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  • crise 2017-2020, Ein Fenster öffnet sich (Euro-Krise) - Nehmen Sie ihre Zukunft mit dem GEAB in die eigenen Hand! www.geab.eu Aktuelle Debatten über die Einheitswährung haben weitgehend gezeigt, dass die Reform einerseits dem Status quo vorzuziehen sei, andererseits aber auch der kompletten Aufgabe des Euro. Ist das genug, um die Transformation des Euro wie oben umrissen auszulösen? Sicher nicht. Dennoch veranlasst uns ein ganzes Bündel von konvergierenden Gründen, den Beginn einer Reform für 2020 vorherzusagen: – die öffentlichen Meinungen, so wie sie von den nationalen Führern verstanden werden, wären bereit, eine Änderung in dieser Richtung zu begrüßen, nachdem die jüngste politische Debatte sie bereits mit Denunziationen über die Einheitswährung infiltriert hat, und sie erwarten eine Weiterentwicklung bereits im Anschluss an die 2017’er Wahlen in Frankreich und Deutschland – wenn die extremen Rechten jetzt schon in der Lage waren, dieses ... Lesen
  • bloom Greece Starts Taking Orders for First Bond Offering Since 2014 - Greece will raise 3 billion euros ($3.5 billion) in its first visit to international bond markets since 2014 as it attempts to turn the page on a debt crisis that forced it to seek multiple international bailouts. The sub-investment grade rated country is selling five-year notes at a yield of 4.625 percent, after tightening terms twice from an initial target of around 4.875 percent, according to a person familiar with the transaction. Investors placed orders worth more than 6.5 billion euros, the person said, asking not to be named because they aren’t authorized to speak publicly. “It’s a test the market deal,” said Dimitris Dalipis, a fund manager at Alpha Trust Mutual Fund Management SA in Athens, which is switching some of its Greek debt holdings to the new paper in a ... Lesen
  • Macron Takes Aim at Libya Standoff With Paris Talks - French President Emmanuel Macron is meeting Tuesday with the head of Libya’s United Nations-backed government and the North African oil producer’s powerful eastern-based military commander in the latest attempt to seek a solution to their standoff. Macron’s office said the initiative is aimed at facilitating the work of UN special negotiator Ghassan Salame, who will also take part in the talks near Paris between Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj and Khalifa Haftar, who leads the so-called Libyan National Army. “The goal is to build a state capable of responding to the fundamental needs of Libyans and with a unified regular army under civilian control,” Macron’s office said in a statement Monday announcing the meeting. “It’s necessary to control Libyan territory and its borders in order to fight against terrorist groups and human and ... Lesen
  • dnaindia Recapture of ‘Mosul’ an achievement of Iraqi army, not the US: VP Nouri al-Maliki - Iraq’s Vice President Nouri al-Maliki said that recapture of Mosul is an achievement of the Iraqi army and not of the United States as America has contributed to the emergence of ISIS in the country. Maliki said that US is trying to highjack the victory and claims it was them who “led that war”. “Yes, they supported us with aviation, but the main credit goes to the Iraqi soldiers, people’s militia, Iraqi air force,” al-Maliki stated in his interview with the Russian news agency. He added that he “regrets and denies Americans claiming the victory in Mosul is their achievement.” “In reality, this is the victory of the Iraqi army as it came with a high cost, with some 20,000 Iraqi soldiers and police officers having been either killed or ... Lesen
  • euobs US votes to sanction EU firms in Russia project - US congressmen are preparing to vote on new Russia sanctions on Tuesday (25 July) in a move set to anger parts of the EU. The bill, entitled Countering Iran’s Destabilising Activities Act of 2017, which covers Iran, Russia, and North Korea, is expected to pass after sailing through the Senate by 98 votes to two in June. Bob Corker, the Republican senator who sponsored the law, told reporters in Washington on Monday that only “procedural issues” remained to be finalised. “We’re about there, there’s still some procedural issues we’re discussing but, you know, I think it worked out very, very well,” he said, referring to weekend talks between Republicans and Democrats on the legislation. “It [a deal] is not quite done, but it feels like it’s moving to a good ... Lesen
  • japan Japan Captures More Photographs of Likely Melted Fukushima Fuel - A trove of new images captured in the past few days show what is likely to be melted nuclear fuel from inside one of Japan’s wrecked Fukushima reactors, a potential milestone in the cleanup of one of the worst atomic disasters in history. Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings Inc., Japan’s biggest utility, released images on Saturday of mounds of black rock and sand-like substances at the bottom of the No. 3 reactor containment vessel at Fukushima, which is likely to contain melted fuel, according to Takahiro Kimoto, an official at the company. A survey on Friday found black icicles hanging from the above pressure vessel, which was “highly likely” to contain melted fuel. Kimoto noted it would take time to confirm whether this debris contains melted fuel. “The pictures that we have ... Lesen
