Germany

Schaeuble: "The Britons Were Endlessly Lied To And Deceived" On Brexit

Schaeuble said that British people were "endlessly lied to and deceived" in last year's Brexit referendum campaign. The finance minister, speaking on the first anniversary of the Brexit vote, was scathing about the "leave" campaigners who persuaded a majority of voters to opt to quit the European Union.

It Wasn't Just The NSA: Germany Spied On The White House For Years

Germany's foreign intelligence service had long spied on numerous official and business targets in the United States, including the White House. The magazine said it had seen documents showing that the intelligence service, the BND, had a list of some 4,000 so-called selector keywords for surveillance between 1998 and 2006.

Europe Slides For Third Day As Oil Attempts A Rebound; US Futures Flat

US equity futures were marginally in the red, while Asian markets rose and European stocks dropped. WTI oil rose 0.61% to $42.79 as some suggest the time to go long has arrived; oil tumbled 2.3% in the previous session. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index fell 0.1 percent.

Why The EU's Policy Towards The Syrian Conflict Is A Disaster?

"The European Union has to understand finally that idealism is simply magnifying human suffering and endangering the security of all parties. There is the realist alternative, which focuses on one’s own interest instead of morality."

Schaeuble Warns US Pullback Could "End Our Liberal World Order"

“I doubt whether the United States truly believes that the world order would be equally sound if China or Russia were to fill the gaps left by the US, and if China and Russia were simply given a free hand to dominate the spheres of influence that they have defined for themselves"...

Ever Closer To War

"The Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has warned that the likelihood of a catastrophic nuclear war is closer than since 1953...And as disaster looms, the US Senate is heightening its global confrontational approach, penalizing Russia for a number of supposed misdemeanors..."

Frontrunning: June 21

  • Republican Handel Wins Georgia House Seat, Dashing Democrats’ Hopes (BBG)
  • Uber CEO Kalanick Quits as Investors Revolt (WSJ)
  • Saudi King’s Surprise Shakeup Clears Son’s Path to the Throne (BBG)
  • After weeks of secrecy, U.S. Senate to unveil healthcare bill (Reuters)
  • Latest Election-Hacking Hearings to Focus on State-Level Events (WSJ)

Oil Bear Market Sends Global Stocks, Yields Sliding; Chinese MSCI Addition Fizzles

In an eventful overnight session which saw a historic transition in Saudi Arabia, an unexpeted Republican victory in the Georgia Special Election, China's inclusion in the MSCI EM index and Travis Kalanick's resignation, S&P futures continued to fall, alongside stock markets in Asia and Europe, while oil prices extended their drop despite a larger than expected draw reported by API on Tuesday.

Execution By Firing Squad: The Militarized Police State Opens Fire

"While it still technically remains legal to own a firearm in America, possessing one can now get you pulled over, searched, arrested, subjected to all manner of surveillance, treated as a suspect without ever having committed a crime, shot at and killed."