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Sicily Is Greece As Italy Provides EUR400 Million 'Risk-Free' Bailout/Loan

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Italian premier Mario Monti is mulling emergency action to take direct control of Sicily’s regional government before the island spirals into a full-blown financial crisis, fearing contagion to the rest of Italy. We thought it was coming (as we wrote yesterday); we heard the rumors; but now the 'temporary liquidity problem' that faced Sicily has been resolved by... yes, you guessed it - the transfer of EUR400 million from the Italian government. Do not worry though. As one official noted "there's no default risk for Sicily, whose budget was in surplus in 2010 and 2011". Unbelievable.


As Bloomberg notes:

"The developments in Sicily are very serious," said Prof Giuseppe Ragusa from Luiss University in Rome. "It is just the sort of negative shock we don’t want right now. Everything has to go perfectly for Italy to pull through."


"We mustn't let the disaster in Sicily infect Italy"


"We are victims of disinformation, lie, and falsehoods. What are we supposed to do? Cut even further? Detonate a social explosion in Sicily? Turn Sicily into a land of desperation where everything is destroyed," Sicily's governor Lombardi said.


"Sicily is not at risk of default," said Mr Lombardo, blaming the crisis on cuts by Rome itself under its EU-imposed austerity regime. "We face a liquidity crisis linked to the recession in the rest of the country. It is hard for lots of regions, and not just Sicily."


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Wed, 07/18/2012 - 15:53 | 2629645 Pladizow
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Aaaaa shut upa ya face!

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 16:08 | 2629720 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Somewhere Webster Grifin Tarpley is smiling....and eating a Big Mac.

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 16:11 | 2629731 knukles
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Was that 2010/11 budget surplus before or after the howevermany million/billion bailout?

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 19:46 | 2630139 Vampyroteuthis ...
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So one day in the Italian parliament walk in a few burly guys (6 feet no matter how you measure them) with bulges out of their suits to.... well....... suggest that the Italian gov't bail them out.

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 15:54 | 2629652 Gromit
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Suggest you change headline to million not billion.

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 15:57 | 2629662 Agent P
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About shit myself when I read it.

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 16:06 | 2629712 The Big Ching-aso
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This looks like a financial Sicilian necktie.

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 15:55 | 2629658 q99x2
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Monti buys himself an island with the money that the taxpayers of Italy do not have.


Wed, 07/18/2012 - 16:04 | 2629707 Frastric
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More like a broke country bails out a broke province with money it doesn't have. Smells of Ponzi to me...

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 16:08 | 2629716 The Big Ching-aso
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Don Corleone must've called an emergency meeting of all the families.

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 16:41 | 2629812 ATM
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I am sure my cousins were there. They ain't stupid. They know that the threat of taking the rest of the world down has worked fantastically for the banks, the dirty Greeks and the Spanish. Those cunning little Sicilians know a thig or two about getting a little blood out of a turnip.

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 00:39 | 2630807 tom a taxpayer
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When have I ever refused any of you an accommodation?

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 16:19 | 2629754 Al Huxley
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No, no, no.  If you get enough parties and counterparties involved in the chain, and if you have enough 3 and 4 letter acronyms, and then throw in some earnest statements by politicians and central bankers about 'tackling the issues' and 'making real progress' then it's no longer a ponzi.

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 15:56 | 2629663 Hopium Dealer
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The mafia needed a bailout.

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 15:57 | 2629664 tmosley
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They've got 4 Dr. Evils living there?

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 15:57 | 2629667 The Reich
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Heligoland is having a 'temporary liquidity problem', too.


Please send another EUR400 billion 'Risk-Free' Bailout/Loan

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 16:00 | 2629672 Dr. Engali
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It sounds like Bagdad Bob holding a press conference.

By  the way the headline reads " billion".....like it makes a difference anyway.

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 15:59 | 2629673 PontifexMaximus
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Wed, 07/18/2012 - 15:59 | 2629674 Arnold Ziffel
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The number of displaced workers has risen dramatically since the start of the Great Recession, and this year a third of them had to raid retirement savings to make ends meet.

Making matters worse, many who have lost their jobs have defaulted on 401(k) loans, causing taxes and penalties to further deplete their retirement savings.



Wed, 07/18/2012 - 15:59 | 2629675 MillionDollarBogus_
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Tyler = Matt Drudge..........

Get the number right.......

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 16:00 | 2629678 nobusiness
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Finally!  This must mark the bottom of the crisis

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 16:08 | 2629680 Bam_Man
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"Go, go, go you mixed up Siciliano,

It's a-so delisha, everybody now capische!"

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 16:36 | 2629797 machineh
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Yeah. You toucha my loan, I breaka you face.

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 16:02 | 2629692 Glasnost
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Eh, a billion a million what it matta?  It's just paper.

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 16:02 | 2629695 Andrew Jackson ...
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Google trans :

The bad news accumulates for the Chinese economy. Growth reached 7.6% in the second quarter. This is the lowest level in three years for the "world factory". In June, foreign direct investment fell 6.9% and we learn that this Tuesday, July 17 600 Chinese companies have launched an appeal for assistance to authorities in Zhejiang, one of the richest provinces of the east. They are drowning in debt and can not repay the banks.

Our Beijing correspondent, Stéphane Lagarde

The case recalls the debt crisis of the SMEs in Wenzhou last summer. Except this time, small and medium enterprises are not the only ones concerned. More importantly, it occurs on the shores of Lake of Hangzhou, the city of millionaires Chinese south of Shanghai. 600 companies have launched the "emergency call" to the authorities of Zhejiang Province, the site reported 21 Shingji Jinji Baodao (The economy of the twenty-first century).

