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German Bundesrat (Upper House) Approves Europe Rescue Bill

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The European TARP has formally passed. Yet liquidations still persist, as no short covering spree materializes on this much anticipated news, contrary to the strawman that CNBC tried to create.

More from Market News:

Germany’s upper house of parliament, the Bundesrat, which represents the 16 states, Friday passed a bill authorizing the country’s share of the financing in the EU rescue plan for fiscally troubled member states.

Given that Germany’s share of the loan guarantees will come out of the federal budget, the Bundesrat would have had only the right to temporarily delay the bill. But it did not object to the bill.

The lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, already approved the bill earlier today. It will now become law after having been signed by the German President.

EU finance ministers agreed earlier this month on a special fund to raise up to E440 billion over three years through a “special purpose vehicle” to aid fiscally troubled member states. Eurozone countries are to guarantee the loans, and the amount each country has to guarantee will be calculated based on its share in the capital of the ECB.

Germany’s share will be up to E123 billion in loan guarantees plus up to 20% on top of that in the case of “an unexpected and irrefutable need,” the government’s bill states. This means that Germany’s full share of the aid package could rise to around E148 billion in the worst case scenario.

However, should that need arise, the budget committee of the Bundestag would have to approve any loan guarantees beyond the E123 billion.

In its bill, the government points to a worsening of financing conditions in some EU member states over a very short period which cannot be explained by fundamental data.

“A further escalation of the situation would put the solvency of these states at risk and would lead to a serious danger for financial stability in the currency union,” it warned.


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Fri, 05/21/2010 - 08:48 | 365378 jbc77
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I was watching "Squawk Box" this morning before work. When the futures started to plunge after the lower house of German parliment passed it, the three stooges sat there for 20 mins trying to figure out why the futures dropped on that news. What a gaggle of laughs.

Fri, 05/21/2010 - 08:50 | 365388 cossack55
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Sir, no need to defame a group of actors who provided real value to generations of American youth.  I would poke you in the eye, a big face slap and a wicked cuff under the chin, but I would prefer to expend the energy on the CNBC slugs (no offense to slugs, BTW".

Fri, 05/21/2010 - 09:12 | 365436 hazenyc
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buy the rumor, sell the news.

Fri, 05/21/2010 - 09:19 | 365457 E pluribus unum
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Shouldn't the CBNC crew be wearing "Dow 10000" hats?

Poor Bob Pisani looks like someone killed his dog.


Fri, 05/21/2010 - 09:29 | 365482 CB
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cnbc, yer source for rilly gud financial edukashun.

Fri, 05/21/2010 - 08:48 | 365379 cossack55
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If Bundes means "group" and we know what a rat is, dose that mean Bundesrat is "group of rats"?  I thought our congress already copyrighted that term.

Fri, 05/21/2010 - 08:57 | 365403 Miyagi_san
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Bunde in portugese (brazil) means an ass rat may be it

Fri, 05/21/2010 - 09:53 | 365538 Shylockracy
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Bund in German means 'confederation' or 'alliance', and the word for 'backside' in Portuguese is 'bunda'. Ignorant humor turns you into laughing stock for better informed observers.

Fri, 05/21/2010 - 10:08 | 365573 Miyagi_san
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Thank god for Google

Fri, 05/21/2010 - 10:13 | 365585 desgust
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Fri, 05/21/2010 - 10:49 | 365658 Shylockracy
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„Welche Hand müsste nicht verdorren, die sich und uns in solche Fesseln legte?“

Philipp Scheidemann, 1919.
Fri, 05/21/2010 - 08:48 | 365381 Coldcall
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i think all market participants expected it to pass because market armaggedon would have been unleashed had it not passed.

Fri, 05/21/2010 - 08:54 | 365384 monmick
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The exact term for the European TARP in German is TARPNSCHAFT.

Fri, 05/21/2010 - 09:09 | 365423 MaxVernon
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+1  made me spill me coffee

Fri, 05/21/2010 - 08:49 | 365385 Tart
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Margin calls don't read the news.

Fri, 05/21/2010 - 08:59 | 365404 Rider
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Fri, 05/21/2010 - 09:10 | 365428 Cyan Lite
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Seriously, who's levered long?

Fri, 05/21/2010 - 09:19 | 365456 AccreditedEYE
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Never, ever doubt the stupidity of some of the shops that are out there...

Fri, 05/21/2010 - 09:25 | 365470 SWRichmond
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I just wanted to add my major "OMG, AMEN" to this thought string.  I don't even trust these markets enough to be in them, let alone levered long.  OMFG

Fri, 05/21/2010 - 08:50 | 365387 Mercury
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You can see right through those flimsy Euro-TARPs.

Fri, 05/21/2010 - 08:51 | 365394 doomandbloom
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more like a German FART or a BURP...

Fri, 05/21/2010 - 08:57 | 365402 cbaba
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We know what happened when we passed the Tarp here in US.

