Posted by hkarner - 9. Februar 2016
Es ist unglaublich, aber wahr. Der französische und der deutsche Notenbankpräsident schreiben gemeinsam ein Papier (hier zu finden) zur Reform der Eurozone und was kommt heraus? Leicht verwirbelte heiße Luft!
Der neue (seit 1. 11. 2015) französische Notenbankpräsident, von den Sozialisten eingesetzt und auf den schönen Namen François Villeroy de Galhau hörend (Villeroy ist nicht zufällig Teil des Namens, er ist verwandt mit den Porzellanherstellern im Saarland), war einst Kabinettschef von Dominique Strauss-Kahn (wo ich ihn persönlich kennengelernt habe) und zeigt sich in diesem Artikel als getreuer Anhänger von New Labour, der sich natürlich nicht scheut, mit einem Extrem-Konservativen wie Jens Weidmann gemeinsame Sache zu machen.
Man muss dazu wissen, dass in Frankreich als Qualifikation für jeden höheren Posten in der Verwaltung ein Abschluss an der ENA (Ecole National d’Administration) gilt, ganz gleich, was man dort gelernt hat. So waren die letzten drei französischen Notenbankpräsidenten (Trichet, Noyer und jetzt Galhau) keine Volkswirte, was, nach meiner eigenen Erfahrung, fürchterliche Auswirkungen auf die Repräsentation der Grande Nation in internationalen Foren und Institutionen hat. Wenn der Notenbankpräsident nämlich nicht ernsthaft mitreden kann, beschränkt man sich darauf, prozedurale Fragen zu diskutieren und die anderen bestimmen in der Sache. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »
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Posted by hkarner - 15. Dezember 2015
Bernard-Henri Lévy is one of the founders of the “Nouveaux Philosophes” (New Philosophers) movement. His books include Left in Dark Times: A Stand Against the New Barbarism.
DEC 15, 2015, Project Syndicate
PARIS – Before the second round of France’s regional elections on Sunday, most predictions suggested that five, perhaps six, of the country’s regional governments would fall into the hands of the National Front (FN). But the French people pulled themselves together and turned out to vote in much greater numbers than anyone expected. The result is that a xenophobic, racist party, one hostile to everything essential to the spirit and greatness of France, was defeated in all of the contests that it was supposed to win.
Some will express surprise at this strange country, which is never so great as when it is on the edge of a cliff. They will worry – and they are right to worry – that a situation of extreme peril, a veritable threat to the nation, was required before the French recovered their senses and took the path of reason. And they will regret that the French are not the prosaic sort of people who know how to be themselves at normal cruising speed, without having to hear a cannonball whistle past. But that is how it is. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »
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Posted by hkarner - 22. November 2015
Source: The Wall Street Journal By ROBERT KAGAN
After Paris, Islamic State’s rise and Syria’s agony are shaking a weakened
Europe—and the international system. Can the U.S. summon the resolve to respond?
For several years, President Barack Obama has operated under a set of assumptions about the Middle East: First, there could be no return of U.S. ground troops in sizable numbers to the region; and second, undergirding the first, the U.S. has no interests in the region great enough to justify such a renewed commitment. The crises in the Middle East could be kept localized. There might be bloodshed and violence—even mass killing, in Syria and Libya and elsewhere, and some instability in Iraq—but the fighting, and its consequences, could be contained. The core elements of the world order would not be affected, and America’s own interests would not be directly threatened so long as good intelligence and well-placed drone strikes prevented terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. Even Islamic State could be “degraded” and “contained” over time.
These assumptions could have been right—other conflicts in the Middle East have remained local—but they have proven to be wrong. The combined crises of Syria, Iraq and Islamic State have not been contained. Islamic State itself has proven both durable and capable, as the attacks in Paris showed. The Syrian conflict, with its exodus of refugees, is destabilizing Lebanon and Jordan and has put added pressure on Turkey’s already tenuous democracy. It has exacerbated the acute conflict between Sunnis and Shiites across the region. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »
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Posted by hkarner - 17. November 2015
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Paris attacks raise possibility that extremists have found ways around western surveillance
Terror groups have for years waged a technical battle with Western intelligence services that have sought to constrain them through a web of electronic surveillance.
The Paris attacks, apparently planned under the noses of French and Belgian authorities, raise the possibility that Islamic State adherents have found ways around the dragnet.
French authorities say two of the attackers knew each other in prison, but it isn’t clear how the group communicated in plotting and coordinating the Friday attacks. Intelligence services have monitored communications from one terror suspect, Belgian Islamist Abdelhamid Abaaoud, between Syria and alleged associates in Belgium and Morocco. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »
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Posted by hkarner - 17. November 2015
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Subject: Paris Needs Silicon Valley
The headquarters of France’s Anti-Terrorism Sub-Directorate outside Paris.
The news from Paris includes this dose of harsh reality for Americans: The French authorities failed to prevent coordinated attacks by Islamist terrorists despite having the most powerful surveillance tools in the Western world. It’s even harder for the U.S. to prevent similar attacks because the Obama administration denies American intelligence agencies access to information that could stop terrorists.
