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Dutch Finance Ministry Says Greek Default Is Unavoidable, Immediately Retracts

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Even though it has since provoked a firestorm of denials and refutations, the reality is that Dutch media RTLZ probably had some very good sources (certainly better than the FT's yesterday when China was supposed to LBO Italy for the 4th time in 2011) to release the following information, namely that according to the Finance Ministry, the bankruptcy of Greece is inevitable, and that the "question is no longer whether but how Greece goes bankrupt." Additionally, Reuters added that according to Jan Kees de Jager, "We are studying scenarios in secret together with the Dutch central bank (DNB) and also with other countries. We are looking at our own economy, our government finances, the financial sector and consequences for Europe," De Telegraaf added that the "other countries" also included Germany and Deutsche Bank. He said it was difficult to let a country go bankrupt in a controlled way. "Always, if something goes wrong there are effects on other countries, on central banks. So you will have to take into account side-effects. That is precisely the reason why we are looking at different scenarios behind closed doors." A ministry source later confirmed a report on Dutch broadcaster RTL that the scenarios being studied included default by Greece. Of course, in keeping with the European M.O. of spreading a rumor, gauging the market response, and if response is unpleasant, to immediately refute it, Dow Jones and everyone else has since reported  that the Dutch were only kidding and were not calling for an orderly default for Greece. Sure. Just preparing for one. Huge semantic difference there...

As for what the original information disclosed, before it was watered down by French political interests, here is the full piece from De Telegraaf:

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Finance said in response that all scenarios are prepared for Greece, including a bankruptcy. "But that's not where we control or hope." Minister Jan Kees de Jager (Finance) said earlier in the day that all the scenarios, probable and improbable, are examined in consultation with De Nederlandsche Bank and other countries. He then wanted to confirm or deny that a Greek bankruptcy prepared.

 

Green in the House as soon as possible to clarify the Hunter.

 

A spokesman for De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) said in response that it is the responsibility of the supervisor to monitor the financial stability. This applies also to calculate various scenarios and policies to inform the findings. It is the European Central Bank and the politicians to connect them to conclusions, the spokesman said.

 

Banks are preparing

The Dutch financial sector is increasingly beginning to prepare for a bankruptcy of Greece. Scenarios are out of the closet and risks are discussed, as was Tuesday from a tour. About the contents of any steps in a Greek bankruptcy, and the potential impact on the sector, banks have remained silent.
Rabobank are the most concrete. CFO Bert Bruggink indicated Tuesday that Greece, in his bankruptcy. ,, The only question is when,''he said. A spokesman for the bank reported that Rabobank, all scenarios''for a so-called 'default' is ready. ,, But that goes for all other scenarios,''he added. The key to a solution to the problem lies in the Greek banking politicians.

 

Rabo said on August 24 is the provision was made for an amount of 104 million euros of Greek government bonds. The cooperative bank had 347 million euros in Greece at the time outstanding.

 

Possibilities

 

ABN Amro has no specific plans for a Greek bankruptcy, but look at all the risks and opportunities. A spokesman for ING's request did not specify whether scenarios are discussed.

 

It did the spokesman of the financial group ING is a Greek bond portfolio of over 1 billion euros. ,, The amount we have in our books on Greek government bonds in them, as large as the profits we get''in three months, so nuanced it. According to ING, the Greek crisis is not proportional to the credit crisis in 2008.

 

Netherlands would be impossible for Greece to assume the debt obligations to meet and advocate that the country goes bankrupt in a controlled manner. That should prevent panic in the financial world.

And completing the pre-intervention picture from Reuters:

Dutch financial daily Het Financieele Dagblad reported earlier on Tuesday that Bert Bruggink, chief financial officer at leading Dutch lender Rabobank, warned that Greece's bankruptcy was inevitable.

 

"The question whether Greece goes bankrupt is behind us now. The only question is when it will happen," Bruggink was quoted as saying.

 

Within a few weeks, the Dutch finance ministry will publish results from "shock tests" and what the shocks mean for government finances, whether recapitalisation of banks is needed, and what other measures might be necessary, De Jager said

Lastly, and most ironically is the following clip with former Greek Finance Minister Stefanos Minos who says what everone knows: that Greece needs to take drastic spending cuts measures, when this is precisely the last thing they are doing.

