FRANCE: ‘ LE PEN BORROWS 9 MILLION EURO’S FROM KREMLIN LINKED BANK ‘

#AceFinanceNews – BRUSSELS – Nov.30 – The far-right French party, Front National (FN), borrowed €9 million from a Russian bank, posing questions over its relationship with the Kremlin.

The loan, by the First Czech Russian Bank (FCRB), was granted in late September, according to a report out on Saturday (22 November) in Mediapart, an online investigative journal.

It notes the FCRB is de facto owned by Roman Popov, a financier with close ties to the Russian political establishment.

Wallerand de Saint-Just, the FN’s treasurer, told Mediapart the loan was organised by Jean-Luc Schaffhauser, an FN euro-deputy.

“We’d been looking for a loan for a long time, notably to finance our election campaigns. Our bank, like many other French and European banks, categorically refused to lend a single centime to the FN or to FN candidates”, he said.

“So Mr Schaffhauser … who has had good relations in Russia for a long time, said:

‘Let me go and see this bank’.”

De Saint-Just denied the FCRB loan amounts to foreign interference in French politics, saying he has never met Popov and has only had contact with the bank’s “technical” staff.

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GERMANY: ‘ TALKS STALL AT LUFTHANSA OVER RETIREMENT BENEFITS CALLS FOR STRIKE ‘

#AceFinanceNews – GERMANY – Nov.30 – The German pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) is calling for a strike on December 1 and 2 after talks over retirement benefits stalled.

“It became clear that management is not interested in solutions, but in introducing an autocratic leadership model like that of airlines in the Gulf states,” VC spokesman Jörg Handwerg said.

The pilots oppose plans to gradually raise the age at which they can take early retirement by five years.

Currently, they can retire at 55 and get up to 60 percent of their pay until the normal pension starts at their statutory retirement age of 65.

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