Deutsche Bank chased away from US, threatened with more fines

Davos, Switzerland, 20/1/2016 - Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and John Cryan, Chief Executive Officer, Deutsche Bank, captured during the session 'The Transformation of Finance' at the Annual Meeting 2016 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 20, 2016. IMF has labeled Deutsche Bank as a major risk to the global financial system. (WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM/swiss-image.ch/Photo Remy Steinegger. No changes made. Only some rights reserved).

The US Department of Justice settled its claims against Deutsche Bank, the biggest German lender, for packaging and selling toxic mortgage securities to uninformed customers prior to the 2008-2010 financial crisis. Initially, the Justice Department had asked for $14 billion, but it seems it settled for a fine of $7.2bn. However, this is not the […]

IMF – World Bank meetings: US – Germany clash instituted, anti-globalization prospects visualized

IMF/World Bank annual meetings in Washington, U.S., October 2016. AM16 CNN Debate on the Global Economy
International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde (L) and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble participate in a CNN Debate Seminar on Global Economy October 6, 2016 at part of the 2016 IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings in Washington, D.C. (IMF Staff Photo/Stephen Jaffe).

This year’s annual meetings of the IMF – World Bank Group in Washington D.C., which kicked off on Thursday 6 October, turned out to be an all out financial war of words between the United States and Germany. In the middle of it stands the battered Deutsche Bank. For a start, there was a confrontation […]

Merkel refuses to consider the North-South schism of Eurozone

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel (on the right) and Donald Tusk European Council President (on the left), all shoveling soil at the foot of a small tree. However the tree was not planted on European soil. The planting took place on the occasion of the G7 Summit, which was held in Ise, Japan. Date: 26/05/2016. Location: Ise - Grand Shrine. © European Union, 2016 /Source: EC - Audiovisual Service / Photo: Ken Shimizu.

The European leaders who form the EU ‘directoire’ may get together as many times as they like, but still appear incapable of solving the club’s existential problems. Last Monday the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the French President Francois Hollande and the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi met in Naples to relaunch Europe, after the Brexit. […]

Deutsche Bank slammed by the US-based trio of IMF, Fed and Moody’s

Deutsche Bank. Overview of the trading floor in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Deutsche Bank audiovisual Services).

Last Thursday morning the International Monetary Fund and the American central bank, the Fed, simultaneously but in the face of it independently, issued warnings about the health of the largest German lender, the long ailing Deutsche Bank. A few days before that the US rating agency Moody’s had degraded the creditworthiness of the bank close […]

The Monetary Union drives Europe into dangerous paths, CoR demands an EMU of regional content

Corina Creţu, Member of the European Commission in charge of Regional Policy (in the center), received a group of Members of the Committee of the Regions (CoR). Location: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont. © European Union, 2015 / Source: EC - Audiovisual Service / Photo: Lieven Creemers.

Last Thursday 7 April, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) concluded that there is “No successful reform of the Economic and Monetary Union without a regional dimension”. Indirectly, this means the EMU remains a system just to support the banking industry. In other words, the banks are still completely unregulated, high flying and counting […]

Pumping more money into banks but leaving them unregulated doesn’t help

End of the signing ceremony of an EU/China key partnership on 5G: handshake between Miao Wei, Chinese Minister for Industry and Information Technology, on the right, and Günther Oettinger, Member of the EC in charge of Digital Economy and Society, 2nd from the left, in the presence of Ma Kai, Chinese Vice-Premier, 2nd from the right, and Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President of the EC. Date: 28/09/2015. Location: Beijing - Diaoyutai State Guesthouse. © European Union, 2015 / Source: EC - Audiovisual Service / Photo: Olli Geibel.

On Thursday 25 February, this newspaper concluded that “the other major central banks in Europe, China, Japan and elsewhere appear ready to fill the gap that the Fed plans to leave in the ‘money for nothin’ game”. This week’s developments completely justified this prediction. The immediate result is a new appreciation of the dollar with […]

Failing to see reality or deceiving the masses? The EU about poverty and social exclusion

Neven Mimica, Member of the EU Commission in charge of International Cooperation and Development (first from left, facing the camera, speaking) participatedin the 70th plenary session of the United Nations General Assembly. In this context, he took part in a conference entitled "Tackling inequalities, empowering women and girls and leaving no one behind - Interactive dialogue 2". Obviously not the EU nor the UN have managed to arrest the recent trends for more poverty in the entire world. (Date: 28/09/2015, Location: New York. © European Union , 2015/ Source: EC - Audiovisual Service/Photo: Johanna Leguerre).

Some six years ago the European Union set targets for an ambitious project called “The Europe 2020 Strategy”. Amongst other equally fallacious if not deceitful objectives, the leaders of the 28 EU member states undersigned the Commission’s proposal to “lift 20 million people out of poverty and social exclusion by 2020”. No need to say […]

A new global financial crisis develops fast; who denies it?

Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China, visited the European Commission. Jinping, in the foreground, on the left photographed here with Li Zhanshu, Member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CCCPC); Member of the Secretariat of the CCCPC; Head of the General Office of the CCCPC, on the right. (EC Audiovisual Services, Date: 31/03/2014 Location: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont).

During the last two weeks the world’s largest stock markets had a wild time not seen since Lehman Brothers went bust on 15 September 2008. The New York stock exchange in Wall Street lost more than 8% of its capitalization in a few days and then recovered some of the losses to close last Friday […]

European Youth Forum warns of a Peter Pan generation as a result of financial crisis and response to it

Rome, 14th November 2014 // The policy responses to the economic crisis which began in 2008 have hit youth hardest, according to a new publication launched by the European Youth Forum today at a high-level event on youth employment in Rome. The publication “Youth in the Crisis: What Went Wrong?”, which examines in depth the […]

What can stop the ‘too big to fail’ bankers from terrorising the world?

Irene Madsen, Team leader at the European Court of Auditors, Milan Martin Cvikl, and Angela Hodar McCann, Head of Unit at the European Court of Auditors (from left to right). Cvikl gave a press conference following the publication of the special report n° 5/2014 entitled "European banking supervision taking shape - EBA and its changing context" in which the European Court of Auditors assessed whether the Commission and the European Banking Authority (EBA) had satisfactorily carried out their responsibilities in setting up the new arrangements for the regulation and supervision system of the banking sector and to examine how successfully those new arrangements were functioning. The report found shortcomings in cross-border banking supervision, the assessment of the resilience of EU banks, and the promotion of consumer protection. (EC Audiovisual services, 2/7/2014).

Last Monday 10 November the Financial Stability Board, an international non-binding body based in Basel which comprises government and central bank officials from G20 countries had a bright idea for the lenders. They admitted that the 30 “too big to fail” major world banks should retain at least 20% of their risky assets in own […]