Editor’s Note – Is it just a matter of when? Is it also the doom of the US economy? Is the White House telling us stories to keep us in the dark?
The answer to each is a resounding – YES! The number of times we have reported the use of fictitious numbers, mis-leading rhetoric, and the political spin machine of a re-election effort – its all more than it appears, and its not pretty.
America, we really need to look at the whole picture, not just what appears on the front page of the New York Times, or the lead stories at CNN, or the opinion shows with their slanted views, most as supporters of the current administration.
The financial crisis in Europe has become so severe that it has put the future of the euro, and indeed the future of the EU itself, in doubt. If the financial system in Europe collapses, it is going to plunge the entire globe into chaos. The EU has a larger economy and a larger population than the United States does. The EU also has more Fortune 500 companies that the United States does. If the financial system in Europe breaks down, we are all doomed. An economic collapse in Europe would unleash a financial tsunamithat would sweep across the globe. As I wrote about yesterday, the nightmarish sovereign debt crisis in Europe could potentially bring about the end of the euro. The future of the monetary union in Europe is being questioned all over the continent. Without massive bailouts, there are at least 5 or 6 nations in Europe that will likely soon default. The political will for continued bailouts is rapidly failing in northern Europe, so something needs to be done quickly to avert disaster. Unfortunately, as anyone that has ever lived in Europe knows, things tend to move very, very slowly in Europe.
If the bailouts end and Europe is not able to come up with another plan before then, mass chaos is going to unleashed. Most major European banks are massively exposed to European sovereign debt, and most of them are also very, very highly leveraged. If we see nations such as Greece, Portugal and Italy start to default, we could have quite a few major European banks go down in rapid succession. That could be the “tipping point” that sets off mass financial panic around the globe.
Of course the governments of Europe would probably step in to bail out many of those banks, but when the U.S. did something similar back in 2008 that didn’t prevent the world from plunging into a horrible worldwide recession.
Right now, the way that the monetary union is structured in Europe simply does not work. Countries that are deep in debt have no flexibility in dealing with those debts, and citizens of wealthy countries such as Germany are becoming deeply resentful that they must keep shoveling money into the financial black holes of southern Europe.
These bailouts cannot go on indefinitely. Political and financial authorities all over Europe know this and they also know that Europe is rapidly heading towarda day of reckoning.
The quotes that you are about to read are absolutely shocking. In Europe they openly admit that the financial system is dying, that the euro is in danger of not surviving and that the EU does not work in its present form.
The following are 20 quotes from European leaders that prove that they knowthat the financial system in Europe is doomed….
Most of the individuals quoted above desperately want to save the euro. They are not going to go down without a fight. The overwhelming consensus among the political and financial elite in Europe is that increased European integration in Europe is the answer.
For example, EU President Herman Van Rompuy is very clear about what he believes the final result of this crisis will be….
“This crisis in the euro zone will strengthen European integration. That is my firm belief.”
Many of the elite in Europe are now openly talking about the need for a “United States of Europe”. Just consider what former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder recently had to say….
“From the European Commission, we should make a government which would be supervised by the European Parliament. And that means the United States of Europe.”
But as mentioned above, things in Europe tend to move very, very slowly. The debt crisis in Europe is rapidly coming to a breaking point, and it is very doubtful that Europe will be able to move fast enough to head it off.
What we may actually see is at least a partial collapse of the euro and a massive financial crisis in Europe first, and then much deeper European integration being sold by authorities in Europe as “the solution” to the crisis.
This would be yet another example of the classic problem/reaction/solution paradigm.
The “problem” would be a horrible financial crisis and economic downturn in Europe.
The “reaction” would be a cry from the European public for someone to “fix” things and return things back to “normal”.
The “solution” would be a “United States of Europe” with much deeper economic and political integration which is something that many among the political and financial elite of Europe have wanted for a long, long time.
Right now, the people of Europe are very much opposed to deeper economic and political integration. For example, 76 percent of Germans says that they have little or no faith in the euro and one recent poll found that German voters are against the introduction of “Eurobonds” by about a 5 to 1 margin.
It looks like it may take a major crisis in order to get the people of Europe to change their minds.
Unfortunately, it looks like that may be exactly what is going to happen.