EU ‘Leaders’ Prepare Trillion Euro Kleptocrat Slush Fund (Video)

ER Editor: Here are the main points of an interesting take by The Duran team on what’s currently going on to get financial help to EU countries in trouble as a result of the pandemic. Predictably, it’s an illogical and corrupt mess:

  • The EU has simply failed over the coronavirus crisis, without formulating a co-ordinated policy while pushing open borders for quite some time.
  • The EU economy is going down fast because of the lockdown; heavily indebted southern EU nations such as Italy are in dire trouble – and they’re all locked into the euro. They need coronabonds (mutualized debt) to get out of current difficulties. A whole succession of meetings has happened with nothing being agreed.
  • Last Thursday there was another (virtual) meeting with no agreement being reached yet again, but Merkel has refused bonds point blank – nations will now have to put in some money in order to get some out. So how would Italy pay INTO this in order to get money out? More taxes, more austerity, more punishment levied on citizens? So Italy will be paying to help itself. It’s lunacy.
  • Italy wanted grants, but it’s going to be loans again. It’s another European Stability Mechanism. This is going to be yet another fund to get countries out of the current crisis. It will operate on loans and the conditions that go along with them. It’s another GRIFT courtesy of the EU. The Euro elite will bail out their friends through funds that citizens pay for through their taxes. The loans will add further tax burdens that people will have to pay for. It’s like going round in circles.
  • Merkel’s got a renewed political lease on life.
  • Rumour is that Spain will refuse these loans and look to the ECB and take out more debt. But it’s doubtful that Germany will allow the ECB to do that. It’s likely that the ECB will act as the enforcer of EU institutions and simply cut off money, as it did to Greece.
  • It’s the same story with every crisis in Europe, the same scheme: a trillion-euro slush fund to elite buddies with austerity/increased taxes on the taxpayers.
  • We need a fundamental change of leadership in the EU countries. A crash will come – the only question is when, and how much damage has to happen first. The people at the top of the EU have no incentive to reform the system because they personally benefit from it. The EU uses each crisis to bleed more from each nation, especially those that can’t afford it.
  • The eurosystem / eurozone has to be dismantled. Bonds are not the answer.
  • And Ursula von der Leyen now has a team of PR people behind her. 

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EU leaders prepare trillion euro kleptocrat slush fund (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 538

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the EU recovery plan, which is preparing to create a trillion euro escape route from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The leaders of the 27 EU nations already agreed to a €540 billion rescue package. Italy and Spain, which stand second and third in Covid-19 cases and deaths, have the right to borrow from the bailout mechanism, but are reluctant to do so for fear that taking on more EU debt would bury southern Europe in never ending austerity programs.


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Via Reuters…

European Union leaders agreed on Thursday to build a trillion euro emergency fund to help recover from the coronavirus pandemic, avoiding another all-night bust-up but leaving divisive details until the summer.

With the EU’s Brussels headquarters under lockdown – along with most of Europe – the 27 leaders held a four-hour video conference to consider proposals, rallying around a bigger common budget for 2021-27 with a recovery programme.

At around 1% of the EU’s economic output, the multi-year common budget has long been one of the most contentious subjects of debate for its members. Expanding it will not be easy, even if Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte hailed “great progress” after the summit ended.

French President Emmanuel Macron said differences continued between EU governments over whether the fund should be transferring grant money, or simply making loans.

“Divisions remain,” Macron told reporters in Paris.

“I’m saying this sincerely: if Europe raises debt to loan to others, that won’t live up to the response we need,” he said, adding that it would saddle already heavily-indebted countries, such as Italy, Belgium and Greece, with yet more debt.

Europe is facing a severe economic shock from the spread of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, which has also led to border closures across the bloc and left member states fighting over medical supplies.

European Central Bank Governor Christine Lagarde told the leaders the pandemic could cut between 5% and up to 15% of euro zone economic output, officials and diplomats said.

The euro zone’s economic growth for 2020 is forecast to contract 5.4%, which would make it the worst year since the common currency was introduced in 1999, according to a Reuters poll. That is still better than the International Monetary Fund’s latest forecast for a decline of 7.5%.

“POLITICAL EMERGENCY”

After weeks of squabbling, the leaders approved half-a-trillion euros worth of an immediate rescue scheme to protect jobs, businesses and offer cheap credit to governments.

But with Italy and Spain hit far harder than Germany by the crisis, old enmities have surfaced across the bloc. Reaching agreement among euro zone finance ministers two weeks ago on the smaller euro rescue scheme was torturous, as the Netherlands refused an Italian demand to issue common debt.

Conte told leaders that a recovery fund should be 1.5 trillion euros in size and provide grants to EU governments to stop countries heading towards economic collapse and thereby threatening the viability of the bloc’s internal market.

“Grants are essential,” Conte said, according to diplomats who were on the video conference. “The sanitary emergency has quickly become a social emergency. But now we are facing a political emergency as well.”

Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz took the opposite view, saying on Twitter that, while Vienna was ready to show solidarity, “we should do this through loans”.

Kurz said he would coordinate with “like-minded countries”, a reference to wealthy but cautious northern countries such as Denmark, Sweden, Finland and the Netherlands, who resent having to pay for poorer southern countries they see as fiscally irresponsible.

Spain, one of the world’s worst hit countries, backs Italy’s view that a fund must issue grants rather than loans, while France has argued for a fund that could issue common EU debt, hoping its temporary nature will calm passions.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel took a conciliatory stance as she publicly called for a major recovery fund after the summit. “Things can only go well for Germany if they go well for Europe,” she said.

Leaders tasked the European Commission, the EU executive, to present detailed proposals by May 6, diplomats said.

Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said EU countries had so far handed out state aid worth 1.8 trillion euros to cushion the economic hit, and that the new recovery fund would be in the order of magnitude of a trillion euros.

She said the solution was to increase the amount that each EU government would be liable to pay into a recovery fund if needed, raising it to 2% of gross national income (GNI), from 1.2% today. GNI is the EU’s preferred measure of economic output.

Most significantly, that means an implicit guarantee needed from EU governments for the Commission to issue bonds, a kind of “contingent liability”.

The Commission has a triple-A credit rating, issuing against the security of the next EU long-term budget.

“We are slowly heading towards some form of joint debt. We’ll never call it ‘coronabonds’ or ‘eurobonds’ and it will be raised by the Commission, rather than member states together,” said a senior EU diplomat involved in the summit.

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