  • airports The airports of the future are here - No matter how well-regarded a particular airport happens to be, the slog from curb to cabin is pretty much the same wherever you go. A decades-old paradigm of queues, security screens, snack vendors, and gate-waiting prevails—the only difference is the level of stress. Transiting a modern hub such as Munich or Seoul is more easily endured than threading your way through the perpetual construction zones that pass for airports around New York. The sky portal of the 2040s, however, is likely to be free of such delights. Many of us will be driven to the terminal by autonomous cars; our eyes, faces, and fingers will be scanned; and our bags will have a permanent ID that allows them to be whisked from our homes before we even set out. Some of ... Lesen
  • oil Oil: counter-direction - The day the coalition around Saudi Arabia announced a cut of diplomatic relations with Qatar, risking the “koweitisation” of the latter, the oil prices… collapsed. This is not the first time we have noticed that outbreaks of conflict are no longer causing price surges. This fact validates the axes we have been following for a long time in our anticipation of the oil-market: energy (renewable energies, gas, nuclear) and economic transitions (e-economy, less energy-consuming) have definitely dethroned King ‘Oil’ who no longer calls the shots and whose value is henceforth limited to the princes’ capacity to agree among themselves on output volumes (OPEC and NOPEC cooperation). Rising tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran are forcing the markets to question the solidity of the deals between producing countries, conveying risks of ... Lesen
  • bloomb Venezuela’s Perfect Storm for Oil May Be About to Break - “We may be about to see the first sovereign producer to unequivocally fail.” The oil producer in question is Venezuela, and that assessment comes courtesy of Helima Croft, who is global head of commodity strategy at RBC Capital Markets and formerly worked with both the Council on Foreign Relations and the CIA. In a global oil market mired in excess inventory and low expectations, Venezuela is the most tangible of wildcards. Its tragic and volatile mix of a failing, oil-dependent economy, political gridlock and simmering unrest is well known at this point. But things are building to a head, partly due to the relentless logic of the bond market and partly due to the more proprietary logic of U.S. foreign policy. Venezuelan bonds, which haven’t looked rock-solid for a few years, crashed ... Lesen
  • alj Al-Aqsa: UN slams Israel killings of young Palestinians - The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he “deeply deplores” the killings of three Palestinians – one of whom was shot by a settler – as anger boiled over increased Israeli restrictions at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa compound. Guterres condemned the killings and called for an investigation early on Saturday, hours after mass protests by Palestinians around the holy site turned deadly. He urged Israeli and Palestinian leaders to refrain from actions that could further escalate the volatile situation in Jerusalem’s Old City, saying that religious sites should be spaces for reflection, not violence. Citing Guterres, UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said the organisation understands “legitimate security concerns, but on the other hand, it is important that the status quo at the site be retained”. Israeli security forces violently clamped down on Friday’s demonstrations, firing live ammunition, tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets ... Lesen
  • euobs Dutch coalition talks lengthiest in 40 years - The four parties negotiating a coalition deal in the Netherlands will break a record on Friday (21 July), the 128th day since the Dutch elections.It will be the longest period needed for a coalition deal to be concluded since the 1970s, when the longest coalition talks took 208 days. Dutch outgoing prime minister Mark Rutte, a Liberal, hopes to secure a third term. “That hope has not reduced, it may have been increased a little bit,” said Rutte. The previous post-1970s record had also been set by Rutte. His first centre-right coalition was established in 127 days, while his second was formed in just 54 days. The current record is held by the talks leading to the 1977-1981 coalition government, led by prime minister Dries van Agt, a centre-right Christian ... Lesen
  • FB Washington et Bruxelles sont tous deux de la Lune … même s’ils ne viennent pas de la même face! – de Franck Biancheri (2003) - Cet article reprend à contre-pied et avec l’humour qui caractérisait Franck Biancheri, le titre d’un best-seller américain sorti en mars 2003: “Americans Are From Mars, Europeans From Venus” de Robert Kagan. Pour Franck Biancheri, Américains et Européens ne sont pas de deux planètes différentes, c’est juste qu’ils n’ont pas la même perspective depuis la face de la lune sur laquelle ils habitent, tout comme sur terre ils n’habitent pas le même côté de l’océan… Franck Biancheri connaissait bien les USA, il a voyagé d’un bout à l’autre des Etats-Unis pour des visites, des conférences, notamment avec TIESWeb, mais aussi pour la découverte du pays (traversé en voiture). C’est avec ce regard là que pourront, non pas être soulevées les barrières, mais entendus les discours des uns et des autres, et que la ... Lesen
