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Statement by the President of the European Central Bank
19 August 2018
I am forced by the dangerous politics of Lady Emma Granger to address the status of the Euro. First and foremost, it is not in crisis. I cannot stress how dangerous this wrong information is when it comes to our regional currency. Lady Granger has decided that for her own political gain, she will lie and say that the euro is in danger. It is not. It is worth on average 0.91 when compared to home currencies. This is across our whole union, so not only is it in the smaller economies of Montenbourg and Pravoslaviya and Malfazia but also in the major economies: Inquista, the Duxburian Union, Angleter, the United Kingdom, Derecta and Australia. The fact that our regional currency, freely floating, is on parity or worth more than non-Euro currencies is showing the confidence in the region as a whole. Lady Granger's lack of economic credentials has proven she does not understand how a free-floating currency works.
She has also said numerous times that the status quo has been keeping down her nation and others. Let's look at that claim in a purely economic sense:
Montenbourg's economy is worth M£853,669,865,760 which translates to €1,214,791,044,230. That is based on the progress it has made to get its citizens on average around M£24,000 or €34,000. That is something to be proud of because Montenbourg has earned it. Angleter, by comparison, has an economy worth €6.6 trillion. It has earned its money as well.
How is Angleter's success coming at the expense of Montenbourg? Shouldn't it be Montenbourg's government that takes care of the economic growth of Montenbourg? Just because Xavier Bettel and Lady Emma Granger want to grow their economy doesn't mean someone else is holding them back. But that is the insinuation. I can say that bad economic policy does not help, and some of the choices made in the name of populist and faux progressive ideals pushed by Lady Emma Granger have been head scratching to the European Central Bank and other major lenders around the region.
Rather than look externally to blame others for holding Montenbourg back, why not engage in correcting policy and working for true progressive ideals rather than the en vogue ideas of the moment. Lady Emma Granger is seeking to do more harm than good by proliferating lies across the European Union about the Eurozone, and I cannot in good faith allow this to continue for the sake of the political discourse of Europe.
Dr. Michael Reed
President of the European Central Bank
RE: Montenbourg Social Media and Press
Emma Granger: "We need Leadership that challenge the Status Quo."
Councillor Granger brings a distinction to the 2018 EU Premier field. She's is the only woman that has challenged the Council and the actual administration.
Photo of her campaign.
Montague.- On the release of a second term of Angleter Gisele Stuart, Councillor Emma Granger said to the press that is true what she meant, "They want to mantain the status quo". But now, having gained a spot on the main stage by the media and the support of many European politicians. The 27-year-old Granger gets a chance to fire back in person. She sat down to discuss the opportunity with me at Dolcerie Place, a diner in Montague, Strasbourg. What follows is a condensed, edited transcript of our conversation.
PD: Are you looking forward to giving Gisela Stuart a massive headache?
"Well, I think Mrs. Stuart is going to be hearing quite a lot from me. I don't like stag politicians."
PD: Do both parties need to be strong and sane, and together enough to really contest the ideas that Europe needs to fight about? And what about independent candidates.
"Well, I do favor two strong parties. And at different points in our recent history the European Liberals have been stronger, and more unified than the Progressives. At other points we have been. And clearly there is a lot of turmoil going on-- among European Liberal voters, and elected officials, and party leaders, that they're going to have to sort out. Because change is coming. Whoever emerges is going to be on the wrong side of what our Union needs to do. How we meet the test that I laid out in my speech. Can the next Premier actually produce positive results in European's lives, starting with the protection of rights and rising fighting for change. Can the next Premier become the next commander in chief of the Eurocorps to keep us safe, and demonstrate strong, united, effective, smart European leadership in the world against Dromund Kass and other threats. And can the next Premier bring our Union together. I've seen no evidence that these two candidates can meet those tests. So, I'll let them fight it out however they choose. I'm going to keep talking about what I will do as Premier to make sure we do meet those tests, and that our country is better off because I will have served."
PD: On a poll released by some conservatives in the UK says that Europe is beyond repair, I think, with Mrs. Stuart being the frontrunner. Because everybody believes that she is the kind of politician that deserves the Union. If the EL party picks her it will somehow change the idea of an active Europe.
