Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Geopolitica America del Nord

Canada. Trudeau precipita nei sondaggi. A ottobre si vota.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela

2019-04-02.

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Nel 2013 il pil canadese era  1,842.627 miliardi Usd ed a fine 2017 era 1,853.043 Usd.

Nel 2013 il pil procapite ammontava a 52,497 Usd mentre a fine 2017 era 45,095 Usd.

Per paragone, nel 2013 il pil cinese era 9,635.025 miliardi Usd, ed a fine 2017 ammontava a 12,237.701 miliardi Usd.

Questi sono i numeri del fallimento del Governo Trudeau.

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Il Canada terrà le elezioni politiche il 21 ottobre 2019.

Il Governo Trudeau, liberal socialista, a tutto il 2018 pareva essere fortissimo e da riconfermarsi: in ciò erano concordi tutti i sondaggi elettorali.

Già però dal giugno dello scorso anno iniziavano a sentirsi i segni di un qualche scricchiolio.

Canada. Ontario. I populisti di Mr Doug vincono 76 seggi contro i 7 dei liberal.

In Ontario il partito populista guidato da Mr Dougaveva inflitto a quello di Mr Trudeau una débâcle memorabile: 71 seggi conquistati contro i soli 7 seggi di Mr Trudeau. All’epoca si disse che in fondo erano solo elezioni tenute in uno degli stati della federazione.

Poi iniziarono ad emergere molti nuovi elementi a sfavore di Mr Trudeau.

Justin Trudeau, premier canadese, si era palpeggiato Mrs. Rose Knight.

Sia chiaro: che un maschio si palpeggi una femmina sarà sicuramente un gesto di pessimo gusto, ma non certo quell’orribile reato irredimibile che si vorrebbe fosse di questi tempi. Si resta davvero perplessi a vederlo equiparato a reati maggiori.

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Canada. Trudeau. Crisi di governo sugli scandali. I numeri del fallimento.

Canada’s Trudeau denies pressuring justice minister on SNC-Lavalin [Reuters]

Trudeau. Verosimile voto di sfiducia. L’affaire SNC-Lavalin.

Già. Con perfetto tempismo emerse in tutta la sua virulenza l’affaire SNC-Lavalin. Mr Trudeau, che si presentava come il novello Catone il Censore era stato pescato con le mani nella marmellata. Ma questo sarebbe anche stato il meno: aveva anche cercato di manovrare l’iter della giustizia.

«evidence of efforts by politicians and/or officials to pressure the former Attorney General to intervene in the criminal case involving SNC-Lavalin»

Molti ministri del governo Trudeau dettero le dimissioni.

«Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is under new pressure after his former justice minister released new documents relating to the SNC-Lavalin affair»

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«Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is under new pressure after his former justice minister released new documents relating to the SNC-Lavalin affair»

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«Jody Wilson-Raybould says government officials tried to persuade her to shield the company from prosecution in a corruption case»

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«She gave an audio recording and other materials to a Commons committee»

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«Mr Trudeau has denied any wrongdoing by either him or his staff and maintains nothing untoward happened»

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Gli effetti sui sondaggi elettorali sono evidenti.

Il partito liberal socialista di Mr Trudeau, Lpc, aveva vinto le scorse elezioni con il 39.5% dei voti e nemmeno un mese dopo era stato accreditato al 55 %: ad oggi sarebbe invece crollato al 30%. Il partito conservatore, che alle scorse elezioni aveva preso il 31.9%, per scendere dopo pochi giorni nei sondaggi al 25%, ora quota 40%.

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La caduta di Trudeau, espressione di una famiglia politica ereditaria ed anche molto numerosa, potrebbe comportare notevoli sommovimenti nell’America del Nord. Sembrerebbe infatti molto verosimile che un governo conservatore che condivide appieno molte linee politiche del Presidente Trump, possa ristabilire gli usuali buoni rapporti diplomatici e commerciali con gli Stati Uniti.

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BBC. 2019-03-30. Secret tape increases pressure on Trudeau in SNC-Lavalin affair

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is under new pressure after his former justice minister released new documents relating to the SNC-Lavalin affair.

Jody Wilson-Raybould says government officials tried to persuade her to shield the company from prosecution in a corruption case.

She gave an audio recording and other materials to a Commons committee.

The files were released publicly on Friday and are likely to increase pressure on Mr Trudeau.

He has struggled for weeks to contain the fallout from the controversy.

What are the allegations?

SNC-Lavalin is facing claims that former executives paid bribes to win contracts in Libya under Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, which fell in 2011.

The Liberal prime minister has been accused of pressuring Ms Wilson-Raybould to push for a legal favour for SNC-Lavalin that would allow it to avoid prosecution and instead face alternative penalties like a fine.

The affair has seen the prime minister lose two top ministers – including Ms Wilson-Raybould, who resigned from cabinet in February – Canada’s top bureaucrat, and a senior aide.

Mr Trudeau has denied any wrongdoing by either him or his staff and maintains nothing untoward happened.

But opinion surveys indicate that the controversy has shaken Mr Trudeau and his government’s popularity months before a general election due in October.

What’s on the tape?

The documents made public include an audio recording, lasting nearly 18 minutes, of a December phone call between Ms Wilson-Raybould and Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick about the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.

The former justice minister and attorney general said she took the “extraordinary and otherwise inappropriate step” of recording the call without Mr Wernick’s knowledge because she wanted a precise account of the conversation.

She said she was concerned about what she saw as attempts to interfere in the case.

In the call, there is a lengthy back and forth between the pair, during which the senior public servant repeatedly notes that the prime minister is interested in having the firm avoid prosecution in favour of an agreement.

Mr Trudeau and his officials have said they are concerned that thousands of jobs are at risk if the engineering firm is convicted.

She pushes back, warning she felt the conversation was inappropriate and that continued communications about the matter could cross the lines of her prosecutorial independence as attorney general.

