The crisis has reached Germany, warns ECB president

By LUIS MIRANDA | THE REAL AGENDA | NOVEMBER 8, 2012

Mario Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank (ECB), said Wednesday that the effects of the crisis are beginning to be felt in the German economy, which until now had remained largely untouched by the difficulties experienced by other European nations.

In a statement, Draghi said that Germany had remained somehow unaffected by the crisis and that many of the problems seen in other countries had not extended their tentacles to the country. The difficulties in the rest of the euro zone, especially in countries such as Spain, Greece, Italy and Portugal have been more visible, while Germany was seen as the ‘untouched one’.

“But recent data suggest that these events are beginning to affect the German economy,” Draghi said in a speech in Frankfurt on the eve of the meeting on interest rates from the ECB.

In this respect, the Italian banker said that given Germany’s openness, it is not a surprise that the country is affected by the slowdown in the rest of the euro zone, especially when 40% of GDP comes from direct trade between Germany and the rest of the region. Additionally, about 65% of foreign direct investment in the country comes from other euro countries.

“The financial events in Germany are the mirror image of the financial situation in the rest of the euro zone and this means that measures to ensure the stability of the euro zone as a whole will also benefit Germany,” he added. Draghi sought to justify recent austerity measures imposed by the Euro bankers on nations that requested bailouts for their banking system or the governments themselves.

The ECB president reiterated his defense of the decisions taken by the institution, particularly in the case of the direct purchase of debt from countries that formally request it. He said that this move “sent a clear signal to the markets that fears about the euro zone are baseless”. Draghi miss the point — most likely intentionally — regarding the actions taken by the government in Brussels. That is, none of the measures adopted so far have visibly accomplished anything.

Under the current policies neither Europe nor any other region or country in the world will be able to come out of the debt hole. This is even more true when countries and their governments are guaranteed that financial rescues are waiting for them as long as they follow economic and financial policies crafted by the unelected European technocrats. As mentioned here before, the bankers actions are comparable to combating a raging fire by pouring fuel over it.

Draghi then tried to emphasized that the purchases of debt, although unlimited, are not random. “It is important to emphasize that unlimited does not mean uncontrolled,” he said. Later Draghi stressed the indispensable condition that countries request the intervention of the ECB and that they fully accept the conditions offered through the European Stability Mechanism plan which conditions the so-called financial rescue to the intervention of the International Monetary Fund.

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Rothschild bets on the Euro zone Collapse

Meanwhile, financial publications forecast a Greece style rescue for Spain.

By LUIS MIRANDA | THE REAL AGENDA | AUGUST 21, 2012

If there was any doubt on anyone’s mind that the Euro zone will collapse, this is the time to change your mind. Not only is the main stream media predicting more financial rescues for EU nations, but one of the most influential bankers from one of the most influential families in Europe has now bet against the recovery of the Euro.

Lord Jacob Rothschild, from the Rothschild banking mob has wager $200 million against the European currency — euro — and with it he is basically expressing his strong belief that the Euro will collapse and so will the euro zone. Lord Rothschild is a member of the dynasty that has, at least in part, ruled the world through powerful banking institutions. It is the same family that has made a killing before, during and after every single major financial crisis by using the asset and power consolidation model first seen when 5 Rothschild children were unleashed around Europe to build and manage the central banking system that rules the planet today.

According to NBC, Lord Jacob, one of the elders of the Rothschild family “has taken the position against the euro through RIT Capital Partners, the 1.9 billion pound investment trust of which he is executive chairman.” The report says that Rothschild’s position on the Euro comes as he sees the currency weakening day after day due to the many problems that European nations face, especially the sovereign debt issue, which are working as separate ailments against the single currency.

Both Italy and Spain have called for “decisive action” from the European Central Bank to curb the current crisis, especially the lack of confidence on those two nations  as their credit worthiness is downgraded by the banker created credit rating agencies. Just as it happened with Greece, Spain is finding it too difficult to pay its debt, and there are now talks emerging about a possible debt forgiving scheme to help beaten up countries remain financially alive. But the government in Brussels has been clear that it will not seek or encourage financial or fiscal amnesty for any nation.

The government in Brussels is the head the banking structure in Europe, where all banking deals are closed for European nations. According to banking sources, the EU government is not contemplating any type of payment forgiveness, because it considers that such action does not produce any revenue while it gives the wrong message about financial responsibility. This is an interesting position to have if one takes into account that the banking institutions are the entities responsible for most of the debt accrued on the debt sheets of the European nations.

Both in Europe and in North America, the rhetoric regarding the real state of the economies has experienced a 360 degree change, even on the main stream press, where both financial experts and teleprompter readers have now confessed that we have been slaves to the banking institutions for a long, long time, and that only a centralized banking entity will have the ability to solve the debt problem.

In an article published yesterday, the Wall Street Journal is assuring the public that Spain will definitely go through a financial rescue the same way that Greece did as the bankers seek to extend the painful economic and financial depression for as long as possible in every nation that belongs to the Euro zone. Editor Mary Anastasia O’Grady said that if the current crisis took too long to be solved, Spain ran the risk of having to be rescued by the central bankers, a scenario widely denied by the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

O’Grady said in her article that Spain needs to become serious about structural changes that she said are necessary to get the economy going, as well as to propose and execute clear policies that promote growth. Spain needs to “liberalize businesses” so that business owners find it attractive to take risks against extreme austerity measures and cuts that the government has implemented, which do not help address “the path of growth.” She added that Spain can recover all the potential it had, but reforms must continue deeply and seriously.

This does not seem to be the scenario envisioned by Lord Rothschild, however, since he has bet big time against the recovery of the Euro. His position contrasts talking points issued by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Central Bank head Mario Draghi, who have said they will do whatever it takes to save the euro. But not all euro members necessarily agree with the “whatever it takes” part of their speech as more divisiveness seems to be growing among European leaders about the way things should be done to save — or not — the countries that are unable to paid the banker created debt.