‘Nightmare Scenario’ For EU Bond Markets As Anti-Euro Italian Government Takes Power

ByAmbrose Evans-Pritchard – Re-Blogged From http://www.Gold-Eagle.com

Firebrand populists of Left and Right are poised to take power in Italy, forming the first “anti-system” government in a major West European state since the Second World War.

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Leaders of the radical Five Star Movement and the anti-euro Lega party have been meeting to put the finishing touches on a coalition of outsiders, the “nightmare scenario” feared by foreign investors and EU officials in equal measure.

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The EU and the Unanimity Trap

Re-Blogged From Stratfor

Highlights

  • The European Union is unlikely to reach the consensus that is required to reform its treaties or to accept new member states within the next decade.
  • While security and defense cooperation is likely to increase within the European Union, the need for unanimity will continue to create complications for the bloc’s foreign policy.
  • In the coming years, the temptation to bypass the European Union’s institutional constraints by letting some countries introduce reforms while others opt out will increase, but this move could come at the cost of a more fragmented union.
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Eurozone Faces Many Threats Including Trade Wars And “Eurozone Time-Bomb” In Italy

By Mark O’Byrne – Re-Blogged From http://www.Gold-Eagle.com

Eurozone threatened by trade wars, Italy and major political and economic instability
– Trade war holds a clear and present danger to stability and economic prospects
– Italy represents major source of potential disruption for the currency union
– Financial markets fail to reflect the “eurozone time-bomb” in Italy

– Financial volatility concerns in Brussels & warning of ‘sharp correction’ on horizon
– Euro and global currency debasement and bank bail-in risks
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Amazing Amount Of Gold The US Exported Since 2000

By SRSrocco – Re-Blogged From http://www.Gold-Eagle.com

The U.S. exported a stunning amount of gold since the turn of the century.  As the price of gold surged along with the massive increase in U.S. debt, gold exports jumped to record highs.  In 2012 alone, the United States exported nearly 700 metric tons of gold.  The total amount of U.S. net gold exports over the past 17 years equaled the combined gold reserves of six high ranking countries.

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Global Investment in Renewable Energy Has Stalled

By Steve Goreham – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

Earlier this month, the Trump Administration announced a decision to apply a 30 percent tariff on imported solar cells and panels. The Solar Industries Association denounced the measure, projecting job losses and cancellation of solar investments. But the solar tariff discussion hides a larger renewable energy issue. Global investment in renewables has stalled in the US, in Europe, and in many markets across the world.

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A New Year Brings Familiar Challenges for the EU

Re-Blogged From Stratfor

Highlights

  • In 2018 the European Union will try to close the free trade agreements it has been negotiating in recent years and to sign new deals with additional countries.
  • The European Union will continue pressuring Russia to cooperate on a solution for the conflict in Ukraine but will be reluctant to increase its sanctions on Moscow.
  • Initiatives to cooperate with the countries migrants hail from and travel through will be easier to approve than will plans to reform the bloc’s rules on migration.

The EU flag flies over the stock exchange building in Brussels.

(sharrocks/iStock)

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