Its a temporary fix and then we will need another tarp, then printing press, then inflation and then the hyper. welcome among us Europeans.

Fri, 05/21/2010 - 09:00 | 365408 MyFriendMises
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Exactly.  And each time one of these measures is approved the next one happens even sooner.  The collapse is exponential. 

Fri, 05/21/2010 - 09:12 | 365433 wang
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TARP passed late on Weds October 1 2008

SPX Oct 1,  1161

SPX Oct 2,  1114

SPX Oct 3,  1099

SPX Oct 6,  1056

SPX Oct 7,  996

SPX Oct 8,  984

SPX Oct 9,  909

SPX Oct 10, 899

SPX Oct 13, 1003

Fri, 05/21/2010 - 09:18 | 365451 bobby02
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It helped put a (local) bottom in?


The horror.

Fri, 05/21/2010 - 09:06 | 365409 John McCloy
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In case nobody was watching the CNBC Sen. Corker interview let me just give you a few fist through the wall comments:

CNBC: So nothing on Fannie & Freddie? Odd for financial "regulation"

Corker: Well the administration does not want us to deal with this issue for a few years because of the turmoil it can cause in the markets and the blame can fall on democrats.

Corker: Well I think we will eventually get to swaps desks

CNBC: Well we had a credit crisis with a large amount of credit and leverage so isnt credit the issue?

Corker: Well we really need to get these institutions to lend to small business.

Corker: Some of these amendments were just off the wall and would make us less competitive.

Corker: I wanna thank you CNBC for the great job you have done at educating people on these reform issues.

My takeaways from this: So politicians are not fixing the problem because they are either hoping to be out of office concerned about re-election. We gave banks all the money and changed all the rules after they destroyed the markets for their own financial gain and then had us pay them out so they could continue business as usual while unemployment climbs and now we are begging them to lend our money back to small business?

Oh and amendments that prevent banks from blackmailing the nation, capping their size, making synthetic bets on something they are not party to, breaking up banking operations and preventing bubbles IS OFF THE WALL. And lets also commend CNBC?

Sounds like real leadership to me. I will have two punches in the face with a side of sodomy please with a blue pill for dessert.

Fri, 05/21/2010 - 09:11 | 365431 MyFriendMises
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Totally agree.  No matter how bad it is in the country they will still do what is best for them.  I could be wrong but to me past politicians use to have a line, that once crossed, they would do what needed to be done even if not in their best interests. (even if they were wrong on how to do it)  Now our esteemed politicians know what needs to be done but dont do it because it is not advantageous for them to do so even if it is destroying our country.  It is just sickening.

Fri, 05/21/2010 - 09:11 | 365432 MaxVernon
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"with a blue pill for desert"


Clearly there's no hope of a red pill...

Fri, 05/21/2010 - 09:18 | 365454 taraxias
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This is all you need to know about Sen. Corker. Just another bought and paid for POS.

Fri, 05/21/2010 - 09:27 | 365476 Tortfeasor
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If I hear someone talk about "loans for small businesses" again I may lose it.  Small businesses need revenues and earnings, not credit.  No one needs more credit (except those who absolutely should not be loaned to).

And the .gov is incapable of providing actual revenue to small biz, so they pat themselves on the back for doing the government equivalent of mental masturbation.  Never confuse activity with accomplishment.

Fri, 05/21/2010 - 09:12 | 365434 Cyan Lite
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The real joke is on us.  Those goons will get re-elected time after time. 

Fri, 05/21/2010 - 09:14 | 365444 Xibalba
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2012 is looking really sweet to me.  And by sweet I mean buy ammo and bottled water. 

Fri, 05/21/2010 - 09:16 | 365449 MaxVernon
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Call me insane, but I was thinking the same thing just the other day.  Telling the kids I thought the movie 2012 might actually have some merit.  Not because of stupid invisible planets, etc, but because of political and monetary turmoil that should be quite ripe by then...

Fri, 05/21/2010 - 09:20 | 365460 Common_Cents22
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Fri, 05/21/2010 - 09:25 | 365471 ella
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Perhaps the players in futures market understand  that governments can not print enough money to bailout the speculators.   Fear of contagion indeed. 

Fri, 05/21/2010 - 09:32 | 365486 MarketTruth
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History has proven time and again that all FIAT currencies eventually find their inherent value (read: zero).

Fri, 05/21/2010 - 09:54 | 365534 Crab Cake
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The Thirst Mutilator.

It's got electrolytes.


Its got what plants crave.  It's like riding a dinosaur strapped to rocketship, and mowing your chest with a lawnmower.  It's going to save the world.

Fri, 05/21/2010 - 10:03 | 365563 doggings
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CNBC gives me a contrarian alternative viewpoint and a lot of belly laughs, much like Leo, so leave them alone.

Fri, 05/21/2010 - 10:50 | 365661 Popo
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TARP bought us over a year of unbelievable rally.     Don't tell me EuroTARP buys us a repeat performance...

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