The Unwind Begins: Eurogroup President Juncker Redirects From A Broke Europe By Throwing US And Japan Under The Insolvency Bus: "The Debt Level Of The USA Is Disastrous"

Tyler Durden's picture

The first rule of media (especially when dealing with an idiot audience that has a 7 second attention span): when all else fails, redirect. That's precisely what Eurogroup president, and certified, sanctimonious, pompous liar, Jean-Claude Juncker just did today, as it is becoming increasingly clear that nobody in Europe has any clue just what the Greek bailout #2 will look like now that the ECB and Germany are at polar opposites on how to proceed, the ECB thinks it is a rating agency and can dictate what an Event of Default is, and German bankers are willing to cede to private involvement in the bailout, but in a way that is voluntary. The problem is that these three are very much mutually exclusive. So what does Juncker go ahead and do - he redirects to highlighting the problems of the US: "The debt level of the USA is disastrous," Mr. Juncker said. "The real problem is that no one can explain well why the euro zone is in the epicenter of a global financial challenge at a moment, at which the fundamental indicators of the euro zone are substantially better than those of the U.S. or Japanese economy." That may well be the defining moment: by now everyone knows that the global economy is a massive pyramid scheme. Yet to this point, those in control have at least kept their mouths shut. However, when in order to explain one's insolvency, those at the very top of the control pyramid have no other choice than to point out just how broke others are (when in reality it is all one big, interconnected, "globalized" and truly insolvent Ponzi), then the unwind has begin.

The WSJ explains the latest developments in Greece:

Highly indebted Greece needs a "soft, voluntary restructuring" of its debt, said Jean-Claude Juncker, the head of the group of countries using the euro as a common currency, in a radio interview Saturday.

Backing proposals by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, Mr. Juncker told Inforadio Berlin Brandenburg that private lenders need to participate in a fresh aid program for Greece, but only on a voluntary basis.

Also, any such move has to be made in a way that credit ratings agencies don't interpret as a credit default, he said. And it needs to be done without the "danger of infecting" other euro-zone members.

That the proposal as set forth at this point is completely unworkable (as Zero Hedge predicted) apparently is irrelevant:

The euro group president didn't explain what exactly such a voluntary, soft restructuring should look like, but he said there won't be a full restructuring of Greek debt.

Finally German banks are starting to realize that the BS-factor of the latest "plan" is becoming more see thru than the clothing in Paris Hilton's latest MTV show.

Meanwhile, Michael Kemmer, head of Germany's BdB banking association, cautiously accepted the participation of private lenders in a rescheduling of Greek debt as proposed by Mr. Schäuble. But, in a radio interview Saturday to Deutschlandfunk broadcaster, he said such a move needs to be done in a voluntary way, so that credit rating agencies don't see it as a default and financial markets don't get unsettled. The BdB represents commercial banks such as Deutsche Bank AG and Commerzbank AG.

However, as Trichet indicated in his latest press sppearance, the ECB is now on a different page entirely:

Mr. Juncker called for an agreement with the European Central Bank on the issue. The ECB so far has rejected any kind of restructuring, be it a "haircut" on the principal of Greek sovereign bonds, or just an involvement of private lenders in an extension of Greek debt maturities via a bond swap, as Mr. Schäuble has suggested.

"We can't push through a private lender participation without and against the ECB," Mr. Juncker said.

In exchange for any fresh program, Greece needs to make sure it reaches its 2011 fiscal targets, Mr. Juncker added. "If Greek policies continue as they have in the first six months [of this year], then they won't reach the budget target," he said, adding that any additional aid would be linked to very strict conditions.

Also worth nothing, is that Juncker has finally learned that keeping silent is actually better than lying outright:

The euro group head declined to give a possible amount of fresh aid, but said figures circulating in the media were right.

Asked whether that could mean anything between €60 billion and €120 billion ($86 billion and $172 billion), Mr. Juncker said he doesn't believe that euro-zone countries will have to come up with such a sum.

Yet here is the punchline:

Not withstanding the euro zone's problems, Mr. Juncker said that both the deficit and overall debt in the U.S. and Japanese economy are substantially higher than in Europe.

"The debt level of the USA is disastrous," Mr. Juncker said. "The real problem is that no one can explain well why the euro zone is in the epicenter of a global financial challenge at a moment, at which the fundamental indicators of the euro zone are substantially better than those of the U.S. or Japanese economy."

Translated: "why are you picking on us?" and "Have you looked at the US and Japan recently?" Translated even more: the Nash equilibrium of the mutually assured avoidance of the topic of global insolvency is now broken. Next up: the US and Japan bash Europe and confirm that Europe's PIIGS are actually far risky than the US and Japan, plus they can't print their money etc. Then Europe retaliates. And so forth.

The blame game avalanche has officially started.

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Quixotic_Not's picture

Good cop, bad cop...agent provocateurism at its finest!

Hedgetard55's picture

Actually, Juncker makes a saliant point. We suck big time.

Id fight Gandhi's picture

Yeah, it's the short bus too.

ratso's picture

Actually Juncker is deflecting attention from the structural crisis in Euroland just as the articel says.