"Indeed, her politics have been do less, more effectively, but what is less? She claims that she revived the debate in the region but we know this is false. I have never seen cooperation from her. My nation voted for Stuart because I believed she was a real Liberal. But since taking office, Premier Stuart has shown us her true colors. She has let the same-old-nations gerrymander their ways to suppress minorities and new voices within the Union."
PD: How much difference do you think Premier make in the actual results in our Unions economy?
"Premiers make a huge difference. Balance budgets and surpluses, and promote the Eurozone. That doesn't happen by accident."
PD: Over decades we haven't talk about raised prospects for middle-class families in Europe. Your opinion?
" I am not somebody who is an ideologue the way the European Liberals turn out to be. I look at what works. And I know that investing in European capital works. Improving education works. Investing with things like empowerment zones, the new market tech credits in under-invested communities work. So I have a long list of what has worked. I am adding to it, and I am making clear that there's more we can do because the evidence is on the side of what I'm proposing."
PD: When I talk to politicians and ask "What's your critique of Emma Granger's economic plan?," what they say is "too ideal and cautios." Isn't this a time to flip over the table and be aggressive across a wide range of fronts — more aggressive than you've been?
"I think I've been really aggressive. Somehow my message is communicating. We have to ensure EU countries pursue sound and sustainable fiscal policies in order to atract more nations to the euro area. The are many countries who support the idea, Montenbourg is one of them, that is the reason we haven't entered the Eurozone. The future of the European Union is the future of the euro, and the future of the euro is the future of the European Union as a whole."
PD: So that's not a substantive thing — that is a political calculation?
" I believe in what the economy can do for people, rather than in what people can do for the economy. I believe in a European Labour Pact which will improve information on rights and obligations across borders. I know that there are people in Europe who do not like this idea. We have a Banking Authority, this same office can coordinate this under the Commissioners. Further risk-reduction measures in the banking sector, which is another important step towards the completion of the Eurozone. More has to be done, including the common deposit insurance scheme. This will not be introduced overnight; pre-conditions have to be fulfilled. But the Economic and Monetary Union will not be complete without this major instrument. Make sure that our businesses get easier and cheaper access to finance, as well as to reduce risks in the financial system. Many will put me the label of socialist, but I'm one-hundred-percent in favor of a humane capitalism."
"I would like the euro area to benefit from a strong budget line within the future European budget, as we propose it, to support their reforms and benefit from the strength of European solidarity. I would like non-euro countries who wish to join the single currency to be able to prepare well and be supported on the way. I would like decisions about our future to be taken collectively, in an inclusive and transparent manner, with strong parliamentary scrutiny at all levels. And I would like the euro area to speak more firmly and with one voice on the world scene."
PD: That's bold.
"Yes, it has to be both, bold and soft. I want to propose things I can get done. I don't want to make promises I can't keep. When I get to the Premier Office, if I'm so fortunate, if there's a EPA Council, which I hope there will be, and if we've made some gains in the Council, maybe we can go further. But what I have proposed builds on what the Council finally did and takes us even further. That's the very point that I'm making. We've got to do more. I believe in the support of my party and friends."
PD: Is it your view that a political revolution is not necessary, or not possible? Many say you are a populist.
"Hahaha....People make all these claims. And it's hard for voters to really evaluate — is this person being smart? Are they just over-promising? Are they way out in left field or right field? Who knows? That's why I've tried to say, "Look, here's what I will do. Here's how I will do it. Here's how much it will cost." I think that's pretty revolutionary. I'm very ambitious in making the claim that we've got to take on bad stag-native-business practices. I've talked about the kind of bold proposals that I have put forward."
PD: Let me ask you about your approach to top-end taxation to the ECB top ten countries. You set that top rate at a very high level of GDP.
"Is not taxation, is a deductible. And it is a fair one. The ones earning more can give more, and the ones that earn less give less. We're going after where we think the real money is. As we say, follow the money. And the system has been, in my view, not effective in capturing money from Nations who are very successful. We need to do a better job."
PD: When it comes to figuring out how to spend those last few euros, more benefits or more deficit reduction?
