March 13, 2013
(Islam versus Europe)
A few days ago the Financial Times had a story about Sarkozy being mooted as the head of a 500 million euro fund backed by Qatar.
Nicolas Sarkozy is being wooed by sovereign wealth funds including Qatar’s who are ready to back him to start a private equity fund.
Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund and other investors have offered to commit as much as €500m in total to a fund run by the former French president, people familiar with the matter said. Mr Sarkozy has sought advice from close advisers on the plan.
However, he has put it on hold in recent weeks because he sees an opportunity to return to politics following the rapid decline in the polls of President François Hollande, who defeated him in May, two people familiar with Mr Sarkozy’s thinking said. “The Qataris are taking an option on the next president of France,” a third person with knowledge of the venture said.
Source: Financial Times
This is far from exceptional.
Tony Blair is regularly employed by Qatar as a consultant and middleman.
A few months ago it was reported that Berlusconi was considering selling a 30% stake in AC Milan to Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund.
The Gazzetta dello Sport says the deal could be worth $323 million, and would facilitate the building of a new stadium or the refurbishment of the San Siro.
The deal could also include aspects involving Berlusconi’s media empire and the Qatari-run Al-Jazeera network.
September 20, 2011
Another country gets downgraded. Who is going well? That is the question. The country that does well has to sell to the country who is broke!
has had its sovereign debt rating cut by Standard & Poor’s, the latest move in a deepening and continuing European debt crisis.
S&P cut its rating on Italy’s long- and short-term sovereign debt rating to A/A-1 from A+/A-1+, adding that the outlook for the country was “negative”.
It cited fears over Italy’s ability to cut state spending and bring its finances in order.
Italy is currently trying to push through an austerity budget.
“We believe the reduced pace of Italy’s economic activity to date will make the government’s revised fiscal targets difficult to achieve,” S&P said in a statement.
) like the old picture of silvio?
they are the 6th european nation to get downgraded on their debt..more to come…
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Thursday that a Moroccan teenage girl at the centre of a new sex scandal threatening the premier may have attended a party hosted by Berlusconi.
Emilio Fede, who anchors a news programme on a television channel owned by Berlusconi’s Mediaset network, is being investigated on charges of procuring prostitutes, news reports said.
The probe, reportedly conducted by magistrates in Milan, is linked to allegations made by the 17-year-old Moroccan that she, together with dozens of young women, attended parties at Berlusconi’s villa in the northern town of Arcore.
The girl, whom news reports have only identified as “Ruby R”, was questioned in May by investigators in Milan in connection with the theft of cash from a friend’s apartment, the leftist newspaper La Repubblica reported.
During her interrogation, she reportedly made allegations that she had visited the conservative premier’s Villa San Martino on three occasions after being contacted by Fede.
Ruby R told investigators that Fede first accompanied her to Berlusconi’s villa for a Feb 14 Valentine’s Day party.
The girl also claimed that the party was attended by about 20 young women and only two men — Fede and Berlusconi.
“I think I met that girl at some dinner at Berlusconi’s house,” Fede was quoted as saying Thursday by the ANSA news agency.
The 79-year-old Fede, however, denied reports in which the girl alleged he had introduced her to the 74-year-old premier.
Fede also denied he is under investigation.
Berlusconi minimised the significance of the reports.
“See what a fuss they have kicked up? Over nothing,” he joked with TV cameramen on the margins of an EU summit in Brussels.
At a news conference in Naples earlier Thursday, he refused to answer questions related to the case.
On Wednesday, the premier’s lawyers described as “totally unfounded” a report by another leftist newspaper, Il Fatto Quotidiano, alleging that Ruby had sex with him.
The media-magnate-turned-politician has been embroiled in a series of sex scandals — including one in May 2009 when his wife, Veronica Lario, announced her intention to divorce after reports that Berlusconi had attended the birthday party of an 18-year-old lingerie model.
Lario also accused her husband of “frequenting” underage women, a charge the premier denied.
In June 2009, a self-described escort, Patrizia D’Addario, alleged she spent the night with Berlusconi at his residence in Rome.
Berlusconi has said he is “no saint”, but denied ever paying for sex.