Hmm - How much will it cost to save the banks that are holding Greek and Portuguese Bonds if they default which they will??

The answer 1.5 trillion+ euros for Greece and about 1.5 trillion+ euros for Portugal.  That will leave the ECB or EU with about 3 trillion euros (or 4.3 trillion USD) more debt than Juncker is making believe they have now.  

Juncker, the Joker, is nose deep in his own doo doo.

Ahmeexnal's picture

It's like 3 sad fucks about to face the executioner.  All three are getting their heads chopped off one right after the other. No question about that. Yet the first one having his head fitted above the basket starts squealing: "DON'T KILL ME FIRST, KILL *HIM* FIRST!" while pointing at another of the walking dead trio.

dust to dust's picture

 Is that what they do is Squeal when they are asked the TRUTH? Then squeal loud so we can hear the TRUTH.   

Ahmeexnal's picture

But the ages old adage holds:  "To the squeals of a pig, the ears of a butcher."

jeff montanye's picture

if it's a soft, voluntary restructuring, then the unwind has begin.

macholatte's picture

Actually Juncker is deflecting attention from the structural crisis in Euroland just as the article says.


and admitting that he is an imbecile not worthy of his paycheck. It doesn't get any more obvious than this:

"The real problem is that no one can explain well why the euro zone is in the epicenter of a global financial challenge...

isn't it HIS JOB to know this stuff? So he's saying that he and all his sociopath brainiac buddies are clueless. Maybe Tyler can send him a complementary membership to ZH.

Or did I miss something?


RockyRacoon's picture

That's Euro-speak for "Nobody saw this coming".

Oh regional Indian's picture

But really Macho, anyone who knows anything much, knows that it's all a game, London/Vatican/DC.
The rest is just distraction. Not worth anger or any wasteful emotion.
That is the structure in place. Three legs. Religion, Military (Pentagram is the epicenter of DC) and of course finance.
The Big Apple, it's just a karmic hell-center. Doing other people's dirty work.

They can engineer a soft landing tomorrow, but sadly we know that is not in the plans.

kaiten's picture

3 trillion EUR for Greece and Portugal? Dont be fool. Their entire debt is few hundred billions.

boiltherich's picture

Funny how nobody has mentioned Ireland yet, nor the other fiscally financial basket cases of Spain and Italy, which though they have not yet been bailed upon are in just as bad a shape as any others, they just got creative with the accounting when it was clear that nations in the group were being forced to take bailouts that amounted to debt slavery for their citizens.

ratso's picture

Kaiten - The calculation is based on the domino effect of defaulting weak euro bonds and how much will be needed to recapitalize the banks and sovereign funds that hold the bonds.      

It would have clearer if I spelled out all the numbers more accurately. 

Quinvarius's picture

I agree.  I see a lot of pro-dollar hype lately from Rogers, Taylor, CNBS ect.  They all seem to assume the banks will have trouble getting money for some reason and we will have another liquidity crisis like in 2008.  I don't see how that is going to happen with the Fed still in free money money for banks mode. This dollar bounce is just a hyped up trade complete with a sudden influx of anti-Euro propaganda, like every other one.  A weak stock market does not equal a strong dollar or a liquidity crisis.  But then again, all of FOREX is just meaningless rigged manipulation.  The Dollar could go to parity with Euro and bread will still cost $50 a loaf while no one in Europe would accept dollars.  

oogs66's picture

yeah, but he is happy to take IMF money to help fix Europe, and the U.S. is by far the largest contributor to the IMF.  does that mean we shouldn't give any more money to IMF for their European operations?

steve from virginia's picture

There wouldn't be a Europanic if liquidity wasn't a problem.

There are a 'lot' of reserves in finance institutions but not nearly enough capital: not enough reserves when measured against the amount of deficient assets, either.

Of all the actions taken since the Lehman crash, the one that mattered was 'extend- pretend'. Sheets actually balanced for a minute, and liquidity flooded back into markets.

EU's version of extend-pretend has been fully engaged since before the crisis, like all the other props it's not working any more. There are too many bad assets, more are turning bad every day and the point where deleveraging is relatively painless is long since passed.

Now, bank runs and yields rising everywhere but Germany. Liquidity is gone and there is not 'Extend-Pretend 2.0' to call upon!

Even w/ the new bail the Greeks will default. If the current government calls for a referendum, it's game over. ECB will have to buy up all the bad debt or else. Why? B/c the entire world's finance is in danger of a credit freeze, as in 2008.

The Fed will expand its balance sheet you watch. QE is for the Eurodudes and dudettes via swap lines and dollar repos by way of 'lending facilities'. Bernanke will have to do it or  half the banks in the US will fail.

Treasury guarantees will be back like poufy dresses. We are condemned to repeat errors until we learn not to do so.

Best to let weak institutions fail and wipe out stakeholders. Start from scratch w/ new capital and management. Anything else is a waste of time ...



oldman's picture

"We are condemned to repeat errors until we learn not to do so."

This assumes living intelligence, but it seems more realistic thus written:


We are condemned to repeat errors.