 


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Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:03 | Link to Comment Cdad
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Greece is now NOT FIXED......bitchez!!!!!!

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:05 | Link to Comment SeverinSlade
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Psssssh, the Martians will soon be landing to bail out Europe.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:07 | Link to Comment spiral_eyes
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Paul Krugman will be very pleased.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:15 | Link to Comment SeverinSlade
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Krugman will be even more pleased when the Martians land in a highly populated urban area causing millions and billions of dollars in damage.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:40 | Link to Comment narapoiddyslexia
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I'm for whatever it takes to get past Europe, so we can once again focus on the total moral and financial bankruptcy of the US government.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 17:17 | Link to Comment ex VRWC
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(The scene: Frodo has just noticed that something is trolling on the NYT website masquerading as a columnist.  It is the emaciated husk of the former economist Krug-lum)

Gandalf: He hates and loves the USA just as he hates and loves himself. He will never be rid of his need to decry it and wish evil upon it in his desire to save it.


Frodo: Its a pity someone didn’t silence him when they had the chance!  


Gandalf: Pity? It is pity that keeps him on the rolls of the New York Times, though he costs them subscribers with every column.  Many that write such vitriol deserve nothing but scorn and journalistic death. Others blog the honest truth and are never heard.   Can you silence the trolls and give the deserving an audience, Frodo?  Can you spare the world even one more of his dreadful missives?   No, Frodo, Krug-lum has some part to play yet.


Frodo: I wish the collapse had never come upon us. I wish none of this had happened.


Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times.  But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.   But there are other forces at work in this world, Frodo, besides the malice of twisted journalistic malfeasance that Krug-lum represents.  Such as him are met with voices of truth at many, many places on the blogosphere.  Remember, Frodo, he exists to remind us of all that is evil in the world of the Keynsian crony-capitalist-statist.  His ilk are there to show us just what the evil we fight represents.  Remember this, Frodo.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:27 | Link to Comment Fox Moulder
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No no no, you got it wrong.

 

China will bail out Europe.

 

Martians will bail out China.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:43 | Link to Comment SeverinSlade
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And Uranus will bail out the Mars. 

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:36 | Link to Comment sqz
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Don't know if anyone has listened to the interview in English from the former Greek Finance Minister Stefanos Minos at the end of the article (it requires Silverlight plugin), but it is very enlightening!

It is very clear to me now hard default of Greece is inevitable very shortly (yes, I was on the fence and thought they could extend it for a year or two).

Nothing is going to be able to stop this train wreck any more. All that matters is how the consequences are dealt with. It seems all the EU governments are starting to wake up to this reality, but trying their hardest not to say anything.

Thanks for this, ZH!

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 16:10 | Link to Comment dearth vader
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Hardly, the obvious can be stated more clearly. All but explicitly, Menos says to the eurocrats: Stop behaving like the idiots you are.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:04 | Link to Comment unky
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I dont understand why Greece people still have deposits in their banks. Should be zero by now?

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:09 | Link to Comment GeneMarchbanks
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Between two horrible scenarios which would you pick? Hence we play the game of Kick The Can.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:10 | Link to Comment Temporalist
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It is "transitory."

-Or-

It is "tradition."

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:40 | Link to Comment Pancho Villa
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I don't understand why American people still have deposits in their banks (above the amounts needed for weekly transactions). Interest rates are near zero, real interest rates are negative. Buy a year or two supply of whiskey or wine. Stockpile supplies of anything that you normally buy which can last for a year or more. The inflation rate is currently running at 4%, so you can earn 4% on your money (tax-free) by doing this.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:07 | Link to Comment GeneMarchbanks
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My God look at him! Marijuana Thinking at its finest. Greek Default pssssshhht. Either high or insane.

See what happens?! Do ya Holland? Or should I call you The Netherlands?

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:04 | Link to Comment Smithovsky
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Tulips, weed and whores, bitchez!

