Never Go Nuclear — The EU Goes After Hungary

If there is one thing people with power always do when confronted with intransigence it is they always go nuclear. As a parent we've all been there.  That moment when your child calls your bluff on a particular thing you've been arguing over and you're left with no other option than to go through with … Continue reading Never Go Nuclear — The EU Goes After Hungary

A League of Leagues of Their Own in Europe

"There's no crying in baseball!" — A League of Their Own The Great Realignment is coming to Europe next year.  All the writing is on the wall. This summer saw German Chancellor Angela Merkel survive a leadership challenge by her coalition partner Horst Seehofer over her immigration policy. She needs political wins to maintain her … Continue reading A League of Leagues of Their Own in Europe

Trump Doesn’t Want Peace with the EU

Donald Trump is on a mission.  His goal? Destroy the post-WWII institutional order that has outlived its usefulness. And there have been a number of major moves that fundamentally tear at the fabric of that order.  In a span of a day we've had the following things occur in quick succession. French President Emmanuel Macron … Continue reading Trump Doesn’t Want Peace with the EU

Private Blog – Market Report: Buh-Bye McCain, Hello Merkel?

I have a new Private Blog post up for my subscribers on Patreon discussing tthe weird day thanks to the Jackson Hole Central Bank Summit and how Friday's bounces fair from a technical perspective. If you’d like to subscribe to the Private blog head over to my Patreon to sign up for it and the Gold Goats ‘n Guns Investment … Continue reading Private Blog – Market Report: Buh-Bye McCain, Hello Merkel?

Is Trump Pushing Germany and Russia Together?

Vladimir Putin's charm tour of Germany and Austria last weekend is a significant sign of change to come. To the U.S. and European press Putin is only a step or two away from Hitler reincarnated (thanks chiefly to Bill Browder).  It serves the purpose of maintaining the post WWII institutional order. But, Putin is always … Continue reading Is Trump Pushing Germany and Russia Together?

Merkel Survives Seehofer, Next up Trump

Angela Merkel caved to Horst Seehofer, who went for her jugular earlier this week.  But, the real question is for how long will this 'deal' she's accepted hold together? We don't know the details of it, but if Seehofer got his way on rejecting migrants at the German Austria border after registering in another country, … Continue reading Merkel Survives Seehofer, Next up Trump

Gold Goats ‘n Guns Live – Russia Hits Nothing But Net at the World Cup and Why Merkel’s Days are Numbered

This World Cup in Russia has been nothing short of a massive success so far for the host country.  I've watched a number of matches and being a former sports blogger watching Russia's win over Spain recalled those days of running my Sabre Rattling blog (now lost to the cruelty of time) and my childhood … Continue reading Gold Goats ‘n Guns Live – Russia Hits Nothing But Net at the World Cup and Why Merkel’s Days are Numbered

Private Blog – Euro & Gold Update as Merkel’s Fate Looms

I have a new Private Blog post up for my subscribers on Patreon discussing the ramifications of today’s big news out of Germany and how Horst Seehofer's resignation is affecting Gold and the Euro, along with Q2 closing price commentary. If you’d like to subscribe to the Private blog head over to my Patreon to sign up for it … Continue reading Private Blog – Euro & Gold Update as Merkel’s Fate Looms