Ahmeexnal's picture

Juncker is an asswipe.

Gates will pull out of Libya and let the "enlightened democracies of europe" to fight Mr. Q bye themselves....and Mr. Q will beat the living shit out of europe.

Neoisolationist's picture

You may be right. And this would very much harm what the NWO true believers want.

Confused's picture

Come on now. This is simply to save face. It would seem Americans are less than happy with our involvement there, and this is just a political move. 

redguard's picture

Turkey's part of NATO. They have to fracture the alliance before the Turks get dragged into the Mideast conflagration.

boiltherich's picture

Are the Turks still considered a full participating member?  After they denied access to airspace for the northern prong of the attack on Saddam one would think they would have been quietly handed their hats, technically still members but only in name. 

walküre's picture

Lybia didn't bother Europe before the CIA inflamed the revolt.

Lybia's massive and easy accessible (as in cheap) oil reserves in the desert can be traded in Euros for decades to come.

That is what Lybia is about, you fool.

Ahmeexnal's picture


The european colonalist powers carved up a map of Africa just like they did in the Berlin Conference in the late 1800's. 

Why use euros to buy Libyan oil if you can just steal it....and make Libyans pay for their "liberation"?

That's what Libya is about, you ignorant imperialist fool.

walküre's picture

You speak of stealing oil and call me the ignorant imperialist fool?

US has been on an imperialist rampage since 1913, the inception of the Fed.

Nato might as well get abolished and let the chips fall where they may.


Alea Iacta Est's picture

And Europe has been on an imperialist rampage since the FOURTEEN HUNDREDS.


Do you have a point?  Or are you already playing the Juncker card in this thread?


lol, that didn't take long.



kaiten's picture

Your country is the result of that imperialist rampage, as you call it,. If you dont like the results of that imperialism, you can give your country back to native indiands. Problem solved. But they are taking it back anyway, so who cares, doesnt it?

Alea Iacta Est's picture

They are taking it back?  lol....ok.

Are you referring to the mexican immigrants?  They are no more taking it back than the muslim immigration wave from north africa is "taking over europe".  Futhermore, they are no more "native" to North America than the Europeans were.

And I never criticiqued the Europeans for being imperialist, I merely pointed out that European imperialism FAR precedes the American variety.  If you were capable of understanding the context of my response to the previous poster, you would see that.

Alea Iacta Est's picture

As a clarification, the mexicans are not native to the continental united states.  The idea that they are taking back their own land is silly.  The imperialist mexico of the 1800's colonized some southern regions, they certainly were not native to those areas.

kaiten's picture

US will be sooner part of Latin America than Europe part of Maghreb, I´d say.

Ahmeexnal's picture

Well, that pretty much describes what you are: a redneck trailertrash racist.

Go back to your extrawide lazyboy 4000 and keep watching "dancing with the stars", while you wear your KKK grandmaster outfit.


kaiten's picture

Talking demographic trends is racist? Mhmmm, I think you have an issue with Census Bureau, then.

Blano's picture

Just curious.....which third world shithole do you live in??

RollOver's picture

Aren't the guys behind the Fed the same ones as those who invented colonialism?

I_ate_the_crow's picture

"Whoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce...and when you realize that the entire system is very easily controlled, one way or another, by a few powerful men at the top, you will not have to be told how periods of inflation and depression originate"

- 1881, President Garfield (As quoted by Bill Still in the Secret of Oz).

Ahmeexnal's picture

Behind the Fed lurks the church of Rome.

"In god we trust"

Seems like god is about to have trust revoked by every single human being on this planet.

boiltherich's picture

Russia would LOVE that.  (the end of NATO that is)

THE DORK OF CORK's picture

Because so much of our debt is private you dumb shit.

JW n FL's picture

I knew I should not have let you barrow that 5 bucks! damn it! I always end up getting screwed..


why when its "We the People" always getting fucked over in retail.. is it described as transitory? always is a longer period of time than transitory insinuates!


Fucking Hair Cuts!


Never buy wine by the glass!

topcallingtroll's picture


Are you sure you know how much debt is hidden in spain and portugal, just waiting to surprise you at the worst time?

Private debt can be rated wrong and perform just as badly as public debt. Pick your poison.

THE DORK OF CORK's picture

What is leverage ?

Leverage in this monetory system is the ratio of tax raising powers (goverment money) vs private credit.

If you knew anything about EMU /  Euro you would realise that goverment debt has barely moved in the euro area in 15 years. (with the exception of the shadow bank bailout over the last few years)

Its not the % of goverment debt relative to GDP that is important as this is a false metric (wealthy subjects can reduce consumption dramatically if they so wish)

Its the ratio of goverment debt relative to private credit and since EMU this has gone ballistic in the euro area.

eureka's picture

Spot on. And, even more relevant: gov debt to to gov revenue.

US fed/state/muni revenue is nose-diving.

US crumbles within 12 months.

Watch and see.

Things that go bump's picture

Crumbles into autonomous regional areas that go off on their own and leave that bunch in New York and DC to cannibalize themselves?