ago, Weidmann stepped up the rhetoric by claiming ECB policy is “hostage to politics” and has lost its indepdendence – warning Draghi’s dictatorial policies were leading Europe down a “dangerous path.” But now, as pressure grows from the Spanish (record unemployment, record bad debt, record low yields), Italian (record unemployment, record debt-to-GDP, record low yields) and French (record unemployment, treaty-busting-deficits, record low yields) for Draghi to monetize more assets, he has struck back in Focus magazine, blasting Weidmann is “impossible” to work with because the Germans “say no to everything.” Dis-union… Continue reading »

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Oct 10

Related info:

- CDC Suggests ‘Hermetically Sealed Coffins’ For Ebola Victims – AKA ‘FEMA Coffins’

Goverment Emergency Manager: ‘Ebola Outbreak is Being Conducted On Purpose; Violates All Protocols’ (Video)


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- Ebola Pandemic Hits Germany, Turkey, And Australia As Infected Spanish Nurse Went Un-Quarantined For A Week (ZeroHedge, Oct 9, 2014):

Despite the still confident exclamations from officials that the Ebola pandemic is ‘contained’, more and more nations are admitting to Ebola-symptomatic cases or bringing infected patients back from Africa for treatment. Australia has its first potential case of the deadly disease, as Bloomberg reports a nurse who returned from volunteering in Africa has developed Ebola-like symptoms. Despite claims that Nigeria’s outbreak is over, a Turkish worker there has been hospitalized in Istanbul after signs of high fever and diarrhea. Health officials from Germany confirm a 3rd Ebola patient has arrived in the country – having contracted the disease in Liberia. And finally, just as in the sad case of Thomas Duncan in Dallas, The Guardian reports the infected Spanish nurse went untreated and unquarantined for a week despite reporting symptoms at least three times to hospital officials. It seems the world is ill-prepared for this…

Bloomberg reports, a nurse who treated Ebola patients with the Red Cross in Sierra Leone was hospitalized in Australia after developing a low-grade fever, health officials said. She is being tested for the deadly virus.

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Oct 10

- Argentina Dares to Call a Spade a Spade – Naming Western Greed Economy As “Economic Terrorism” (Information Clearinghouse, Oct 7, 2014):

October 07, 2014 “ICH” – “Today you pretend making a coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), but in fact you’re their allies,” Those are the frank words by Cristina Fernandez Kirchner, the Argentinian President, spoken in a calm and secure voice at the UN General Assembly last Friday, 3 October 2014.

Similarly, she referred to the western financial system as economic terrorism, as in vultures – the vulture funds that thanks to New York judge Griesa have put Argentina – a solvent country, willing and capable of paying their debt, in default. He ruled that the vulture funds, Griesa’s clients and paymasters, needed to be paid in full, i.e. 100%, equal to US$ 1.5 billion, when close to 93% of all creditors agreed on a restructured reimbursement rate of about 20%. Continue reading »

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Oct 10

- Serious Financial Trouble Is Erupting In Germany And Japan (Economic Collapse, Oct 8, 2014):

There are some who believe that the next great financial crash will not begin in the United States.  Instead, they are convinced that a financial crisis that begins in Europe or in Japan (or both) will end up spreading across the globe and take down the U.S. too.  Time will tell if they are ultimately correct, but even now there are signs that financial trouble is already starting to erupt in both Germany and Japan.  German stocks have declined 10 percent since July, and that puts them in “correction” territory.  In Japan, the economy is a total mess right now.  According to figures that were just released, Japanese GDP contracted at a 7.1 percent annualized rate during the second quarter and private consumption contracted at a 19 percent annualized rate.  Could a financial collapse in either of those nations be the catalyst that sets off financial dominoes all over the planet? Continue reading »

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Oct 10


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Interview with Udo Ulfkotte, former editor of one of Germany’s main daily publications, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

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