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 16:19 | Link to Comment LookingWithAmazement
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No difference with any other country in the world. US and French folks are using even more stuff.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 22:04 | Link to Comment Tompooz
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and a central bank with lots of gold

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:05 | Link to Comment vast-dom
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...unavoidable in a kind of delayed sort of way but wholly unlikely in that there is perfect certitude despite some possibly inevitabilites...

 

FUCK YOU GLOBAL MARKETS

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:06 | Link to Comment spiral_eyes
Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:09 | Link to Comment Flatchestynerdette
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whats the problem with Europe? I know they dislike war and can't shoot their way out of a paper bag but can they just politely turn their heads as they kick the plug out of the wall and let the zombie die?

I mean - Greece is already dead! Now europe, with its socialized medicine is into afterlife care?

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:11 | Link to Comment MichaelG
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Unfortunately Dignitas is based in Switzerland which isn't part of the EU...

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:08 | Link to Comment InMisesITrust
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Dank u wel!

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:09 | Link to Comment Grand Vizier
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Nothing sceams intelligence more than ending a statement with "bitchez" at the end...   <sarcasm>

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:13 | Link to Comment MichaelG
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Spellchex, bitchez!

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:14 | Link to Comment espirit
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I like lotsa "Bitchez". Especially the gold and silver type.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:43 | Link to Comment NotApplicable
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Nothing screams intelligence more than some n00b who fails to understand where they are before dissing the place.

Here's a hint, things exist the way the do for a reason. Perhaps you might try and figure out why.

The More You Know...

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 17:00 | Link to Comment Lazlo Toth
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Knowing is half the battle?

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:08 | Link to Comment entendance
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After our socio-fascist government implemented all of Germany’s directives, the Greek people have come to an absolute desperation and poverty.
What is also outrageous is the fact that are own government has passed the message to the global banksters and other nations that Greek people are
lazy and incapable.
Today, after two years of screwing and pressing us, most households and businesses have stopped paying. Stopped paying taxes, utility bills, toll fees, or anything else related to the government.
Two hours ago, this same government announced a new property tax (added to the 2 previous ones). This one will be calculated on every and each household, business, cottage, or even a barn for animals. It will be 4 euros per square meter calculated immediately, to be paid by this December the latest.
Once again let me tell you that we are not a lazy nation or useless people.
This has to do with some 4% of the working force, and all of them public servants who were hired by each government in order to gain votes for its next election campaign. So what’s actually happening is the same person who hired those people, now tries to persuade the rest of the nation that they are incapable.
The steps were very wisely thought out and implemented by the globalists.
They made fools out of us
They turned one against the other.
They decreased salaries and wages.
They increased prices of necessary goods.
They put us into poverty.
Now they demonize property by implementing more and more taxes
The next steps are to force us sell our properties to German and Chinese companies, and create jobs in German and Chinese factories for the thousands of hungry.
http://www.entendance.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=801&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&...

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:13 | Link to Comment tip e. canoe
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forgot the last part:

Please Mac, pass the message. Your people must learn from our suffering.

We are finished.

Alert yor friends, relatives, co-workers.

Be safe and stay alert. It’s coming.

Warning For Americans: Be Safe and Stay Alert. It’s Coming.
Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:20 | Link to Comment Capitalist10
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We didn't need any convincing that Greeks were lazy and stop making up new excuses for why you won't pay your bills... as if you ever did.

Now go get me a souvlaki.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:40 | Link to Comment pcrs
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Your government is just super corrupt and good for you not paying taxes to them, smoke their corrupt asses out if you can do it without them throwing you in jail. A petty my gvt stole my money and borrowed it to your corrupt politicians. But that is a petty for my gvt, since they would just have used it to hire more policemen and regulators to fine the crap out of me anyway, so good riddence.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:46 | Link to Comment Flatchestynerdette
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Greece is based on patronage. Welcome to america. However, parts of your story ring true:

The steps were very wisely thought out and implemented by the globalists.
They made fools out of us
They turned one against the other.
They decreased salaries and wages.
They increased prices of necessary goods.
They put us into poverty.
Now they demonize property by implementing more and more taxes
The next steps are to force us sell our properties to German and Chinese companies, and create jobs in German and Chinese factories for the thousands of hungry.

 

We just got word that food prices would be going up because of heat in the midwest farm growing areas. Well, most of that is corn and because of political stupidness, most of that corn goes to ethanol, not food.

