It has been a disturbing week in the news, not least with the chaos at the BBC, and the sheer number of allegations that are flying around. I felt at the weekend it would be good to make a point this week of praying for those in high office, and for false allegations not to hold good people back.

As always, the news looks very different when viewed on Euronews (Sky Channel 508) rather than BBC or Sky. It is showing much more of the distress caused by the austerity measures that Germany in particular is insisting on, along with the accompanying protests that are being staged around Europe, particularly in Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece.

Despite being a pro EU channel, the reporting has not flinched from showing just how strong feeling is against the edicts from Brussels. It has been a long time since there have been so early warning signs of the pale horse of famine stalking around these countries. (Rev. 6:8)

Greek salaries and pensions are being heavily reduced this week. on the very slightly brighter side, it is a relief to see measures finally being introduced in Spain to prevent yet more people joining the five hundred unfortunates a day who have been evicted from their homes.

For those interested in economic matters

If it is fair to make a comparison between the effect that IMF loans have had on nations in decades past, and present bail outs from the EU, one can see that there is going to be real suffering ahead. See for example:  jamaicaobserver and scholar.harvard.edu/IMF_Programs.pdf

The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has made today, November 14th, an action day for various forms of international protest and disruption. See independent/news

Keep an eye open for Cyprus and Solvenia needing bailouts in the future too. fistfulofeuros.net