Sunday, February 12, 2012

Lord Stirling's News Blog EUROPE

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Lord Stirling's news blog EUROPE

Athens passes demanded austerity bill ~ link ~ Greek lawmakers on Thursday approved a tough austerity package aimed at averting a default, but the vote was overshadowed by violent street protests in central Athens and dozens of arson attacks against shops and banks.

The legislation passed by 199 votes in favour to 74 against, a convincing majority for Lucas Papademos, the caretaker prime minister who has been given the job of pushing through painful reforms demanded by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund in return for a second €130bn bail-out.

Greek lawmakers approve austerity bill as Athens burns ~ link ~ The Greek parliament approved a deeply unpopular austerity bill to secure a second EU/IMF bailout and avoid national bankruptcy, as buildings burned across central Athens and violence spread around the country.
Cinemas, cafes, shops and banks were set ablaze in central Athens as black-masked protesters fought riot police outside parliament.

State television reported the violence spread to the tourist islands of Corfu and Crete, the northern city of Thessaloniki and towns in central Greece. Shops were looted in the capital where police said 34 buildings were ablaze.

Greek Parliament passes latest austerity vote ~ link The Greek parliament just passed the latest proposed austerity plan with a majority voting Yes. Judging by the reaction of the EURUSD, which experienced a modest 40 pip short covering squeeze in the last few minutes, one would imagine that today's Greek vote outcome is surprising. It isn't: after all, all Greece has done is promise to do something it won't do in hope it can get another bailout package, this time amounting to €210 billion (of which its people will pocket a de minimis 19%). As we said earlier: "The only real questions are i) what the Greek population may do in response to this latest selling out of a population "led" by an unelected banker, which if history is any precedent, the answer is not much, and ii) how Germany will subvert this latest event, and put the bail [sic] back in Greece's court once again." Sure enough, to paraphrase what we said before, the question now is what the popular Greek response will be having learned its politicians sold it out yet again, which will likely be nothing much, as it is 1 am local time, and as everyone knows revolutions in heavily socialist countries only start between 9 am and 5 pm, with a 2 hour break for siesta.

Violence flairs up in Greek protests ~ link

Violence has flared up in the Greek capital of Athens as anti-austerity protesters set several buildings ablaze and storm a weaponry outlet after clashing with the riot police, Press TV reports.

More than 80,000 angry protesters had on Sunday gathered outside the parliament’s building in the capital as officials debated whether to approve more austerity cuts to unlock a new EUR-130-billion bailout package from the troika of the European Union, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund.

Authorities had earlier in the day dispatched more than 6,000 police officers to the city to stop any escalation of the violence. The riots, however, spread across central Athens during the evening after the police began using teargas and stun grenades against the protesters, who responded by throwing petrol bombs.

Athens By Night - photo ~ link ~ One hell of a have got to see this!   Stirling    

Athens Parliament - video ~ link 

Greece passes new austerity deal amid rioting ~ link  

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