Greek debt crises: The European Stability Mechanism money started flowing – to creditors, not to Greece

Greek debt crises: The European Stability Mechanism money started flowing – to creditors, not to Greece 8 September by Bodo Ellmers The Greek bailout saga entered a new round as the first tranches of the new loan package were disbursed. The €86 billion programme will be funded by the European Stability Mechanism (ESM). The International…

Decentralized actions Blockupy central banks !

Around the (successful) mobilization of Blockupy in Frankfurt, several decentralized actions took place in central national banks (that are part of ECB) –> Italy Autonomous activists from north-east social centers close with barricades the Venetian headquarters of the Bank of Italy. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DC6-QFhzRsg France Gatherings in front of “Banque de France” have been organized by…

Global week of action against the Debt and International Financial Institutions (IFI), 8-15 October 2014

Argentina has fallen prey to a bunch of hedge funds known as ‘vulture funds’. Taking advantage of the precarious financial situations of some States, these vulture funds buy debts at a discounted price on a secondary market and then sue the debtors for the initial amount to which they add interests, penalties, and legal expenses.…

Stop Debt Vultures: Implications of the Vulture Attack on Argentina 

DDCI has released analysis in response to the extraordinary legal case of vulture funds attacking Argentina for over US$ 1 billion and has called for an end to vulture fund predatory behaviour. The implications of the vulture fund case against the Government of Argentina, being heard in New York, was wide-ranging implications for the hopes for debt…

2nd newsletter of TroikaWatch

Enjoy the 2nd newsletter of #TroikaWatch: In this newsletter you can read about: Overall situation European level Greece Ireland Portugal Cyprus Spain Italy Slovenia Who we are and why we write this newsletter Overall situation While the general outlook remains broadly unchanged, with the Troika still pushing for severe austerity and national governments continuing their…

The new European Banking Liquidation Fund, another mechanism for transferring bank losses to the taxpayers.

The Ecofin (European Council for Economic and Financial Business) has agreed to create the fund for liquidating banks in Europe or, in other words, to insure depositors’ money, which will be called Single Resolution Mechanism (SRM). In this new pact there is, as there has been lately, a clear winner. Germany has assured itself that the…

The Dictionary of Debt (IV): First Greek Bailout Package (€110 bln from EU and IMF)

In April 2010, when the Greek bond spreads exploded to new heights, rendering impossible Greece’s funding from the capital markets, the Prime Minister requested, from the remote island of Castelorizo, a bailout package for the country. It is basically a 3-year loan worth €110 bln, with an original interest rate of 5%; €80 bln are…

The Dictionary of Debt (III): Public Debt, Public Deficit, Eurobond, Extending Loan Maturity

Debt (Public): The total loan obligations of the state. It may refer to the debt of the central government (the ministries and the decentralised governance bodies), or the general government (central government plus hospitals, pension funds, public companies, and local authorities). Depending on its origin, debt is divided into internal and external. As for debt…