U.S. organizations promote human trafficking to Europe
„Become an escape helper“! With this slogan an organization is acquiring volunteers and this invitation is creating a lot of noise in the media.1
The web site www.fluchthelfer.in (note: “fluchthelfer” translates roughly “escape helper”) looks professional – starting with the web design and ending with ad banners – everything seems sophisticated and high-end. Continue reading »
On Sunday, we highlighted a keynote speech delivered in California last week at the Reagan National Defense Forum by a man who isn’t afraid to venture into the “danger zone” (so to speak):
Yes, that’s Ash Carter in a V-22 Osprey hovering above the USS Theodore Roosevelt and that rather hilarious snapshot was taken just days before the Pentagon boss warned that Moscow may intend to nuke the US (and no, that’s not us being hyperbolic, he actually suggested that) and that Washington needs to be careful to monitor China’s “rise.” Continue reading »
Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel setzt ihre Politik der offenen Arme fort: Beim Afrika-Gipfel der EU will sie mit den Staatschefs darüber sprechen, wie man „junge Afrikaner legal in Deutschland aufnehmen“ kann. Außerdem will sie den Staaten Afrikas „neue finanzielle Mittel anbieten“.
Angela Merkel will next week formally speak at their meetings in Africa on how it will be possible to legally take young Africans in Germany. She announced on her weekly podcast. The interviewer, Carina Sprungk, a political scientist at the Free University Berlin presented the following question:
Madam Chancellor, in the next week you go to the EU-Africa Summit on migration issues in Malta.There should be talked about the problems, but also about the opportunities of migration.And it should also be clear that the countries of origin, transit and destination countries together bear responsibility for migration.What do you mean by a shared responsibility of these countries, and what specific items you’re traveling to Malta?
As part of its third bailout from this summer when the party that was elected on an anti-austerity, “no more debt” platform caved to Europe’s every demand (under the threat of deposit confiscation and bank failure) and promised to unleash even more “austerity”, while raising Greek debt to 200% of GDP over the next few years, Athens was supposed to get its first €2 billion installment of the first €26 billion tranche for discretionary spending purposes sometime around now.
Unfortunately, it isn’t, if only for the time being, for the simple reason that – surprise – it hasn’t implemented most of the reforms demanded under the terms of the Third bailout agreement. Continue reading »
After reading the title, you may think it is describing the phenomenon that Europe has recently been facing: the hundreds of thousands of refugees, both victims of the hardships of civil wars and opportunists, who are invading the Balkans by land and by sea and then making their way further, trying to reach richer countries like Germany, France and Scandinavia by any means possible.
It would seem that this stream of refugees has objective reasons: armed conflicts and wars have been going on in Libya, Syria and Iraq for many years, while the situation is also turbulent in Palestine and Afghanistan. In Tunisia and Egypt, meanwhile, both of which experienced the Arab Spring, the situation also leaves much to be desired. Hardly anybody is taking notice of Bahrain, where opposition protests have been brutally suppressed for years, while in Yemen, air strikes are even being carried out on wedding processions. The location of these two states is not very convenient, however – there is simply nowhere to flee. There is also another important detail: camps are being built for Muslim refugees in Saudi Arabia, but nobody is going there for some reason. As a last resort, they stay in Jordan and Turkey. Continue reading »
Merkel’s refugee policy has really divided Europe, no less her own country. This issue appears staged to bring about her downfall. It was 17 days ahead of the ECM turning point on September 13 (2 x 8.6) when Merkel reimposed border controls; the cornerstone of Europe was to be the freedom of movement. She has certainly divided Europe. It is starting to appear that her days are numbered. Continue reading »
Billionaire investor George Soros has confirmed he wants to bring down Europe’s borders, following the accusation made last week by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
Last week, Mr Orban accused Mr Soros – who was born in Hungary – of deliberately encouraging the migrant crisis.
“This invasion is driven, on the one hand, by people smugglers, and on the other by those (human rights) activists who support everything that weakens the nation-state,” Mr Orban said. Continue reading »
BRUSSELS—The European Union is predicting that 3 million more migrants could arrive in the 28-nation bloc by the end of next year, with the refugee emergency already providing a stern test of EU capacities to offer shelter and welcome.
More than 700,000 people have come to Europe seeking sanctuary or jobs so far this year, overwhelming reception centers and border authorities.
EU autumn economic forecasts released on Thursday show that based on current migrant entries and a “technical assumption” about future flows, arrival rates are unlikely to slow before 2017. Continue reading »
Greece’s Public Power Company is angry. The amount of unpaid bills by its customers has reached the astronomic EUR 2.5 billion. The PPC is so angry that it plans to cut the power to those without outstanding debts as soon as possible – a whopping 2.1 million Greeks face darkness.
As KeepTakingGreece reports, many Greeks cannot afford to pay the bi-monthly bill mostly because the amount to be paid doubles due to added extra fees like emissions, green-whatever, municipality fees, state tv fees, etc.Continue reading »
“This sums up the game being played on all law abiding Euro citizens…..with USA getting the same treatment firstly from the South and latterly from Obama’s promise to take a load of them from Turkey/Syria/Iraq….”
