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How Trump Could Rebuild America

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Macron’s Labor Gambit

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Pardons Are a Loaded Gun

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The ‘Norway Option’ Won’t Help the U.K. Avoid Brexit Risks

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Date: 07-09-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal By Simon Nixon

The idea that the U.K. should join the European Economic Area persists even though it shouldn’t

The political obstacles to British membership in the EEA are immense, and the idea runs counter to why the U.K. is leaving the EU in the first place.

A depressing feature of the Brexit debate is the way that it goes round in circles. No sooner has an argument apparently been settled than it reopens again.

One example is the persistence of the idea that the U.K. should join the European Economic Area as a way to avoid the inevitable Brexit cliff edges. The so-called Norway option—which would see the U.K. join an outer tier of countries alongside Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein that are inside the single market, but outside the European Union’s customs union—continues to hold sway over a significant segment of both Brexiter and Remainer opinion. Indeed, the idea has gained fresh currency following recent comments by the president of the European Free Trade Association court, which oversees disputes between the three non-EU EEA countries and the EU, and Iceland’s foreign minister who say they would welcome the U.K. as an EEA member. Brexit minister David Davis further fanned the flames last week by refusing to rule out the idea. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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No rush: the price of gold

Posted by hkarner - 8. September 2017

Date: 07-09-2017
Source: The Economist

When the going gets tough, the nervous tend to buy gold. And that has been true—up to a point—during the crisis over North Korea’s nuclear programme. The bullion price has picked up since the start of August. But that takes the metal back only to $1,337 an ounce, barely up on a year ago, and way below its record of $1,898 in September 2011. These days gold has rivals in the “safe haven” stakes, such as the Swiss franc (up slightly more in the past year) and bitcoin, an electronic currency (up nearly eight-fold). In addition, many investors bought gold once central banks started quantitative easing after the 2008 financial crash, expecting a surge in inflation as a result. Prices stayed subdued and the case for an inflation hedge dwindled. Still, gold bugs remain some of the few people who might welcome the prospect of war.

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