A deepening crisis for Trudeau – what it means

Five quotes that sum up the Trudeau crisis

“The recording allows members of the committee to decide for themselves” about whether or not she was pressured by Mr Wernick, Ms Wilson-Raybould writes.

Mr Wernick stepped down as Canada’s top bureaucrat this month.

What is parliament doing to investigate?

The Liberal-dominated justice committee dropped the inquiry into the SNC-Lavalin affair earlier this month, saying its objectives have been achieved.

After the committee ended the inquiry, Ms Wilson-Raybould announced that she would submit further materials to back up her testimony.

Some 40-pages were released, which include copies of texts and emails, as well as Ms Wilson-Raybould’s elaboration on her view of the events.

Opposition parties had wanted Ms Wilson-Raybould to return to committee following her bombshell testimony in February, where she accused Mr Trudeau and members of his inner circle of spending months trying to politically interfere in the SNC-Lavalin matter.

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Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Unione Europea

Spagna. Rajoy traballa sotto lo scandalo dei fondi neri. Verso elezioni anticipate.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2018-05-26.

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«Il Tribunale supremo ha condannato l’ex tesoriere Luis Barcenas a 33 anni di carcere per corruzione, un reato che avrebbe commesso anche lo stesso Pp, partecipando “a titolo lucrativo”,  a 15 anni sua moglie Rosalia Iglesias e a 51 anni Francisco Correa, la mente che aveva messo in piedi una rete di fondi neri destinati al Partito Popolare»

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«Secondo i giudici la rete di corruzione diretta dal faccendiere Correa, attiva a Madrid e Valencia dal 1999 al 2001, ha distribuito favori e tangenti in cambio di commesse ottenute da amministrazioni pubbliche guidate dal Pp»

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«Il Partito socialista operaio spagnolo (Psoe) potrebbe presentare una mozione di censura nei confronti dell’operato del primo ministro Mariano Rajoy dopo le maxi condanne sul “caso Gurtel”, lo scandalo sui fondi neri che fa tremare il Partito Popolare (Pp) di cui il premier spagnolo è leader»

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«Il partito di centro Ciudadanos, quarta forza politica del paese, fondamentale per il mantenimento di una maggioranza in parlamento, ha fatto sapere di essere pronto a votare la sfiducia al governo Rajoy, a meno che quest’ultimo non convochi elezioni anticipate»

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Nelle elezioni del 23 giugno 2016 il partito popolare guidato da Mr Rajoy aveva ottenuto il 33.0% dei voti validi: i sondaggi odierni lo danno al 20.9%.

Il partito Ciudadanos, che in Europa è schierato nel gruppo Alde, aveva ottenuto il 13.1% nel 2016, mentre adesso è quotato 29.6.%.

Questi pochi numeri suggeriscono quanto grandi saranno i mutamenti alle elezioni europee del prossimo anno.

Al momento, Mr Rajoy sta guidando un governo senza maggioranza stabile.

Ma un nuovo premier eletto con elezioni anticipate molto verosimilmente non voterà con il ppe, bensì con Alde.

Lo scandalo da un brutto colpo a questo traballante governo, e l’ipotesi delle elezioni anticipate è tutt’altro che remota.

L’Unione Europea, questa Unione Europea, si appresta a perdere un altro pezzo.


WSI. 2018-05-25. Spagna: scandalo fondi neri travolge Rajoy, governo in bilico

Mentre tutti gli occhi sono puntati sull’Italia, un’altra delle regine d’Europa sta per rimanere senza governo.

Il Partito socialista operaio spagnolo (Psoe) potrebbe presentare una mozione di censura nei confronti dell’operato del primo ministro Mariano Rajoy dopo le maxi condanne sul “caso Gurtel”, lo scandalo sui fondi neri che fa tremare il Partito Popolare (Pp) di cui il premier spagnolo è leader.

Il partito di centro Ciudadanos, quarta forza politica del paese, fondamentale per il mantenimento di una maggioranza in parlamento, ha fatto sapere di essere pronto a votare la sfiducia al governo Rajoy, a meno che quest’ultimo non convochi elezioni anticipate.

La notizia è riportata oggi da tutti i principali quotidiani spagnoli che aggiungono come Pedro Sanchez, segretario del Psoe, abbia convocato una riunione straordinaria per oggi durante la quale il partito studierà le migliori opzioni  per chiedere la responsabilità politica a Rajoy.

Una mossa che potrebbe risultare fatale per il leader dei conservatori. Da parte sua, il Pp ha ripetuto di non conoscere i fatti relativi al caso Gurtel e di non essere stato finanziato illegalmente.

Il Tribunale supremo ha condannato l’ex tesoriere Luis Barcenas a 33 anni di carcere per corruzione, un reato che avrebbe commesso anche lo stesso Pp, partecipando “a titolo lucrativo”,  a 15 anni sua moglie Rosalia Iglesias e a 51 anni Francisco Correa, la mente che aveva messo in piedi una rete di fondi neri destinati al Partito Popolare. E il tribunale ha condannato lo stesso Pp a pagare 240mila euro perché ritenuto “partecipante a titolo lucrativo”.

Secondo i giudici la rete di corruzione diretta dal faccendiere Correa, attiva a Madrid e Valencia dal 1999 al 2001, ha distribuito favori e tangenti in cambio di commesse ottenute da amministrazioni pubbliche guidate dal Pp.

Sui mercati la tensione si fa sentire sul fronte obbligazionario con lo spread con i Bund tedeschi che si è ampliato ai massimi degli ultimi sei mesi (sopra 112 punti base) e i Bonos decennali che rendono più dell’1,515%.

Reuters. 2018-05-25. Spain’s PM Rajoy under growing threat over party graft case

Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was threatened with no-confidence motions and demands for a snap election on Friday over a graft trial involving members of his party in which a judge cast doubt on his testimony.

Rajoy said he would fight off a no-confidence vote and serve his four-year term, and ruled out calling an early election.

