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Banken-Krise Italien: Lage bei Monte Paschi offenbar kritisch

Posted by hkarner - 2. Dezember 2016

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Die Lage der Monte Paschi ist offenbar kritisch: Matteo Renzo will von der EU die Genehmigung für die Rettung der Bank mit Steuergeldern.

Monte Paschi CCDie italienische Regierung verhandelt einem Medienbericht zufolge mit der EU-Kommission über die Bedingungen für eine Rettung der angeschlagenen heimischen Bank Monte dei Paschi, berichtet Reuters. Italien habe bereits einen Antrag auf Rekapitalisierung durch den Staat gestellt, berichtete die Zeitung Corriere della Sera am Freitag unter Berufung auf Insider.

Demnach ist die Brüsseler Behörde bereit, die Lasten für die vielen Kleinaktionäre zu senken. Die EU-Kommission wollte sich auf Nachfrage nicht dazu äußern. Das Finanzministerium in Rom war zunächst nicht erreichbar für eine Stellungnahme. Lehnen die Italiener am Sonntag beim Referendum die von Ministerpräsident Matteo Renzi geplanten Verfassungsänderungen, könnte dies zu Markturbulenzen führen, die wiederum die Banken hart treffen würden. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Donald Trump kündigt neue US-Außenpolitik an

Posted by hkarner - 2. Dezember 2016

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Donald Trump will der US-Praxis, Regierungen im Ausland zu stürzen, ein Ende bereiten.

trump-ccDonald Trump, designierter US-Präsident, sagte bei einer Rede in Cincinnati, Ohio, dass seine Regierung mit der Tradition von US-Regierungen brechen will, in anderen Staaten durch Staatsstreiche Veränderungen herbeizuführen.

Trump sagte: „Wir werden eine nationale Anstrengung unternehmen, um unsere schwer vernachlässigte Armee neu aufzubauen. Wir haben keine Wahl. Wenn wir auf diese Welt schauen, sie ist ein Pulverfass (tinder box). Wir möchten eine starke Armee – und wir wollen sie nicht einsetzen müssen. Idealerweise werden wir sie nicht einsetzen müssen. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Why is this Hofer guy always smiling like a car salesman?

Posted by hkarner - 2. Dezember 2016

Date: 02-12-2016
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Subject: Vying for Their Own Election Upset, Austrian Populists Forge Ties to Trump Allies

For the anti-immigrant Freedom Party, Donald Trump’s victory represents a new level of acceptance for the populist political movement in the West

hofer-smilingSupporters of the far-right Freedom Party’s Norbert Hofer hold masks with their presidential candidate’s face at a party event in Vienna in September.

Senior politicians from Austria’s anti-immigrant Freedom Party celebrated the upset victory of Donald Trump at an election-night party in Trump Tower in New York. This Sunday, when their nation goes to the polls, they will be hoping for an improbable presidency of their own.

Mr. Trump’s win has energized populist politicians across Europe who echo his criticism of immigration, free trade and international institutions and calls for improved ties with Russia.

But nowhere, perhaps, is the jubilation as great as in Austria, where the Freedom Party now sees years of quiet efforts to establish ties with conservative Republicans in the U.S. paying off just as its own candidate stands on the verge of the Austrian presidency. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Why Putin Envies Trump

Posted by hkarner - 2. Dezember 2016

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How Artificial intelligence and Robots Will Radically Transform the Economy

Posted by hkarner - 2. Dezember 2016

Date: 01-12-2016
Source: NEWSWEEK

Next time you stop for gas at a self-serve pump, say hello to the robot in front of you. Its life story can tell you a lot about the robot economy roaring toward us like an EF5 tornado on the prairie.

Yeah, your automated gas pump killed a lot of jobs over the years, but its biography might give you hope that the coming wave of automation driven by artificial intelligence (AI) will turn out better for almost all of us than a lot of people seem to think.