We have turned one against the other in this country -those that understand economics vs. those that don't.

The government uses regulations to punish producers and implements labor laws for wages so that stops hiring.

They haven't demonized property but they have used the court system to make private property more easily condemned to build areas that increase city tax venues.

As for Germany and China taking your jobs? Welcome to globalization 101. We lost the southeast textile workers to Mexico, then Guatamala, then I remember shirts from Viet Nam. Next came parts from Mexico, always from Japan, then from Korea, and then from the behemoth China at 4cents on the dollar.

You've been living in a protected cone. Now you'll have to work harder and compete. Be stressed out, take more medicine, bankrupt your state's healthcare, and remember - its all for the greater good of saving your Greek way of life. Just ask for default. Get out of the euro. Get a donkey and an olive tree and go into farming. I have no easy answers. For you nor me. But we'd like you to tell your government to do something as the rest of the world is waiting for Greece to shit or get off the pot. You're holding up the giant flush that needs to happen to clean out the rest of the system. Thanks.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 16:14 | Link to Comment MS7
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Friend, all intelligent people know that Greeks are not lazy. I don't know how people can be so stupid as to think an entire nation of people are one way or another. Sadly, there are people who are intellectually lazy and enjoy thinking in stereotypes.

I too am shocked at how the Prime Minister and his party blame the people for corruption, as if they were not one of the two parties in power for decades and responsible for the debt.

The first action of any new government should be to examine the debt and see what is legitimate. This government will never ever ever do that. Unfortunately most Americans do not know how anti-Greek the Greek government is. The Greeks made a huge mistake in voting for them. Still, they should not be punished for their error.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 16:17 | Link to Comment unky
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My friend. As a German I can say nothing against you as Greek people. Its our governments and politicians and banksters that created this mess and play us. I totally agree you hide your money and dont pay taxes. I would do the same in your situation.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 16:45 | Link to Comment Max UK
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As the banksters ratchet up their plunder of country after country, Greece is that country where they seem to be finding the greatest popular resistance. It is important that the people stand together, and renounce apathy.

It is in the interests of ordinary people everywhere, to give moral support to, and draw inspiration from the Greek people.

Dear reader, please know the game; sniping and smart-alec comments against the Greeks, betrays that conceit that makes it so easy to facilitate divide & conquer against us.

 

We are all Greeks now.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:09 | Link to Comment Deadpool
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step 1: greece

step 2: spain

step 3: France (first jerry lewis loses MDA gig, now this!)

step 4: Citigroup

step 5: US$

step 6: oil for food

step 7: Donner party

step 8: civil war

step 9: Mayan 2012

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:13 | Link to Comment TheLooza
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step 10: bubble party

step 11: cry in fetal position, shart self

step 12: ...?

step 13: Profit!

 

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:31 | Link to Comment Flatchestynerdette
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Germany won't allow Greece to go dead. Too decisive. They like being the flour/water paste in the background and don't want to repeat their prominent role of WW2. This is why Merkel won't take a stand. The people of Germany have been sanitized of nationalism. Its all for the greater good of Europe. This stuff will go on and on and on until 2020. We can now only hope that Spain goes. BTW: as everyone is looking right on the map, how about we look left and see what's going on there as they float under the radar.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 16:05 | Link to Comment Bokkenrijder
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Step 10: bunga bunga!

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:10 | Link to Comment prains
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cup your balls.................................................here it comes.

 

and no. shit the popcorn is running out.

 

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:10 | Link to Comment LawsofPhysics
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Yesterday we got a market melt-up in the last half-hour, today we get the market melt-down in the last half hour.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:10 | Link to Comment espirit
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Probably why the Eur/Usd just hiccup'd, or was it a gag.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:12 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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more like a cat hairball...

 

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:15 | Link to Comment espirit
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to true, lol.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:10 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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At least the Dutch are using their brains...

My Belgium government is one of the 2 european governments who already agreed to launch Eurobonds today... Morons...

Even as all of mainstreet already knows Greece will go down.