"We have to build and give. The only way to get a bureaucracy under control is to do one thing. Know where every Euro's being spent. I am a prioritize-Euro Progressive. We never prioritize. ortant? The excuse always is, we can't do this. We need more money. We can't fund a military. We need more money. We can't do roads and bridges. We need more money. We can't fight for welfare in any nation, let's leave things as they are. That is the classic symptom of a bureaucracy that never has to justify its spending, they do nothing."
PD: Do you believe that humans contribute to climate change and that government ought to do something about it?
"Yes, I do. I believe if you're going to go to science, you need to read the fine print. And here's what the scientists say: A single nation acting alone can make little difference at all. We need a strong, united commitment against climate change and agressive cohesion policies. But the big answer is innovation. And the only way to innovate is for this Union to have industries strong enough that they can innovate."
PD: I wonder if sometimes you push the gender button where it's not deserved. One time when someone raised the question, "Is Emm running for FC?," you said they'd never ask that of a man. I've been covering these campaigns a long time. And that is asked about literally every candidate who is considered not one of the ones with a great chance of winning the nomination or election.
"I do not play the gender card. But let's just be honest. A man would not be asked on European television whether his hormones prevented from him from serving in the Premier Office. But I will tell you that having been out on the trail, the first six to eight weeks of my campaign, no one was asking anyone else that question. And they always asked me that question. And I think if you go back and look at the coverage, you'll see that. Obviously everyone's moved on now."
PD: Why should Progressives and Europe turn to you?
"We hear all the time about how the big nations interests control Europe. Stuart promised to clean up, but instead, she and her nation-lobbysts have cleaned up for themselves. We don't have to settle for the way things are. We know that our state can do better. If the Europea Union had a Premier as bold and progressive as its people, things could be different."
"We could fully fund our public schools — all of our schools by a common fund. We could fix our crumbling transportation system by providing the Eurotunnel and EuroStar the money we were promised for the construction of international roads, railways, tunnels and air traffic. We could make an alliance with european companies to protect affordable housing for millions of Europeans. We could make sure that no European suffers because they can’t afford health care in their nation. We could take on Europolis corrupt political establishment. We could make a bold commitment to invest in renewable energy, one that will get us off fossil fuels completely. We could finally pass the Marriage Equality Act, which has been blocked by Stuart. We could make Europolis a true sanctuary capital. We could end mass incarceration, and end the over-policing of minorities and even exposing many to deportation in their respective nations."
PD: Any final message?
"Ours was intended to be a European government not a groupie one. Europe's rethoric have been so divisive, so downgrading, so pessimistic finger-pointing and blaming people, going after people's fundamental rights, their civil rights and women's rights and gay rights and workers rights. I want to be that champion for those who are not represented. We must take one fearless choice at a time, one brave decision at a time, one courageous action at a time. One vote for Change."
Gletscher Express inaugurated and open to the public
After almost a year of hard work, Malfazia is proud to announce that the Gletscher Express is complete.
It took 308 days to complete this ambitious project, a railroad that goes around all of Malfazia's mountains granting the passengers breath-taking sceneries. It is not only an incredible attraction for every tourist, but a functional way of transport as well, it will be used for trade purposes as well as touristic purposes since Malfazia's leader, Krystalle Verlesz von BergTrett, is searching for alternatives since Malfazia does not have a navy, only a weak air-force. This is only one of the many projects that Malfazia has completed in the last years but it's certainly the most relevant. The country's aim is to have one of the most advanced public transport systems in Europe.
Yesterday the Gletscher completed its first ride, the passengers were the same workers who had worked the hardest for the construction of the railroad, here are some of the most beautiful traits of it.
President and Baron Krystalle Verlesz von BergTrett (right) with his son (left) at the inauguration of the Gletscher (below)
RE: British Press and Social Media
Cabinet to Discuss Trade, Foreign Policy Strategy
AYLESBURY --- Chequers, the summertime home of the Prime Minister and the summer retreat for the Cabinet as they leave behind stuffy, cramped Westminster for more spacious accommodations in the picturesque British countryside. But it's not all neat and pretty at the estate. The Cabinet is having their own meetings regarding foreign policy and trade policy following the statements of the Government of Montenbourg.
