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It's Official: Stark Is Gone

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9 September 2011 - Jürgen Stark resigns from his position

Today, Jürgen Stark, Member of the Executive Board and Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB), informed President Jean-Claude Trichet that, for personal reasons, he will resign from his position prior to the end of his term of office on 31 May 2014. Mr Stark will stay on in his current position until a successor is appointed, which, according to the appointment procedure, will be by the end of this year. He has been a Member of the Executive Board and Governing Council since 1 June 2006.

Having been informed by Jürgen Stark of his decision to resign for personal reasons, President Jean-Claude Trichet thanks him wholeheartedly for his outstanding contribution to European unity over many years. Having worked with Jürgen Stark for almost 20 years, he expresses particular gratitude for his exceptional and unwavering dedication as a member of the Executive Board and Governing Council for more than five years.


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Fri, 09/09/2011 - 09:50 | 1650414 Earl of Chiswick
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What, no hotel maid?

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 09:56 | 1650423 redpill
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The Bloomberg anchors are rambling and trying to figure out what it means, rather amusing to watch.  This one fruitcake is wearing a baby blue dress shirt with a pink tie.  What a vag!

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 09:59 | 1650472 WonderDawg
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Stark has his gonads in both hands, no time for a hotel maid. Besides, she might be hiding a pitchfork.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:06 | 1650500 spiral_eyes
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Meanwhile, on the other side of the atlantic:

From Paul Krugman:

Before I get to the Obama plan, let me talk about the other important economic speech of the week, which was given by Charles Evans, the president of the Federal Reserve of Chicago. Mr. Evans said, forthrightly, what some of us have been hoping to hear from Fed officials for years now.

As Mr. Evans pointed out, the Fed, both as a matter of law and as a matter of social responsibility, should try to keep both inflation and unemployment low — and while inflation seems likely to stay near or below the Fed’s target of around 2 percent, unemployment remains extremely high.

So how should the Fed be reacting? Mr. Evans: “Imagine that inflation was running at 5 percent against our inflation objective of 2 percent. Is there a doubt that any central banker worth their salt would be reacting strongly to fight this high inflation rate? No, there isn’t any doubt. They would be acting as if their hair was on fire. We should be similarly energized about improving conditions in the labor market.”

Accomodation, bitchez! 

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:13 | 1650531 Long-John-Silver
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Is he still hoping for an Alien Invasion from Space?

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:20 | 1650561 spiral_eyes
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Yeh he grew his hair long, started dropping acid and praying to his space brothers on Comet Elenin to come down to earth and resurrect John Maynard Keynes.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 11:08 | 1650811 Libertarian777
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Krugman must LOVE Fukushima. Nuclear meltdown that will continue for 40 years. 40 years of construction workers and cleanup crews bitchez. Each worker can spend maybe 1 hour of their life in the region then have to leave permanently. Or maybe if they stay and die, more people like undertakers will have jobs.

(P.S. not sure why Japan's GDP is down... uhmm..uhhnnn..duhhhh)

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 11:29 | 1650912 Thomas
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He's hoping that there is somebody out there who doesn't realize he's a total idiot and menace to society.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:37 | 1650669 Strike Back
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This is one asshole I will never forgive.  By the way, wasn't he saying there is "no inflation," and the price increases we are seeing are due to the BRICs consuming more?  Is this his underhanded way of admitting that central bank policy leads to inflation?

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 11:06 | 1650800 Libertarian777
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interesting he says that, cos British inflation hit 4% and they aren't doing fuckall about it. so where's the 'hair on fire' economists at the bank of england?

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 18:25 | 1652706 Alpha Monkey
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5% is the magic number, righ tnow it's just smoldering in their hair.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 15:07 | 1652025 tj3
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According to the MIT CPI study isn't inflation running at four percent? SoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooIs there a doubt that any central banker worth their salt would be reacting strongly to fight this high inflation rate?

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 16:22 | 1652368 Goldtoothchimp09
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inflation is running at 9% depending on how you measure it... deflation policy bitchez!