Some of them are among the 500 largest companies in the country: the giant furniture Jiayi for example, or the group Rongshi specializing in wood panels for construction. More money to repay the loans, lenders are panicking!

On June 14, police in Hangzhou calls Zhongjiang Yu, the chairman of property group Zhongjiang. The latter is then unable to repay loans amounting to several hundred billion yuan, the newspaper said. The banks then fall onto their customers.

The manufacturer of electrical cables Hupai must pay 80 million yuan (more than 10 million euros) to the Bank of China and Huaxia Bank.

Then what is the guarantor of the group that was called to order by four banks, with a slate of 100 billion yuan. The companies concerned ask the authorities to suspend debt payments without reducing the height of their loans within three years.

This cry for help is a sign that falling interest rates decided by the Central Bank is not enough to revive credit. As in Wenzhou last summer, the central government will likely intervene to avoid bankruptcy.

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 21:16 | 2630382 ZeroAvatar
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Well, those businesses would NEVER have gotten started had it NOT been for the Chinese government.  Isn't that right, Mr. Obama?  Mr. Obama?  Now where the hell did he go?

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 16:13 | 2629701 Manthong
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Billion, million, schmillion - peanuts in the new world of CB banking.

Besides, Sicily is not Compton.. 

There is no seething cauldron ready to erupt there, right?


Wed, 07/18/2012 - 16:06 | 2629713 Josh Randall
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It's a Scilian message...it means The Bernank sleeps with the fishes

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 16:08 | 2629722 Hedgetard55
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Sicikly makes nice wines, the Nero D'Avola red and the Grillo/Inzolia white blends.

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 16:15 | 2629744 Bam_Man
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Yes, they sure do - especially for the money.

But Tuscany is where the REALLY good stuff  - Brunello - is made.  

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 16:10 | 2629728 ToNYC
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The Mafia that doesn't exist never made 400 large so fast. Nice gaming, capischers.

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 16:14 | 2629734 Againstthelie
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The German taxpayer will be glad to see, that his hard earned money is being treated carefully. Gladly only stupid fascists believe, that other people's money is always spent and lost and that in fact Marxism is being proven correct and working in the brave new EUSSR.

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 16:14 | 2629740 Vincent Vega
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Mama mia that'sa spicya meatballa!

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 16:17 | 2629748 JackT
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Already planned?  Since when...yesterday?

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 16:21 | 2629758 mayhem
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i see a reality show in the making.... i mean fake reality like Jersey Shore, housewives or the stock market. 

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 16:25 | 2629770 Piranhanoia
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Please make it require that Mario and his Goldman Sachs go to Sicily.  Signor Gambinoleone is waiting to welcome them graciously.

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 16:26 | 2629774 Bastiat009
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And the euro is holding up today against the US$ and gold. Could somebody explain why?

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 16:27 | 2629779 azzhatter
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Love to see Blankfein go to Sicily to collect

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 16:30 | 2629786 magpie
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Free Sicily ?

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 16:31 | 2629790 jcamargo
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If Sicily is Greece, Italy is Spain.

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 16:37 | 2629799 Debtonation
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If Sicily is Greece, and Italy is Spain, does that mean the America is Europe?

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 16:44 | 2629818 ATM
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Actually, Sicily is California and Italy is the US.

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 17:22 | 2629807 giovanni_f
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Sicily is by orders of magnitude less broke than third-world UK, e.g., but endowed with a good infrastructure courtesy a generous EU. They have excellent ice cream (in partcular Pistacchio), know how to do justice to fresh fish (crudita del mare) and some areas in the south east (e.g. Ragusa) are actually wealthy with a real unemployment rate that the U.S. of A. may just dream about for the next 30 years even in nominal terms. Sicilians, as South Italians in general are debt free, don't owe their monthly salary to a credit card company many times over as has become a national habit in U.S. and U.K. So please stop comparing this beautiful island or its well educated non-obese people to the U.S. (you simply won't find Detroit-like places in Europe anyway). Sicilians have drawn tremendous profit from sticking with Europe and even Italy and will be part of the Eurozone long after the U.S. will have  disintegrated or been renamed to U.S. of Sheeplestan with a military government.

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 17:26 | 2629910 jcamargo
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You are right, and they have Mama to provide them shelter and good food and friends and cousins to pass them black market jobs if necessary. Decades of experience in the informal economy. Resilient.

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 21:23 | 2630391 ZeroAvatar
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A handsome young Sicilian and his lovely bride were married.  On the honeymoon, the bride discovered that her new husband was missing 3 toes on his left foot.  She ran downstairs, exclaiming, "Mama, Mama!  He'a only have a foot an' a half!"


Mama said,  "You stay down here!  This is a job for you'a MAMA!"

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 09:01 | 2631340 paulie
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I'd rather be a Sicilian enslaved to local gangsters than an American enslaved to Jew bankers.

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 21:00 | 2630347 Ropingdown
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Some would say "sticking it to Europe" rather than "sticking with Europe."  The Milanese might say so, too.  If the "South Italians in general are debt free" the explanation can be found in the taxes collected north of Rome and in emmigration.

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 16:47 | 2629823 ShorTed
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Aaaaaaaaannnnnddd it's gone!

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 17:14 | 2629888 Jack Sheet
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Doubtless the Italian central bank is printing the money. Easy as piss. Bankote code S.


Wed, 07/18/2012 - 21:26 | 2630407 ZeroAvatar
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Risk free= We can always print more.

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