  • When Will the ECB Pull Its Trillions From the Markets? - After three years of asset purchases, negative interest rates and cheap loans, the European Central Bank is finally confident that it has beaten the risk of deflation in the euro area. Now it’s time to start thinking about how to unwind those extraordinary measures. It won’t be simple. The ECB’s mandate is to keep inflation just below 2 percent, but to judge its progress it looks at a range of key economic and market indicators. The ECB on Thursday left interest rates unchanged and deferred the delicate decision of how and when to venture the next step toward policy normalization until later this year. Click through the timeline to see how key indicators have weighed on the central bank… Read more : Bloomberg, 20.07.2017
  • euobs Mafia money pollutes the EU economy - Major profits from large-scale illegal activities have to be laundered to enter the so-called clean economy. The money laundering itself is increasingly done by external specialised groups, which take a 5-8 percent cut for the service, Europol, the EU’s police agency, says. When only considering the Italian mafias, a 2016 report by the EU’s judicial cooperation agency, Eurojust, notes their infiltration into the legitimate economy in “Spain (particularly favoured by the Italian Camorra), the Netherlands, Romania, France, Germany, and the UK.” But how are they doing this? Primarily through “real estate investments and participation in public or private contracts, particularly in the field of construction, public utilities and waste disposal,” the report says. The Transcrime Organized Crime Portfolio (OCP), edited by Paolo Savona and Michele Riccardi, also notes “cases of ... Lesen
  • bitcoin Bitcoin Jumps After First Solution to Major Ideological Divide - Bitcoin reversed steep losses as miners began using new software which aims to bridge an ideological gap that has threatened to divide the cryptocurrency. Bitcoin’s community has been at bitter odds for more than two years about how to solve its scaling problem, which has hampered the cryptocurrency’s growth and allowed rivals like ethereum to steal some of the spotlight. The new software, known as SegWit2x, is seen as a compromise for the two sides of the debate: miners who deploy costly computers to verify transactions and act as the backbone of the blockchain, and developers known as Core who uphold bitcoin’s bug-free software. While both sides have incentives to reach a consensus, bitcoin’s lack of central authority has made reaching agreement difficult… Read more : Bloomberg, 18.07.2017
  • india India’s first solar-powered 1600 HP DEMU train launched; to help Indian Railways save crores - Indian Railways’ first solar-powered 1600 HP DEMU (Diesel Electric Multiple Unit) is ready! In line with the vision to use renewable energy, Indian Railways has unveiled a new broad gauge solar-powered train that it says is a “path-breaking” leap towards making trains “greener and more environment friendly”. The solar power DEMU train has six trailer coaches and is expected to save about 21,000 litres of diesel and ensure a cost saving of Rs 12 lakh per year… Read more : Financial Express, Jul 2017
  • bloomberg Europe Is Bored With Brexit - As the U.K. finally gets down to Brexit business, the rest of Europe has already moved on. Britain may be consumed by the political and economic fallout from voters’ decision to leave the European Union, but judging from the reaction of the main newspapers across continental Europe, their readers are far less occupied by the drama on the other side of the Channel. The second round of negotiations under way in Brussels between Brexit Secretary David Davis and his EU counterpart, Michel Barnier, made few waves outside the U.K. Their encounter failed to make the front pages of many Tuesday’s editions. In fact, most papers chose to ignore it altogether. Those that did give it some attention focused on the political confusion back in the U.K. and the weak negotiating ... Lesen
  • dw34 ‘Defend Europe’ Identitarians charter a ship to return migrants to Africa - European right-wing extremists have chartered a boat and set sail for the Mediterranean to help obstruct the flow of refugees. The so-called Identitarians are just the latest player in a complex flotilla of groups. European right-wing extremists have chartered a boat and set sail for the Mediterranean to help obstruct the flow of refugees. The so-called Identitarians are just the latest player in a complex flotilla of groups. Pan-European members of the right-wing group known as the Identitarian Movement announced this week that they had chartered a ship and were sailing to the Mediterranean to stem the flow of refugees and migrants. The group, calling themselves Defend Europe, crowd-funded more than $100,000 (87,000 euros) over about a month to fund their so-called “search and rescue” mission. Borrowing the Greek lambda as its ... Lesen
  • bloom China Economic Expansion Exceeds Estimates on Factory Rebound - China’s economy maintained its momentum last quarter, as global trade and domestic demand spurred a pickup at the nation’s factories. Key Points Gross domestic product increased 6.9 percent in the second quarter from a year earlier, compared with a 6.8 percent median estimate in a Bloomberg survey, matching the pace of expansion in the first quarter Industrial output rose 7.6 percent in June from a year earlier, compared with an estimated 6.5 percent increase Fixed-asset investment climbed 8.6 percent in the first half of this year, versus a median forecast of 8.5 percent gain Retail sales jumped 11 percent from a year earlier in June, compared with a median estimate of 10.6 percent in a Bloomberg surveyThe expansion highlights the resilience of China’s economy, as activity has remained robust even ... Lesen