“This goes against the political stability that our country needs and it goes against the economic recovery. It is bad for Spain,” he told a news conference.

The opposition Socialists presented their no-confidence motion to parliament while Rajoy’s former allies, Ciudadanos, issued him with an ultimatum: call an election or face their own second motion of no confidence.

It was not Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy speaks during a news conference at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain, May 25, 2018.

Rajoy said he would fight off a no-confidence vote and serve his four-year term, and ruled out calling an early election.

“This goes against the political stability that our country needs and it goes against the economic recovery. It is bad for Spain,” he told a news conference.

The opposition Socialists presented their no-confidence motion to parliament while Rajoy’s former allies, Ciudadanos, issued him with an ultimatum: call an election or face their own second motion of no confidence.

It was not clear whether the two parties would team up to topple the conservative Rajoy’s minority government. To succeed, the two parties would need to agree on a joint candidate to replace him and on questions such as calling a snap election. They would also need the backing of leftist party Podemos.

Spain’s borrowing costs climbed and stocks fell sharply. Spanish 10-year government bond yields rose eight basis points to 1.47 percent, and were set for their biggest daily rise in over three months.

Rajoy had already been under fire for his handling of the secession crisis in Catalonia, with many voters turning away from his People’s Party (PP) to the centre-right Ciudadanos.

Twenty-nine people related to the PP, including a former treasurer and other senior members, were convicted on Thursday of offences including falsifying accounts, influence-peddling and tax crimes. They were sentenced to a combined 351 years behind bars.

CREDIBILITY

The case, which relates to the use of a slush fund by the Conservatives in the 1990s and early 2000s to illegally finance campaigns, has plagued Rajoy since he came to power in 2011. He has always denied wrongdoing.

Rajoy became the first sitting prime minister in Spain to give evidence in a trial when he was called as a witness in the case last year, prompting calls for him to resign.

In his ruling, the judge said there was evidence the party ran a slush fund for many years and that the credibility of Rajoy’s testimony denying it “should be questioned”.

“(His) testimony does not appear as plausible enough to refute the strong evidence showing the existence of a slush fund in the party,” the judge said.

Ciudadanos, which helped the PP pass this year’s budget bill as recently as Wednesday, said the graft trial was a tipping point.

“The corruption sentence received by the government has called the end of the current term of office. We need a clean and strong government that can face the secessionist challenge,” Ciudadanos leader Albert Rivera said on Twitter.

Rajoy said his party would appeal the ruling and dismissed the judge’s criticisms.

“Who is in charge of delivering certificates of credibility in Spain? Citizens deliver certificates of credibility, and we do have credibility,” he said.

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Germania. Scandalo H&K contro Herr Kauder, braccio destro della Merkel.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2018-05-25.

Berlino Porta Brandemburgo

I tedeschi amano presentarsi come paladini dell’etica e della morale, del “rule of law”, della fine sensibilità filantropica. Piangono su di una pianta di rosmarino divelta, si inebriano del profumo di un fiore, si comportano come la caricatura mal riuscita di una femminuccia tutta gridolini e mossette.

Poi, tolta la maschera, sono del tutto differenti. Sono il prototipo degli ipocriti.

Così, proprio mentre sta ingigantendosi lo scandalo che da Brema di sta allargando a macchia  di olio in tutta la Federazione

Germania.Richieste di asilo accolte dietro bustarelle. E mica piccole

si apre adesso un altro fronte, e questo mirato al cuore della direzione Cdu.

«MPs from Angela Merkel’s CDU have been accused of taking bribes from the German gunmaker Heckler & Koch to grease the export wheels»

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«Germany’s opaque party donations system remains vulnerable to bribery»

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«Politicians from Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and her former coalition partners, the business-friendly Free Democratic Party (FDP), have been accused of taking bribes in the form of party donations from Germany’s most notorious gunmaker, Heckler & Koch»

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«Beyerle wrote emails to colleagues in March 2010 saying that since it was becoming harder to sell guns to Mexico, it would be worth exploring the “political route.” He then asked the firm’s advisory council to make donations to the CDU and the FDP.»

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La vendita di armi al Messico sarebbe cosa sommamente proibita in Germania, ma una licenza comprata consente di santificare tutto.

«Six ex-employees of Heckler & Koch have gone on trial in Stuttgart for selling assault rifles to Mexico. Activists held a vigil outside the court for victims of those believed to be killed by the German gun-maker’s arms.»

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«It took eight years for the proceedings to make it this far, but on Tuesday the German state’s case against the country’s most infamous gun-maker — which also supplies small arms to many NATO countries — was finally brought to trial.»

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«Six former employees of Heckler & Koch stood accused of violating Germany’s War Weapons Control Act and its Foreign Trade Act by selling thousands of G36 assault rifles to Mexico — while knowing full well that they would be used in four violence-ridden Mexican states.»

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«As well as being the CDU branch closest to H&K’s headquarters in Oberndorf, it is also the constituency of Volker Kauder, head of the CDU’s parliamentary group and one of the most powerful people in Merkel’s party.»

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«The reports said that Beyerle asked Burgbacher in writing to help with future Mexico deals»

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«Stuttgart state prosecutors had already been aware of the donations, and had opened and then closed a corruption investigation into Beyerle back in January 2017»

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Cerchiamo di ragionare.

La Heckler & Koch è una ditta fondata nel 1949 per produrre armi da guerra, anche se agli inizi produceva anche macchine da cucine. Sostanzialmente produce armamento individuale.

Ufficialmente il fatturato 2016 era di 202.4 milioni di euro, ma sono in molti a ritenere questa cifra essere notevolmente sottostimata per motivi politici e di sicurezza.

Nel 2014 il Governo Merkel pubblicò la legge Kriegswaffenkontrollgesetz, la War Weapons Control Act.

Il Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control ha pubblicato un ponderoso testo di spiegazioni: “Information Leaflet – Internal Compliance Programms (ICP)“.