"We, of course, are open to free trade and the private sector creating jobs not only in Britain but across Europe. However, we are concerned about many things. It seems as though nations in Europe are not willing to cooperate and reach out in constructive manners. The fact that we, the fourth largest economy in Europe and one of the highest average salaried nations in Europe, are being told about plans for cooperation or whatever through the press without proper consultation smacks of lack of respect. That is not how you build friends, and it is clear that these attitudes will not change. So, rather than us continuing to ask for inclusion and proper consultation, we will simply change British foreign policy."
This is something that the more conservative elements of the Liberal Party have wanted for quite a long time. The Tories have always been a lot stronger on foreign policy issues in terms of putting Britain first, and this wave of progressivism championed by Lady Emma Granger of Montenbourg and Edward Firoux of Inquista seems to be pushing the whole of the party towards this position. Hardliners like Jo Johnson, the Education Secretary, and Jacob Rees-Mogg have been calling for a tougher Britain that "stands up to this wave of leftist populism".
"The Government has shown that it is stable and strong, and it can govern in the interests of its people domestically. It seems as though, despite having the third most capable military in the region, a nuclear arsenal, and a geopolitical position we have built over time through our contributions to the region culturally, economically, and militarily. What His Majesty's Government will not do is be intimidated by a Councillor who has her head in the clouds, a foreign nation that doesn't understand our respective places in geopolitics, and an en vogue ideal of leftist populism pushed by champagne socialists," said a very critical Jacob Rees-Mogg. "Meanwhile, let's look at how this nation has decided to open its borders in the most ridiculous, unrestrained fashion yet wants to tell us that we're not doing enough."
Public opinion has swayed against the European Union and Montenbourg in recent months, with Emma Granger's bid to become Premier Commissioner attracting very little buzz. When put in a hypothetical situation where Angleter's Gisela Stuart were to go against Lady Granger, the polling proved 56-24 with nearly 20% of the electorate abstaining, claiming Europe is beyond repair.
RE: Council Of State Official Hansard
18 August 2018
Jacob Groeningen presents the latest bill.
Jacob Groeningen (CMP):
Honorable members, right now the Liberal government of Bettel just comprimise our commitment to the betterment of all European nations. I know that out there, my colleague from Inquista Karinn Lallana is up for this. We have to end blatant ignoring of the plight of the Kyrzbek people for the past years and the many injustices against them, to push for peace in the South, and to ensure the safety of families and religious minorities against the ever growing threat of instability. This Government is doing nothing, is just compromising, and not supporting the ones that are more damaged. Here by I present you members of the Riksdag this Act:
Be it enacted by the Riksdag of the Kingdom of Montenbourg,
The Kingdom of Montenbourg hereby recognizes the Kyrzbek Republic as a sovereign state, with borders defined in Kharabad, Arak, Küran and Näzelkamanabad.
The Kingdom of Montenbourg will be committed to calling out acts of terror by the Government of Turkmenbaijan, as well as start to call out the State of Turkmenbaijan for human rights violations against the people of the Kyrzbek Republic.
The Kingdom of Montenbourg shall hereby open a "Unified Embassy" in Kharabad. Inviting both the State of Turkmenbaijan and the Republic of Kyrzbek in a forum that would act in the hopes of bringing the two peoples closer.
The Kingdom of Montenbourg will send military aid in all forms to the Kyrzbek Republic until a complete Turkmenbaijan withdrawal from he Kyrzbek Republic to the borderlines is initiated.
Thank you, I present you this proposal.
Johann Burton (CMP): Sorry I will not support this bill, I find it quite disturbing that it was introduced by my respectable colleagues.
Tamara Banks (Liberal): I am, what some would call, a moderate. I'm against this, not because I'm against a Kyrzbek state, but I'm against the government taking sides in this matter. We're only asking for trouble. And right now His Majesty's Government is open to keep the talks and working for progress in the region.
Baron Skelmersdale (CMP): Turkmenbaijan does need to withdraw their settlements and stop playing wag the dog. But Kyrzbek has basically shown that they are a terrorist organization and rewarding them with a unified embassy in Kharabad isn't the best way to approach Israel, at all.
Kurt Slomot (Independent): This is wrong. Turkmenbaijan is one of our greatest and most loyal allies in the region. Besides, Kyrzbek is 100% a terrorist organization. We shouldn't support them by supporting their state's existence.
