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World population to hit 8bn in 2023, says new UN survey

Posted by hkarner - 23. Juni 2017

Date: 22-06-2017
Source: The Guardian

New findings show more men than women and that there will be 1bn over-60s next year for the first time

The world’s population will break through the 8 billion mark in 2023, there are more men than women, and next year the number of over 60s will top 1 billion for the first time, according to the latest findings and forecasts from the United Nations annual population survey.


More than half of the global population growth by 2050 will come from sub-Saharan Africa, where fertility rates will persist at levels far higher than in the rest of the world, the UN predictions released on Wednesday show. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The EU’s Mafia State

Posted by hkarner - 22. Juni 2017

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Globalism’s Great French Hope

Posted by hkarner - 22. Juni 2017

Date: 21-06-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal by Greg Ip

French president Emmanuel Macron has exposed a hole in the nationalist agenda,

For global elites left dispirited by Britain’s vote to leave the European Union and Donald Trump’s presidency?, France has provided a shot of adrenaline. Emmanuel Macron won the presidency last month on a proudly pro-European platform, and Sunday, French voters gave him a solid legislative majority.

It is premature to say the nationalist wave has crested. But after establishment victories in the Netherlands and Austria and a setback to Brexit champion Theresa May, it appears globalism—whether the European Union specifically or open borders more generally—is not as politically poisonous as feared.

Still, the message of the last few months is not that voters are in love with globalism again: Turnout in the French elections was historically low. Rather, it’s that nationalists have been far better at spurring anger at the status quo than offering a coherent replacement, as Britain’s Brexit confusion and Mr. Trump’s stalled agenda demonstrate. The public unhappiness that fueled their rise remains, although it increasingly is being felt on the left, not just the right. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Merkel Signals Openness to Eurozone Reforms

Posted by hkarner - 21. Juni 2017

Date: 20-06-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal

German chancellor says she could envision supporting French proposal for common finance minister and budget

BERLIN—German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the first time sketched out the outlines of a bargain with France on fixing the governance of Europe’s single currency, in the clearest sign yet that the two biggest eurozone countries are inching closer toward reconciling sharply different views on the matter.

Germany could support two central French demands—the appointment of a eurozone finance minister and the creation of a common budget—if some conditions were met, Ms. Merkel told business leaders in Berlin on Tuesday.

“We can of course think about a eurozone budget as long as it’s clear that this is really strengthening structures and achieving sensible results,” she said.

In a striking softening of previous language opposing money transfers and joint liabilities among member states, Ms. Merkel said “we could think about a common finance minister…if we aren’t pooling liabilities in the wrong place.” Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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EU Says Brexit Talks to Assume U.K. Still Wants Complete Break

Posted by hkarner - 19. Juni 2017

Date: 17-06-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Softer options can be discussed if British government wants

BRUSSELS—European Union officials will start Brexit negotiations Monday based on the assumption that the U.K. still wants to leave the bloc completely as outlined by Prime Minister Theresa May before her election setback.

But softer Brexit options have been worked out and are ready to be negotiated if London changes its mind later this year, according to a senior EU official.

Mrs. May’s loss of a parliamentary majority earlier this month has raised questions about whether she will be able to push through the tough Brexit stance she laid out before the election. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Posted by hkarner - 17. Juni 2017

Date: 16-06-2017
Source: Newsweek

French President Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump don’t have many obvious parallels, although they both enjoy a handshake more than is strictly necessary.

But while Macron’s platform is avowedly liberal both economically and socially, his plans for European trade have a distinctly protectionist flavor. You might even say he wants to “make Europe great again” and “put Europe first.” Or something.

