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Try to stop me’ – the mantra of our leaders who are now ruling with impunity

Posted by hkarner - 7. Februar 2020

Date: 05‑02‑2020

Source: The Guardian by George Monbiot

Trump, Bolsonaro, Modi, Johnson. Across the world, flouting the law has become normalised. We have to stop it

‘Like other killer clowns, Trump may now feel he can get away with anything.’ Narendra Modi and Donald Trump embrace at the White House.

It is not a sufficient condition for fascism to take root, but it is a necessary one: the willingness of political leaders not only to break the law but to revel in breaking it is a fatal step towards the replacement of democracy with authoritarian terror.

We see this at work in the United States today, where the Republican party’s blatant disregard for the constitution will allow Donald Trump to escape impeachment.

If Trump is elected for a second term, he will test to the limit the potential for wielding unconstitutional power. But the phenomenon is not confined to the US. Several powerful governments now wear illegality almost as a badge of honour.

It’s happening in the UK too. The Brexit vote was secured with the help of blatant illegality Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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How the Wealthy Sell Treasures Tax‑Free

Posted by hkarner - 7. Februar 2020

Date: 06‑02‑2020

Source: YaleGlobal by John Zarobell

Governments have long encouraged minimal or no taxation in free trade zones and freeports to encourage commerce and economic activity, and the concept of secure warehouses for luxury goods in transit began with the Geneva Freeport in the late 19th century. Such complexes expand worldwide as collectors, investors and even criminals seek permanent places to store and sell their treasures. “Freeports are the equivalent of the Swiss bank account for holders of luxury goods – storage facilities that shield contents from regulatory authorities in the owners,” explains author John Zarobell, chair of International Studies with the University of San Francisco. “Goods stored in a freeport are considered offshore, officially not residing in any country at all. So import and export taxes – as well as wealth and estate taxes – do not apply. Too many furtive transactions go unreported and unregulated, and governments try to catch up and prevent lost tax revenues. Speculation, rising inequality and concentration of wealth are irrevocably changing markets of all types, including the art industry.

More freeports open around the world, operating in secret, de Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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EU Reluctance Unsettles Western Balkans’ Search for Secure Future

Posted by hkarner - 7. Februar 2020

Date: 05‑02‑2020

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Postponement of long‑awaited accession talks leaves North Macedonia and Albania in limbo

SKOPJE, North Macedonia—At town entrances along the highway winding up

the snow‑topped mountains northwest of here, oversize Albanian flags flutter beside shrines to fallen ethnic Albanian insurgents. Tey reflect the legacy of a war that ended in 2001, one of several that ravaged the Balkans in the preceding decade.

North Macedonia and the rest of this region, where the implosion of former Yugoslavia in 1991 unleashed Europe’s worst atrocities since World War II, have been remarkably peaceful of late. That is largely thanks to the prospect of one day joining the European Union’s club of wealthy democracies—a taming of ancient quarrels that shows just how much soft power the EU, despite all its troubles, can exert in its immediate neighborhood. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Europe Needs a DARPA

Posted by hkarner - 7. Februar 2020

Date: 06‑02‑2020

Source: Project Syndicate by Dalia Marin

Dalia Marin is Chair of International Economics at the University of Munich and a research fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research. 

Germany needs an industrial revival of the sort it experienced in the late nineteenth century, but this will be possible only if the state offers technological backing to German companies. The US government’s successful Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency should serve as a model for Germany and Europe to follow.

MUNICH – The mood in Germany is bleak, and not just because of the country’s current economic slowdown. Long famed for its engineering know‑how and high‑quality industrial products, the German economy is now in danger of falling behind as software and data become increasingly crucial to future prosperity.

And the recent news that US technology company Apple is now worth more than the entire DAX index of 30 leading German companies has no doubt deepened the gloom among business leaders and policymakers. If German firms don’t adapt quickly, some may struggle to survive. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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