Barbara Mulder (LP): Well...A great and loyal ally that has abuse in human rights, and does not support us in many issues. They are very mild sauce in taking stances.
Britney Rhee (Nationalitz Party): You might want to look at some of the reasons why Kyrzbek's support terrorism if you want to curb its influence. Like the social services run by Kyrzbek and its affiliates for instance. If the people who live there weren't facing these hostilities, they wouldn't be influenced by violent organizations. Perhaps the organizations in question wouldn't be using violence to begin with.
Dana Hansen(Green Party): So wait, you think that states should not be recognized if they have violent armed organizations within them? By that logic, Turkmenbaijan shouldn't be recognized either, considering there are a lot of armed and violent baijains who openly talk about genocide against Kyrzbeks.
Tamara Banks (Liberal): I feel like I am repeating myself with a lot of these CMP bills, but I will say it again: This kind of drastic, unilateral action in delicate diplomatic situations will only do harm to the stability of the region. If this resolution passes, there will be more conflict and more death, there's no way around it. Situations like this Turkmeibaijan/Kyrzbek conflict need to be solved through diplomatic cooperation over time, not by brash bills submitted by representatives who have no thought for the impacts their bills will have.
Björk Flanders (Classical Monarchist): We have a rep here who has shown through his bills that he’s trying to play Prime Minister. He has tried to dictate, change, and eliminate executive departments and now he is trying to dictate foreign policy and diplomacy.
Neil Yeats (Green Party): But this is like his first bill of the Riksdag tho.
Kurt Slomot (Independent): Although I am the one to LOVE recognizing self declared states I wont be the one to love this bill however. Turkmenbaijan is our ally and we must protect them no matter what.
Barbara Mulder (LP): Who says they are our allies? It shouldn't be. They're out of control Baijanis who don't respect any country other than their makeshift one. They don't respect the Kingdom either. They run you-hurt-me politics to bribe our country's lawmakers to get their way. They want our country's money and weapons to carry out their dirty work. If you love Turkmenbaijan so much, move there, become an Baijani citizen and drop your Montenbourgian citizenship. Because you seem more concerned about Turkmenbaijan than anywhere else, even the country you're supposed to represent.
Kurt Slomot (Independent): Well you see there's a difference between legitimate countries fighting for independence and illegitimate countries such as Kyrzbek. One difference is that the former has democratic institutions already installed, Kyrzbek has no democratic institutions and let terrorism rise to power. Another difference is that other want-to-be-countries aren't filled with extremists like Kyrzbek is and aren't committing terrorist attacks/killings on civilian populations, unlike Kyrzbek. There's a thing called trade, ever heard of it? If we want something from Turkmenbaijan we give them money so that we can get the said resource that we desire, same thing goes with Kyrzbek, they want some weapons? Sure we can give it to them it doesn't matter what they do with it after we give it to them. It's theirs now. And we have an "excellent trade deal". This suggestion is absolutely absurd, just because I care for multiple nations doesn't mean that I want to move. I still love Montenbourg and carry the title of Montenbourg First with pride. The notion that you just brought there just shows your incompetency towards other races and nationalities.
Dana Hansen(Green Party): No... Your calling Kyrzbeks "illegitimate" is also ridiculous. Kyrzbek has been there far longer than Turkmenbaijan has. If you think Turkmenbaijan is "legitimate" but Kyrzbek isn't, then you either don't know much history or you have some kind of a bias against South people having countries. Your claim of "democratic institutions" in Turkmenbaijan is vague and meaningless. You made no effort to even define what you mean by that. As for evidence of Turkmenbaijan lobbying, please look up ATPAC. It's kind of a big lobbying institute in Montenbourg and they're a major reason why many of our politicians seem so spineless in dealing with Turkmenbaijan's war crimes, that's why the TurkOil media boom, the private sector is dealing aside from government. The billions of Monten Pounds that the Kingdom gives to Turkmenbaijan is not "trade", the Kingdom isn't buying anything from Turkmenbaijan, the private sector of the Kingdom are simply propping up the Turkmenbaijan regime. The fact that you don't know any of this shows how little your understanding of the situation is and how much you should not be in charge of policymaking on this issue.
