Gazprom’s AAA Credit Rating Ensures Cheap Credit for China Projects

What Russian and China basically did was create new rating agencies to give each other legitimacy. Here we now have the end result. As the U.S. suicidally declines, look for these to gain traction.

 

MOSCOW, February 2 (Sputnik) — Gazprom’s AAA investment rating with Chinese rating agency Dagong will help reduce the costs of obtaining Chinese loans, which in turn will help to ensure the completion of the energy companies’ projects with China, BCS financial analyst Kirill Tachennikov told Sputnik on Monday. Continue reading

Fitch downgrades European rescue fund EFSF

Fitch Ratings has cut its credit grade for the European fund that provides rescue loans to Greece, Ireland and Portugal.

The agency says it lowered the rating for the European Financial Stability Facility – or EFSF- by one notch from AAA to AA+ as a result of its downgrade of France last week. The EFSF’s creditworthiness depends on that of the countries that provide its financing, which includes France. Continue reading

EU Plans to Withhold Funds From Hungary

Hungary — quite possibly the next target of the German-dominated EU.

Hungary appears to be turning into the next Greece. The country has failed to reduce its deficit, and today the European Commission reacted. The executive arm of the European Union has announced a proposal to withhold from Hungary $655 million in EU development funds.

“The commission took a decision today to propose to partially suspend commitments of the EU Cohesion Fund for Hungary from January next year onwards because of non-compliance with the latest council recommendation in January to correct its excessive deficit,” said Olli Rehn, EU commissioner for economic and monetary affairs.

This is the first time the European Commission has taken such an action against one of its members as punishment for an excessive deficit.

Though EU officials portray today’s action as an encouragement rather than a punishment, the greater truth is that the European Union is now wielding tremendous power over nations that were formerly sovereign—especially those that are poorer. Expect Hungary’s sovereignty to fade away just as Greece’s has, and for EU authority to continue to strengthen.

Full article: EU Plans to Withhold Funds From Hungary (The Trumpet)