Posted by hkarner - 21. April 2017
Source: www.foreignaffairs.com By Stephen Crowley
By all appearances, Russian President Vladimir Putin is at the height of his power. He currently enjoys domestic approval ratings of over 80 percent. He has sidelined, if not repressed, any serious political opposition. And by all accounts, he has full control over the Russian state apparatus, not least the so-called power ministries, such as the Ministry of Defense and Ministry of the Interior.
Despite his solid grip on power, Putin appeared alarmed when, at the end of March, Russian citizens in dozens of cities suddenly appeared in the streets to peacefully protest official corruption. The government responded by having as many as 1,000 of the protestors, including the leader of the opposition, Alexey Navalny, arrested. Why such concern by a political leader who appears to be so fully in control? Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »
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Posted by hkarner - 11. Februar 2017
Meredith Crowley, Huasheng Song, Ning Meng
10 February 2017, voxeu
The Trump administration’s announcement of its intention to impose a 20% tax on goods imported from Mexico and its calls for a 45% import tariff on goods from China have alarmed businesses and consumers alike. This column uses data on the foreign market entry decisions of Chinese firms to assess the impact that tariff scares and trade policy uncertainty have on trade flows. The evidence suggests that Trump’s threats to raise tariffs can reduce US imports even if the administration doesn’t follow through with the threatened tax increases.
Donald Trump appears ready to raise US import tariffs and reshape the global trading system. We argue that tariff scares – that is, increases in the likelihood of any form of import restraint – reduce international trade. With Trump’s threats to hike tariffs, damage to US trade, to US businesses dependent on trade, and to US consumers‘ purchasing power may have already begun.
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