Friday 2nd of December 2022

Deutsche warnen vor Klopapierknappheit…...

The crisis on the European gas market could lead to reduced production of toilet paper in Germany, according to Martin Krengel, chairman of the nation’s paper industry association, Die Papierindustrie.

“We are particularly dependent on gas for the production of tissue paper. Without it, we will no longer be able to provide security of supply,” Krengel said in a statement published on Thursday.

According to data provided by Die Papierindustrie, each German citizen uses an average of 134 rolls of toilet paper per year. “In the current energy crisis, our top priority is to provide people with this important commodity,” Krengel stressed.

Last month, the Bavarian Paper Association warned that operating paper plants may become unprofitable if they are forced to work at reduced capacity due to natural gas shortages.

Germany and the EU as a whole have recently seen a significant reduction in natural gas supplies from Russia, leading to numerous warnings of possible industrial shutdowns.




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bonkers banks in paris….

A total of 76 French residents with Russian or “Slavic-sounding” names have filed a complaint against a number of banks in France, alleging discrimination on account of national origin after getting caught up in the enforcement of anti-Russia sanctions.

Individuals with no ties to the Russian government found their bank accounts blocked and even long-time residents were caught in a net one attorney described as “Kafkaesque,” the newspaper Le Figaro reported.

Under the EU embargo rules enacted since the conflict in Ukraine escalated in February, banks were prohibited from accepting deposits of over 100,000 euros from Russian nationals. The intent was to crack down on “oligarchs” and tycoons allegedly close to the government in Moscow. Yet in their zeal to enforce the sanctions, the banks have frozen accounts of ordinary French residents over far smaller amounts, say the attorneys with Cartier-Meyniel-Schneller, the law firm representing the plaintiffs. Other discriminatory actions involved declining loan applications and refusing to open or close bank accounts.

“We are not talking about the owners of yachts or villas on the Cote d’Azur,” Marie-Laure Cartier told Le Figaro, showing the complaint that listed students, doctors, and shopkeepers caught under the enforcement hammer.

One plaintiff, a self-employed 26-year-old named Maria, found herself with just 30 euros in her pocket, forced to beg around to meet expenses such as food or rent. Another, identified only as Natalia, was told by her bank that her account was blocked “due to your nationality in the current context,” said attorney Alexandre Meyniel, who added that the banks have done “nothing” to help their customers despite receiving official complaints.

The lawyers say all the plaintiffs have one thing in common: Russian-sounding names. Among them are French citizens such as Evgueni Galperine, a renowned film music composer.

“I was born in the Urals but I am a French citizen, having received political asylum at age 15,” Galperine told Le Figaro. “I have been with the same bank for 31 years and I’ve never had a problem.” He and his brother Sacha have lived in Paris since 1990. In July, however, the bank told him his accounts would be closed in September. 

“This is because I was born in Russia. I’m shocked. I realized that I am basically a ‘discount’ Frenchman,”Galperine said. Such discrimination plays into the hands of Russian President Vladimir Putin, he added, as proof that Europe hates the Russians.

The discrimination lawsuit was filed before a Paris court on Monday, the attorneys said. The initial filing did not specify the extent of monetary damages involved, but “all these plaintiffs will claim financial compensation from the banks” if the complaint succeeds, Cartier told the French newspaper.









bum-biting sanctions….

Seeking to deprive Moscow of trade revenue over the conflict in Ukraine, the EU has proposed prohibiting the import of Russian-made hygiene products, from soap and shaving items to toilet paper and deodorant. The eighth wave of anti-Russian sanctions, unveiled in Brussels on Wednesday, would also ban the import of several steel products and attempt to impose a price cap on Russian oil.

“We do not accept the sham referenda and any kind of annexation in Ukraine, and we are determined to make the Kremlin pay for this further escalation,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced in Brussels. According to her, the proposed sanctions package is expected to deprive Russia of “an additional 7 billion euros ($6.7 billion) in revenues.”

The scheme requires EU residents to make do without Russian-made “beauty or make-up” products, shaving supplies, “personal deodorants,” dental floss, soap, and toilet paper, according to Politico.


READ MORE: EU proposes new ‘biting’ sanctions against Russia

Von der Leyen’s announcement comes just days after one of Germany’s pioneer toilet paper manufacturers, Hakle, filed for bankruptcy citing the skyrocketing prices of energy and source materials.