  • dw33 Japan commits to China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative - During talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the fringes of the recent G20 summit in Hamburg, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed Tokyo’s intention to participate in Beijing’s ambitious “One Belt, One Road” economic plan, a significant concession from a government that had previously distanced itself from Chinese economic and development initiatives. Analysts say that while the Japanese leader is hoping for a windfall for domestic companies, he also recognizes that Japan simply cannot afford to be left out of a growing international project without any say in its future direction. Yet another motivation is to pressure President Donald Trump’s administration to re-engage with its longstanding allies in the Asia-Pacific region instead of permitting China to seize the initiative. The grand One Belt, One Road project is a combination of the Silk Road Economic ... Lesen
  • alj Trump: We will maintain good relations with Qatar - The United States will maintain good relations with Qatar, President Donald Trump has told an American news channel, adding that the US airbase will not be moved out of the Middle Eastern country despite the diplomatic and economic blockade imposed on Doha by the Saudi-led group. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a land, sea and air blockade on Qatar on June 5. Qatar is home to the Al-Udeid airbase that holds the forward headquarters of Central Command and hosts around 10,000 American troops. But while saying there are “10 countries willing to build us another base”, Trump said, “we will not have a problem with the military base.” “We are going to have a good relationship with Qatar and not going to have a problem with the military base,” Trump said in ... Lesen
  • dw Turkey’s purges continue a year after failed coup - Mert’s story is just one of many and typical of the current situation in Turkey. He had voiced concern in group meetings, as he always did, but instead of citing personal disagreements on the day he was laid off, he said his boss accused him of having links to a terrorist organization. Speaking under an alias to avoid repercussions, Mert, 37, said he was dismissed from his job at an Ankara government ministry last fall for questioning his superiors. “He said I was a Gulenist,” Mert told DW, referring to Fethullah Gulen, an exiled cleric who the Turkish government blames for plotting last year’s failed coup. “To make such a claim is ridiculous because he knew it wasn’t true. He just wanted to get rid of me.” Since then, Mert ... Lesen
  • bloomb France Shouldn’t Let Google Get Off Tax-Free - After Google settled for just 130 million pounds ($168 million) in back taxes with the U.K. last year, the French government swore it would get more money out of the search giant — based, as then-Finance Minister Michel Sapin said, not on negotiation but on application of the law. On Wednesday, that approach failed spectacularly. A Paris court rejected the government’s demand that Google pay 1.115 billion euros ($1.28 billion) in taxes for 2005 through 2010. The failure shows that countries and blocs like the European Union need urgently to change their tax rules as they are too easily flouted by multinationals. In the meantime, old debts will have to be negotiated or forgotten. In the U.K., then-Chancellor George Osborne touted the 2016 settlement as a “major success” but its opponents claimed Google got ... Lesen
  • dw2 Palestinian MP Khalida Jarrar jailed by Israel for six months without trial - MP and campaigner Khalida Jarrar has been imprisoned over her links to a group that Israel considers a terrorist organization. Ten other Palestinian politicians are currently being detained under a controversial law. Palestinian politician Khalida Jarrar was ordered to be detained for six months without trial by Israeli authorities, the prison support group Addameer said on Thursday. The 54-year-old was arrested earlier this month because of her membership of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which Israel considers a terror organization.  The PFLP is a left-leaning faction opposed to peace with the Jewish state. At the time of her arrest, Israel’s internal security service said Jarrar had been “promoting terror activities,” without giving further details… Read more : Deutsche Welle, 13.07.2017
  • davis Finally in Writing: U.K. and EU Will Have ‘Financial Settlement’ - The U.K. acknowledged for the first time in writing that it will have to pay money to the European Union when it withdraws from the bloc, seeking to damp down a row over the country’s so-called Brexit bill. “We will work with the EU to determine a fair settlement of the U.K.’s rights and obligations as a departing member state,” Brexit Secretary David Davis said in a statement to Parliament that referred explicitly to the “financial settlement” with the EU. “The government recognizes that the U.K. has obligations to the EU, and the EU obligations to the U.K., that will survive the U.K.’s withdrawal — and that these need to be resolved.” Britain’s divorce bill is one of the thorniest issues in the Brexit negotiations, with media speculation putting the fee ... Lesen
