Just 103 days remain before Catalonia’s scheduled and already explosive referendum on independence from Spain, and now this.
The two deals expose the imperative to deny a bleak reality, on the principle that when banks win, we all win.
The law hounds the new media, from blogs to Google, to protect the loyal mainstream press from insolvency and irrelevance. Other governments are ogling similar laws.
Meet the secretive powers behind the trade negotiations that attempt to rewrite US and EU laws and regulations to their liking and beyond democratic controls.
European bankers have begun sweating, not because of the harsh heat, but fear – of what could happen as battalions of bank auditors take up temporary residence at the headquarters of the biggest banks.
Under the cover of telecom reform is a big stick that can be wielded against political and social activists, investigative journalists, political opponents, or anyone who threatens the status quo.
In 2013, Morgan Stanley praised Spain’s export miracle, thanks to wage cuts. “Next Germany,” it called it, giving rise to a lot of hope. Now reality has returned.
Something big is going down in Latin America: A slow-moving tectonic shift threatens to split the continent down the middle on ideological lines.
Money has no moral compunction, moves with ease from drug traffickers into mega construction projects, and politicians need it for campaigns and other purposes.
According to the official story, the people of Europe will benefit enormously from the banking union; it imposes greater control and tighter regulation of the banks and saves taxpayers from having to bail them out. Or so it would seem.