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Europe’s hard-right is pitching voters a contradictory fantasy

Posted by hkarner - 21. Mai 2019

Date: 20-05-2019
Source: The Economist: Charlemagne’s notebook

“A Europe of nations” is an ideological muddle disguising unacknowledged trade-offs

EUROPE’S right-wing populists will take votes off an array of mainstream rivals at next weekend’s election to the European Parliament. But what exactly do they want? To that, the nationalists provided answers of sorts at their big end-of-campaign rally in Milan’s Piazza del Duomo today. Under sporadic rain showers in the shadow of the city’s cathedral, right-populist leaders from eleven EU countries demanded a “revolution” to overthrow the existing order in Brussels and build a “Europe of nations”. They were confident. They were loud. They reaped the applause of thousands of supporters of Italy’s hard-right Lega, the host party, gathered in the square waving giant flags in the drizzle.

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They were also incoherent to the point of parody. Europe’s hard right is going through something of a transformation. Time was, these people straightforwardly disliked the EU and often wanted to pull their member states out of it. But support for the union among voters has risen, common threats loom larger and Britain has made a terrible mess of Brexit, putting off would-be copycats. Meanwhile rising anti-establishment and anti-migrant sentiments in much of Europe have blurred the boundaries between the nationalists and the mainstream. A new, hybrid sort of European nationalist populism is emerging that attempts to be subtler than the old “yah boo to Europe” sort. Matteo Salvini, the League’s leader and Italy’s deputy prime minister, wants to organise a new group around this idea in the next European Parliament. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Austria and the Plot Against Europe

Posted by hkarner - 21. Mai 2019

Date: 20-05-2019
Source: by Charles Tannock

Charles Tannock is a member of the foreign affairs committee of the European Parliament. He is British citizen and member of the conservative party.

The collapse of Austria’s government has revealed how extensive Russian manipulation of Europe’s politics has become. The question every European democrat of the left, right, and center must now ask is whether the true scope and scale of the political, moral, and material corruption of Europe’s far-right parties has been exposed in time.

LONDON – Across Europe, the looming European Parliament elections have long been viewed as the biggest showdown yet between populism and Europe’s established democratic parties. The collapse of Austria’s government has now revealed just how high the stakes are. The question every European democrat of the left, right, and center must now ask themselves is whether the true scope and scale of the political, moral, and material corruption of Europe’s far-right parties, as revealed in Austria, have been discovered in time.

Austria has been ruled since 2017 by a coalition government comprising the Austrian Peoples’ Party (dubbed the Sebastian Kurz list, after the party leader and current chancellor) and the Freedom Party (FPÖ), founded by ex-SS officers in the 1950s. The release of a video by two of Germany’s leading news outlets, Der Spiegel and Süddeutsche Zeitung, has ruptured the coalition, and a new election has been called for this September. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Das große Zittern der blauen Manager vor dem Rausschmiss

Posted by hkarner - 21. Mai 2019

Renate Graber, Andreas Schnauder, 20. Mai 2019, 08:00 derstandard.at

Gerade erst hat die FPÖ ihre Leute bei ÖBB, Notenbank und Co untergebracht. Müssen sie jetzt wieder gehen? Die Abberufung ist nicht so einfach möglich

Wien – Das Ibiza-Video und das Ende der türkis-blauen Koalition werden nicht nur Politiker um ihren Job bringen. Auch zahlreiche Manager, die die Blauen in den vergangenen eineinhalb Jahren seit ihrer Regierungsbeteiligung in diverse Posten staatsnaher Unternehmen und Institutionen gehievt haben, dürften um Amt und Macht zittern – oder zumindest um ihre Rückendeckung durch die freiheitlichen Machthaber.

Denn auflösen lassen sich Verträge natürlich nicht so einfach – es sei denn, man greift tief in die Tasche, um die Verträge vor der Zeit zu lösen. Ob Direktorium und Generalrat der Oesterreichischen Nationalbank (OeNB), Österreichische Bundesbahn (ÖBB), staatliche Autobahnbetreibergesellschaft Asfinag, Österreichische Gesundheitskasse (ÖGK), Aufsichtsrat der neuen Staatsholding Öbag, Bundesamt für Fremdenwesen und Asyl (BFA) oder Verfassungsgerichtshof (VfGH) bis hin zur Österreichischen Agentur für Ernährungssicherheit (Ages): Die bei Regierungswechseln üblichen Umfärbungen sind längst unter Dach und Fach, die FPÖ hat ihre Leute längst untergebracht. foto: apa/punz Arnold Schiefer (FPÖ) ist vom Aufsichtsrat in den Vorstand der ÖBB übersiedelt.

ÖBB und Asfinag umgefärbt

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The Global Consequences of a Sino-American Cold War

Posted by hkarner - 21. Mai 2019

Date: 20-05-2019
Source: by Nouriel Roubini

Nouriel Roubini, a professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business and CEO of Roubini Macro Associates, was Senior Economist for International Affairs in the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers during the Clinton Administration. He has worked for the International Monetary Fund, the US Federal Reserve, and the World Bank.

What started as a trade war between the United States and China is quickly escalating into a death match for global economic, technological, and military dominance. If the two countries‘ leaders cannot manage the defining relationship of the twenty-first century responsibly, the entire world will bear the costs of their failure.

NEW YORK – A few years ago, as part of a Western delegation to China, I met President Xi Jinping in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People. When addressing us, Xi argued that China’s rise would be peaceful, and that other countries – namely, the United States – need not worry about the “Thucydides Trap,” so named for the Greek historian who chronicled how Sparta’s fear of a rising Athens made war between the two inevitable. In his 2017 book Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?, Harvard University’s Graham Allison examines 16 earlier rivalries between an emerging and an established power, and finds that 12 of them led to war. No doubt, Xi wanted us to focus on the remaining four. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Xi’s Trip to Rare Earths Plant Stokes Talk of Trade Retaliation

Posted by hkarner - 21. Mai 2019

Date: 20-05-2019
Source: Bloomberg News

President Xi Jinping’s visit to a rare earths facility fueled speculation that the strategic materials could be weaponized in China’s tit-for-tat with the U.S. on trade.

Shares in JL MAG Rare-Earth Co. surged by their daily limit Monday after state news agency Xinhua said the Chinese president had stopped by the company in Jiangxi. Official news outlets give regular updates on the whereabouts of top leaders, sometimes leading to share spikes on the belief that companies have been handed official backing.

Shares in JL MAG Rare-Earth jumped after President Xi visited the company
But the visits may also flag policy priorities, and rare earths have featured in the escalating trade spat between the U.S. and China. The Asian country raised tariffs to 25% from 10% on American imports, while the U.S. excluded rare earths from its own list of prospective tariffs on roughly $300 billion worth of Chinese goods to be targeted in the next wave of measures. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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