French President Slams Goldman’s Hire Of Former EU Chief Barroso As “Morally Unacceptable”

Last Friday, we were impressed by Goldman’s brazenness when the bank, whose alumni have populated virtually all prominent central banks, announced it had hired the former president of the EU Jose Manuel Barroso, as a non-executive chairman and advisor, in what was a clear move to lobby for even more clout within a Europe that is suddenly teetering on the edge of chaos, and where Goldman’s proximity will come in very lucrative when the Eurozone finally tips over.
Needless to say, Barroso’s decision to join Goldman was the peak of hyporcisy when one considers the following speech he had given just years earlier: “In the last three years, Member States – I should say taxpayers – have granted aid and provided guarantees of 4.6 trillion to the financial sector. It is time for the financial sector to make a contribution back to society”
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It appears that the Portuguese bureaucrat only had problem with the financial sector’s taxpayer bailout if it was not his multi-million sallary that was the use of proceeds.
However, while outside criticism of Barroso’s hypocrisy was is most certainly to be expected from outsiders, we were pleasantly surprised, and quite amused, when we saw that none other than French President Francois Hollande on Thursday became the most senior critic of former European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso’s decision to take a job at the investment bank Goldman Sachs.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 14, 2016.

EU wants an Empire’ Brussels hope to expand its influence as far as Asia and Africa

June 2016 – EUROPEAN UNION – The EU wants to expand its influence as far and wide as Asia and Africa – with critics fuming it shows Brussels are planning to form ‘its own empire.’ The latest EU foreign policy document, titled Global Strategy, calls for an extended reach into new spheres as distant as the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa.
It also outlined ‘gradual synchronization and mutual adaptation’ between different member states’ individual defense strategies. Ukip’s defense spokesman Mike Hookem said: ‘The EU wants its own Empire as former Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso made clear when he was in charge. ‘This global strategy by the EU is yet another reason why last Thursday’s result was a lucky escape for the UK.’
The latest plans, which reveal how the EU wants autonomy in defense and security matters, were outlined by foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.

This post was published at UtopiatheCollapse on July 1, 2016.

The Hidden Threat of this Greek Situation

Me, Oh My!
And just like that:the geopolitical tornado sweeping Europe, just turned into a monstrous, F4 funnel!
Just when you thought, ‘gee, things couldn’t get much worse for the Eurozone,’……ole Zeus throws down a few streaks of lightning from his padded loft on Olympus, just to shake things up! As I wrote about several weeks ago, the snap-election in Greece was bound to be a barn-burner, and boy, but those Greeks sure delivered!
Not only did the talk of ‘peaking too soon’ not occur for the Euro-nightmare party, ‘Syriza’, but the opposite turned out to be true, as their leadership rode the Hellespont’s wave of anger and discontent, to coast to a handy victory. In fact, they managed to mobilize the vote in adequate droves that will be sure to have every nervous banker from Syracuse to London, from Warsaw to Dublin, heavily biting on every last one of these:
Ack! No, no, I didn’t mean that kind of…..well, hmm, actually brothers, many banksters may actually consider biting quite a few of those kinds of nails too, before this is done! I mean, geez, we’re waaaaay past the fingernail-biting stage…that was soooo 2012!
This election spells absolute disaster for the banking and political establishment in Brussels. For the avowed, banking technocrats, like Mr. Van Rumpoy, Jose Barroso, and Mario Draghi, the fear and loathing is only just beginning.
But, please don’t just take my word for it! Let’s meet the fresh, new face, who’ll be sitting smack dab, in the middle of Syntagma Square, and hear the kind of things already being promised by the newly-elected government of Greece, shall we?
Meet Syriza’s Figurehead
This is Mr. Alexis Tsipras, leader of the ‘hard-left coalition’s’ Syriza party, not to mention, the brand new Prime Minister of Greece, and all at 40 years of age! Mr. Tsipras is a busy bee these days.
Ever since his younger years, when he joined the Young Communist Society in the late 1980′s, he’s dreamed of this day.

This post was published at The Wealth Watchman on JANUARY 26, 2015.

Renzi stirs up E.U. row ahead of eurozone meeting

Eurozone leaders are meeting on Friday to discuss the issue of public deficits and debt, as France and Italy are in breach of the EU rules.
Ahead of the meeting, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi stirred up a row with outgoing EU commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso, who criticised his decision to publish a commission letter warning him about the budget deficit.
Renzi said he could not understand Barroso's "surprise" about the published letter, given that the Financial Times and Italian media had already "anticipated" it.

This post was published at EU Observer

Barroso clashes with Italy over published budget warning

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso has hit out at Italy for publishing a letter the commission sent asking Rome to justify its budget for 2015.
"It was a unilateral decision by the Italian government to publish the letter on the finance ministry's website. The commission was not in favour of that letter being made public," Barroso said on Thursday (23 October).
The letter, sent Tuesday, says Italy's draft budget, submitted last week along with other national budgets for review in Brussels, "plans to breach" the debt and deficit rules underpinning the euro.
"According to our preliminary analysis Italy plans a significant deviation from the required adjustment path towards its medium-term budgetary objective," says the letter.