 

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:36 | Link to Comment BungaBunga
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Since when do you guys have a government? Let alone an agreeing one. Today I woke up in Bizarro world.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:52 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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Don't worry, we have 6 governments. It's a bit complicated to explain why a small country like ours has so many but on of them decided to do it.

Funny thing is they didn't even got elected. Democrazy!!

 

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:11 | Link to Comment TradingJoe
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Be Dank but we all knew this already, so...?!

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:13 | Link to Comment centerline
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They think they are avoiding a self-fullfilling prophecy by openly talking about a Greek default.  Funny.  So, we are back to ignoring the 900 gorilla in the room.  Yeah, that always works.

Plus, Merkel vowed to do everything to avoid a "uncontrolled" greek default.  Nothing said about a "controlled" one.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:14 | Link to Comment ZeroPoint
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The matrix is about ready to crash.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:15 | Link to Comment pods
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I don't see why this is big news.  Can anyone come up with a way where Greece does not default?  Without the ten years our miraculous savings junk.

I mean, when you are broke is it a crime for someone to say you are broke?

I almost cannot even take this crap anymore.  In the US we are all pretending that things are fine.  All around me I hear about how Tom Brady threw for a gabillion yards.

People are reaching for anything to NOT have to discuss the elephant in the room.  

Why is it we tell kids to enjoy the make believe world when they are young?  Cause that is where we are living now.

pods

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:17 | Link to Comment Temporalist
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The Dutch will be okay they are #11 in gold reserves. 

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:18 | Link to Comment espirit
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Greece is just a Lehman event. Spread the shit around, bitchez.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:18 | Link to Comment kito
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yes, its ok troika stooges, we will humor you all and believe that money being thrown at greece is done for curative purposes, rather than dilatory ones.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:19 | Link to Comment Crack-up Boom
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"Green in the House as soon as possible to clarify the Hunter."

-uhh, what?!  I mean, I'm not in hgh finance and sometimes the posts are Greek to me, but this phrase reminded me of a line from Get Smart!  

Are you sure this WHOLE THING isn't just some big joke?!  It's getting NUTS! 

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:52 | Link to Comment The Feds Connection
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Thats google translate for ya. What it actually translates to is: " The Green party (opposition party in Holland) wants a clarification from Jan Kees de Jager (Jager = hunter) about the statements he made about preparing for a greek default asap.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 17:55 | Link to Comment Crack-up Boom
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Thanks!  I felt like I was somewhere between Candid Camera and the Twilight Zone!

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 18:10 | Link to Comment MichaelG
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Anyone watching the markets over the last three years would totally agree.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 22:40 | Link to Comment IQ 145
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Google translates is kind of an optimistic claim. Often, it's like smoking hash.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:22 | Link to Comment Instant Wealth
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Boyscouts motto: Be prepared

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 16:30 | Link to Comment Deadpool
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I thought it was: Don't be homosexual or is that Greece? hard to keep track.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:43 | Link to Comment pcrs
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by now, isn't the interest rate on Greek bonds already 10000%? Maybe if they throw in a couple of apples, eggs and a chicken, they can buy back all of their debt and they would not need to default.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:59 | Link to Comment web bot
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We all know that this needs to happen...the problem is what else is coming. I wouldn't be clapping for joy.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 16:05 | Link to Comment jhm
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Just to add a little info on typical german mentality:

If a "normal" person gets into bankruptcy, if you are broke out of whatever reasons, be it greed or illness, filing for personal insolvency and having to declare affidavit/bancruptcy before the local court it is one of the worst social stigmas and a horrific nightmare if this ever comes out in public or, beware, gets to the larger family or neighbours.

One will never *in his life* ever again get any credit, a flat above minimum social security standards in a better neighbourhood or anything else for which a good financial standing is needed.

Bancruptcy is filed in the court books for 30 years, and even if one does orderly pay his obligations meanwhile and the file get's deleted before the 30 years are over the info on a former bancruptcy will be like a mark of cain forever branded on ones' data everywhere, from banks to house management companies to employers.

