Dark Days: Vulnerable Europe Faces Crisis of Confidence

Dark Days: Vulnerable Europe Faces Crisis of Confidence

Europe is in a very dark place.  Under the cloud of on-going terrorist threats there is widespread fear of what the future holds – economically, socially and politically.

Jeremy Warner writing for the Telegraph yesterday describes the ‘abyss’ into which we are sliding and how this is precisely the reaction that the terrorists had hoped to elicit, despite the fact that – “even in Israel, citizens are far more likely to be the victim of a car accident than a terrorist outrage”.

Despite the initial bravado and defiance of the population in the immediate wake of such attacks, there is inevitably always a knock-on effect.  “Most people will indeed carry on as before, but it only takes a 10pc reduction in footfall to have quite marked economic effects.”

“Yet it is to the wider geo-political impact of terrorism that we must look for the longer-term economic consequences.  In providing a pretext for war in Afghanistan and Iraq, 9/11 ended up having a massive economic impact far beyond any immediate behavioural changes.”

“The fiscal costs alone of these wars were vast. On its own, Iraq is estimated to have cost the US $1.1 trillion, and that’s ignoring myriad after conflict costs, which compound over time.”

“The wars also triggered a series of interest rate cuts in the US and beyond, helping to unleash a dangerous degree of credit expansion which ultimately culminated in the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). You can have guns or butter, it is sometimes said, but not both. America and Britain tried to have both, and paid the price.”

Read the full article:  “Europe is sliding towards the abyss, and the terrorists know it

You can follow Jeremy Warner on twitter

Read more on the GoldCore.com blog

 

DAILY PRICES

Today’s Gold Prices: USD 1073.10, EUR 1004.18 and GBP 703.05 per ounce.
Yesterday’s Gold Prices: USD 1070.50, EUR 1002.95 and GBP 702.74 per ounce.
(LBMA AM)

Gold in EUR – 1 Month

Gold gained yesterday closing up $0.60 to $1070.10.  Silver lost slightly on the day closing at $14.17, down $0.04. Platinum lost $5 to $84.

 

IMPORTANT NEWS

Gold climbs off five year trough as dollar pulls back – Reuters
Prepare for Gold Below $1,000 as Fed Pulls the Trigger on Rates – Bloomberg
Fed officials again flag December; see smooth rates liftoff – Reuters
Gold Rises as Traders Focus on Gradual Higher U.S. Rates – Wall Street Journal
Chinese Savers Turn to Gold as Rest of the World Exits Holdings – Bloomberg

 

IMPORTANT ANALYSIS

Finland’s depression is the final indictment of Europe’s monetary union – The Telegraph
Warnings About Newly Introduced Gold Programs – ZeroHedge
A Half-Century of Gold, War, and Costs – Goldseek.com
Gold Finds Support In An Unlikely Place – Investing.com
Gold Is the Dollar’s Achilles Heel – 24hgold.com

Read more News & Commentary on GoldCore.com

 

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First published here: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-11-19/dark-days-vulnerable-europe-faces-crisis-confidence

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