The first crude version of an automated gas-delivering robot appeared in 1964 at a station in Westminster, Colorado. Short Stop convenience store owner John Roscoe bought an electric box that let a clerk inside activate any of the pumps outside. Self-serve pumps didn’t catch on until the 1970s, when pump-makers added automation that let customers pay at the pump, and over the next 30 years, stations across the nation installed these task-specific robots and fired attendants. By the 2000s, the gas attendant job had all but disappeared. (Two states, New Jersey and Oregon, protect full-service gas by law.)

That’s hundreds of thousands of jobs vaporized—there are now 168,000 gas stations in the U.S. The loss of those jobs was undoubtedly devastating for the individuals who had them, but the broader impact has been pretty positive for the rest of us. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Preventing the Next Eurozone Crisis Starts Now

Posted by hkarner - 2. Dezember 2016

Photo of Jean Pisani-Ferry

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Tomorrow’s Business Leaders Learn How to Work with A.I.

Posted by hkarner - 2. Dezember 2016

Date: 01-12-2016
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Harvard, MIT, Insead say future executives will need to understand how to harness data-crunching technology

Professor Brian Uzzi teaches his Strategy of Leadership to a class of executive M.B.A. students at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., on Wednesday. Prof. Uzzi helped develop three courses for M.B.A. candidates that familiarize students with Artificial Intelligence and how it can be applied to business practices.

Artificial intelligence is now on the syllabus at top-tier business schools.

Harvard Business School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management, France’s Insead and a handful of other programs recently have added M.B.A. courses on managing the applications and algorithms that help businesses make more informed decisions. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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New EU Energy Goals Are Just What Trump Aims to Avoid

Posted by hkarner - 2. Dezember 2016

Date: 01-12-2016
Source: Technology Review

Using 30 percent less energy and scrapping coal subsidies are a far cry from America’s likely future environmental policies.

The European Union has announced an ambitious new set of goals that it hopes will help it meet the targets of the Paris climate agreement.

With the climate pact now in effect, nations are working out how to keep their promise: to reduce emission enough to limit average global temperature rises to less than 2 °C above preindustrial levels. The EU’s goals fill a hefty 1,000 pages, according to the Guardian.

But the newspaper points out two headline ambitions for the Union: cut coal subsidies and reduce energy use by 30 percent by 2030. Elsewhere, it also plans to encourage the use of renewables and place limits on the use of bioenergies that are deemed unsustainable. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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European Policy Makers Brace for Italian Stress

Posted by hkarner - 2. Dezember 2016

Date: 01-12-2016
Source: The Wall Street Journal By SIMON NIXON

What more can the European Central Bank do if the outcome leads to further volatility? In the short-term not much, Simon Nixon writes

After the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump, the only thing anyone can say for certain is that nobody knows anything. A defeat for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in this weekend’s Italian constitutional referendum could well be the spark that reignites the eurozone crisis, reviving doubts about the survival of the single currency. But neither Brexit nor Mr. Trump’s victory has so far led to the turmoil that many predicted, even though both caught markets by surprise.

In contrast, a “no” vote in Italy on Sunday would come as no surprise at all. This referendum has been on investors’ radar all year and polls have consistently indicated that Mr. Renzi is heading for defeat. Nor are Italy’s banking problems, which are the root of the market’s anxiety, in any way new: Investors know very well where the problems are and what it would take to fix them. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The Latest, Greatest Threat to the Euro: Populism

Posted by hkarner - 2. Dezember 2016

Date: 01-12-2016
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Elections and referendums in the year ahead pose a far different challenge from the financial crisis of recent years

Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s anti-euro, far-right National Front, is a candidate for France’s 2017 presidential election—which could prove the biggest populist challenge to the euro.

The euro has survived sovereign default, recessions, banking crises and bailouts. It may not survive populism.

In the coming year, the eurozone will host at least five elections or referendums that could bring a populist, euroskeptic party to power. In effect, the common currency is about to play multiple rounds of Russian roulette.

The populist threat is qualitatively different from the financial crisis that first erupted in Greece in 2009 and eventually engulfed half the region. In that case, what worried private investors was that a country, or its banks, would default on its debt and be forced to leave the euro. Investors fled, driving interest rates sky-high and plunging the continent into recession. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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