Important Updates for September 30, 2020: ECB Scandal, Animal Welfare Tax

By Koen Jacobs for Op V

The European Central Bank

Remember the case about the ECB’s violations of the German Competition Act? It turns out I was right all along.

Here’s the message that I received today from someone about the ECB:

“There is an internal war going on at the ECB. The ECB wants to secretly reduce the bond purchases by the bank and on top of that there are more and more ECB insiders who want the ECB to terminate its alliance with BlackRock but Lagarde, who is making secret deals with BlackRock, is opposed to that.”

Of course, this is very difficult to confirm for me since I’m not an “insider” but I’m willing to go all-in on this one. I bet this message is 100% TRUE. Tomorrow I’ll look into this further. I’ll try to dig up some gold nuggets about Lagarde and BlackRock.

A New “Animal Welfare Tax” in Germany?

Clearly this is a scam by the German government. They are trying to make money off the economic crisis, money that will disappear in the pockets of those who are causing the economic onslaught.

The German government wants to introduce a tax that would amount to around 35 euro per person per year: 23.80 euro for meat consumption, 4.72 for egg consumption and 6.50 for milk and dairy consumption. An estimate based on the food that an average German consumes.

They want to charge taxes like this: 40 euro cents per kg of meat, 2 euro cents per liter of milk, yogurt and similar milk products and 15 euro cents per kg of cheese and butter.

It is claimed that the new tax will help farmers and producers with improving the “housing conditions” or work environments where animals are being raised and processed.

Anyone can see that this is a scam because farmers and producers can easily increase their sales prices on their own, with the support from their associations and sector representatives. The government does not need to be involved in this process, unless, of course, certain politicians want to keep the tax money for themselves and funnel it into their own bank accounts.

You don’t need to be a dairy expert or a seasoned economist to see what is going on there. I call their bluff!

Hamburg Fish Market

This is not a major story but certainly worth mentioning.

After being closed for 7 months, the Hamburg fish market in Germany will open again by the end of October.

Dieter Bruhn (82), one of the best-known merchants on the Hamburg fish market , however, does not want to accept the new conditions that the government is imposing.

Because the market’s opening hours have been changed, from 11 am to 3 pm, Bruhn is now boycotting the market. “I will not join. I cannot support that. Even if it hurts me economically,”  Bruhn said on Tuesday. “At this time of the day people want to drink coffee and eat cake, but they don’t want to buy fish.”

Since March, tourists and Hamburgers have had to do without the 300-year-old fish market. Around 120 market stalls are usually set up there. Normally, early birds go to the fish market. This would no longer be possible if the new opening hours are implemented.

Also under the new rules, a maximum of 500 visitors and 60 fish merchants would be allowed. The market would also be fenced off and have separate entrances and exits installed, and a one-way system would be implemented. 20 security guards would regulate the entry of people and enforce social distancing, something Bruhn is also opposed to.