More than a third of French voters backed the hard-right, Euroskeptic protectionism of Marine Le Pen in the recent election. Elsewhere in Europe, parties who want to close borders and stop globalization have surged in recent years. Macron is seeking a pro-European response to this movement, or, as he put it in his presidential manifesto, a Europe that “concentrates on major challenges and dares to defend its interests and values in the world.” Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Bullish again: Spain’s reforms point the way for southern Europe

Posted by hkarner - 17. Juni 2017

Date: 15-06-2017
Source: The Economist

Having tackled its problems earlier than Italy or Greece, Spain is now seeing results

ON A back road in the Llobregat valley west of Barcelona, amid a jumble of old wine-growing villages and modern factories, stands a research centre owned by Gestamp, a Spanish firm that in just two decades has become one of the world’s leading makers of car body-parts, doors and bonnets. With 100 plants in 21 countries and sales last year of €7.5bn ($8.4bn), Gestamp is a specialist in hot stamping. This process makes parts six times more resistant than if they are cold-stamped, allowing cars to be safer, lighter and less polluting. What was once mere metal-bashing has become a high-tech operation.

Gestamp invests 3.8% of its sales in research and development, and holds more than 900 patents. “We are working on cars that will only go into production in five or six years’ time,” says Juan José Matarranz, one of the 58 scientists and engineers at the research centre. Alongside, in a factory equipped with robots, laser-cutters and high-temperature forges, Gestamp churns out parts for shipment to Ford and Audi in the United States as well as for SEAT’s large plant down the road at Martorell. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Corporate Europe is giddy with optimism

Posted by hkarner - 17. Juni 2017

Date: 15-06-2017
Source: The Economist

Emmanuel Macron’s arrival on the scene has transformed the mood

IT IS remarkable what a difference a single election can make. “The way Europe is regarded by the rest of the world has changed in a few months,” says Gérard Mestrallet, chairman of both Engie and SUEZ, two big French energy firms, and a board member at Siemens of Germany, the region’s biggest engineering firm. The arrival of Emmanuel Macron as France’s reform-minded new president—his party is set for a giant victory in parliamentary elections this week—is helping to transform attitudes from gloom to cheer.

Mr Mestrallet echoes many corporate leaders in describing “real hope and enthusiasm”, amid expectations that the new president will, within months, “de-block” the euro zone’s second-largest economy. Mr Macron will start freeing business activities, he says, first with legislative reform of a rigid labour market to simplify rules on hiring and firing, and then by cutting tax rates (the corporate kind will fall from 34.4% to 25%). Measures to boost entrepreneurship and young technology firms are also expected. This may all sound over-optimistic, but Mr Mestrallet merely captures an ebullient mood that is spreading across Europe. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Macron will EU auf mehr Protektionismus trimmen

Posted by hkarner - 15. Juni 2017

Frankreich fordert besseren Schutz gegen die Übernahme strategischer Firmen – ein Streitpunkt für den kommenden EU-Gipfel.

Wien. In der kommenden Woche hat Emmanuel Macron seinen ersten Auftritt auf einem EU-Gipfel. Im Gepäck hat der neue französische Präsident nicht nur freundliche Worte für seine Kollegen, sondern auch ein brisantes Arbeitspapier: Paris fordert Brüssel zu gemeinsamen Schritten gegen Übernahmen von Unternehmen in Schlüsselbranchen durch nicht europäische Investoren auf. Das berichtet die „Financial Times“.

Für seinen Vorstoß für ein „schützendes Europa“ ist Macron kräftiger Applaus aus Berlin und Rom sicher. Vor allem Deutschland sorgt sich schon seit Längerem um einen „Ausverkauf“ seiner Hightech-Unternehmen an chinesische Staatsfirmen.

Vor allem aber dürfte ein Schwenk in Richtung Protektionismus die europäische Position gegenüber Donald Trump deutlich schwächen. Bisher grenzt sich Europa ja als Herold offener Märkte gegen die „America first“-Politik des US-Präsidenten ab. Wenn der alte Kontinent künftig auch nur leicht in dieselbe Richtung tendiert, wird die Kritik an Trump rasch unglaubwürdig. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The Eurozone Must Reform or Die

Posted by hkarner - 15. Juni 2017

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