This post was published at EU Observer

Europe’s Answer to Reform – More of the Same

Jean-Claude Juncker won the support of Europe’s lawmakers to become European Commission president, despite the opposition from Britain. It was clearly a slap in the face to Britain and it is highly doubtful that his leadership will be able to patch up relations with the U. K..
Juncker, a former Luxembourg prime minister and will now head the EU Commission succeeding Portugal’s Jose Barroso as of November. 1. The commission is the European Union’s executive arm that operates as a dictatorship with no democratic checks or balances. The Commission need no abide by the votes of elected ministers defeating democracy in Europe. It proposes and enforces EU laws, not the people of Europe, monitors national economies, negotiates trade deals, runs a diplomatic service and administers the bloc’s 140 billion-euro ($191 billion) budget.
Juncker was previously the Prime Minister of Luxembourg from 1995 to 2013. He was the longest-serving head of government of any European Union country, and one of the longest-serving democratically elected leaders in the world, by the time he left office. He was also Luxembourg’s Minister for Finances from 1989 to 2009 and the first permanent President of the Eurogroup from 2005 to 2013, his tenure encompassing the height of the European financial and sovereign debt crisis. Therein lies the problem. The state of Europe is very much part of his ideas and theory. He will defend the system rather than reform it and this was at the core of British opposition.

This post was published at Armstrong Economics on October 7, 2014.

Warning to the World: Washington and its NATO & EU Vassals are Insane – Paul Craig Roberts

Herbert E. Meyer, a nutcase who was a special assistant to the CIA director for a period during the Reagan administration, has penned an article calling for Russian President Putin’s assassination. If we have ‘ to get him out of the Kremlin feet-first with a bullet hole in the back of his head, that would be okay with us.’ As the crazed Meyer illiustrates, the insanity that Washington has released upon the world knows no restraint. Jose Manual Barroso, installed as Washington’s puppet as European Commission President, misrepresented his recent confidential telephone conversation with Russia’s President Putin by telling the media that Putin issued a threat: ‘If I want to, I can take Kiev in two weeks.’
Clearly, Putin did not issue a threat. A threat would be inconsistent with Putin’s entire unprovocative approach to the strategic threat that Washington and its NATO puppets have brought to Russia in Ukraine. Russia’s permanent representative to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, said that if Barroso’s lie stands, Russia will make public the full recording of the conversation
Anyone familiar with the disparity between the Ukrainian and Russian militaries knows full well that it would take the Russian military 14 hours, not 14 days, to take all of Ukraine. Just remember what happened to the American and Israeli trained and equipped Georgian Army when Washington set its stupid Georgian puppets on South Ossetia. The American and Israeli trained and equipped Georgian army collapsed under Russian counterattack in 5 hours.
The lie that Washington’s puppet Barroso told was not worthy of a serious person. But where in Europe is there a serious person in power? Nowhere. The few serious people are all out of power. Consider the NATO Secretary General, Anders Rasmussen. He was a prime minister of Denmark who saw he could rise beyond Denmark by serving as Washington’s puppet. As prime minister he strongly supported Washington’s illegal invasion of Iraq, declaring that ‘we know that Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction.’ Of course, the fool didn’t know any such thing, and why would it matter if Iraq did have such weapons. Many countries have weapons of mass destruction.

This post was published at Paul Craig Roberts on September 2, 2014.

Russia Slams Barroso Over Leaked “Take Kiev In 2 Weeks” Comments, Revises Military Doctrine

As we discussed yesterday, Vladimir Putin’s apparent ‘threat’ to EU’s Barroso that “If I want to, I can take Kiev in two weeks,” prompted both anger and response as NATO reacted by stating a new “spearhead” force of 3-5,000 troops would be flown in to combat any (further) Russian aggression. However, Russia is not happy that the EC President leaked the conversation with Putin’s aide Ushakov stating thatrecounting the private conversation was “inappropriate,” “undiplomatic,” and “unworthy of a serious political player.” More troublingly, the cold-war-tension-like escalation from NATO has prompted Russia to revise its military doctrine to account for ‘changing military dangers and military threats.’
As The Telegraph reports,
Vladimir Putin has boasted to European leaders that his forces could sweep into Kiev in two weeks if he wanted. The Russian president reportedly made the threat to the European Commission president during talks on the Ukraine crisis.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/02/2014.

Putin to Barroso: ‘If I want, I’ll take Kiev in two weeks’

Ukraine, Putin’s blackmail on the European summit: ‘If I want to take Kiev in two weeks ‘
He says that when he asked about the military boundless in Ukraine, the Russian leader went to the threats: ‘The problem is this – it’s the answer told by Tsar Barroso – but what if I want to take Kiev in two weeks.’ As if to say, do not provoke me to anger with new sanctions. Even the British Cameron – that in view of the NATO summit Thursday in Cardiff is working in a multinational force of 10 thousand men to send a signal to the Kremlin – is drastic: ‘This time we can not meet the demands of Putin, has already taken the Crimea and we can not allow that to take over the country, we risk repeating the mistakes made ??in Monaco in ’38, do not know what will happen next. ‘ Prophetic since yesterday Putin has suggested negotiations to crystallize the situation in Crimea and other areas controlled by the separatists. Several delegations confirm the dialogue between the leaders, but in many invite you to weigh carefully since during an exchange ‘frank’ behind closed doors often the concepts are forced to support their position. Renzi invites colleagues to calm, said to understand the but concerns that Russia remains a strategic from the point of view of economic, energy and theaters of crisis in Syria and Iraq

This post was published at Investment WatchBlog on September 1st, 2014.