Many of Europe’s and America’s biggest banks have begun begging, cap in hand, for a new, innovative way of raising vast sums of dirt-cheap debt on Europe’s financial markets.… Read More Is that the Smell of Desperation Hanging Over Europe’s Banking System?
Vast liabilities are being switched quietly from private banks and investment funds onto the shoulders of taxpayers across southern Europe. It is a variant of the tragic episode in Greece, but this time on a far larger scale, and with systemic global implications.… Read More Unpayable Debts and an Existential EU Financial Crisis – Are Eurozone Central Banks Still Solvent?
As Greece and the eurozone prepare for the worst (again), Goldman Sachs’ role in the country’s downfall has been largely forgotten, as is the much ignored fact that ECB President Mario Draghi was Vice Chairman and Managing Director at Goldman Sachs International between 2002 and 2005, the period immediately after the infamous swap arrangements were executed for the Greek government. .… Read More Forgotten History: How Goldman Sachs Helped Greece Destroy Itself
It’s time for international debtor rights, economist Michael Hudson tells The Real News Network… Read More IMF Lent to Greece Knowing It Could Never Pay Back Debt
A hot new bail-in-able debt cooked up by France’s elite corps of financial engineers … Read More Biggest EU Banks Embark on the Mother of All Debt Binges
So long as Greece remains in the Eurozone, it will not be able to reverse austerity and direct its fiscal policy towards unemployment, explains Former SYRIZA MP Costas Lapavitsas.… Read More Is Grexit Back on the Table?
“There is no clear vision of the problem and no strategy,” Italy’s bad banker-in-chief, Alessandro Penati, told a financial conference in Milan. He said he was virtually working alone on rescues that had revealed “horror stories” within some banks.… Read More Italy’s Banking Crisis Is Even Worse Than We Thought
Le Pen is campaigning on taking France out of the euro (after holding a referendum) and re-denominating the entire €2.4 trillion pile of French government debt into new franc. Then the government can just print the money it wants to spend… Read More What Would it Cost a Country to Leave the Euro? That’s What Everyone Suddenly Wants to Know
“In reality there was never a basis for hope that the toxic third bailout would be gradually rationalized, in terms that the European Commission would support Athens so that the austerity and anti-social IMF measures would relax, the IMF would force Berlin to accept debt restructuring and lower primary surpluses, and the ECB would include Greece in the bond purchase program (QE),” Varoufakis wrote… Read More Grexit 4.0? Varoufakis Urges Tsipras: Ditch Negotiations, Adopt “Parallel System”
Unless you’re a senior banker working for an insolvent bank, or an investor with sizable holdings of slowly putrefying bank shares or bonds, these taxpayer-funded bad banks are by nature a bad idea… Read More Italy’s “Bad Banks,” Created to Save the Financial System, Are Themselves on Verge of Collapse
A bank that is officially too big to fail, with over €1 trillion of “assets” on its books, just admitted that things are even worse than initially feared… Read More Is Italy’s Banking Problem Becoming Too Big to Solve?