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Match um Nachfolger für Eurogruppenchef Dijsselbloem startet

Posted by hkarner - 7. April 2017

Thomas Mayer aus La Valletta7. April 2017, 07:00 derstandard.at

EU-Finanzminister und Eurogruppe in Malta: Noch keine Lösung für Griechenland

Die EU-Finanzminister könnten bei einem informellen Treffen in Maltas Hauptstadt La Valletta am Wochenende den Anstoß zur Suche nach dem Nachfolger von Eurogruppenchef Jeroen Dijsselbloem geben. Das Thema steht zwar gar nicht auf der Tagesordnung. Aber es ist dringlich. Offiziell soll es in Malta um die Bankenunion, Maßnahmen zur Förderung von Wachstum und Beschäftigung und um die umstrittenen nächsten Tranchen der Kredithilfen für Griechenland gehen. Entscheidungen wird es dazu nicht geben, trotz guter Fortschritte der Regierung in Athen. Dijsselbloem hat ausgeschlossen, dass er sich frühzeitig von seinem Posten zurückziehen wolle, also vor Dezember. Seine Tage als niederländischer Finanzminister sind in jedem Fall trotzdem gezählt. Seine Partei, die Sozialdemokraten, wird der nächsten Regierung in Den Haag nicht mehr angehören. Sobald Premier Marc Rutte eine Koalition zusammengebracht haben wird, muss Dijsselbloem zu Hause das Amt abgeben. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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„Trump ist der sonderbarste Präsident, den wir je hatten“

Posted by hkarner - 7. April 2017

US-Ökonom Jeffrey Sachs war zu Gast im Kreisky-Forum in Wien. Für Trumps Erfolg macht er ökonomische Ursachen verantwortlich.

„Wir leben in einer sehr seltsamen Zeit“, ist US-Ökonom Jeffrey Sachs überzeugt. Nur im Zeitalter der Massenmedien sei es möglich, dass ein Showman wie Donald Trump US-Präsident habe werden können, konstatierte Sachs bei einer Veranstaltung des Kreisky-Forums am Donnerstagabend in Wien. „Wir haben den sonderbarsten Präsidenten, den wir je hatten“, so Sachs.

Der Erfolg von Trump, der Brexit-Befüworter oder der Rechtspopulisten in Europa habe unterschiedliche Ursachen, allen gemeinsam seien aber ökonomische und ethnisch-kulturelle Ursachen. Trump habe seit dem Wahlkampf „fast nur mit Lügen agiert“, aber er setzte perfekt „auf den wirtschaftlichen Schmerz, den viele in Amerika spüren“, so Sachs. Außerdem habe er natürlich perfekt auf die ethnisch-nationalistische Karte gesetzt.

Vor Jahren schien es so, dass der Begriff Klasse in den hoch entwickelten Ländern verschwinden würde, mit dem Beginn der Präsidentschaft von Ronald Reagan 1981 sei in den USA aber nur mehr auf reine Marktkräfte gesetzt worden, berichtete Sachs. So sei die weiße Unterschicht, die in den 1960-er und 1970-er Jahren fast verschwunden sei, wieder neu entstanden. Alle Versuche, die soziale Ungleichheit einzugrenzen, seien stark verringert worden, „die soziale Mobilität wurde praktisch unmöglich gemacht.“ Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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What Next for Trump and Xi?

Posted by hkarner - 7. April 2017

Rana Mitter

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Trump Shows He Is Willing to Act Forcefully, Quickly

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Date: 07-04-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal

President demonstrates comfort with military action in ordering missile strikes in Syria

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.—President Donald Trump’s decision to order military strikes in Syria sets his presidency on a new and unpredictable course that is likely to shape his time in office.

Faced with his first major foreign-policy test—a moment that confronts every new president—Mr. Trump demonstrated a comfort with military action and a flexibility in approach that saw him change course not only on comments he made in the campaign but also on his policy toward Syria in just 48 hours after seeing gruesome photographic evidence from the Asssad regime’s chemical-weapons attack Tuesday.

His decision drew support from Republican and Democratic lawmakers who have long called for stronger U.S. action in Syria.

