EUROPE: Austerity Comes To Germany, Gov’t Plans To Increase 2014 Borrowing, And Austerity Forces Suspend State Media In Greece! Employees Seize TV & Radio Stations – Riot Police Deployed!
Austerity comes to Germany: GERMAN GOVT PLANS TO INCREASE 2014 BORROWING: RHEINISCHE POST
Is The Eurozone Crisis Set To Flare Up?
I have written in the past that all is not solved in the Euro-zone. In fact, despite the ongoing jawboning from the ECB that they stand ready to “do anything,” in reality they have done little to this point other than just talk. While that has worked to a large degree to suppress rising interest rates on debt burdened Euro-zone countries there has been no progress on the “unification” of the Euro-zone or a resolution to its burgeoning debt problems. At the end of February I wrote “Get Ready For A Run To All-Time Highs”wherein I stated:
“My best guess, as I have been discussing for the past four months, is that by the end of the summer the Euro-crisis will be back. The recent elections in Italy, and the subsequent curtailment of austerity, clashes with the goals and plans set forth by the ECB last year. Furthermore, the German elections may also prove disastrous to the ECB plan if Angela Merkel is unseated.
German Finance Minister, Wofgang Schaeuble, just recently stated that:
‘Now it is up to those who were elected in Italy on Sunday to form a stable government. The faster they do this, the quicker the uncertainty will be overcome, and by the way, I never said the euro crisis was over. I only said that we have made significant progress. We need to continue on this path, but we will have setbacks.’
His statement was also confirmed previously by Angela Merkel’s economic advisor who stated in an interview that:
‘The sustainability of Italian public finances is in jeopardy. The euro crisis will therefore return shortly with a vengeance.’ Apparently, the Italians were not ready to move on the path of reform that has been taken by Mr. Mario Monti, Field said. ‘You cannot expect that Italy’s European partners or the ECB will stabilize the Italian economy, when its people are not ready for reform.’“
BREAKING GREECE: Austerity Forces Suspend State Media! Employees Seize TV & Radio Stations – Riot Police Deployed!
Greece suspends State TV and radio due to crisis, 2,500 out of work
Police riot forces outside public TV studios now
Greek austerity forces govt to suspend state media
A government spokesman said transmissions would cease early on Wednesday.
All employees, numbering at least 2,500, will be suspended until the company reopens “as soon as possible.”
It is the latest move in successive rafts of spending cuts and tax rises that the government hope will lead the country out of recession.
“ERT is a case of an exceptional lack of transparency and incredible extravagance. This ends now,” government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou said, according to the AFP news agency.
Unions voiced strong opposition to the move.
An engineer at the broadcaster’s multimedia department who gave his name as Yannis said: “The government announced that channels will shut down at midnight – after that the screens will go black.
“According to the government, from tonight I will be unemployed. It is a complete shock. In four hours’ time I will not have a job.”
Government confirms closure of Greek state broadcaster tonight, with some 2,600 jobs set to go
Greek police forces block buildings of national state broadcast services around Greece..nights are gonna be long in Greece from this point
‘Employees seize Greek State TV and radio HQ after govt-announced suspension’ reports Russia Today.