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:31 | 1650622 toady
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A guy I worked with wore a bright pink tie with pastel colors all the time.

He said he was secure in his masculinity, but everybody else called him a fag.

I miss the days of the non-PC work environment.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 12:41 | 1651319 A.W.E.S.O.M.-O 4000
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I think just about any Police Department in Texas would still run a non-PC environment. Check it out.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 18:21 | 1652690 Alpha Monkey
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You miss the days of being able to openly demean people and force them to accept it because you're in a different group that has a somewhat protected status because you're not one of them...?

Yeah, I bet you miss slavery too.

Sat, 09/10/2011 - 18:59 | 1655232 Ranger4564
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Agreed.   Sad people really.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 09:52 | 1650429 ihedgemyhedges
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He chose a more lucrative career since he knew what was coming.  He bought a printing company..................................

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 09:59 | 1650450 o_rly
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Notice how the German Hawks are getting picked off one by one. First it was Axel Weber, now it's Stark.

The Jewish bankers getting their revenge with some blackmail? I wouldn't doubt it.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 09:59 | 1650473 Earl of Chiswick
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Weidmann - some advice since you are still there, stay away from Sofitels.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:02 | 1650481 Oh regional Indian
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Is that Orly, only 0_rly? How come? Curious minds, etc!

And that cartoon is priceless. Or should that be shiptoon and bidless?

The titanic comes to mind. So does the hindengerg. (Both sabotaged by the way, just in case you were wondering).

And please, no Junckers, than you vewy much!


Tipping Points 

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:15 | 1650539 Vergeltung
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you're such a tiresome idiot around here.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:45 | 1650709 Oh regional Indian
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Tch tch. What a pathetic asshole, say something constructive douchebag. 

Or is "retaliation" all you know? Are you german? I suggest you get that hot poker out of your ass, it's okay. Smile. It is all your fault, but that is okay too.


Fri, 09/09/2011 - 11:30 | 1650915 madbomber
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specifically what do you find tiresome.  ?   
























Fri, 09/09/2011 - 14:13 | 1651757 sullymandias
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junked for asking not to be junked

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:31 | 1650623 ww2vet
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fuck you - we know who, where you are. ready??

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 11:21 | 1650866 bankruptcylawyer
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its the jews!!!! the jews did it! 

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 12:19 | 1651199 Minimum Clearance
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Actually, it's the secret machinations of the Icelanders.  They've called on Odin, who summoned Loki...a little later, we'll see Thor.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 13:24 | 1651519 tamboo
Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:48 | 1650724 HistorySquared
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It's important because it means the Wolfgang Schauble faction will win and Germany will underwrite all of Europe. This will spread the debt grangne to the core as Germay's surplus erodes from a coming slowdown in demand for it's high end machinery and german cars from China. Meanwhile, I'll win the Niederhoffer contest on my call for 5 yr CDS on GER, FRA, ITA  and Chinese debt 2011.   

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 09:50 | 1650415 DefiantSurf
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Wow, from rumor to fact in under and hour...must be some serious arguing going on there!

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:12 | 1650526 Cognitive Dissonance
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Oh to be a fly on the wall watching and listening to the cockroaches at the table.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 09:50 | 1650416 Darth Silver
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all the lies (non truths) must be killing him.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 09:50 | 1650417 GiantWang
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Stark gone?  Who is going to be Iron Man?

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 09:52 | 1650424 Cash_is_Trash
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Don Cheadle?

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 09:56 | 1650447 spanish inquisition
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Someone Don Cheadle like who is less expensive.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:23 | 1650581 LowProfile
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Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:25 | 1650594 DefiantSurf
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War Piigs or Iron Man?


Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:36 | 1650661 toady
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Stark raving mad

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 09:59 | 1650468 Mitzibitzi
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Nah, he's War Machine. Oddly appropriate, come to think of it...