But with his message delivered both in missiles and in a presidential address from behind a podium at his private resort in Florida, Mr. Trump faces the difficult choice his predecessor and other world leaders have grappled with for years: Now what? It’s the question that repeatedly led President Barack Obama to decide against deeper military involvement in Syria. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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A prescription for the future: How hospitals could be rebuilt, better than before

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Date: 07-04-2017
Source: The Economist

Technology could revolutionise the way they work

IN A nondescript part of Cleveland, in a room known as the bunker, a doctor, nurses and medical technicians gather to keep watch over 150 patients in special-care units and intensive-care beds. Their patients are scattered around the region, in clinics that have no specialists covering the night shift. On a wall of beeping screens the bunker team members track their charges’ vital signs. They can zoom in on any patient via a camera at the foot of each bed. “These here are PVCs [premature ventricular contractions]; they’re bad things,” says Jim Goldstein, a cardiac technician, pointing to a graph of a patient’s heartbeat. The PVCs are getting worse, warns a flashing light. It’s time to alert a nurse on the ground.

Health-care providers such as the Cleveland Clinic, the big American hospital group that runs this remote intensive-care unit (ICU), are rethinking the way hospitals work. Today, hospitals are where patients go for consultations with specialists, and where specialists, with the help of medical technicians and pricey machinery, diagnose their ills. They are also the main setting for surgery and medical interventions such as chemotherapy; and where sick people go for monitoring and care. But high-speed internet, remote-monitoring technology and the crunching of vast amounts of data are about to change all that. In the coming years a big chunk of those activities—and nearly all the monitoring and care—could move elsewhere. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Europe’s Reform Opportunity

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Populism at the Barrel of a Gun?

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In Britain, Hopes for a ‘Half-In’ Brexit Deal Linger

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 Is that worth a Brexit? (hfk)

Date: 06-04-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal By SIMON NIXON

Theresa May shows signs of willing to compromise for a ‘deep’ partnership

Nine months after the referendum and a week after the triggering of Article 50, it is starting to become clear what Theresa May meant when she said “Brexit means Brexit.”

In her Lancaster House speech in January, the Prime Minister ruled out “partial membership of the European Union, associate membership of the European Union, or anything that leaves us half-in, half-out. We do not seek to adopt a model already enjoyed by other countries.”

Yet senior pro-EU conservatives are increasingly optimistic that what may yet emerge from the negotiations is what one describes as “associate membership in all but name.”

Indeed, Mrs. May’s goal of a “deep and special partnership” covering everything from trade to security sounds a lot like an Association Agreement of the sort that the EU already has in place with many neighboring countries.

Ukraine, for example, negotiated an Association Agreement with the EU that covers security and foreign policy as well as a deep and comprehensive trade agreement. This deal allows Ukraine tariff-free access to much of the EU single market for goods in return for compliance with EU rules, overseen by a bilateral commission, and without joining the customs union, allowing it to strike its own trade deals. Ukraine and the U.K. may not have much in common but the Ukraine deal provides a template of sorts, which has the advantage of being provided for under the EU treaties. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Boycott America?

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Jeff Bezos Sees ‘Golden Age’ for Entrepreneurs in Space

Posted by hkarner - 7. April 2017

Date: 06-04-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Amazon.com CEO says lower launch costs will eventually ‘open the gateway’ for space entrepreneurs

Jeff Bezos laid out his vision for space-tourism flights that he looks to start next year in what he hopes to bring a ‘golden age for space exploration.’

COLORADO SPRINGS—Looking to start space-tourism flights in 2018 that he predicts will open the floodgates for a new breed of entrepreneurs,  Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos said in some years he has personally invested up to $1 billion to further those goals.

Flanked by a New Shepard rocket featuring the telltale scorch marks of multiple flights, Mr. Bezos appeared before a gaggle of reporters during a conference here Wednesday to lay out his vision for Blue Origin LLC, the company he founded more than a decade ago to lower launch costs and make reusable rockets a reality.

He said he was “hopeful” that Blue Origin will begin offering trips for paying customers next year, adding that “I’m super optimistic” there will be a large market for such 11-minute thrill rides in a fully automated capsule offering views of the earth from the edge of space. Blue Origin hasn’t yet set a price or begun marketing efforts. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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