  • 39684694_303 France: Emmanuel Macron hosts Trump for Bastille Day pomp - Emmanuel Macron is spending this Bastille Day with US President Donald Trump a day after wrapping up a joint cabinet session with Angela Merkel and her ministers. The new president’s Paris is on full display for all. After a difficult 2016, Europe is looking good again, particularly in France, where new President Emmanuel Macron received his US counterpart, Donald Trump, with a firm, self-confident handshake on Thursday, just as he had in their manual tug-of-war during their first meeting at this spring’s NATO summit. Political symbolism is one of Macron’s strengths. And now, just days after the G20 summit in Hamburg, he and his wife, Brigitte, have dined with the US president and first lady Melania Trump at Le Jules Verne, the Michelin-starred restaurant inside the Eiffel Tower – once again showing off ... Lesen
  • Poland’s Court-Revamp Blitz Fuels Anxiety for Business Group - The Polish ruling party’s accelerated judicial overhaul, set to give politicians more sway in court matters, bypasses needed public consultations and undermines investor confidence, according to the country’s leading business lobby group. Emboldened by rising public support following U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to Warsaw last week, Law & Justice’s latest legislative plans are poised to push Poland deeper into conflict with the European Union and have triggered opposition accusations that it’s building a “dictatorship.” The party’s previous changes to courts triggered an unprecedented probe by the bloc’s executive, which accused Poland of “persistent” rule-of-law breaches. After the lower house of parliament on Wednesday approved giving lawmakers the right to choose who sits on the National Judiciary Council, a body that decides which judges are promoted and how courts are run, the ... Lesen
  • lemonde « Il est urgent que la zone euro se prépare aux chocs futurs » : l’avertissement de Benoît Cœuré - La croissance est de retour en zone euro, mais elle reste trop dépendante des soutiens monétaires. Dans une interview accordée au Monde et au quotidien italien La Stampa, Benoît Cœuré, membre du directoire de la Banque centrale européenne (BCE), appelle la France – mais aussi l’Italie et l’Allemagne – à poursuivre les réformes afin de renforcer leurs économies et de pouvoir s’atteler, à terme, à la création d’un ministère commun des finances de l’union monétaire. Parmi les thèmes évoqués : Le chantier des réformes en France et en zone euroLe délicat retrait des soutiens monétairesLa menace protectionniste pour l’économie mondiale Les fragilités de l’économie italienne L’optimisme est de retour en zone euro. Celle-ci est-elle à l’aube d’une « décennie dorée » ? ll est vrai qu’en un an, la situation s’est considérablement améliorée. On peut dire que la zone ... Lesen
  • washington Washington is America’s Top State for Business in 2017 - With the nation’s fastest-growing economy and an all-star business roster of household names and up-and-comers, Washington — the Evergreen State — soars above the competition as America’s Top State for Business in 2017. The home of Amazon and Costco, Boeing and Expedia, as well as rising stars like Adaptive Biotechnologies, online marketplace OfferUp and space company Blue Origin, Washington has the old and new economies covered — as well as pretty much everything in between. But the success story does not end there. At a time when the best workforce rules, Washington boasts the nation’s largest concentration of STEM (science, technology, education and math) workers. Nearly 1 in every 10 Washington workers is in those professions, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The University of Washington’s computer science school — recently named for one of the state’s most famous natives, Microsoft co-founder ... Lesen
  • euobs UK’s universities set ‘Brexit wish list’ - As Brexit talks kicked off earlier this week, EU lawmakers are beginning to examine the implications that the exit of the United Kingdom will have on higher education and culture. For the British academic sector, freedom of movement and the protection of the rights of EU students and staff in the UK will be the biggest issues at risk. “Universities have always been globalised, so it is crucial that knowledge is not restrained by frontiers,” said Christina Slade, vice-chancellor of Bath Spa University and representative of the platform Universities UK, in a public hearing held on Wednesday (21 June) in the European Parliament’s culture committee. Nearly one out of five staff members at UK universities come from other EU countries, and over 120,000 EU students are enrolled in a study ... Lesen
  • uberisation Outre-Atlantique, l’ubérisation s’étend à la protection sociale - Lisa, 36 ans, trois enfants, qui souffre d’un cancer incurable, a pu lever plus de 50 000 livres sterling (57 200 euros) pour payer des soins et la garde de ses enfants pendant qu’elle est à l’hôpital. Brian a besoin de 14 000 dollars (12 500 euros) pour rapatrier sa mère aux Etats-Unis dans un avion médicalisé. Ty, professeur de fitness, a presque collecté les 30 000 dollars (26 800 euros) nécessaires pour régler sa facture d’hôpital, après un accident de la route. Greta, 4 ans, est atteinte d’une forme rarissime de cancer ; ses parents voudraient rassembler 500 000 dollars canadiens (336 000 euros) pour financer des soins expérimentaux à Cincinnati, aux Etats-Unis. Sur la plate-forme de financement participatif GoFundMe, on trouve en deux clics des centaines de milliers d’annonces de ce type – une recherche sur le terme « cancer » donne plus de 430 000 résultats. Américains, Canadiens ou Britanniques pour ... Lesen
