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David Graeber, one of the heads of the Occupy movement, sees a meaningless new world of work-and demands the unconditional basic income (UBI)

https://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Anthropologe-Menschen-verdienen-umso-weniger-je-nuetzlicher-ihr-Job-ist-4192979.html

Also involved: Dankse Bank, Deutsche Bank but also Spanish Santander bank and the British banks HSBC, Barclays, Lloyds and RBS.

ARTE TV: Gangsters of Finance: HSBC 87 min “Since the 2008 crisis, HSBC has been involved in countless scandals: Money laundering for drug cartels, corruption, tax fraud… And yet the international bank escapes justice with insignificant fines. Why are they “too big to jail”?”

“Many of these sanctions have taken place in recent years, indicating that money laundering has become common practice,” Fortytwo data (AI powered Anti-Money Laundering platform to combat evolving threats)

stated, which revealed that 18 of the 20 biggest banks in Europe had already been sanctioned.

According to a British report, 18 of the 20 leading European banks, including four French ones, have already been sanctioned for money laundering offences over the past decade.

EURACTIV France’s media partner La Tribune reports.

The huge scandal which recently rocked Danske Bank highlighted the deficiencies in money laundering checks.

“The Russian-speaking caller refused to give a name but the threat was explicit: “Do you really feel you can walk home safely at night?”

It was 2013 and officers at the Estonian branch of Danske Bank were beginning to realise they had taken on some very unpleasant customers.” (src)

This problem is not unique to this Danish bank but concerns the entire European banking sector at various levels.

Accordingly, 18 of the 20 biggest European banks, or 90% of them, have already been sanctioned for infringements of the anti-money laundering systems, according to a study by the British company Fortytwo Data, which markets anti-money-laundering solutions based on artificial intelligence.

“Many of these sanctions have taken place in recent years, indicating that money laundering has become common practice,” the company stated in a press release.

“The recent crises that have affected ING, Danske Bank and Deutsche Bank have only reinforced this impression and show that no bank, regardless of its size, is immune to sanctions.”

This could just as easily prove that the regulators are being stricter or are carrying out more frequent checks of established verification or warning mechanisms.

Among the biggest European banks to have already been sanctioned for shortcomings in combating money laundering over the past decade, the study also cites the Spanish bank Santander and the British banks HSBC, Barclays, Lloyds and RBS.

In the United Kingdom, money laundering has reached €171.6 billion a year, according to the data collected by the National Crime Agency (NCA).

EU admits anti-money laundering rules inefficient, prepares for improved supervision

As recent scandals proved that the new anti-money legislation falls short of monitoring financial flows, the EU is leaning toward stepping up the supervision and enforcement of its rules.

French quartet already caught

There are also four big French banks on the list: BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole, Société Générale and Banque Populaire Caisse d’Epargne. Last year, the Autorité de contrôle prudential et de resolution (ACPR) imposed a €10 million sanction on BNP Paribas for significant shortcomings in its system to combat money laundering and for the financing of terrorism, while Société Générale was fined €5 million for the same reasons.

In its annual report, Tracfin – the task force backed by the French finance ministry to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism – said it was increasingly called upon to combat tainted money in 2017, having received almost 70,000 reports of suspicion (an increase of 10% in a year and 50% compared to 2015). The financial intelligence unit had already recorded an unprecedented increase in 2016.

Difficulties in combating money laundering in Europe

Despite tougher rules against money laundering, there are still many shortcomings among Member States, the European Central Bank and the Commission. EURACTIV.fr reports.

Move towards a European anti-money-laundering police

Many scandals have broken since the beginning of the year, such as the Danske Bank scandal (€200 billion of suspicious transactions conducted through its Estonian subsidiary between 2007 and 2015) or the ING scandal, which cost the finance director his job.

In early October, the European Union finance ministers therefore decided to strengthen anti-money laundering measures, assigning the role of European anti-money-laundering police to the European Banking Authority.

This authority was created in 2010 and will soon leave London to relocate in Paris. Currently, no entity oversees the harmonisation of the rules to combat money laundering in the European financial sector.

Money laundering accusations in Latvia cast doubt on ECB credibility

The Governor of the Latvian Central Bank, suspended by the Parliament, continues to face extraordinary accusations. The Commission has promised to set up a working group by the summer to tackle money laundering. EURACTIV.fr reports.

src: https://www.euractiv.com/section/economy-jobs/news/90-des-grandes-banques-europeennes-deja-sanctionnees-pour-blanchiment/

After decades of lobby-controlled-democracy – democracy in Germany is weaker than ever.

Jürgen Trittin (also GreenParty) “Niemand kann dauerhaft gegen den Markt regieren” “You can not make politics against the market (forever)”

After all even Socrates believed only the “noble” and the rich shall rule – because people are “too stupid” to rule themselves.

After 2008-subprime-crisis and 2015-refugee-crisis – it just takes another 1929-like finance-economic bank failure crisis – to give all power to extreme-right.

Most (99%) of non-extreme-right politicians are not aware of their massive responsibility of averting another 1929 and the right-wing and possible war fallout.

Most (at least 95%) are egoistic bastards that do not care about anything but their own pockets.

Best example: Joschka Fischer – from activist to lobbyist – lobbyist for what?