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In Populists vs. Establishment, the Establishment Strikes Back

Posted by hkarner - 28. März 2017

Date: 27-03-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal

In elections in the Netherlands, Australia and Germany in recent days the forces of nationalism and populism suffered setbacks

Is it possible the populist tide is cresting?

It’s too early to draw any definitive conclusions, and the biggest test comes next month in France’s presidential vote. But in elections in the Netherlands, Australia and Germany in recent days the forces of nationalism and populism that have been on the march across First World democracies suffered setbacks.

The most recent test came over the weekend in Germany, where Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling Christian Democratic Union struck a blow for the political establishment with a convincing victory in the state of Saarland, a good sign for the chancellor ahead of a national vote in September. The Christian Democrats’ secretary-general, Peter Tauber, said voters had “opted for stability and trustworthiness…The CDU is the only force that has made clear it wouldn’t work with either left- or right-wing populists.” Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The EU’s Road to Rome

Posted by hkarner - 21. März 2017

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Smaller German Firms Rethink Foreign Investments

Posted by hkarner - 15. März 2017

Date: 14-03-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal

‘Mittelstand’ companies see challenges with political and economic instability in core markets

Bottling-equipment maker Krones is rethinking its overseas plans because of rising uncertainty.

Krones AG, a German packaging and bottling-machine manufacturer, planned to invest up to €20 million ($21.1 million) abroad over the next two years, with a strong focus on China, the U.S. and sub-Saharan Africa.

However, the increased amount of global uncertainty has led Krones to reconsider.

“Firms like us always struggle with making decisions for overseas investments,” said Klaus Gerlach, head of international operations at Krones. “In times like these, this is even more so the case,” he said.

A mixture of political and economic instability in core international markets present a challenge for Germany’s “Mittelstand” firms, or small and medium-size companies. Britain’s Brexit vote, tighter capital controls in China and expected changes to U.S. trade policy are forcing executives of these companies to revise their plans. Some are simply putting investment decisions on hold until further notice. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Germany, the G20, and Inclusive Globalization

Posted by hkarner - 14. März 2017

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U.K.’s Brexit Walkout Threat Leaves EU Unmoved

Posted by hkarner - 10. März 2017

Date: 09-03-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal By SIMON NIXON

EU insists it won’t discuss trade until divorce is done, putting Theresa May at risk of having to carry out her vow to walk away

Prime Minister Theresa May

With the U.K. most likely just days away from formally triggering the Brexit process, Downing Street is rattled. Its anxiety has little to do with the continuing parliamentary debates over the bill to allow the government to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty: Despite two defeats in the House of Lords, senior officials are confident that Article 50 will be triggered as planned by the end of this month. Instead, what is really unnerving Prime Minister Theresa May’s government is the very real possibility that the Brexit negotiations will collapse before they have properly begun, leaving the U.K. to crash out of the EU in 2019 with no deal.

If the European Union continues to insist that it won’t discuss a new trade relationship until the U.K. agrees to an expensive divorce deal, Mrs. May really will walk away, British officials say. The U.K. government is adamant that both deals—divorce and trade—must be negotiated in parallel.

Downing Street has grounds for being rattled, because there is little sign the EU has any intention of giving way. True, the U.K. has some allies. Some senior figures in the German finance ministry, for example, believe the EU should, after a suitable delay, start discussing future trade ties with the U.K. But in the German Chancellery, which calls the shots and appears to have prepared for Brexit almost as intensively as the British government, officials are sticking to the EU script. There is frustration at what some in Berlin see as “deliberate misconceptions” being promoted by the U.K. government, including playing down the complexity of the divorce negotiations. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Trade Truths for Trumpians and Brexiteers

Posted by hkarner - 7. März 2017

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