  • venezuela Venezuela Supreme Court attacked from helicopter - A police helicopter has dropped grenades on Venezuela’s Supreme Court building and fired shots at the interior ministry in what President Nicolas Maduro called a “terror attack” against his government. Information minister Ernesto Villegas said the stolen helicopter first fired 15 shots on the ministry in Caracas, the capital, as a reception was taking place on Tuesday. It then flew a short distance to the Supreme Court building and dropped four grenades, two of them near the national guardsmen protecting the building. Maduro said no one was injured as the grenades failed to detonate during the incident. The attack occurred as Maduro was speaking live on state television to journalists gathered at the presidential palace… Read more : Aljazeera, 27.06.2017
  • aa china China’s 16+1 foray into Central and Eastern Europe - Half a decade after it was launched, the network of cooperation between China and 16 Central and Eastern European countries has brought uneven economical and political fruits so far. The so-called 16+1 was established in 2012 as Beijing’s initiative to cover various issues such as investment, trade, but also culture or education. The group includes 11 EU countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia; and five non-EU countries from the Balkans: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. It fits into China’s global strategy to engage new partners in political and economic ties in different formats. Despite having a permanent secretariat, the Cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European Countries – the initiative’s official name – is more a series ... Lesen
  • duda Duda project could trump Visegrad Group - “New Europe” was a term coined by the administration of former US president George W. Bush. When the USA decided to invade Iraq, this term was used to differentiate between – and celebrate – the solidarity of new Nato members compared to the reluctance of the old allies. Since then, the intricacies of European politics – from smaller initiatives to larger regional alliances and even to the inner-workings of the EU itself – have grown considerably. Many wishing to weaken Europe’s position and potential on the global stage try to exploit this division of old vs new, and it is something all leaders on the continent should be wary of. With that still in mind, on 6 July US president Donald Trump will arrive in Warsaw and take part in ... Lesen
  • Baar, Switzerland - October 21, 2012: Entrance to the company headquarters of Glencore, the world's largest commodities trading company headquartered in Baar, Switzerland (county of Zug). Attention à l’hyperactivité de Glencore - Valeurs boursières : Glencore encore (extrait du GEAB 116 / juin 2017) Le géant suisse des matières premières, présent dans 50 pays et employant 154 000 personnes dans le monde, après avoir connu de graves difficultés en 2015 au moment de l’effondrement des cours, au point d’avoir failli vendre certains sites d’extraction (comme en Nouvelle Calédonie[1]), est désormais pris d’une frénésie de fusions et d’acquisitions. En guise d’exemple, au cours des dernières semaines seulement, il se bat et gagne contre le Chinois Yancoal dans le rachat des mines australiennes de Rio[2], il signe un accord avec Corporacion G500 SAPI pour créer une co-entreprise pour l’approvisionnement de stations-service au Mexique[3], il se rapproche du négociant américain Bunge avec pour ambition de redevenir leader dans les matières premières agricoles[4], il s’associe avec ... Lesen
  • special offer Announcing the Anticipolis – LEAP Summer Package (available until 15th of July) - Anticipolis Editions (the exclusive distributor of the Global Europe Anticipation Bulletin), in partnership with LEAP, offers a Summer Package to every new GEAB subscriber joining our GEAB readers club before July 15. If you hesitated before to get a one-year subscription to the GEAB, now is the time to make up your mind. The package will contain exclusive items for you:                 Buy one get one free Buy a one-year subscription for the Global Europe Anticipation Bulletin and an extra subscription will be automatically offered for one of your collaborators whose business success needs future-orientation and analytical skills. (Subscription form and voucher) GEAB archives – unlimited access Eleven years of bulletins, all the GEAB archives, available in several languages and with unlimited access, for loooong summer evenings. Enjoy! (Online library access) GEAB special ... Lesen
  • bbc Romanian PM ousted in MPs revolt - Romanian Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has been forced from power after only six months by his own party, in a no-confidence vote in parliament. His left-wing Social Democrat party (PSD) had accused him of failing to carry out necessary economic reforms. The prime minister was involved in a power struggle with party leader Liviu Dragnea, who was barred from office after a conviction for voter fraud. Mr Grindeanu lost the censure motion by 241 votes to 10. The decision by his own party and its liberal ALDE allies to oust him was seen as a first, even for Romania’s turbulent politics. For the motion to pass they needed a parliamentary majority of 233 votes… Read more : BBC, 21.06.2017
