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Microsoft soll sich 45 Milliarden Dollar an Steuern „erspart“ haben

Posted by hkarner - 23. August 2017

23. August 2017, 06:06 derstandard.at

Der US-Konzern wurde auch in der Vergangenheit wiederholt wegen „Steueroptimierungen“ kritisiert

Redmond – Der US-Konzern Microsoft gerät durch seine „Steueroptimierungen“ in den USA erneut in die Kritik. Dies wirft auch in der EU Fragen zu effizienteren Maßnahmen im Kampf gegen Steuerflucht und Steuervermeidung auf. Das jüngste Beispiel von Microsoft macht die Tragweite solcher Praktiken für die betroffenen Staaten deutlich. Laut dem Anfang August veröffentlichten Geschäftsbericht hat das US-Unternehmen in den letzten zwei Jahren rund 43 Milliarden US-Dollar (36,5 Milliarden Euro) verdient. Davon seien allerdings nur etwa 0,3 Prozent (128 Millionen) in den USA erwirtschaftet worden. Das scheint nicht sehr plausibel, schreibt das Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP). ITEP vermutet, dass ein Großteil der Gewinne des Konzerns auf Konten in Steueroasen liegt. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Trump’s Corporate Lackeys

Posted by hkarner - 23. August 2017

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Emmanuel Macron Loses Support, Endangering Bid to Ease Labor Rules

Posted by hkarner - 23. August 2017

Does anybody expect your popularity goes up when you change an opulent system radically. Therefore such articles are unjustly panicking! Rubbish! (hfk)

Date: 22-08-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal

As unions prepare to fight looser employment code, president could face broad ‘alliance of the aggrieved’

French President Emmanuel Macron

PARIS—As Emmanuel Macron sets out to shake up France’s rigid labor market, the young president is losing the public support he may need to weather protests by the country’s powerful unions.

Less than four months after handing him the presidency in a landslide election win, voters are souring on a leader many hailed as a reformer who would help address Europe’s economic dilemmas and break down traditional ideological divides.

Unpopular budget cuts, accusations of an authoritarian approach and weeks of critical news coverage have sent Mr. Macron’s approval ratings in a downward spiral. The latest poll, published in mid-August by public opinion firm Harris Interactive, found that 37% of voters approve of him, down from 51% in July and 59% in June.

Given that drop, Mr. Macron will have to tread carefully in rolling out his labor reforms in September. For months, the 39-year-old president has been in talks with powerful labor unions in a bid to contain planned street protests. Now the prospect is growing that the ranks of those demonstrations could swell with students, retirees and other segments of French society unhappy with Mr. Macron’s early steps. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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European Populists Who Aped Brexit and Trump Rethink Their Approach

Posted by hkarner - 22. August 2017

Date: 21-08-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Many officials think their attempt to associate with the U.K. and the U.S. undermined what was supposed to be a banner year

CARPENTRAS, France—Europe’s populist politicians hoped this would be the year they rocked the Continent’s establishment. Instead, their assault on the European Union has brought election defeats, recriminations and self-doubt.

Hervé de Lépinau, a parliamentary candidate for France’s far-right National Front, ended a rally before parliamentary elections in June with an attack on his own party’s leadership. “Making a French exit from the euro the essence of our platform was an absurdity,” he said. His party subsequently lost that seat in what was supposed to be a party stronghold in France’s sun-baked south.

Many of Europe’s far-right politicians now believe their attempt to associate themselves with the antiestablishment uprisings behind the U.K.’s vote to leave the EU and Donald Trump’s U.S. presidential victory has backfired. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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China’s Renewable-Energy Revolution

Posted by hkarner - 22. August 2017

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Why Bannon Had to Go

Posted by hkarner - 22. August 2017

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Don’t Forget About The Red Swan

Posted by hkarner - 22. August 2017

By Daily Reckoning

The chart below comprises a picture worth thousands of words. It puts the lie to the latest Wall Street belief that the global economy is accelerating and that surging corporate profits justify the market’s latest manic rip.

What is actually going on is a short-lived global credit/growth impulse emanating from China. Beijing panicked early last year and opened up the capital expenditure (CapEx) spigots at the state-owned enterprises (SOEs) out of fear that China’s great machine was heading for stall speed at exactly the wrong time.

The 19th national communist party Congress scheduled for late fall of 2017. This every five year event is the single most important happening in the Red Ponzi. This time the event is slated to be the coronation of Xi Jinping as the second coming of Mao. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Guilty Man

Posted by hkarner - 22. August 2017

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The buzz in Silicon Valley about „universal basic income“ grows louder.

Posted by hkarner - 22. August 2017

Date: 21-08-2017

Source: The Economist

Subject: Rich men, free money: basic income

The latest tech titan to endorse the idea is Stewart Butterfield of Slack; Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook came out for it in May. Sam Altman, president of Y Combinator, a school for startups, is even running a „pre-pilot“, giving around $1,500 a month to 100 families in Oakland, a city in California with high inequality. Y Combinator may soon announce a bigger pilot that will hand out over $50m, starting in two states (Texas is a possibility). Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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A Sinister War on Our Right to Hold Cash

Posted by hkarner - 22. August 2017

Thanks to H.F.
Author: F. William Engdahl, NEO

Has it ever occured to you that when you have no cash, you have no privacy?

An operation that began as a seemingly obscure academic discussion three years ago is now becoming a full-blown propaganda campaign by some of the most powerful institutions in the industrialized world. This is what rightly should be termed the War on Cash. Like the War on Terror, the War on Cancer or the War on Drugs, its true agenda is sinister and opaque. If we are foolish enough to swallow the propaganda for complete elimination of cash in favor of pure digital bank money, we can pretty much kiss our remaining autonomy and privacy goodbye. George Orwell’s 1984 will be here on steroids.

Let me be clear. Here we discuss not various block-chain digital technologies, so-called crypto-currencies. We are not addressing private payment systems such as China’s WeChat. Nor do we discuss e-banking or use of bank credit cards such as Visa or Master Card or others. These are of an entirely different quality from the goal of the ongoing sinister war on cash. They are all private services not state. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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