In estrema sintesi, poiché le armi servono per uccidere, la loro vendita dovrebbe essere proibita.

«The War Weapons Control Act (Kriegswaffenkontrollgesetz), also known as the Act Implementing Article 26 (2) of the Basic Law, is a German law that, in conjunction with the Basic Law (the German constitution), regulates the manufactures, sale, and transport of weapons of war.  It was added to the Basic Law in 1961 and amended in 1990 and 2002.  It is legally binding for all German citizen, companies, and organizations, as well as any other person, company, or organization conducting business in or transporting weapons through Germany.

Goal: The goal of the War Weapons Control Act is to implement Article 26 (2) of the Basic Law, which reads, “Weapons designed for warfare may be manufactured, transported or marketed only with the permission of the Federal Government.  Details shall be regulated by a federal law.” To do so, it establishes a number of rules and regulations concerning licensing, exports, types of weapons, and penalization. ….

anyone who intends to acquire actual control of war weapons from or to transfer it to another person shall need a licence.»

Difficile far convivere una ditta che produce armi con una legge del genere, che in buona sostanza ne vieta la vendita: però avendo la opportuna licenza, si può tranquillamente vendere armi alla Siria, all’Iran, ai terroristi dell’Isi oppure anche ai Messicani. Se poi questi non mettono le armi in un museo della meccanica, la ditta Heckler & Koch non sa proprio cosa fare: la licenza era tutto.

Come succede di norma in uno stato statalista, la licenza a fare qualcosa è messa ad arte per obbligare chi operasse nel comparto produttivo ad andare ad inginocchiarsi sporgendo supplica per poter lavorare, avendo ben presente che deve portarsi dietro almeno i tre tacchini di Renzo Tramaglino.

Il funzionario fa il difficile, si professa integerrimo ed incorruttibile, fino a tanto che i tre tacchini siano diventati un allevamento di tacchini. Così la licenza è ottenuta.

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Tutti sanno come funzionano le cose, tutti stanno zitti ed osservano ligiamente questo codice comportamentale non scritto.

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Ma al momento opportuno le notizie trapelano. Ed il momento opportuno si concretizza quando la forza politica che dava copertura ed immunità inizia a scricchiolare, a traballare: meglio poi qualora vi fossero lotte intestine.

È infatti necessario disporre sicuramente della documentazione che inchioda i responsabili, ma anche e soprattutto di magistrati motivati ad intervenire, ed i magistrati costano molto. Infine, serve che la fazione politica ribelle si senta sufficientemente forte per azzannare le calcagna dei colleghi al potere.

Obbiettivo?

Herr Volker Kauder.

«Kauder is frequently referred to as the “right hand”

of Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel»


Deutsche Welle. 2018-05-23. Angela Merkel’s party accused of taking bribes from German gunmaker H&K

MPs from Angela Merkel’s CDU have been accused of taking bribes from the German gunmaker Heckler & Koch to grease the export wheels. Germany’s opaque party donations system remains vulnerable to bribery, activists say.

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Politicians from Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and her former coalition partners, the business-friendly Free Democratic Party (FDP), have been accused of taking bribes in the form of party donations from Germany’s most notorious gunmaker, Heckler & Koch.

An investigation published Tuesday by the regional public broadcaster SWR and the taz newspaper uncovered emails and an internal H&K report which showed that the company in 2010 tried to bribe Bundestag members from the two parties to make sure that the government approve the sale of guns to Mexico. Increasing corruption within the security forces in Mexico and an ongoing war with drug cartels had by then caused the German government to get cold feet about selling weapons to the country.

Six former H&K employees, including ex-CEO Peter Beyerle, are on trial in Stuttgart at the moment over what prosecutors say was the illegal export of several thousand G36 assault rifles to Mexico from 2006 to 2009. According to taz, Beyerle wrote emails to colleagues in March 2010 saying that since it was becoming harder to sell guns to Mexico, it would be worth exploring the “political route.” He then asked the firm’s advisory council to make donations to the CDU and the FDP.

Business-friendly parties

The reports say that the local branch of the CDU in Rottweil-Tuttlingen, Baden-Württemberg, received €10,000 ($11,790) from H&K — just below the official declaration threshold. As well as being the CDU branch closest to H&K’s headquarters in Oberndorf, it is also the constituency of Volker Kauder, head of the CDU’s parliamentary group and one of the most powerful people in Merkel’s party.

Similarly, the local party branches of two important FDP politicians, Ernst Burgbacher and Elke Hoff, received €5,000 each from the gun manufacturer, which arms several NATO militaries. Burgbacher was then parliamentary deputy secretary in the German Economy Ministry, which approves foreign exports, while Hoff was FDP defense policy spokeswoman and considered influential in the defense industry. The reports said that Beyerle asked Burgbacher in writing to help with future Mexico deals. 

SWR also revealed that Stuttgart state prosecutors had already been aware of the donations, and had opened and then closed a corruption investigation into Beyerle back in January 2017 — on the grounds that any eventual punishment would not be significant compared to the punishment Beyerle is threatened with in the illegal arms deal trial.

H&K did not want to comment on the fresh allegations on Wednesday other than to say, in an email to DW, “We have been cooperating with the investigative authorities from the beginning. This is in our interests.” The ongoing public scrutiny appears to have had an effect on the company strategy, which changed its policy to stop all deals with non-NATO and non-EU countries. H&K has now begun to concentrate on the US domestic market.

Conspiracy suspicions

The peace activist Jürgen Grässlin, who brought the charges against the H&K employees over the illegal Mexico deal, has long expressed suspicions that Beyerle — a retired judge in Baden-Württemberg — is being sheltered from more serious consequences by a friendly state judicial system. It took eight years for prosecutors and courts to bring the case to trial. The presiding judge at the first day of the proceedings last week specifically dismissed the allegation.