  • dw1 Angela Merkel open to common eurozone budget - Germany’s chancellor says she is prepared to consider a euro budget, as well as a joint finance minister for the eurozone. But she stressed that such profound changes would only make sense if they increased prosperity. Angela Merkel told business leaders in Berlin on Tuesday that she was open to reforms, saying the economic cohesion of the 19 countries in the euro area “leaves something to be desired.” “We could of course consider a common finance minister, if the conditions are right,” and if there is a proper balance concerning risk and liability for debt, the chancellor said in a speech at the annual congress held by Germany’s largest industrial lobby, the BDI (the Federation of German Industries). “We could also consider a euro-budget if it is clear that we ... Lesen
  • alj US ‘mystified’ over Gulf states’ position towards Qatar - The US state department says it is “mystified” that Gulf states have not released details of the claims they are making against Qatar, more than two weeks after they imposed a blockade on the country and cut ties with it. Heather Nauert, spokesperson for the state department, said in a press briefing on Tuesday that the more time goes by, “the more doubt is raised” about the anti-Qatar measures imposed by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and their allies. “At this point, we are left with one simple question: Were the actions really about their concerns regarding Qatar’s alleged support for terrorism or were they about the long-simmering grievances between and among the GCC countries,” she said, referring to the Gulf Cooperation Council. READ MORE – Qatar-Gulf crisis: ... Lesen
  • liberation Ukraine: l’UE maintient ses sanctions contre la Russie - L’UE va prolonger à nouveau ses sanctions économiques contre la Russie en raison de son soutien présumé aux rebelles prorusses dans l’est de l’Ukraine, a indiqué lundi sa Haute représentante Federica Mogherini. Les Européens exigent une mise en oeuvre complète des accords de Minsk conclus en 2015 et censés instaurer une trêve des combats, mais qui n’ont jamais permis de mettre un terme au conflit, avant de lever ces sanctions. «Je dois constater qu’il n’y pas de réelle avancée sur la mise en œuvre des accords, donc j’imagine qu’une décision (sera) prise dans le sens d’une continuation de l’état actuel des sanctions», a déclaré Mme Mogherini lors d’une conférence de presse à Luxembourg. Par ailleurs, fidèles à la politique adoptée au lendemain de l’annexion de la Crimée par la Russie ... Lesen
  • usbill US bill on Russia sanctions prompts German, Austrian outcry - A US Senate bill to toughen sanctions on Russia and Iran has been slammed by German and Austrian Social Democrats. Sigmar Gabriel and Christian Kern say it will warp Europe’s natural gas network in favor of US suppliers. The bill passed by US senators 98-2 and forwarded to the US House Representatives prompted a joint outburst Thursday from Gabriel, Germany’s foreign minister, and Kern, Austria’s chancellor. The nub is Nord Stream 2, a pipeline project to pump Russian natural gas via the Baltic Sea to landfall in Germany – involving Russia’s Gazprom and European energy firms, including Wintershall of Germany and ÖMV of Austria. “Europe’s energy supply is a matter for Europe, and not for the United States of America!” wrote Gabriel and Kern, both center-left Social Democrats. To threaten European ... Lesen
  • greece Greece’s Too Close For Comfort Relationship with China - According to Reuters, Greece was the final vote separating the European Union making a statement criticizing the human rights record of its economic partner The Peoples Republic of China at the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva. The Greek government decided against the statement. 28 EU member states were needed in order for the statement to be made. Many diplomats then criticized Greece for making a decision the was counter to the values that the EU stands for. China has had a long history of suppressing freedom of speech and activists movements against the government, to this end political dissidence has plagued the country for years. This marked the first time the EU had failed to make its statement at the U.N.’s top rights body, rights groups Amnesty International and Human ... Lesen
  • euvisa EU visa waiver unlikely to import Ukraine crime - Visa-free travel is unlikely to prompt a Ukrainian crime wave in Europe because its gangsters found ways to get in long ago, an EU police chief has said. Kestutis Lancinskas, a Lithuanian police chief who heads an EU rule-of-law mission in Kiev, told EUobserver Ukraine is currently seeing a spike in “all types of crime”. The recent killings of a Russian dissident, Denis Voronenkov, and of a journalist, Pavel Sheremet, brought back memories of the lawlessness in Ukraine when it split from the Soviet Union in the 1990s. Lancinskas said those cases appeared to be political. “I don’t think they were related to organised crime”, he said. But he said Ukraine suffered from a “very high crime rate” with “all types of crime on the increase”. He listed corporate raiding, ... Lesen
  • merkel Merkel attacks latest US anti-Russia sanctions - Shortly after the joint statement of the German and Austrian foreign ministers angrily denouncing the new sanctions against Russia voted on by the US Senate, Angela Merkel has added her voice to the protest and is making her opposition to the latest sanctions clear. In her usual Sphinx like way Merkel avoided making a statement herself.  However her views have been made known by her spokesman Steffen Seibert in a briefing earlier today, There is considerable assent to the contents of this statement. The chancellor shares fears listed in the text……the case in hand are sanctions for Russia’s steps but which affect European companies.  It is inadmissible. Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s Foreign Minister who issued the joint statement criticising the Senate’s sanctions with the foreign minister of Austria yesterday, is a ... Lesen
