Friday , 28 July 2017


When EU Crisis Hits France This Autumn – Germany Will Walk! – Here's Why

The future of the eurozone all boils down to Germany. I’ve been forecasting for months that Germany will increasingly focus on domestic interests and that it will ultimately opt to leave the Euro rather than prop up the EU. The former (focusing on domestic issues) is already underway and I believe the latter will occur once the EU Crisis spreads to France which I expect to happen before autumn. At that point, it’s game over for any notion of the current EU lasting because Germany will walk! [Let me explain further.] Words: 675

So says Graham Summers (www.gainspainscapital.com) in edited excerpts from his original article*.

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Summers goes on to say, in part:

Once the EU Crisis spreads to France any discussion of EU bailouts is pointless, as the very countries needing aid (France, Italy, Spain, and Greece) account for 53% of the ESM’s funding. So far the markets have been willing to ignore the fact that Spain and Italy are meant to contribute 30% of the ESM’s funding.

Once France Starts Needing Aid It Will Be Game Over 

If France starts needing aid (and it will) it’s GAME OVER as any discussion of where the money will come from will be moot and, by the look of things, this development is not too far away. France’s Socialist party took…[control] during the most recent elections and they are already proposing reforms that will result in French businesses and capital leaving the country. Michel Sapin, the labour minister, has promised:

  • to make it so expensive for companies to lay off workers that it will no longer be worth their while
  • to penalize firms that fire people while still paying dividends and
  • to force companies to sell factories, presumably along with the brands manufactured there, to competitors rather than close them down…
  • to cap pay for bosses of companies in which the French state holds the majority of shares will be capped at a flat rate of €450,000, or roughly 20 times the wage of the lowest-paid worker and which, in some cases, will lead to a 70% pay cut. Measures to limit pay at fully private firms are expected before long….
  • to raise the top rate of tax on incomes over €1 million to 75 percent.

The Wealthy French Are Fleeing the Country

Whenever the euro crisis heats up somewhere in Europe, the demand for expensive homes increases in Western Europe’s largest city, London, particularly among well-heeled foreigners beset by asset angst. London real estate agents are like the canary in the coalmine for the debt crisis. They can sense early on the next country to get sucked into the vortex. So who’s up next? Apparently it’s the French.

[The influx to London] began in 2010, when wealthy Greeks started buying up expensive townhouses in upmarket neighborhoods there. Amid fears that Greece might leave the euro zone, they believed their money would be safe in Britain in its splendid isolation from the euro and the Continent’s sovereign debt crisis. Then rich Spaniards started arriving and they were following by well-off Italians, who at the start of the year overtook Russians as the biggest group of foreign buyers snapping up property…

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Real estate agents have been aware of a new wave of interest for months, but it’s been especially noticeable since Feb. 28. The night before, the then Socialist candidate for French president, François Hollande, who famously said “I don’t like the rich,” announced that, if elected, he would raise the top rate of tax on incomes over€1 million to 75 percent. At home, he got much applause for the announcement but in London, the news…immediately led to a 40 percent increase in inquires from worried French citizens.

French banks are already leveraged at 25-to-1. The impact of a capital exodus by the wealthy will rapidly push leverage levels even higher and given that French banks’ exposure to the PIIGS is equal to 30% of French GDP, it’s no surprise that French banks are posting some truly horrible charts.

Conclusion

I expect the EU Crisis to spread to France before autumn. At that point, it’s game over for any notion of the current EU lasting. Germany will walk.

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