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The fall of Ricardo Salgado, a Portuguese oligarch

A Portuguese oligarch has been arrested and his historic Espírito Santo business empire is falling apart. Can the fall out be ‘contained’?  Ricardo Espírito Santo Silva Salgado is known in Portugal as “Dono disto tudo,” or “Owner of everything.’ The oligarch’s family has been calling the shots in the country for over a century. It’s the largest shareholder of the … Continue reading

Rajoy lied, the Spanish people will pay for the bank bailout

By Manel García Biel By now we can clearly define Mariano Rajoy as a politician who has based his policies on lies. The clearest example is the bank bailout. Right from the outset. Spain’s PM and his ministers ruled out the word rescue. For them it was a loan, “under very good terms.” Rajoy said that it was … Continue reading

The Plot to Topple Berlusconi

Much as many were relieved to see the back of Silvio Berlusconi as Italy’s PM during the height of the Eurozone crisis in 2011, the revelations by Tim Geithner should have all democrats including those on the Left deeply worried. EU officials approached the former US Treasury Secretary in November of that year with a plan to overthrow the billionaire … Continue reading

The recovery is a bluff

By Alfonso Gianni It may well be that this is a coincidence, but there are many who doubt it, including the leader writers of Italy’s financial daily Il Sole 24 Ore. The fact is that many economic indicators suddenly seem to indicate, exactly one month before the European elections, brighter prospects. The simplest hypothesis, and … Continue reading

Banking Union – The Big Fix?

Last week, MEPs finally signed off on European banking union. This, we are told, is the big fix to the out of control banking system that caused the 2008 economic meltdown that has rocked Europe ever since. The narrative is, as Reuters  puts it, ‘unlike in the United States, where regulators and the central bank acted promptly … Continue reading

The great private pensions fraud

Fresh from implementing reforms of its pension system Mariano Rajoy’s Spain is now preaching the merits of its pro-market policies to the rest of Europe, backed by the Troika. But state pension cuts and the virtues of private insurance-based schemes are built on myths that serve financial capital, argues Vicenç Navarro There’s been a constant onslaught by banks and … Continue reading

Inside the Greek laboratory

IN THE RADICAL PRESS / MEMOIRE DES LUTTES A new book publishing the views of Greek scholars and professionals on the impact of Troika policies has helped Bernard Cassen understand better the criminal nature of market fundamentalism pursued by Brussels, Frankfurt and Berlin You have to be very naive to believe that the fury of the “troika” against Greece … Continue reading

Five things you should know about Spain’s bank rescue

The size and the impact of Spain’s humongous bank bail that came in the wake of the 2007-2008 final crisis – caused by the out of control financial sector, including in Spain – is being concealed. Here’s what you should know about it in five points: 1. Losses to the Spanish people from the public rescues … Continue reading

Lessons from the victory against Madrid’s hospital privatisation plan

Victory this week against Madrid’s hospital privatisation – and other recent struggles in Spain – shows popular resistance delivers results, says Esther Vivas “Resisting is pointless,” we hear endlessly repeated. “So many years of protest but the crisis continues, why bother?” insist others, inoculating us with apathy and resignation. “Protests could lead to something that’s even … Continue reading

What success? Portugal’s sovereign debt auction just a good deal for the banks

Portugal’s government bond sale this week – the first since January 2013 – was heralded in the national and international press as a storming success, and coming after a similar ‘success’  for Spain’s first big debt auction of 2014 and a ‘popular’ bond sale by Ireland, apparently indicated a sign of a turnaround in the … Continue reading

Europe’s debt – a con-trick binding the people to banks

From this year Italians have a 45 billion-euro–a-year bill to pay under the EU Fiscal Compact, a budgetary straightjacket binding Rome to 20 years of economically and socially lethal spending cuts and tax rises. It’s time to end this vicious cycle of impoverishment, designed for the sole benefit of private banks, and cancel the debt, says Loretta … Continue reading

Bank nationality and the risks of European banking union

Current economic policies are accentuating the differences between the eurozone members. Under these conditions, banking union, rather than protecting the weaker countries, could accelerate the “mezzogiornificazione” of the European peripheries, argues Emiliano Brancaccio A few days ago, the European Parliament approved a bill that will transfer the functions of banking supervision of eurozone member states to … Continue reading

Catalonia: independence from Spain, independence from capitalism

Hundreds of thousands turned out today, September 11, to demand independence for Catalonia. Some decided to surround the Caixa, form a human chain around the largest bank in Catalonia and third largest in Spain, to demand not only independence from Spain, but from capitalism. One of the was Esther Vivas, a left wing activist and … Continue reading

Insider dealing – immoral financial market activities must be quashed and perpetrators punished

“The immorality, opacity and rampant abuse of some actors in the financial sector must be exposed and decisively punished,” Portuguese MEP Marisa Matias told Commissioner Michel Barnier in today’s European Parliament debate on insider trading and market manipulation that took place five years to the week since the collapse of Lehman brothers. “Every day in … Continue reading

Spain’s bank rescue – a blank cheque?

Vincente Clavero The party held by the banks during the years of the housing boom is costing us Spanish blood, sweat and tears. And worst of all, we still do not know the final invoice that we will have to pay. So far, it is running at 850 euros per head, counting only the money … Continue reading

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