“Clearly H&K wanted to use party donations to FDP and CDU Bundestag representatives to get the then-government parties in Berlin to approve further exports of G36 assault rifles to Mexico,” Grässlin said in a statement. “This form of corruption would have brought more death, because H&K weapons have been used to kill and murder in Mexico for years.”

For Grässlin, the emails represent the first concrete evidence of his long-held suspicion — that the German government actively helped H&K to circumvent its own export controls.

“The role of Volker Kauder will be central to the investigation,” Grässlin added. “Kauder’s role as lobbyist for Heckler & Koch became more than obvious when the H&K majority shareholder Andreas Heeschen thanked him personally for his support for arms export deals at a press conference in 2009.”

This was telling, Grässlin argued, because Kauder has never worked for the Economy Ministry and doesn’t sit on the National Security Council, the two bodies that approve Germany’s arms deals. “But Kauder is just the right-hand man for Chancellor Angela Merkel, who as chairwoman of the National Security Council supported and supports these exports,” he said. “So the trail goes all the way to the top.”

The new revelations also pose general questions about Germany’s opaque party donations system, which allows companies and individuals to donate up to €10,000 without having to declare it. Germany does not have a lobby register that makes all lobbying activity public, a controlling measure that is standard among other democratic countries. Lobbying campaigners have long argued that this leaves the German government especially vulnerable to bribery.

The CDU and the FDP both remain opposed to a lobby register, and neither responded to a DW request for comment on the new allegations.

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Germania.Richieste di asilo accolte dietro bustarelle. E mica piccole.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2018-05-23

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Le parole potranno essere suadenti a piacere, altisonanti, tese ai più alti sentimenti umani, inni alla giustizia umana e sociale, e via cantando.

Poi, siccome tutti i salmi finiscono in gloria, alla fine viene a galla la verità.

Bremen migration officer investigated for allegedly granting asylum in exchange for bribes

«A German migration official is suspected of having granted asylum to some 1,200 migrants in exchange for bribes. Germany’s migration agency has been under scrutiny since the arrival of over one million refugees in 2015.

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A former official of Germany’s Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) is under investigation over allegations that she, along with four others, accepted bribes from some 1,200 refugees in exchange for granting them asylum.

The director of BAMF’s regional Bremen office between 2013 and 2017 allegedly accepted hundreds of asylum applicants, mostly from Iraq’s Yazidi community, who may not have otherwise fulfilled the necessary criteria.»

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German refugee agency probes more branches over asylum decisions

«Several more regional branches of Germany’s Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) are being subjected to checks regarding their approval of asylum applications, a German newspaper reported on Sunday.

The Bild am Sonntag said 13 branches were being probed in addition to an ongoing investigation into activities at BAMF’s regional office in the northern city of Bremen, where 1,200 asylum decisions are thought to have possibly been improperly approved. ….

Sunday’s report comes after it became known in April that a former official at Bremen’s BAMF office was under investigation for having allegedly taken bribes from some 1,200 refugees between 2013 and 2016 in return for approving their asylum applications. Five other people at the office, including an interpreter and three lawyers, are being investigated as well, some also under suspicion of taking bribes.

Some 18,000 approvals granted by the office since 2000 are to be reviewed»

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Riassumendo in sintesi.

I funzionari tedeschi della immigrazione regalavano il “diritto” di asilo in cambio di moneta sonante.

Un fenomeno così ampio e diffuso che il governo tedesco, la Bundeskanzlerin Frau Merkel, non poteva non sapere, cui non poteva non aver accondisceso.

Capito?

Tutti quelli che urlavano a favore dei migranti, quei filantropi che ne avrebbero voluto sempre di più, tutti da tutelare in nome dei “diritti umani” e così via altro non erano, non sono che volgarissimi truffatori.

Ladri, per intendersi meglio.

Se lo si volesse dire in termini eufemistici, liberal e socialisti ideologici.

Ma la chicca finale sarebbe questa.

La colpa di questi reati perpetrati impunemente negli anni, sarebbe di Herr Seehofer, diventato Ministro degli Interni da meno di due mesi.

Poi liberal e socialisti si domandano perchè la gente li odia e non li vota più.


Deutsche Welle. 2018-05-22. German asylum scandal: What is the Interior Ministry hiding?

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has promised action after complaints that Germany’s migration office simply approved asylum applications en masse. But the Greens say he’s stonewalling and threaten action of their own.

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Germany’s conservative interior minister, Horst Seehofer, is coming under increased pressure from both within and outside the government over his handling of what have been described as “massive irregularities” in asylum cases.

It’s alleged that the Bremen branch of the Office for Migrants and Refugees (BAMF), which is subordinate to the Interior Ministry, simply admitted more than 1,200 refugees to Germany without properly reviewing their cases. Bremen prosecutors are currently investigating whether bribes changed hands, and questions have been asked whether BAMF head Jutta Cordt kept herself adequately informed and did enough to investigate the possible irregularities.

On Tuesday, Seehofer told a German newspaper that he would be taking “organizational and possibly personnel decisions” related to the scandal next week. Members of the grand-coalition government have called on Seehofer to be more forthcoming with information about the scandal, including when he first learned of it.

Seehofer has also confirmed that he will testify before a special meeting of the Bundestag internal affairs committee next Tuesday. The meeting is being convened at the request of the opposition Green Party. Two of Germany’s other opposition parties — the far-right populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) and the center-right FDP — are calling for a full-blown parliamentary investigation.

Thus far, the Greens have resisted that idea. But they say that they could change their minds, if Seehofer doesn’t provide them with quality information.

Is Seehofer stonewalling?

The votes of one-quarter of the Bundestag’s deputies are needed to convene a full parliamentary investigation, which could be an embarrassment for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government and Seehofer in particular. With the Greens’ support, such a procedure could go ahead. For now, though, the Greens say they prefer other options.

