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Orbán complains about Tusk over the EU’s Russia policy

Posted by seumasach on February 23, 2015

GEAB

18th Fewbruary, 2015

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán stepped up his criticism on Wednesday (18 February) of his European allies for their policy of seeking to isolate Moscow over its intervention in Ukraine, naming top EU official Donald Tusk as one of its backers.

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French analyst calls for France-Germany-Russia alliance

Posted by seumasach on February 23, 2015

TASS

20th February, 2015

PARIS, February 20. /TASS/. France and Germany, following the historical tradition, should work on forming an alliance with Russia, prominent French writer and political journalist Eric Zemmour said in newspaper comments on Friday.

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Yanis Varoufakis: Greece is Finished

Posted by seumasach on February 19, 2015

Varoufakis’ thinking is perfectly in tune with that of Michel Barnier, the European commissioner who devised the EU’s banking union plan. The three main points of Varoufakis’ plan correspond to those of the banking union which will come into full force by the end of 2015, Those are, firstly, a “bail in ” of the banks instead a “bail out”, whereby creditors and shareholders of the banks take the rap rather than taxpayers. This process to be overseen at pan-European level rather than at the level of the nation states. Secondly, mutualisation i.e. Eurobonds and , thirdly, reconstruction of real economy through an pan-European investment programme. It is the opposition of the City of London to this “dirigiste” project drawn up by the avowed Gaullist, Barnier, which accounts for the fact that no one hears anything of it. What Greece is doing now should help bring it centre stage and shift the balance of power in Europe away from atlanticist-style finance capital towards precisely such a centralized and dirigiste model.

Naked Capitalism

26th June, 2012

Yves here. Yanis just posted an interview with ABC (Australia’s BBC) which describes how Greece cannot be salvaged. Its fate will be determined at the eurozone level, and its possible outcomes range from bad to awful. You can watch the conversation here. Transcript below:

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American information weapon used against European politicians

Posted by seumasach on February 18, 2015

Georgy Voskresensky

Voltairenet

18th February, 2015

Anonymous first appeared in 2003 on Internet image boards as a group of hackers espousing the freedom of speech and operating as an «anarchist global digital brain». It is an instrument or a weapon designed to be used in information warfare. It has an advantage – in many cases it is extremely hard to define who exactly used it. But there was no problem of this kind when Anonymous published a 1993 photo report of Angela Merkel visiting the youth club Elbterrassen and meeting with a bunch of skinhead and other friends, one of whom makes a Nazi salute [1].

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Merkel’s difficult mission to Obama

Posted by seumasach on February 9, 2015

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

 

The German Chancellor Angela Merkel has arrived in Washington for talks regarding a peace plan for Ukraine. At the same time, Russian President Vladimir Putin is heading for Cairo on a two-day visit, signifying a major thrust in Moscow’s “return” to the Middle East. The two are apparently unrelated events and yet they overlap in a curious way.

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Sarkozy: Crimea cannot be blamed for joining Russia

Posted by seumasach on February 9, 2015

RT

8th February, 2015

Crimea cannot be blamed for seceding from Ukraine – a country in turmoil – and choosing to join Russia, said former president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy. He also added that Ukraine “is not destined to join the EU.”

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Tsipras charts path forward for Greece as funds at risk

Posted by seumasach on February 8, 2015

If it’s a question of a bridging loan perhaps Russia could oblige

Bloomberg

6th February, 2015

(Bloomberg) — Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will chart a path forward for Greece in parliament on Sunday, two days after the head of the euro-area finance ministers’ group shot down his proposal to avoid being shut off from funding at the end of the month.

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Tsipras sees red (pipeline), accepts Putin invite

Posted by seumasach on February 8, 2015

Neurope

6th February, 2015

ATHENS – The new Greek government’s improved relations with Russia may help the implementation of Gazprom’s planned Turkish Stream pipeline to Europe.

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Kotzias:EU must stop ‘feverish’ anti-Russian steps

Posted by seumasach on February 4, 2015

EU must stop ‘feverish’ anti-Russian steps, think long-term relations – Greek FM

RT

1st February, 2015

The EU should consider long-term relations with Moscow, instead of making feverish anti-Russian moves, new Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said, adding that his country does not want to give up its historic ties with Moscow.

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Osbourne: Greek governmentt risk to global economy

Posted by seumasach on February 3, 2015

Osbourne is obviously only too aware of the revolutionary implications of a writedown of Greek sovereign debt : it will interfere with the ongoing writedown of private banking debt. It’s a pity that anti-austerity canpaigners don’t show the same awareness and recognise that the entire edifice of Wall Street, City of London finance capital, parasitic and destructive, has to come down if we are to end the downward spiral. Instead they persist with their neo-Keynesian fanatasies and their pretence that there is no systemic crisis. It remains to be see how far Tsipras’ grasp of reality goes and to what extent he can link up with elements within the European political class who recognise that the banking system is bust and has to be put through effective bankruptcy and replaced by a banking system orientated towards developing the real economy. As Obama said

“You cannot keep on squeezing countries that are in the midst of depression,” Obama told CNN.

“At some point, there has to be a growth strategy in order for them to pay off their debts to eliminate some of their deficits,” he added.

 

Greece’s Syriza govt could pose greater risk to global economy than Middle East conflict – Osborn

RT

2nd February, 2015

Greece’s standoff with Eurozone governments and international creditors poses a greater threat to the global economy than conflict in the Middle East, climate change and rising tensions between Russia and the West, UK Chancellor George Osborne says.

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Syriza-led Greek parliament ‘will never ratify TTIP’

Posted by seumasach on February 3, 2015

Euractiv

2nd February, 2015

The newly-elected government in Athens has always been suspicious of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and will use its Parliament majority to sink the EU-US trade pact, claims a former Syriza MEP now turned minister. EurActiv Greece reports.

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