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Britain’s Theresa May Seeks to Renegotiate Brexit Deal

Posted by hkarner - 29. Januar 2019

Date: 29-01-2019
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Prime minister wants to go back to Brussels and renegotiate key parts of agreement

LONDON—British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday told her cabinet that she would seek to renegotiate the Brexit deal that her government spent more than a year hashing out with the European Union.

The Brexit withdrawal agreement, completed in November, lays out the terms of divorce between the U.K. and the EU. But the deal proved unpopular with British lawmakers, who voted it down by a historic margin earlier this month.

In an effort to quell dissent within her own party, Mrs. May says she wants to go back to Brussels and renegotiate key parts of the deal, in particular the so-called Irish backstop, which many in Mrs. May’s party fear would lock the U.K. in a customs union with the EU. The backstop was agreed as a legal means to avoid a hard border emerging in Ireland after Brexit. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Nancy Pelosi’s Great Wall of Resistance

Posted by hkarner - 29. Januar 2019

Elizabeth Drew

Elizabeth Drew is a Washington-based journalist and the author, most recently, of Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon’s Downfall.

US President Donald Trump has clearly met his match in the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, who clearly flummoxes him. Trump has never had to deal with a woman as smart, dignified, and tough as Nancy Pelosi.

WASHINGTON, DC – Whoever explained to then-President-elect Donald Trump what it meant to be president – if anyone did – neglected to tell him that on occasion a president loses a policy fight. That person also forgot to explain to the US president-in-waiting that making a big promise he might be unable to keep required him to figure out how to prevent his most ardent followers from turning against him when he failed to fulfill it. 

Sloppy job preparation, together with Trump’s distorted personality, led to the near-paralysis of much of the federal government for 35 days, the longest such period in US history, hurting around 800,000 innocent employees and ultimately humiliating a president who sets great store by being seen as strong. But, like most bullies, Trump occasionally reveals his inner weakness. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Brexit Sweat and Tears

Posted by hkarner - 29. Januar 2019

Chris Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong and a former EU commissioner for external affairs, is Chancellor of the University of Oxford.

For years after World War II, Britons were aware of the palpable shift in the country’s fortunes. But there was a deep aversion to accepting the UK’s diminished status, and the failure – beginning with Winston Churchill – of successive generations of politicians to address it is what has led to the current impasse.

LONDON – I recently saw an American play in London called “Sweat,” written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist Lynn Nottage. It was performed previously on and off Broadway and was described by the Wall Street Journal as a play that helped to explain Donald Trump’s election as president.

Nottage had spent some time talking to the residents of a poor city in Pennsylvania which was losing jobs and its modest prosperity because of the contraction of the steel industry. Competition from cheaper manufacturers and lower-paid workers around the world had devastated an already-weak economy and provoked conflict between friends, relatives, and races.

Economically marginalized workers were also feeling culturally beleaguered. The world in which they had grown up – its values and fixed identity – was, it seemed to them, being systematically trashed. They turned – not necessarily in the expectation of answers – to a billionaire outsider who, unlike the political elites, had not yet let them down and appeared to share their contempt for the establishment. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Erste-Chef Treichl: „Für Heranwachsende ist Vermögensaufbau sehr schwer“

Posted by hkarner - 29. Januar 2019

Na, da kann er ja bei sich selber zuerst beginnen! (hfk)

InterviewRenate Graber, 28. Jänner 2019, 17:26 derstandard.at

Andreas Treichl fordert von der Wirtschaft, vernünftiger zu sein als die Politik. Und er stellt die Demokratie in ihrer jetzigen Form infrage, nicht so das Projekt EU

STANDARD: Üben Sie schon?

Treichl: Ja.

STANDARD: Was üben Sie?

Treichl: Das Klavierkonzert in G-Dur von Ravel.

