YouTube comment from Edward Huitt –
An on the ground report: I live in Switzerland, 400 meters from the French border. I teach English, and half of my students live in France. They have told me that the French border crossings, to go into France, are now typically a half hour to 45 minutes if you are driving a car, because the French border guards ask for identification, like passports, from every person in the car. This is new. My French students live in France but work in Switzerland, so they have to cross the border 5 times per week! This is what they tell me is a "Temporary Emergency" enacted for the next three months. Yeah, right! This was enacted on Monday November 16th, 3 days after the Paris attacks on Friday the 13th. My wife went to a French Post office on this Monday to send some packages to the USA, because postage rates are a lot lower in France than in Switzerland. She said she had to fill out 2 pages of forms and produce an ID like a driver's license or a passport. She NEVER had to do this in the last 10 years! When she asked why she had to do this on Monday, the postal workers said, quote: "It's a NEW REGULATION THAT TOOK EFFECT TODAY"! This is 3 days after the Paris attacks. Do you think that the French government bureaucracy could implement a policy like this in all French post offices over the weekend? I don't think so! This policy was waiting behind the scenes, already prepared. What was the trigger? OH – a terrorist attack in Paris! These guys keep repeating the same program over and over again because 1) they are repetitive and have no imagination, they are intellectual robots, and 2) they think we are too stupid to notice the pattern! The weird thing about the increased border controls going into France from Switzerland is this: It didn't occur in our village, 400 meters from France. There are NO FRENCH BORDER GUARDS ON THIS CROSSING INTO FRANCE! This is also been reported by my wife in 2 other small villages near here. We live in Fahy, Switzerland. Look it up on Google maps. I guess they think that "the terrorists" will never figure out where Fahy is, even with a GPS system! The French border guards are only securing crossings in the larger towns and cities on the Swiss border. Thanks for the report that focused on what's happening in Switzerland and Swiss politics. – An American friend in Switzerland – Edward Huitt
Having an opportunity to speak with a person in Europe, specifically in Switzerland, allows for a different perspective. Claudio Grass, Managing Director, Global Gold lives in Switzerland and has a birds eye view of the events unfolding in Europe.
The conversation you are about to hear covers a wide variety of topics that cannot be delivered in twenty second sound bites. Claudio does a marvelous job of introducing us to some of the history and development that has led to the events in Syria, Paris, and the Middle East. We take a look at how this is effecting the everyday citizen, in Switzerland, with the flood of refugees coming into Europe. How are the Swiss handling this situation and what are the implications of the Paris attacks?
What about world war? Europe has been the setting for the previous two world wars, and the people of Europe are well versed in how the current state of affairs could very easily escalate into a third world war at their doorstep.
With Switzerland being the "gold refinery of the world," refining some 70% of all gold in the world, it would be a mistake not to find out what is happening with the gold market from Claudio's perspective.
With the magnitude of the events over the past few weeks, we spent a little longer and dived a little deeper than we have in the past. Below are two parts to make it a little easier to digest.
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