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Was ist denn das für ein Sauhaufen?

Posted by hkarner - 23. September 2016

23.09.2016 | 18:30 | Josef Urschitz (Die Presse)

Der Bund schafft nicht einmal die richtige Verbuchung von Belegen.

Als diese Woche im Parlament der Bundesrechnungsabschluss 2015 diskutiert wurde, war in der Öffentlichkeit viel von Defiziten, der wachsenden Überschuldung der Republik und anderen unschönen Dingen die Rede. Der eigentliche Hammer ging außerhalb des Parlaments aber eher unter.

Lassen wir, um nicht der übertreiberischen Beckmesserei bezichtigt zu werden, ein offizielles Organ der Republik, nämlich die Parlamentskorrespondenz selbst sprechen. Vorher aber bitte hinsetzen und vorsichtshalber einen Beruhigungsschnaps bereitstellen.

Also: „Breiten Raum“, schreibt die Parlamentskorrespondenz in einer Aussendung, „nahmen in der Debatte auch die erheblichen Probleme ein, die der Rechnungshof in der Haushaltsverrechnung des Bundes feststellt: 49,8 Prozent der Belege waren formal mangelhaft – nicht erfasste Obligos, nicht eingehaltene Zahlungsziele, falsch zugeordnete Konten und Lücken in der internen Kontrolle.“ Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Helicopter Money Is in the Air

Posted by hkarner - 23. September 2016

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Robert Skidelsky

Robert Skidelsky, Professor Emeritus of Political Economy at Warwick University and a fellow of the British Academy in history and economics, is a member of the British House of Lords. The author of a three-volume biography of John Maynard Keynes, he began his political career in the Labour party, became the Conservative Party’s spokesman for Treasury affairs in the House of Lords, and was eventually forced out of the Conservative Party for his opposition to NATO’s intervention in Kosovo in 1999.

SEP 22, 2016, Project Syndicate

LONDON – Fiscal policy is edging back into fashion, after years, if not decades, in purdah. The reason is simple: the incomplete recovery from the global crash of 2008.

Europe is the worst off in this regard: its GDP has hardly grown in the last four years, and GDP per capita is still less than it was in 2007. Moreover, growth forecasts are gloomy. In July, the European Central Bank published a report suggesting that the negative output gap in the eurozone was 6%, four percentage points higher than previously thought. “A possible implication of this finding,” the ECB concluded, “is that policies aimed at stimulating aggregate demand (including fiscal and monetary policies) should play an even more important role in the economic policy mix.” Strong words from a central bank. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Europe’s Leadership Crisis

Posted by hkarner - 23. September 2016

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Guy Verhofstadt

Guy Verhofstadt, a former Belgian prime minister, is President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Group (ALDE) in the European Parliament.

SEP 22, 2016, Project Syndicate

BRUSSELS – The European Union’s list of crises keeps growing. But, beyond the United Kingdom’s “Brexit” vote to leave the bloc, Poland’s constitutional-court imbroglio, Russian expansionism, migrants and refugees, and resurgent nationalism, the greatest threat to the EU comes from within: a crisis of political leadership is paralyzing its institutions.

As if to prove the point, EU member states’ leaders (with the exception of UK Prime Minister Theresa May) met recently in Bratislava, Slovakia, in an attempt to demonstrate solidarity, and to kick-start the post-Brexit reform process. The attendees made some progress toward creating a European Defense Union, which should be welcomed, and toward admitting that the EU’s current organizational framework is unsustainable; but there was scant talk of meaningful institutional or economic reform.

Meanwhile, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s refusal, at the close of the summit, to appear onstage with French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel all but confirmed fears that rudderless leadership is fueling institutional dysfunction. A summit that was supposed to be a display of unity revealed only further division. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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