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Is Belgium a „Failed State“?

Posted by hkarner - 27. März 2016

Date: 26-03-2016
Subject: Postcard from a Failed State? Attacks Cast Light on Belgium’s State Crisis

With bombs set off in the airport and the subway system, the deadly Islamic State attacks on Brussels have struck the heart of the European Union. Belgium, once the nucleus of Europe, will now have to combat its reputation as a failed state.

Bart De Wever doesn’t have much faith in his country. In fact, you can hardly call it a country, this artificial construct created sometime in the 19th century as the result of an accident of history, a power struggle among major powers. The centralized Belgian state is „slow, complicated and inefficient,“ says De Wever, one of the most powerful men in Belgian politics.

He represents a party that went into the last election campaigning for an end to this centralized state, and for an independent Flanders, which it argued would be more viable than Belgium, a broken construct. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The Tectonic Forces Shaping the Businesses of the Future

Posted by hkarner - 27. März 2016

This article fits for Easter Sunday! And gives hope! (hfk)

By and on March 25, 2016  RGE EconoMonitor

The Tectonic Forces Shaping the Businesses of the Future

A transformational movement is challenging the view that businesses exist primarily to maximize shareholder value. A growing number of businesses are keen to play a larger role in society, not simply by acting “responsibly,” but also by becoming a true “force for good.” They are harnessing the power of markets, entrepreneurship, and investment capital to tackle complex social problems in areas such as crime, education, health care, and clean energy.

This trend is just beginning, but is gaining significant traction. The B corporation concept is now present in more than 30 countries. Impact investing, the type of financing flowing to businesses generating social value alongside profits, has reached more than $60 billion in assets, and is estimate to grow at $10 billion a year. Major financial institutions—including JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Black Rock, Prudential, Deutsche Bank, Citigroup, and BNP Paribas—are looking at businesses with impact and opening impact investing units, while a growing number of investment funds are specializing in this space.

Millennials, shift in philanthropy, technology are accelerating change

What we are seeing is not just a passing trend, but the beginning of a new form of business—a business that looks beyond profits to generate social value, the business of the future. Tectonic forces are accelerating this movement. At the global level, the most important one involves a cultural shift driven mainly by millennials. The new generation sees the main role of business as that of “improving society,” and not just generating profits. Millennials are bringing a social conscience to the way we buy and run our businesses, and with more than $40 trillion to be inherited from baby boomers, they are redefining how we invest.

Another powerful force accelerating the emergence of beyond-profit business models is the paradigm shift in philanthropy, which in the United States alone represents more than $350 billion a year. Increasingly, foundations, corporations, and philanthropic organizations view impact investing as their “next frontier,” and fund businesses with social impact. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Why China Can Grow According to Plan

Posted by hkarner - 27. März 2016

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Justin Yifu Lin

Justin Yifu Lin, a former chief economist and senior vice president at the World Bank, is Professor and Honorary Dean of the National School of Development, Peking University, and the founding director of the China Center for Economic Research. He is the author, most recently, of Against the Consensus: Reflections on the Great Recession.

MAR 25, 2016, Project Syndicate

BEIJING – China’s recently finalized 13th five-year plan maps out its economic strategy and ambition for the 2016-2020 period. Among its objectives are a doubling of GDP and average rural and urban household incomes relative to their 2010 levels.

These targets would require China’s economy to grow at an average annual rate of at least 6.5% during the next five years. While this pace would be significantly slower than the 9.7% growth the country has averaged since 1979, it is undeniably fast by international standards. And, given that China’s growth has decelerated every quarter since the beginning of 2010, some have questioned whether it is achievable. I believe that it is. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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