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Global Systemic Crisis

  • systeme Rupture des systèmes d’information occidentaux : quelques conseils pratiques pour survivre « informativement » parlant ? - Depuis la Seconde Guerre mondiale, la domination morale de l’Occident sur le reste du monde s’est, pas uniquement mais largement, fondée sur la qualité indéniable de ses médias, garants d’une information représentative des réalités mondiales et des débats publics les concernant. Il ne s’agit pas là d’idéaliser un système bien entendu loin d’être parfait, mais de rappeler qu’il fut tout de même quelques décennies durant le meilleur à disposition à l’échelle globale. C’est sur ce système d’information ouvert que le « monde libre » (et beaucoup plus simple à appréhender) a appuyé ses mécanismes démocratiques, et ce d’une manière satisfaisante. Évolution du monde versus stagnation des systèmes d’information Nous n’avons pas l’intention de faire l’historique de l’effondrement de ce système d’information qui résulte d’un processus long et multifactoriel. Disons simplement qu’on peut ... Lire
  • putin Russia’s Far East rolls out the welcome mat for investors - Russia’s government is offering tax breaks, special economic zones and other incentives to investors in the Far East areas of the country, including the Free Port of Vladivostok, to broaden the economy from natural resource extraction to processing industries and services. “The Far East shares a border with some of the most dynamically developing economies in the world,” said the Minister for Development of the Far East Alexander Galushka. “It’s key for us to harness that economic power for the benefit of developing our eastern territories,” … Read more : Atimes, 25.07, 2017
  • euobs Spain’s PM appeals to court over Catalan independence - The Spanish government and Catalan authorities took a step further on Friday (28 July), in their showdown ahead of an independence referendum planned for 1 October in Catalonia. Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy announced that he would appeal to the Constitutional Tribunal against a text, passed in the Catalan parliament earlier this week, which would facilitate the adoption of a bill to organise the referendum. The government “is ensuring legality, and the defence of Catalan institutions and their functioning,” Rajoy said in a press conference after a cabinet meeting. The reform of the parliament’s rules, passed by Catalan MPs on Tuesday, allows a political group to push a bill through an emergency single reading, reducing the time for debates and the possibilities for amendments. A draft referendum bill was presented ... Lire
  • alj Maduro hails Constituent Assembly election victory - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has claimed victory in an election to pick a controversial new constitution-writing body that prompted deadly violence and international condemnation. Venezuela’s National Electoral Council announced on Sunday that more than eight million people voted to grant Maduro’s ruling Socialist Party virtually unlimited powers with a Constituent Assembly. The turnout was more than double the estimates of both the government’s political opponents and independent experts. “We have a Constituent Assembly,” Maduro said in a speech to hundreds of supporters in central Caracas after the electoral authority put the voter turnout at 41.5 percent. “It is the biggest vote the revolution has ever scored in its 18-year history.” Maduro was referring to the year his mentor Hugo Chavez came to power… Read more : Aljazeera, 31.07.2017
  • vision Vision 2030 comes to the Red Sea - With its shimmering blue waters, white sandy beaches and pristine coral reefs, the Red Sea is one of the world’s major tourist destinations. But the tourist footfall thus far has been concentrated on the so-called Red Sea Riviera on Egypt’s eastern coastline. This may soon change. Saudi Arabia on Monday announced ambitious plans to transform a 200-kilometre stretch of its coastline into a tourist haven. The development will feature luxury hotels, residences and wellness centres. Fifty natural islands will form part of the project. This Red Sea development is at the heart of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 economic plan that seeks to diversify the kingdom’s economy and reduce its reliance on revenues from hydrocarbon exports. The tourism project is being financed by the Public Investment Fund, Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund. ... Lire
  • oil derek worker Pétrole, cœur de crise systémique globale (GEAB d’été 2017) - L’été dernier, dans un souci d’honnêteté et de pédagogie, nous avons compilé nos anticipations sur le Brexit, faisant amende honorable sur notre échec d’anticipation. Aujourd’hui, cet échec d’anticipation apparaît finalement bien relatif au regard des immenses difficultés de mise en œuvre de la demande populaire de divorce avec l’Europe, qui laissent présager que « de Brexit, il n’y aura point » comme nous l’avons toujours dit : « Personne ne sort de l’Europe ». Nous pensions que la sphère politico-médiatique britannique s’en rendrait compte avant le referendum et œuvrerait à obtenir un « oui ». Elle n’a en fait commencé à le comprendre que dix mois après… créant une situation assez inextricable pour l’île… et pour le continent tout à la fois. Pour cet été, nous vous proposons un retour sur nos anticipations pétrolières, un sujet majeur ... Lire