“We’re not categorically ruling it out, but a parliamentary investigation takes a long time,” Green refugee policy spokeswoman Luise Amtsberg told DW. “It’s not enough to achieve results in two years. We can’t permit that. Ultimately the BAMF decides on asylum cases every day, and if there are shortcomings, they would be prolonged.”

Amtsberg complained that despite her requests, Seehofer has yet to provide her party with access to internal BAMF documents pertaining to the case, even though some of their contents have been leaked to newspapers.

“That really takes the cake,” Amtsberg said, adding that if the Greens felt Seehofer is stonewalling they would consider forcing information out of him with a parliamentary investigation.

Cordt hanging by a thread

Along with the claims that the Bremen BAMF office and possibly other local branches simply rubber-stamped asylum applications, there have been allegations that Cordt failed to investigate the irregularities after being made aware of them.

Cordt has ordered the review of 18,000 asylum decisions made in Bremen. And her office has denied media reports that she had known about the alleged abuses of power since February 2017. But Seehofer’s remarks are being read as an indication of how tenuous her position may be.

The Greens are say they’re less interested in seeing Cordt dismissed than in reforming Germany’s asylum system as a whole, although they do agree that the current BAMF president should not be allowed to lead the investigation into the office’s possible shortcomings.

“She definitely can’t take charge of clearing up the internal deficits and structural problems,” Antsberg said. “But if Mr. Seehofer removes Ms. Cordt, it will be difficult to hold anyone politically responsible. We want Ms. Cordt to give us clear information about what has been going on in the past years and months. It’s not enough simply to remove Ms. Cordt.”

The BAMF has come under intense criticism since the large-scale migration of people largely from the Middle East and Northern Africa in 2015. Critics accuse the office, among other things, of being unable to handle the number of people applying for asylum in Germany.

Not a one-directional scandal

The political fault lines in the case are clear. Both the AfD and the FDP want to see the BAMF keep more people out of Germany. Refugee advocacy groups, on the other hand, say that just as many if not more mistakes are made in rejecting would-be refugees. The group Pro Asyl, for instance, is calling for a moratorium on deportations.

The Greens say that all BAMF policies and practices need to be scrutinized.

“There is not just a scandal in one direction and not the other,” Amtsberg explained. “It’s typical that the minister says we should look at all the positive asylum decisions and Pro Asyl says that we should look at all the negative ones. We Greens say that we’re for the rule of law, so we have to look at all of the cases.”

Nonetheless, if the Greens aren’t happy with the answers they get from the conservative interior minister next week, they could somewhat ironically find themselves joining the right-wing opposition parties in calling for a wider investigation.

Pubblicato in: Criminalità Organizzata, Devoluzione socialismo

Merkel e Cdu. Hanno preso soldi dall’Arzebaijan.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-10-26.

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«Just ahead of the German election, CDU MP Karin Strenz has been accused of doing paid lobbying work for the Azerbaijani dictatorship. Chancellor Angela Merkel was due to support Strenz on the campaign trail this week.

A German conservative parliamentarian has been caught up in a European-wide lobbying scandal involving the Azerbaijani regime ….

Karin Strenz, who represents Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in the chancellor’s home state of Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania, worked for Nuremberg-based consultancy Line M-Trade in 2014 and 2015, receiving between 7,500 euros and 15,000 euros ($9,000 – $18,000) in both years.

Line M-Trade is owned by Eduard Lintner, a former parliamentarian for the Christian Social Union (CSU), the CDU’s Bavarian sister-party, who has been a lobbyist for Azerbaijan since his retirement as an MP in 2009.

As the SZ noted, Strenz has shown a noticeably friendly attitude to Azerbaijan in her political career. 

Her personal website features a photograph of her standing alongside President Ilham Alyev, and in 2015 she was the only German delegate on the European Council to vote against a resolution calling on the country to release political prisoners. ….

An investigation published in a number of European newspapers on September 4 showed that another Lintner-owned concern, the Berlin-based lobby group Society for Promoting German-Azerbaijani Relations (GEFDAB), received a total of 819,500 euros between 2012 to 2014 from offshore companies run by Azerbaijan’s ruling Aliyev family» [Deutsche Welle]

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«The affair had caused a four-year-long legal dispute with the parliamentary administration authority behind the scenes, the report said, since German law prohibits parties from receiving donations from non-EU countries.»

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«Although the district CDU branch accepted the donation without question, auditors at party headquarters in Berlin notified the Administration of the German Bundestag, which decided as early as autumn 2013 that the gift was not allowable under the law. The CDU then gave up the donation to be immediately impounded»

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«The affair has raised several questions about links between the conservative CDU/CSU bloc and Azerbaijan, and what objectives the country could be pursuing with its donations.»

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«in June 2015 Strenz voted against a resolution by the Council of Europe to call on Azerbaijan to release its political prisoners — the only German MP to do so, according to an earlier report in the paper.»

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Ricapitoliamo.

La Germania riguarda l’Azerbaijan come uno stato dittatoriale, che calpesta anche i più elementari diritti umani.

Per essere chiari: proprio non ne vuole sapere di avere a che fare con quella gente.

Però. C’è sempre un però.

Se dall’Azerbaijan arriva denaro sonante, allora è tutto un altro paio di maniche.

Le donazioni fatte ai parlamentari della Cdu santificano il denaro indipendentemente dalla sozzura delle fonti.

Brava Frau Merkel, brava Frau Strenz.

Poi questa gente vota contro Herr Albrecht Glaser.


Deutsche Welle. 2017-10-26. Angela Merkel’s CDU party received donations from Azerbaijan

Germany’s CDU party has received donations from a state-run Azerbaijani company, a German media consortium reported. The affair again highlights links between conservative politicians and the Central Asian dictatorship.

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A district chapter of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Party (CDU) received €28,000 ($33,114) from the state-run Azerbaijani oil and gas company Socar in contravention of German rules on party donations, a consortium of public broadcasters NDR, WDR and daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported.

The case again calls into question connections between certain conservative politicians and the South Caucasian republic, whose leader, President Ilham Aliyev, has by human rights organizations.