  • euobs1 France gives Macron big majority with little enthusiasm - French president Emmanuel Macron won a three-fifth majority in the lower house in the second round of the legislatives elections on Sunday (18 June), but less than half of voters cast a ballot. Macron’s political movement, La Republique en Marche (LRM, The Republic on the Move) won 308 seats in the National Assembly, out of 577, after obtaining 43.06 percent of the vote. Its centrist ally, the Modem party, got 40 seats (6 percent). While not as big as expected after the first round, LRM’s majority left other parties behind and completed Macron’s destruction of the old political landscape. The conservative Republicans party will be the main opposition faction, with 113 seats (22.2 percent), down from 192 in the outgoing assembly. The party leader, Francois Baroin, said he was happy ... Lesen
  • gu USS Fitzgerald: missing sailors found dead in flooded area of ship - The bodies of some of the seven US navy sailors missing after their destroyer collided with a container ship off the east coast of Japan have been found. US and Japanese ships and aircraft launched a huge air and sea search for the crew but “a number of bodies” were found on Sunday in the flooded quarters of the damaged destroyer USS Fitzgerald, the US 7th fleet said in a statement. “As search and rescue crews gained access to the spaces that were damaged during the collision, the missing sailors were located in the flooded berthing compartments,” it said. “They are currently being transferred to naval hospital Yokosuka where they will be identified. The families are being notified and being provided the support they need during this difficult time. The ... Lesen
  • london tower The London Tower Blaze Exposes a Divided Britain - The black, smoldering shell of a London apartment block is the harrowing symbol of everything locals say has gone wrong in their city. The inferno that ripped through the 24-story tower in the small hours of Wednesday morning left at least 30 people dead, 24 hospitalized and many more missing. For devastated locals, some still searching for loved ones, it was emblematic of how they have been abandoned by an uncaring government that spent the last seven years slashing spending on vital services. “Austerity went up in those flames,” said Sarah, a retiree who was born and brought up in London and was going past the area on the tube when she decided to stop and help. “We’re not looking at a building, we’re looking at a graveyard,” added Siobhan, who ... Lesen
  • ft Van mows down pedestrians in ‘attack’ near London mosque - A man driving a van has ploughed into pedestrians near a Muslim centre in north London, killing at least one person and injuring 10 in what Prime Minister Theresa May said police were treating as a “potential terrorist attack”. Police were called at 00.20 on Monday to reports of a vehicle collision with pedestrians on Seven Sisters Road in Finsbury Park. Counterterrorism police are investigating the attack. A 48-year old white man was arrested in relation to the attack, police said. “He has been taken to hospital as a precaution, and will be taken into custody once discharged. He will also be subject of a mental health assessment,” police said. It was the third incident in London in as many months involving vehicles being driven at pedestrians, following terrorist attacks ... Lesen
  • eurobond-wealthcoaching Zone euro/Sovereign Bonds Backed Securities : précédent ou alternative aux EuroBonds ? - Pour approfondir la zone euro, la Commission européenne vient de proposer la création de produits titrisés de dette souveraine européenne. Une proposition qui pourrait être davantage une alternative qu’un précédent pour les Eurobonds. Le 31 mai 2017, la Commission européenne a en effet présenté sa réflexion concernant « l’approfondissement de l’union économique et monétaire »[1], prévue depuis plusieurs mois. Bruxelles profite cependant du moment d’euphorie qui a suivi l’élection à la présidence française d’Emmanuel Macron le 7 mai. Ce dernier a cherché depuis son élection à relancer le chantier du renforcement et de l’approfondissement de la zone euro, notamment en souhaitant bâtir une ligne commune avec l’Allemagne. Lors du premier voyage à Berlin du nouveau président français, le 15 mai[2], Angela Merkel est restée très floue sur ce que l’Allemagne était prête ... Lesen
  • macedoine Macedonia will become NATO’s 30th member – Zaev - Zaev told the Podgorica-based daily Pobjeda that membership in NATO was important for Macedonia “because the military alliance, in particular for us in the Balkans, means stability, security and inviolability of borders.” “In addition, NATO is a guarantee of economic growth, economic development, an inflow of foreign investments. Finally, if Macedonia were a member of NATO, the dictatorial regime of Nikola Gruevski, together with his sponsors, would not have dared to cause the crises and the unrest that we unfortunately had a chance to witness in the last few years,” said Zaev. Speaking about ways in which Macedonia intends to solve the name dispute with Greece – which has blocked its NATO integration – Zaev said he believes that dialogue between the two governments, which will take into account the ... Lesen