  • 4c274c678a4d95855e3510a7b5e6a8b0-800x EU-US scrap on Russia sanctions gets worse - The EU has threatened to retaliate against US sanctions on European firms that invest in Russian energy projects. But a senior US diplomat has said there is a window of opportunity to “change the status quo” on Russia’s behaviour in Ukraine. Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission chief, said on Wednesday (26 July) that “if our concerns are not taken into account sufficiently, we stand ready to act appropriately within a matter of days.” “America first cannot mean that Europe’s interests come last,” he said. A leaked internal memo this week indicated the Commission might seek to circumscribe US jurisdiction on the issue or to impose counter-sanctions on US firms. Juncker said the EU was “fully committed” to previous Russia sanctions, but he said the new US measures could have “unintended ... Lire
  • sweden Sweden Scandal Highlights Cheap Romanian, Serbian IT Market - The growth of the low-cost IT subcontracting market in Eastern Europe has been highlighted by a scandal over Romanian, Czech and Serbian programmers potentially having access to Swedish citizens’ data. The Swedish government could face impeachment after Prime Minister Stefan Lofven admitted on Monday that Romanian, Czech and Serbian programmers without proper security clearance might have had access to the personal data of Swedish citizens – an incident that showed how low-cost Eastern European IT companies are increasingly being used by Western European countries. Swedish premier Lofven confirmed at a press conference on Monday that his administration potentially exposed the personal information of millions of Sweden’s citizens after the Swedish Transport Agency started outsourcing its database and IT service management to private companies like IBM in the Czech Republic and Romania ... Lire
  • alj Palestinian dies as Israel restricts al-Aqsa access - A 25-year-old protester has succumbed to his wounds, becoming the fifth Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces and settlers in two weeks of violence as tension mounts over discriminatory restrictions at al-Aqsa Mosque. Muhammad Kanan, who had been shot in the head three days earlier, died late on Thursday in a hospital in the central occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said. Israeli soldiers and police cracked down on extended protests on Friday. Police announced for the second week running a ban on men under the age on 50 attending the holy site, and closed several gates to the compound. That announcement came hours ahead of Friday prayers, when thousands of Muslims typically worship in congregation at al-Aqsa Mosque. Police fired water cannon and tear gas at protesters ... Lire
  • crise 2017-2020, la fenêtre d’opportunités. Suivez la crise de l’euro à travers le GEAB - Les débats récents sur la monnaie unique ont largement montré qu’une réforme était préférable au statu quo, d’une part, et à l’abandon de l’euro d’autre part. Cela suffit-il à enclencher la transformation de l’euro selon les contours décrits ci-dessus ? Certes pas… Néanmoins, tout un faisceau de raisons convergentes nous fait anticiper l’amorce d’une réforme d’ici 2020 : les opinions publiques, telles que comprises par les dirigeants nationaux, seraient prêtes à accueillir un changement de ce côté-là, le débat politique récent les ayant abreuvées de dénonciations de la monnaie unique, et elles attendent d’ores et déjà une évolution à la suite des élections de 2017 en France et en Allemagne ; dès à présent, les extrêmes droites ont su imposer ce sujet. Elles n’en seront que plus légitimes et plus audibles après les élections européennes ... Lire
  • 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 ... Lire
  • 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 ... Lire
  • 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 ... Lire
  • 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 ... Lire
  • 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 ... Lire
  • 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 ... Lire
  • 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 ... Lire
  • 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 ... Lire
  • 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 ... Lire
  • 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 ... Lire
  • 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 ... Lire
  • 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 ... Lire
  • 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 ... Lire
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  • 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 ... Lire
  • 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 ... Lire
  • 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 ... Lire
  • 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 ... Lire
  • 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 ... Lire
  • 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 ... Lire
  • 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 ... Lire
  • 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 ... Lire
  • 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 ... Lire
  • 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 ... Lire
  • 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 ... Lire
  • 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 ... Lire
  • 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 ... Lire
  • 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 ... Lire
  • 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 ... Lire
  • 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 ... Lire
  • 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 ... Lire
  • 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 ... Lire
  • 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: ... Lire
  • 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 ... Lire