According to the report, two payments, one of €3,000 and one of €25,000, were deposited by Socar’s Germany-based branch on the account of the CDU’s district association in Frankfurt at the end of February 2012.

No fine for the CDU

The affair had caused a four-year-long legal dispute with the parliamentary administration authority behind the scenes, the report said, since German law prohibits parties from receiving donations from non-EU countries.

Although the district CDU branch accepted the donation without question, auditors at party headquarters in Berlin notified the Administration of the German Bundestag, which decided as early as autumn 2013 that the gift was not allowable under the law. The CDU then gave up the donation to be immediately impounded, the report said.

However, despite having broken the law, the party will not have to pay a fine, largely owing to a ruling made by an administrative court in April that self-denunciation in such cases can not only mitigate penalties, but even avert them altogether.

Mysterious links

The affair has raised several questions about links between the conservative CDU/CSU bloc and Azerbaijan, and what objectives the country could be pursuing with its donations.

The German CEO of Socar, Anders Egen Mamedov, was quoted by the paper as saying that the company’s contacts with political officials was taking place “against the backbround of the geopolitical importance of Azerbaijan and Socar,” including with regard to the pipeline network through seven countries that is currently under construction.

The massive gas pipeline project was chosen over the Nabucco-West pipeline in 2013 with the support of the then EU commissioner for energy, the German CDU politician Günther Oettinger.

Mamedov said Socar also made donations to sports and cultural associations in Germany. He declined to give details or speak about possible donations to other German of European parties to the paper.

Lobbying activities

The Süddeutsche also pointed to CDU parliamentarian Karin Strenz, who according to the paper did not disclose her work for an Azerbaijan-financed lobbying firm within three months as asked. The company is owned by former CSU politician Eduard Lintner, who has been doing lobbying work for Azerbaijan since 2009.

In another possible indication of her sympathies with the authoritarian country, in June 2015 Strenz voted against a resolution by the Council of Europe to call on Azerbaijan to release its political prisoners — the only German MP to do so, according to an earlier report in the paper.

Azerbaijan was described in a resolution by the European Parliament in September 2015 as “having suffered the greatest decline in democratic governance in all of Eurasia over the past 10 years.”

Pubblicato in: Criminalità Organizzata, Giustizia

Brasile. Il problema della corruzione, vera o presunta, è mondiale.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-05-26.

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Quanto sta accadendo in Brasile potrebbe essere maieutico a livello generale.

Il Brasile ha avuto un lungo periodo di crescita economica tumultuosa. Nel 1991 il pil raggiungeva i 500 miliardi Usd all’anno, e nel 2011 era arrivato a 2,616.2 miliardi: si era quintuplicato.

Se da un punto di vista tecnico una pausa di assestamento e riflessione era logica, essa è coincisa con una severa crisi politica. Era ovvio desiderio di tutti il poter godere della nuova ricchezza.

Il pil procapite era salito a 11,796.27 Usd l’anno: ma questo è un valor medio. Come solitamente avviene nei periodi di crescita tumultuosa, accanto a ricchezze di notevole entità continuavano a persistere sacche di altrettanto notevole povertà, per non dire francamente miseria.

Questa è la situazione tipica nella quale attecchiscono i partiti politici che proclamano l’intollerabilità di codesta situazione e promettono un riequilibrio forzoso della distribuzione della ricchezza prodotta.

Andarono al potere i socialisti di Lula e, quindi, della Rousseff.

In quel mentre, il mondo era scosso da una crisi globale di severa portata, fatto questo che ha concorso a destabilizzare il sistema economico brasiliano.

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Il problema della corruzione è vecchio quanto è vecchio il mondo.

Per essere chiari, è un problema non risolvibile.

Ci si dovrebbe accontentare di contenerla entro limiti accettabili e, soprattutto, di non utilizzarla come arma impropria.

Cerchiamo di chiarirci alcuni punti, opinabili, ma chiari.

In primo luogo, è destituito di sano buon senso che un governante che gestisca budget di centinaia, e spesso migliaia, di miliardi possa accontentarsi di stipendi ridicolmente bassi: qualche centinaia di migliaia di euro. Nella finanza e nell’industria persone che gestiscano cifre del genere percepiscono emolumenti di decine di milioni, oltre i benefit. È del tutto naturale che in tale situazione il governante rubi a man bassa: lui ed il suo entourage.

In secondo luogo, da un punto di vista globale è irrilevante il latrocinio e l’arricchimento indebito del governante e dei suoi sodali. In termini percentuali, per tanto che si appropri indebitamente, sarà pur sempre una quota trascurabile. È ben peggio, perché percepita da tutti come pericolo incombente, una corruzione quantitativamente molto inferiore e financo modesta, ma esercitata da tutti i punti di potere, anche gli infimi. L’uomo della strada si sente più vessato dal vigile urbano che gli commina multe ingiuste se non gli si allungano cinquanta euro di mancia, dall’agente di fisco che lo perseguita fino a tanto che non riceve la fatidica busta, dal burocrate che nega un permesso dovuto fino a tanto che non si senta gratificato a livello personale. Sono quasi invariabilmente la piccola corruzione periferica, così come la microcriminalità, a far definire “corrotto” un sistema”.

In terzo luogo, se è naturale che i giudici siano di per sé stessi corrotti servi del potere, la corruzione diventa percepibile quando la faziosità politica scende dai livelli massimi a quelli infimi. Dal giudizio emesso per una causa condominiale e, soprattutto, in quelle relative al piccolo contenzioso fiscale. Velocità e risultati dei procedimenti intentati contro la pubblica autorità sono sensibilissima cartina di tornasole di quanto diffusa sia la corruzione.

In quarto luogo, si diffidi, ed anche molto profondamente, quando un sistema giudiziario rimuove dai suoi ordinamenti il segreto istruttorio, ovvero non lo applica: quello stato è de facto sotto un regime dittatoriale.