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 09:54 | 1650441 CrimsonAvenger
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This has got to be my favorite comment of the year. Hilarious and in no way contributes to the discussion. And provided by someone calling himself Giant Wang. Thank you sir.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:18 | 1650555 john39
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"in no way contributes to the discussion"  kinda like obummer's "speech" and the republican sock puppet show, er debate

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 09:54 | 1650418 GeneMarchbanks
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He seems to want to keep his head attached to the rest of his anatomy. Can you blame him?

What follows is the realization that the ECB can, indeed, print and the Euro does that fiat dance where it gets real... low.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 09:51 | 1650422 CreditcalMass
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First rat in first rat out bitchez.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 11:43 | 1650966 Zero Govt
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Yes but have you noticed the ZH cartoonists technical error? It's supposed to be rats leaving a sinking ship, not alongside dock. The ECB are defo fuking sinking that's for sure

When i suggested TD and his long sentance construction be replaced by a cartoonist (because TD said many of us had attention spans shorter than a Goldfish) i had no idea we'd get such a poor quality cartoonist! OK TD all is forgiven, you can stay mate, at least until we find a good cartoonist 

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 13:09 | 1651445 FeralSerf
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Judenrats believe that it's safer to get out before she sinks.  There's precedent.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 09:53 | 1650435 Atomizer
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Jürgen Stark needs to spend more time with his family.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 09:55 | 1650438 DefiantSurf
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Before EU Armageddon?

His family probably has one way tickets to Brazil

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 09:58 | 1650459 o_rly
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Germans like to escape to Argentina, not Brazil.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:06 | 1650499 TJ00
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I think the reference was to The Boys from Brazil

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:00 | 1650476 TJ00
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Because of E.L.E.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 09:57 | 1650451 ViewfromUnderth...
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Trichet melts down in presser yesterday...Starck gone today...adds up. Greece tomoz?

Only the not-for-profits will be short gold this w/e.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 09:57 | 1650452 unky
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Did he oppose the bailout of PIGGS countries or what was the matter with him ?

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 09:57 | 1650456 Arthor Bearing
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Stark ist schwach

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 09:58 | 1650460 TJ00
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Winter is coming...

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:33 | 1650638 PY-129-20
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Yap. Where is Khal Drogo when you need him? I'd love to see some Dothraki at the ECB building - NOW!

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 09:58 | 1650462 mickeyman
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ECB has the wrong Jean-Claude in charge. It should be Killy!

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:39 | 1650679 Hooey
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Or this guy.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 09:59 | 1650467 kito
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dollar is up!!!!!!!!!!! dollar is up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! long live fiat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 11:11 | 1650820 Hephasteus
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Paying it's rent one last time before being completely fucking EVICTED from the 70's. Welcome to 60's ghetto.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 09:59 | 1650469 Robslob
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And another wealthy banker leaves early to his private island for "personal reasons"

More like "survival reasons"...

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:03 | 1650474 buzzsaw99
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Resign, or be DSK'd

any way you want it.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:01 | 1650477 PulauHantu29
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He needs to preapre the next Nobel Peace Prize....for Sarkozy......but the French King needs to invade Syria first.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:02 | 1650484 Josh Randall
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Or did he get religion ?

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:05 | 1650496 NuYawkFrankie
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Any relation to Ringo Stark?

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:06 | 1650501 midtowng
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I wouldn't worry about it. After all, when Greenspan left the Fed it wasn't as if the credit bubble he blew up was about to bust and bring down the whole financial system.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:08 | 1650505 milanitaly
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Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:49 | 1650730 Instant Wealth
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Sorry, no help. You are to big for a bailout, Italy.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:10 | 1650508 gwar5
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Stark leaving, and the IMF saying it's a 'dangerous' period, and 'global cooperation' will be needed. Sure signs of an Apocolypse.



Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:32 | 1650626 Caught Stealing
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I asked this earlier on another article, but:

What credibility is there in this "huge intervention" that Catrini is talking about for this weekend?


Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:46 | 1650715 Caught Stealing
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nevermind! Durden just answered on his latest article regarding G7

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:09 | 1650510 uno
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Hillary on the floor, someone please ask her how many cigars went into her puss

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:12 | 1650529 DefiantSurf
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thanks, now I'm blind in my minds eye!


Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:09 | 1650513 LarryKudlow
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Who cares ?

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:12 | 1650528 SheepDog-One
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Big deal, he's going to a couple years. Hell in this world that may as well be 1,000 years from now.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:17 | 1650515 youngandhealthy
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What if he left because he is against starting the print press this very weekend?

What if ECB "buy" all greece debt due with 50% interest and f..k the CDS traders?



Traders say that that the atteptance rate for the Greek private-sector involvement (PSI) is currently running at 70-75%. Traders familiar with the debt exchange deal say the Greek government is currently gathering 'non-binding' indications from bondholders on whether they want to participate in the debt exchange. "The info sessions will continue through the end of September and the actual offer will take place in October", Petros Christodoulou earlier told MNI. Traders say that a participation rate of 70% will be enough to get the debt exchange deal through, which is a key part of a second E109bln bailout package that was agreed on July 20.


ECB/JCT buy the rest without "touching" the ESFS?


Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:12 | 1650524 papaswamp
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Didn't want his Benz torched or the masses hunting him down. He can walk away and say 'I was against this' when the masses come.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:14 | 1650533 DefiantSurf
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Plausible deniability

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:24 | 1650593 Instant Wealth
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Insiders talking of Jörg Asmussen (social democrat, a true printer and market manipulator) to follow Stark. Fuck him.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:36 | 1650660 PY-129-20
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Indeed. Fuck him. I mean what's next? Krugman the next chairman of the FED? Talking about endless nightmares...

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:27 | 1650603 THE DORK OF CORK
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Thank you for helping to implode the entire European continent using false financial metrics as a psychological warfare weapon.

The 2% price stability meme was our death destroyer of nations.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:30 | 1650615 tim73
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Germans will just send a real tough guy whose surname is either Steiner, Drechsler, Fleischer, Rothstein, Wechsler or Weissmuller. Stark is still quite a weak name... :)

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:38 | 1650674 PY-129-20
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I'd prefer a Metzger, a butcher, for the PIIGS. Not some Pfotenhauer or Wurzelbacher.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:31 | 1650621 LookingWithAmazement
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The rats don't leave the ship, but stay aboard.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 11:47 | 1651011 Steroid
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Even the rats are not that stupid!

The parasites stay as they are glued to the host.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:32 | 1650631 Fish Gone Bad
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Why would Jürgen Stark leave a nice comfy job that pays a buttload of money?  It has to be something big, and it has to be something terrible.  Jürgen Stark must be leaving because Greece will default over the weekend.  Perhaps it was Jürgen Stark's idea to let Greece get unlimited money.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:36 | 1650654 SamAdams1234
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... allright, who farted the ECB  Boardroom.


Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:35 | 1650655 SamAdams1234
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... allright, who farted the ECB  Boardroom.


Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:36 | 1650656 SamAdams1234
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... allright, who farted the ECB  Boardroom.


Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:45 | 1650711 walküre
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He's 63 and leaving at the end of the year.

Nervous nellies are blowing this one out of proportion. Plenty of time to replace this hawk with another hawkish figure.

So what was the real catalyst for the sell off?

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 11:26 | 1650860 CPL
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He's not the only one that snuck out the door btw with a sudden change of heart and resignation.  Might want to look a little closer at where the architects of this mess are and where they are going and the most important reason.




The why, is all that worries me.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 12:54 | 1651396 moneymutt
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I would imagine they need someone who already said they are gone, to do some dirty work in next few weeks, like doing something REALLY unpopular, like whatever the banks want...or they know its over and have to have someone ready to throw under bus

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 13:11 | 1651468 CPL
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Wait for it, it hasn't got anything to do with banking or investments or money directly.


You'll all find out in Monday if you aren't part of it on Sunday.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 17:26 | 1652568 Random_Robert
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This is just the first of many such resignation announcements over the next several months, methinks...

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