Let me explain what you’re not seeing reported about the European situation right here, right now.
There are millions of immigrants coming into the EU. Germany alone has apparently taken in close to 800,000. The story being sold to the population is that these are just people from a war-ravaged part of the world seeking a better life. The first part may be true, the rest is bunk. There are, on some weekends, over ten thousand migrants coming over one border (Hungary) alone and virtually none have an interest in remaining there. They are all concentrating in the places where they believe the handouts (not opportunity) will be greatest.
But that is not the bad part. No, the bad part is that these are not, for the most part, refugees from a war. The demography doesn’t match that profile; war refugees trend female, very young (children) and very old (men past the age of productive resistance to the war in their own country.) These “refugees” are the exact polar opposite of that demographic profile; they trend male and of fighting age.Continue reading »
Germany now is somewhere at the edge of anarchy and sliding towards civil war, or to become a banana republic without any government, says Hansjoerg Mueller of the Alternative for Germany party.
In an interview after the call with RT.com, Hansjoerg Mueller highlights just how divided the nation is beocming…
RT: He says he’s going to send them to Berlin, but does he have the power?
Hansjoerg Mueller: The person who wants to send them to Berlin is Mr. Dreier. He is the district head of Landshut, a town close to Munich. Usually he does not have the power, but we are not living in usual times. What we are now looking at is more and more Germany sliding towards anarchy. In this situation I think less and less is determined by law, more and more is determined by who acts. And the person who acts in fact has the power. So if he sends … refugees to Berlin, he sends them!
Bavarian official Peter Dreier called German Chancellor Angela Merkel to tell her personally that if Germany welcomes a million refugees, his town of Landshut will only take in around 1,800.
Any extra will be put on buses and sent to her Chancellery in Berlin.
(Why is it that most of those refugees are young males? Shouldn’t they mainly consist of women & children and elderly people? You wouldn’t believe how many of those migrants have ‘lost’ their passports and own the newest iPhone. And it is not reported in the media that several states in Germany have already declared a state of emergency, because those mainly young male migrants just go into supermarkets and stores, eat and drink whatever they want and take with them whatever they want, leaving a total mess. Many supermarkets/stores refuse to open without police protection and will not let more than 6 refugees inside. Many stores are not even filling up the shelves anymore. Police forces are totally overstretched. Fights between migrants are constantly breaking out on a daily basis, needing hundreds of police just to get things back under control. Then refugees are just disappearing, even entire camps just have disappeared. Also German police forces have found 3 containers full of weapons.)
A week ago, we showed a video of what we hoped was not representative of the general sentiment among Germans towards the refugee crisis as two ladies suggested, “Every year 2-3 million arrive…it’s generally about foreign infiltration.” Now we have the other side as the following video shows a muslim man threatening a German that “his daughter will wear a headscarf and marry a Muslim and that Germans stand no chance with their low birth rate,” adding that muslims will will “conquer Europe not with weapons, but with birth rates.”
This, according to the mulsimman in the video, is the alleged punishment by Allah, the almighty god himself, for the acts of “colonizing and exploiting their countries so they can drive Mercedes and have digital cameras”.
Austrian lawmaker Susanne Winter did something she probably shouldn’t have last week.
It started when someone named Oehlmann Hans- Jörg wrote the following on Winter’s Facebook page:
“The Zionist money Jews are the global problem. Europe, and in particular Germany, are now getting what they deserve from Zionist Jews, particularly rich Zionist Jews in the USA, for the century-long persecution of Jews in Europe. According to the Zionists, Europe, particularly Germany, should be cut off as economic competitors to the US.”
While it’s not entirely clear what Hans- Jörg is trying to communicate there in terms of specifics, the overall message seems clear and Winter apparently supports it. Here’s her response: Continue reading »
“The conditions in the economies of the rest of the world have undoubtedly proved weaker compared with a few months ago, in particular in the emerging economies. Global growth forecasts have been revised downwards. This slowdown is probably not temporary.”
Undoubtedly, the most amusing this about the prospect of more easing from the ECB (as telegraphed by Mario Draghi last week) and the BoJ (where Haruhiko Kuroda just jeopardized his status as monetary madman par excellence by failing to expand stimulus) is that both Europe and Japan both recently slid back into deflation despite trillions in central bank asset purchases.
In other words, the market expects both Draghi and Kuroda to double- and triple- down on policies that clearly aren’t working when it comes to altering inflation expectations and/or boosting aggregate demand. Indeed, both Goldman and BofAML said as much last week. For those who missed it, here’s Goldman’s take Continue reading »
This week, the European Parliament voted to offer Edward Snowden asylum and protection and drop all criminal charges against him. When at one time most of the world was bullied by the US government into pressing charges against Snowden and forcing him into exile, the entire European continent has now officially given him a pass.
