Greece’s pensioners to suffer MORE: Europe demands austerity as debt hits £268 BILLION

Desperate people campaign outside the Hilton hotel as the monied hold talks about their lives

Desperate people campaign outside the Hilton hotel as the monied hold talks about their lives

 

GREEK politicians are being told to go after the country’s already squeezed pensioners as it faces yet more austerity measures.

Germany and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have failed to make an agreement over the conditions of a new bail out package.

And while the country’s debt bubble continues to mount, as it tries to cope with the migrant crisis from 2015, its citizens are being penalised. Continue reading

Greece ‘in a corner’ as Europe blocks payment

As oft stated here, Greece will not leave the union and it’s all leading back to Berlin, the world’s next superpower, who runs the show on the continent. Worst case scenario: There could be a compromise entailing a two tier currency system that allows regional states to retain their economic sovereignty to some degree — or at least they would think.

Such an idea already has backing from Angela Merkel and if the crisis deepens — because it’s not going to magically go away — look for ideas like these to gain even more traction and possibly become reality. ‘Eurobonds‘ were also another scenario.

For further info on a plausible two tier currency system, please see the following posts:

The new Great Game: Europe looks within for roots of renewal

European Commission Plans for Greater Integration

France Is Heading For The Biggest Economic Train Wreck In Europe

Is Germany Already Signaling The Complete (Economic) Collapse Of The European Union?

 

Greece’s last-ditch attempt to get desperately-needed funds from its euro zone neighbors failed on Wednesday, but the country appears eternally optimistic that a list of reforms — as yet to materialize — will unlock vital aid.

Greece appealed for the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) to return 1.2 billion euros ($1.32 billion) it said it had overpaid when it transferred bonds intended for bank recapitalization back to the fund this month, Reuters reported Wednesday.

However, euro zone officials ruled that Greece was not legally entitled to the money, the news wire said. 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

China Considers Offering Aid in Europe’s Debt Crisis

HONG KONG — Prime Minister Wen Jiabao said Thursday that China was considering whether to work with the International Monetary Fund to play a greater role in financing Europe’s efforts to end a sovereign debt crisis, but he left it unclear whether China was willing to drop conditions that would make its help unappealing for European countries.

Mr. Wen, speaking at a press conference in Beijing after a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany on the first day of her three-day visit to China, said that officials were studying whether China should be “involving itself more” in Europe’s debt troubles through investments in the European Financial Stability Facility and the European Stability Mechanism. This could be done through the I.M.F., he said.

One idea under consideration by China in recent months is whether it could lend money to the I.M.F., which would then lend it to Europe. This would transfer the risk of a European default to the I.M.F.

Russia embraced this approach in December, but was willing to lend only $20 billion. China had $3.18 trillion in foreign exchange reserves at the end of December, dwarfing the reserves of every other country and potentially giving it the financial power to make a much bigger contribution.

Mrs. Merkel is the first of several European leaders scheduled to visit China this month, the latest in a series of signs that China’s huge foreign exchange reserves have begun to give it financial influence to rival Washington’s.

Full article: China Considers Offering Aid in Europe’s Debt Crisis (New York Times)