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

France Is Heading For The Biggest Economic Train Wreck In Europe

“The emotional side of me tends to imagine France, like the princess in the fairy stories or the Madonna in the frescoes, as dedicated to an exalted and exceptional destiny. Instinctively I have the feeling that Providence has created her either for complete successes or for exemplary misfortunes. Our country, as it is, surrounded by the others as they are, must aim high and hold itself straight, on pain of mortal danger. In short, to my mind, France cannot be France without greatness.

– Charles de Gaulle, from his memoirs

Recently there have been a spate of horrific train wrecks in the news. Almost inevitably we find out there was human error involved. Almost four years ago I began writing about the coming train wreck that was Europe and specifically Greece. It was clear from the numbers that Greece would have to default, and I thought at the time that Portugal would not be too far behind. Spain and Italy clearly needed massive restructuring. Part of the problem I highlighted was the significant imbalance between exports and imports in all of the above countries. Continue reading