Thursday’s 285 – 281 vote officially recognized Snowden as an “international human rights defender” and ensured that he would be free from arrest within European borders. Continue reading »
“NATO military planning generates confrontational approaches to security issues that in our view should belong to the past. The creeping increase in NATO’s military presence on our frontiers [is] testing [our] patience.”
Russia’s dramatic intervention in Syria has served to push the conflict in Ukraine (a country that is now partially governed by Star Wars characters) to the back of the world’s collective mind. After all, separatists exchanging fire with government forces and/or far-right “volunteer” battalions every couple of days against a dreary backdrop of rundown Eastern European towns isn’t nearly as exciting as Sukhois dropping bombs on sword-waving desert bandits and so, Ukraine’s crisis has gradually receded into the background.
That said, it’s important to remember that one of the principal reasons for deteriorating relations between Moscow and the West is the conflict in Ukraine. Continue reading »
For now, negative rates as a policy tool remain a “work in progress”, judging by the current inflation levels across Europe. But the rise in household savings rates amid so much central bank support is paradoxical to us, and mimics what we highlighted in the credit market earlier this year. Companies in Europe are deleveraging, not releveraging, and are buying back bonds not stock. Continue reading »
Most Americans like to believe that the citizens of Europe have been completely disarmed by their governments, but that’s only partially true. Gun rights vary considerably from nation to nation, and guns can still be had, even in places with strict laws. However, a very interesting trend has emerged in those places.
Despite how hard it is to attain these weapons in countries like Austria, firearms are currently being sold there in record numbers much like they are in the United States. But instead of the threat of confiscation, this trend is being fueled by the refugee crisis. According to a Czech TV report, pretty much all of the long guns in the country have been sold out for the past three weeks. One gun merchant revealed that most of the buyers are women who want to protect themselves, and those who can’t buy firearms are buying up pepper spray. Continue reading »
Austria will build a fence along its border with European Union (EU) neighbour Slovenia to help stem the migrant invasion now flooding Europe, Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner said today. Both countries are part of the passport-free Schengen zone and remain key transit countries for hundreds of thousands of mostly young, Muslim men trying to reach northern Europe via the Balkans.
Slovenia, the main entry point into Austria, also said it was ready to build a fence, meaning the two countries will follow Hungary in trying to seal their frontiers, thus threatening to block the land route used by migrants from the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa now invading Europe. Continue reading »
Europe has unleashed yet another monetary panic, and nowhere is it more visible than in what happened today across the short end of Europe’s government curve. As the table below shows, more than half of European sovereign issuers just saw the yield on their 2 Year Notes trade not only below zero, but hit never before seen negative yields!
“This is the modern day implementation of the Brezhnev Doctrine. This is exactly what happened to states living inside the USSR . What is being made clear here with Greece and indeed with Portugal is that a country only has democratic rights if it’s in favour of the [European] project. If not, those rights are taken away. Continue reading »
In the latest, and perhaps most unexpected, twist in Europe’s refugee crisis, at least seven hundred of the roughly 4,000 asylum-seekers who had initially been accomodated by the German state of Lower Saxony have “mysteriously disappeared” according to a survey in the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung (NOZ).
After escalating for months, Europe’s refugee crisis hit its most serious tipping point yet, when when earlier today European Union leaders held a mini-summit on Sunday debating whether to send hundreds of guards to its borders with the western Balkans, as well as deploying more ships off Greece, as the bloc seeks to balance Germany’s welcome for refugees with tougher security measures.
So far, over 680,000 migrants and refugees have crossed to Europe by sea so far this year, fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, according to the International Organization for Migration. Their goal has been Germany, which has promised sanctuary, however as a result of a populist backlash and concerns over the economy, Merkel’s popularity has taken a major hit, sliding to the lowest level in four years.
“Note what’s happened here. The will of the people is now being characterized as a “false signal” to “financial institutions, investors, and markets.”
In other words, what voters want means nothing. This is about what “markets” and “financial instiutions” want. What the electorate wants is nothing more than a “false signal.”
This is precisely what we predicted would happen should the political situation in Portugal not unfold in a way that pleases Berlin and Brussels. Germany and, to a lesser extent, the IMF are now in complete control of the European political process. There’s no “democracy” left. It’s either get with the austerity program and stick with it, or face the consequences which, as we saw with Greece, could entail the closure of banks and the willful destruction of the economy. “
On Thursday evening, we took a close look at how the political landscape has changed in Portugal following inconclusive elections held earlier this month.
For those unaware, the worry in Brussels has always been that either Spain, Portugal or, in a less likely scenario, Italy, would go the way of Greece by electing politicians that would seek to roll back austerity, shun fiscal rectitude, and demand debt relief.
As we’ve noted on any number of occasions over the past nine months, that’s why Berlin adopted such a hardline approach to negotiations with Alexis Tsipras and Yanis Varoufakis. There was never any hope of setting Athens on a “sustainable path.” It was always about deterring more “meaningful” states from going the Syriza route. Continue reading »