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Europe Can No Longer Afford the Brexit Insanity

Posted by hkarner - 6. Oktober 2019

Date: 05-10-2019
Source: DER SPIEGEL
Subject: Let’s Make a Deal

Despite everything, it is time for the European Union to reach a deal with the United Kingdom on Brexit. Compromise is the only way out of this mess.

Boris Johnson: Get Brexit done.

It’s only natural that everyone is resisting the idea of reopening a Brexit agreement that has already been negotiated once and for all. Of once again seeking a compromise, which this time would mean making concessions to Boris Johnson, a British prime minister who has plunged his country into a national crisis, violated the law, deceived the queen and made a mockery of parliament. No one, of course, wants to hand him the triumph of actually leading the British out of the European Union. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The meaning of Donald Trump’s crazily damning self-defence

Posted by hkarner - 6. Oktober 2019

Date: 05-10-2019
Source: The Economist

The president, denying all wrongdoing, has confessed to most of what he stands accused of

Democracy in America

RICHARD NIXON denied all knowledge of the break-in and bugging of the Democratic National Committee’s offices in the Watergate complex in Washington, DC. Bill Clinton claimed not to have had “sexual relations with that woman”. An oddity of Donald Trump’s increasingly wild defence against a possible impeachment charge, by contrast, is that he has admitted to almost everything he stands accused of.

Even before the release of a whistleblower’s complaint that accuses him of asking Ukraine’s president, Volodomyr Zelensky, to investigate false corruption and other allegations against Joe Biden, Mr Trump confessed to having done so. A record of a phone conversation between the two presidents—subsequently released by the White House—then gave credence to an even more damaging allegation: that Mr Trump had offered Mr Zelensky a quid pro quo. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Without Democracy, China Will Rise No Farther

Posted by hkarner - 6. Oktober 2019

Date: 04-10-2019
Source: Foreign Affairs by By Jiwei Ci

Beijing Can’t Compete With Washington Until It Reckons With Its People

China has been busy rising, and an alarmed United States has been busy repositioning itself. Neither shows much interest in what is arguably the most important test now confronting China’s leadership, which is whether and how it will respond to internal pressures to democratize. Perhaps that is because neither realizes that how far China rises and what happens to U.S.-Chinese relations both depend more on the country’s democratization than on just about anything else.

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is apparently so confident in its ability to deliver economic growth and the nation’s “great rejuvenation” that it has dispensed with the search for democratic legitimacy. The United States, having observed recent political developments in China, seems happy enough to follow the CCP in writing off the country’s democratic prospects. On this shared understanding, the supposed rivalry between China and the United States has taken on the dimensions of a contemporary Cold War. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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How to Support the Widespread Adoption of AI

Posted by hkarner - 6. Oktober 2019

Date: 05-10-2019
Source: The Wall Street Journal By Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Grow comfortable with being agile

Artificial intelligence is the biggest commercial opportunity for companies and industries over the next 10 to 15 years. Separate reports by McKinsey & Co. and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP recently concluded that AI has the potential to boost global economic output by between $13 trillion and $15 trillion between now and 2030.

Yet many organizations’ efforts are falling short, according to the authors of a recent Harvard Business Review article. They found that most firms are only using AI in ad hoc pilots or applying it to a single business process. Only 8% of firms are engaged in practices that support widespread adoption.

Why the slow progress? “It’s a reflection of a failure to rewire the organization,” write the authors, who are McKinsey partners. “AI initiatives face formidable cultural and organizational barriers…at most businesses that aren’t born digital, traditional mindsets and ways of working run counter to those needed for AI.” Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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