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Nei momenti di instabilità politica, la accusa di corruzione è arma micidiale sotto la condizione di disporre di adeguate casse di risonanza, quali i media.

Inventata ed usata con magistrale maestria dai giacobini di infelice memoria, l’accusa di corruzione transita immediatamente da ipotesi di indagini a qualcosa di financo peggio di sentenza cassata.

Nodo cardine è la rimozione del segreto istruttorio. Se infatti in un sistema sociale e politico ragionevolmente sano è del tutto logico che i magistrati indaghino su chi abbia il potere, anche se quasi di norma indagano sui nemici politici ed economici  del potere stesso, è altrettanto vero che molto spesso tali indagini esitano in un nulla di fatto.

In carenza del segreto istruttorio, l’avviso di reato diventa un’arma più potente di una pistolettata nel cranio.

Francia. Dominique Strauss-Kahn e François Fillon. Vite parallele.

«La riabilitazione post mortem o brevemente riabilitazione (in russo: реабилитация?, traslitterato in inglese come reabilitatsiya o, accademicamente, reso come reabilitacija) è una dichiarazione ufficiale o un provvedimento dell’autorità giudiziaria con cui si riconosce l’innocenza di una persona deceduta, ingiustamente condannata, reintegrandone l’onorabilità.» [Fonte]

Un caso paramount fu quello di Michajl Tuchačevskij, maresciallo, capo di stato maggiore dell’Armata Rossa, fucilato nel 1937, e riabilitato trenta anni dopo. Meglio tardi che mai, sia chiaro, ma tanto Tuchačevskij era stato assassinato legalmente.

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Adesso in Brasile c’è un gran chaos politico.

Senza stabilità politica non è possibile un sia pur minimo progresso economico.

Si colgano pure le occasioni propizie: bruschi cali delle quotazioni indotte da istanze politiche possono essere utilmente impiegati e sfruttati. Ma si rimanga nei limiti del ragionevole.


Sole 24 Ore. 2017-05-19. Brasile, scandalo tangenti sul presidente: crollano Borsa e real

Scossone politico nella notte in Brasile, con conseguenze immediate sui mercati finanziari del Paese. Due imprenditori hanno consegnato alla giustizia delle registrazioni secondo le quali lo scorso marzo il presidente Michel Temer autorizzò il pagamento di mazzette all’ex presidente dei deputati, Eduardo Cunha. Lo afferma il quotidian O Globo, ricordando che l’obiettivo di Temer era quello di comprare il silenzio di Cunha, suo ex alleato politico in carcere, per evitare eventuali delazioni contro la presidenza nell’ambito dell’inchiesta “Lava Jato”. Cunha lo scorso marzo è stato condannato a 15 anni di carcere nell’ambito di un’inchiesta che vede al centro la compagnia di Stato perolifera Petrobras, accusata di aver incassato tangenti in cambio di appalti. È lui l’uomo che ha guidato il processo di impeachment che esattamente un anno fa ha portato alla destituzione dell’ex presidente Dilma Rousseff per presunte irregolarità contabili nel bilancio federale.

In serata il Supremo Tribunale Federale del Brasile ha aperto un’inchiesta per presunta ostruzione della giustizia contro il presidente. Lo ha annunciato la stessa alta corte.

Crollano Borsa e real

Gli effetti sui mercati, intanto, non si sono fatti attendere. La Borsa di San Paolo è precipitata. Le contrattazioni sono state sospese dopo che l’indice Bovespa dei principali titoli è crollato del 10%. Gli investitori, i quali temono una nuova paralisi politica del paese che freni la ripresa in corso dopo mesi di recessione, hanno punito tutti i titoli fra cui Petrobras (-20%) e Banco do Brasil (-23%). Male anche il real, la moneta nazionale, crollata del 5% sul dollaro e di oltre il 7% sull’euro.

Tramite il proprio ufficio, Temer ha smentito le accuse, precisando «di non aver mai sollecitato il silenzio dell’ex deputato Cunha». Il presidente, viene sottolineato, «non ha autorizzato alcuna iniziativa per evitare la delazione». Intanto però il Supremo Tribunale Federale (Stf) brasiliano ha sospeso oggi dal suo incarico parlamentare il senatore ed ex candidato presidenziale Aecio Neves e la Procura Generale ha chiesto all’alta corte di ordinare il suo arresto, sempre nel quadro dell’inchiesta sul pagamento di tangenti. I due imprenditori che hanno chiamato in causa Temer sono Joesley e Wesley Batista, proprietari di uno dei gruppi coinvolti nello scandalo della carne avariata brasiliana di qualche mese fa. Entrambi, ricordano i media, hanno concordato con la procura un accordo, ancora non in vigore, per rivelare i tentativi di Temer di limitare le inchieste anti-corruzione.

Alessandro Moron, del partito di opposizione Rete per la sostenibilità guidato da Marina Silva, ha chiesto l’impeachment del capo dello Stato. Da parte loro, i senatori del partito dei lavoratori fondato dall’ ex presidente Lula si sono riuniti nella notte per pronunciarsi sul caso.

Michel Temer non ha intenzione di dimettersi: lo ha riferito lo stesso presidente . «Sto vivendo il peggior momento della mia vita» ha dichiarato Temer ai suoi collaboratori, riferisce la stampa brasiliana, precisando che il presidente ritiene di essere stato vittima di una “cospirazione” da parte dei proprietari del gruppo JBS, Joesley e Wesley Batista, i quali lo hanno registrato nel momento in cui autorizzava il pagamento al quale i due imprenditori si sono riferiti.

Temer ha in programma per oggi colloqui con una ventina di politici, secondo l’agenda resa nota dal suo ufficio stampa. E d’altra parte intende chiedere alla Corte Suprema il testo completo reso dai Batista nella loro «delazione premiata» (collaborazione con i magistrati in cambio di uno sconto di pena, ndr).