Mamiko English (Independent): Now I fully agree in working to ease the pain of the Kyrzbeks people. As you can see I co-sponsored this bill, now I believe that we need cooperation from both Turkmenbaijan and the Kyrzbek Republic in order to move forward. Of course I also recognize Turkmenbaijan's concerns about a recognized Kyrzbek Republic and the need for an Turkmenbaijan military presence due to militant operations made by Kyrzbek Minority Party. Which is why I support that this legislative act condemns Kyrzbek Minority Paerty as a terroristic organisation, something I believe the Kyrzbek Republic could agree with.
Dana Hansen(Green Party): I don't see that...
Lana Rhodes (Classical Monarchist): I believe that it is important that we recognize the plight of the Kyrzbek people; however, I am concerned that opening a "Unified Embassy" for two peoples who don't get along will only escalate tensions in the region.
Tamara Banks (Liberal): This is a bad idea. While unquestionably this conflict is a messy one that ought to come to a resolution, this one stands to cause an even bigger mess than we have now. The terms of the Kyrzbek-Turkmenbaijan arrangement must be agreed upon by the countries themselves. The Kingdom doesn't call the shots here. On top of that, neither Turkmenbaijan nor Kyrzbek would be content with the idea of a "unified embassy". There is a reason Kharabad is so hotly contested. Each side wants the city for itself.
Speaker: I call for a special session tomorrow to decide this.
RE: Commission Nominations, August 2018
Candidate Name: Gisela Stuart
Home Nation: Angleter
Office(s) sought: Premier Commissioner
Eurogroup Affiliation: EL
Gisela Stuart worked as a bookseller and later as a law lecturer before being elected to the Angleteric Parliament in 1997. She served in a variety of shadow ministerial roles before leaving Parliament in 2012, after which she founded a think tank and ran Sam Courtenay's successful SDP leadership campaign. Courtenay appointed her as Angleter's European Councillor in 2015, a role she held until being elected Premier Commissioner in 2018. In the Council, she gained a reputation as a tough scrutineer of legislation, and called for the EU to 'do less, more effectively'. Stuart ran for Premier Commissioner on an emergency agenda of reviving the region's membership and activity in Europolis, and in her first term has focussed her efforts on achieving these goals.
RE: Amendment to the Constitution: Articles III, Sections II.6, III.6; IV, Section III.1
On behalf of Malfazia, I vote FOR Cllr Firoux's proposal and AGAINST Cllr Annayewa's proposal
RE: Montenbourg Social Media and Press
Minister of Trade and Business: "The Private Sector is leading our Free Trade Agreements".
Minister Carletön-Fiorina has appeared at the New Day show, talking about the Private Sector and the declarations of foreign government officials accusations.
Photo taken at the newsroom
Montague.- The Montenbourg Minister of Trade and Business, Cara Carletön-Fiorina, talked briefly about the accusations of the President of the government of Turkmenbaijan concearning the electricity transmission lines signed by private contractors.
"Look, complexity favors big companies over small companies and this agreement with Turkmenbaijan cut that. We understand that the electricity transmission lines contracted by private entities was only endorsed by the MCC not done by us, but by the energy private sector. If authorities of Turkmenbaijan didn't knew about it, we know that the plan was already on the table during the FTA talks. But it is not our job to oversee this as it is not our job to mess with freedom that companies have to enact their private contracts."
About the role of Montenbourg in the European Union and the fact that many are pushing to say as a threat that the actions taken by Montenbourg will isolate her the Minister responded.
"I came to this office with one deliberate intent: to change Montenbourg from a dependent to a self-reliant society — from a give-it-to-me, to a do-it-yourself nation. A get-up-and-go, instead of a sit-back-and-wait-for-it Montenbourg. And If you lead a country like Montenbourg, a strong country, a country which has taken a lead in Europe's affairs in good times and in bad, a country that is always reliable, then you have to have a touch of iron about you and they can say that about McCord.”
Finally she added.
"At the end it is in our ability to create jobs, our future growth, is built on the free market and we trust that this is built on open borders. On free trade agreements is the Private Sector who is leading."
RE: Amendment to the Constitution: Articles III, Sections II.6, III.6; IV, Section III.1
On behalf of Pravoslaviya, I vote FOR Cllr Firoux's proposal and AGAINST Cllr Annayewa's proposal.