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 Post subject: It's The Empties Stoopid, Part XXXiii Der Spiegel Edition
PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2011 12:59 pm 
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http://www.spiegel.de/international/bus ... 99,00.html

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The Hidden Cost of Saving the Euro ECB's Balance Sheet Contains Massive Risks

European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet: How safe is his bank's collateral?


While Europe is preoccupied with a possible restructuring of Greece's debt, huge risks lurk elsewhere -- in the balance sheet of the European Central Bank. The guardian of the single currency has taken on billions of euros worth of risky securities as collateral for loans to shore up the banks of struggling nations.
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On the green fields near Carriglas, halfway between Dublin and Ireland's west coast, the wind whistles eerily around rows of half-finished houses. Most of these buildings are roofless, leaving their bare walls unprotected against the elements. Even the real estate brokers' for-sale signs and the project offices are gone. Hardly anyone in Carriglas believes that the houses will ever be finished.

There are many of these ghost towns in Ireland, including 77 in small County Longford alone, which includes Carriglas. They could end up costing German taxpayers a lot of money, as part of the bill to be paid to rescue the euro.

That bill contains many unknowns, but almost none of them is as nebulous as the giant risk lurking in the balance sheet of the European Central Bank (ECB), in Frankfurt. Many bad loans have now ended up on that balance sheet, including ones that were used to build houses like those in Carriglas and elsewhere. No one knows how much they are worth today -- and apparently no one really wants to know.

Since the beginning of the financial crisis, banks in countries like Ireland, Portugal, Spain and Greece have unloaded risks amounting to several hundred billion euros with central banks. The central banks have distributed large sums to their countries' financial institutions to prevent them from collapsing. They have accepted securities as collateral, many of which are -- to put it mildly -- not particularly valuable.


There is quite a lot more in that article but it is always nice to see the empties getting top billing in the international media especially when the Stoopids here won't even think of tackling them.

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If German taxpayers ae annoyed at paying for ghost estates in longford, wait till they see the salaries of the public servants here they are bailing out too!


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There is quite a lot more in that article but it is always nice to see the empties getting top billing in the international media especially when the Stoopids here won't even think of tackling them.


But they are tackling the issue .... it's just that they have adopted the catholic churches time-honoured strategy of if you ignore the problem, it will eventually go away.

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 Post subject: Re: It's The Empties Stoopid, Part XXXiii Der Spiegel Editi
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I't'd go away quicker with a spot of judicious bulldozing it would. Would those two greaseball politicians kindly 'unlaunch' it ???


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