After the January attacks on Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket, the French government proposed new surveillance laws favoring enhanced access to intelligence, weighing risks of terrorism to be greater than potential risks to individual privacy. The law was enacted in July, and thousands of budgeted surveillance staffers have yet to be hired. The law allows warrantless wiretaps, unlike in the U.S., where electronic surveillance requires a court order. In France an administrative body called the National Committee of Intelligence Techniques Control, which the prime minister can overrule, oversees surveillance. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »
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Posted by hkarner - 10. November 2015
François Hollande is already viewed as the most unsuccessful president in recent French history. His hapless leadership has enabled the rise of Marina Le Pen’s far-right Front National. He plans to run again in 2017, but does he stand a chance?
There’s a scene in Yves Jeuland’s most recent film, in which two older men, one of them a well-known historian, talk about François Hollande. They’re guests at an evening event in the Élysée Palace, where the president is honoring author Jean d’Ormesson. The two men, wearing dark suits and holding champagne flutes, stand off to the side as they converse. The historian shakes his head and mumbles: “I have never seen a politician who had such good luck before his election, and nothing but bad luck afterwards.”
Hollande has often been the cause of much head-shaking during his three-and-a-half years as president of France to date. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »
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Posted by hkarner - 6. November 2015
Source: The Economist: Charlemagne
France has less and less influence in the EU, and fears to use what it still has
BACK in September, as Germany struggled to cope with the politics and logistics of the greatest influx of refugees in modern history, France decided to put on a show of European solidarity. French bureaucrats, armed with Arabic translators and loudspeakers, chartered three coaches and set off for the German city of Munich. The idea was to fill the vehicles with refugees and drive them over the Rhine to France, thus easing Germany’s load. The French had planned to fetch some 1,000 asylum-seekers. But in the end, only a few hundred could be persuaded to climb on board. It seemed they were not interested in French solidarity; they wanted to live in Germany. The coaches left half-empty.
The pattern was a familiar one. As Europe has scrambled to respond to the ground-shifting events of the past few months—first the Greek currency drama, now the refugee crisis—France has found itself increasingly marginalised: at best a junior partner to Mrs Merkel, at worst a mute spectator. With Greece teetering on the brink of expulsion from the euro zone in July, Mr Hollande cajoled, consulted and mediated. But it was Mrs Merkel’s word, after the best part of a long night, that determined Greece’s fate. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »
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Posted by hkarner - 27. Oktober 2015
Further to my recent article on the new Structural Reform Support Service (SRSS), which replaced the EU Task Force for Greece (TFGR) earlier this year, we now have the first evidence of the SRSS in action and it looks rather promising.
is the Protocol between the Hellenic Republic and the French Republic for a partnership for reforms in the Hellenic Republic
. The signatories are no less than the Finance Ministers of both countries and they signed in the presence of the Greek Prime Minister and the French President. So this is more than just another document!
Just like with the TFGR, the SRSS facilitates the availability of the most competent resources in other EU countries to assist Greece. France has been selected to assist Greece with Central Administrative Reform, Tax Reform, Privatization and Public Asset Management. The protocol lists rather detailed goals and objectives. They all sound great!
The goals and objectives which the TFGR had stated after it was formed in late 2011 also sounded great. In fact, in would be interesting to make a point-by-point comparison. Chances are that the goals and objectives are rather identical. Why did the TFGR fail? For one: it never had the full commitment of the Greek leadership behind it; or to use the standard speak: it was never ‘owned’ by the Greek leadership. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »
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Posted by hkarner - 24. Oktober 2015
Yanis Varoufakis, a former finance minister of Greece, is Professor of Economics at the University of Athens.
OCT 23, 2015, Project Syndicate
ATHENS – Europe’s crisis is poised to enter its most dangerous phase. After forcing Greece to accept another “extend-and-pretend” bailout agreement, fresh battle lines are being drawn. And, with the refugee influx exposing the damage caused by divergent economic prospects and sky-high youth unemployment in Europe’s periphery, the ramifications are ominous, as recent statements by three European politicians – Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron, and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble – have made clear.
Renzi has come close to demolishing, at least rhetorically, the fiscal rules that Germany has defended for so long. In a remarkable act of defiance, he threatened that if the European Commission rejected Italy’s national budget, he would re-submit it without change.
This was not the first time Renzi had alienated Germany’s leaders. And it was no accident that his statement followed a months-long effort by his own finance minister, Pier Carlo Padoan, to demonstrate Italy’s commitment to the eurozone’s German-backed “rules.” Renzi understands that adherence to German-inspired parsimony is leading Italy’s economy and public finances into deeper stagnation, accompanied by further deterioration of the debt-to-GDP ratio. A consummate politician, Renzi knows that this is a short path to electoral disaster.
Macron is very different from Renzi in both style and substance. A banker-turned-politician, he is President François Hollande’s only minister who combines a serious understanding of France’s and Europe’s macroeconomic challenges with a reputation in Germany as a reformer and skillful interlocutor. So when he speaks of an impending religious war in Europe, between the Calvinist German-dominated northeast and the largely Catholic periphery, it is time to take notice. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »
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