STANDARD: Nicht „Die Biene“ von Eduard Strauß? Die Polka hat er zum 60-Jahr-Jubiläum der Ersten Oesterreichischen Spar-Casse 1879 komponiert. Ich dachte, Sie würden die zum heurigen 200-Jahr-Jubiläum am Klavier spielen.

Treichl: „Die Biene“ ist liab, aber recht uninteressant. Nein: Ich bereite kein Musikstück vor. Ich denke noch nach, wir haben Zeit bis Oktober.

STANDARD: Die erste Sparkasse wurde am 4. Oktober 1819 eröffnet. Sparkassen ermöglichten sozial Schwachen, zu sparen und Kredite zu nehmen, das Kapital kam von Reichen. Auf den sozialen Auftrag berufen sich Erste und Sparkassen heute noch. „Die Erste Bank ist bei all ihrem Erfolg in ihrem Wesen immer noch eine Sparkasse geblieben, die ihr Wesen nicht verändert hat.“ Stimmen Sie zu?

Treichl: Wer sagt das?

STANDARD: Sie, vor rund 20 Jahren.

Treichl: Egal wie wir uns bezeichnen: Das Wichtige ist, dass wir uns und unserem Gründungszweck treu bleiben. Dass wir für alle in der Region, in der wir tätig sind, da sind und Wohlstand bringen.

STANDARD: Vor 20 Jahren hielt die Stiftung, die sich sozialen Zwecken verschrieben hat, noch 30 Prozent an der Ersten, heute elf. Neben den Sparkassen sind Wiener Städtische (VIG), spanische Caixa und der US-Hedgefonds Blackrock beteiligt. Wenn es stimmt, dass das Sein das Bewusstsein bestimmt, hat sich das Wesen der Ersten allein durch die Aktionärsstruktur verändert. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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From Wi-Fi to Bluetooth to 5G, All Your Wireless Is About to Change

Posted by hkarner - 29. Januar 2019

Date: 28-01-2019
Source: The Wall Street Journal

An unprecedented number of devices are coming online soon, and our current wireless systems weren’t built to handle the volume

As smartphones compete for bandwidth with everything from smart-home sensors to autonomous vehicles, we will need new wireless technologies—badly.

Wireless internet changed our lives, making it possible to do so much more in so many places—around the home or office, or even way out in the wilderness. Yet you likely never think about it, so long as it’s working. It’s like oxygen: You take it for granted until it’s gone—and panic sets in.

The people developing and implementing standards for wireless internet for years have had the same goal: to make connections faster, while using less power. Now they’re faced with a different dilemma. We’re on the cusp of an unprecedented explosion in the number of devices coming online—billions of smart-home sensors, industrial devices and artificially intelligent computers. The systems we have now simply weren’t built to handle the sheer volume.
True 5G coverage will require new wireless infrastructure including new routers like these Verizon mini-towers as well as new devices. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Can a “No-Deal” Brexit Be Avoided?

Posted by hkarner - 29. Januar 2019

Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer of the United Kingdom, is United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education and Chair of the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity. He chairs the Advisory Board of the Catalyst Foundation.

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s party is divided, her cabinet is split, and perhaps half its members are jostling to succeed her. To ensure an orderly withdrawal from the European Union, her government has only one option.

EDINBURGH – It is a near-tragedy that the United States and the United Kingdom – the two countries most identified with long-established stable constitutional frameworks – are now ranked among the world’s most dysfunctional democracies.

In the past, when Britain’s Parliament faced crises and appeared deadlocked, it proved capable of breaking the stalemate. Over two centuries, battles over electoral reform, the Corn Laws, free trade, the House of Lords, and the Irish question were eventually resolved by reform and compromise.

But now an all-consuming two-and-a-half-year debate over the UK’s relationship with Europe has overwhelmed Westminster and consumed Whitehall’s time, energy, and patience. And as the March 29 Brexit deadline approaches, neither the government nor Parliament seems capable of ending the impasse they have created. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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