All this is not that bad socially in the larger cities due to the anonymity there, but it is a terrible thing on the countryside - if you live at the countryside you are screwed forever and looked upon as a pariah in the neighbourhood and village/town, as rumour spreads fast and very nasty when bancrupt once. People know no mercy in this regard, none at all. To have had bad luck financially will never ever be forgiven in this country, no matter what the reasons for that bad luck were in the first place.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 16:34 | Link to Comment Deadpool
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I thought it was "onto the cattle train with you" and a star on ones clothes. Your way is much more wordy. Thank God for English Common Law...

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 17:29 | Link to Comment Wolferl
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It´s 7 years, not 30. They changed the law in Germany almost 15 years ago.   

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 16:29 | Link to Comment LookingWithAmazement
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Black Swan event of the year: Bernanke will buy tons of worthless European bonds, as a kind of QE3. Geithner will talk with Merkozy this Friday. Euro saved, crisis over.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 16:45 | Link to Comment Bokkenrijder
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Here's a nice and rather sincere (for a politician anyway) interview with the Dutch finance minister:

http://www.rtl.nl/components/financien/rtlz/nieuws/2011/37/Financien-gaa...

It's in Dutch, so in a nutshell here's a rough summary and translation of what goes on in the European kitchen of finance;

*) Calls for tough times ahead,

*) Brags about the historic low yield of 2,208% for a Dutch bond auction today for 2.2 billion Euros within 6 minutes, admits that it's a refection of the deteriorating state on the economy and investors looking for a safe haven,

*) He tries very hard to dodge the question whether The Netherlands is working on a possible 'Greece bankrupcy' scenario, however, he admits that 'all possible scenarios are being reviewed.'

*) Admits that they are preparing for different scenarios (regarding Greece) in secret, with The Dutch National bank and also with other nations.

*) Admits that it's "technically very difficult" for a controlled Greek default,

*) Admits that, as a lesson learned from the 2008 financial collapse, the Dutch government is preparing for all possible thinkable and the almost unthinkable scenarios,

*) Is very vague about a possible scenario of what the average Dutch citizen should do with his/her savings, but foresees a lot of unstability over the next few weeks and months.

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Personally I'm a bit shocked to see how pessimistic he is about the outlook.

Speculation from my side: 1) are The Netherlands better prepared than other EU countries and does he thnk that it's beneficial for The Netherlands to start the dominos falling, or 2) have secret discussions been taking place for months between The Netherlands, Germany and a few other countries and has Jan-Kees de Jager been given the dirty task to set the Greek default train in motion?

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 17:00 | Link to Comment hungarianboy
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Why didn't you include the R in your nick??

Brokkenrijder :P

Alles goed verder? ( Everything ok? )

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 17:37 | Link to Comment Wolferl
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Are the Dutch better prepared? Nope. Dutch pension funds own almost twice the GDP of the Netherlands in Euro bonds. But i think Austria, Germany, the Dutch and a few other core Euro states changed their minds over the last 10 days. And they now think it´s better to pull the Greek plug. Welcome to the mule-based economy, Greeks.    

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 16:58 | Link to Comment hungarianboy
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To all ZH readers and contributors.

JKDJ ( Jan Kees de Jager ) Is in my opninion a honest guy. So +1 for his comments.

The newspaper Telegraaf can be taken as joke cause the telegraaf ( Also known as televaag according to dutch website geenstijl.nl ) is making very often mistakes in their releases. Neverthless, I still believe Jan Kees.

 

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 17:26 | Link to Comment Bokkenrijder
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Yes I agree, De Telegraaf is very close to tabloid level. I don't live in The Netherlands, so I normally don't watch any Dutch/Belgian news, so I was quite surprised to see how honest and straighforward (well...for an openly gay Dutch finance minister anyway, hihihi) he is! Good on him! +1 for Jan-Kees The Hunter!

p.s. hungarianboy, can you show me where I can edit my username? :-)

Ach, ik neem mezelf (en de wereld) niet te serieus en kan er wel om lachen!

MvGr,  B(r)okkenrijder! :-D

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 18:41 | Link to Comment americanspirit
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Sure, the Dutch don't 'call for' violent North Sea storms that could drown their country but, acknowledging that they have occurred in the past and are inevitable in the future, they sure do "prepare for" them.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 20:56 | Link to Comment moxia19
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Wed, 09/14/2011 - 01:51 | Link to Comment Caveman93
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