Archiv: budgets


28.01.2019 - 14:29 [ Salالدين ‏ / Twitter ]

“Our defense relationship is critical to both nations, which is why I support the United State’s commitment to provide Israel with 38 billion dollars in military assistance over the next decade.” – @KamalaHarris at AIPAC 2017

No thank you. Next, please.

26.11.2018 - 10:12 [ Express.co.uk ]

‚Italians will SUFFER!‘ Tajani WARNS ‚isolated‘ Italy change budget or face CONSEQUENCES

He said: „Italy seems to me isolated.

„Italy must not threaten. It seems that the government has understood the mistakes, but we will see if it will change.

„If it doesn’t, Italians will suffer. We’ll see. I do not think there’s a desire to change, but we’ll see.“

26.11.2018 - 10:01 [ Morningstar.co.uk ]

EU Is Not At „War“ With Italy, Juncker Says After Budget Row Meeting

„I made it very clear that we are not [at] war with Italy. Italia for me is a lifelong story because I grew up with young Italians, immigrants […] Ti amo Italia,“ Juncker said in Brussels.

The Italian part of his remarks translate as „I love you Italy“.

On Saturday, Juncker hosted a dinner with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who emerged from the meeting saying he hoped to avoid EU punitive action.

26.11.2018 - 09:57 [ Ansa.it ]

Pensions move to up spending, youth hit

(13.11.2018) Changes in the pension system planned by the government that would effectively lower the retirement age, allowing people to end their working lives when their age and number of years of social-security contributions reach 100, would have negative effects, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Tuesday.

21.11.2018 - 19:01 [ Alex Wickham, senior political correspondent @BuzzFeedUK ‏/ Twitter ]

Surprised more wasn’t made of the Sunday Times story that No10 is planning to encourage a crash in the financial markets. Now @peston also says that’s the plan:

21.11.2018 - 18:56 [ itv.com ]

Theresa May’s cunning plan to get Brexit deal through Parliament

But MPs would then stare into the „abyss“, she said, recognise that a no-deal Brexit would be a disaster and another referendum too risky, and would then approve the deal – perhaps slightly modified – when brought back to them a second time.

This is what ministers refer to as the „TARP model“ – as recently coined by former government aide Rupert Harrison.

For the uninitiated, TARP was the US scheme to bail out bust banks after the Crash in 2008.

21.11.2018 - 18:53 [ BBC ]

May in Brussels for Brexit talks

– Theresa May arrives in Brussels for talks with EU Commission president
– She faced Brexit criticism from all sides at Prime Minister’s Questions
– UK and EU are seeking to finalise text of declaration on future relations
– France (fishing) and Spain (Gibraltar) have issues with the current draft
– Tory Brexiteers‘ efforts to force no confidence vote seem to have failed, for now
– The PM published the 585 page draft withdrawal agreement last week. This, and the declaration on future relations, are due to be finalised at an EU summit next Sunday.

21.11.2018 - 12:07 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Will Juncker sweeten the Brexit deal? May pins hopes on concessions from EU chief over tea as MORE Tory MPs vow to oppose her package

Some 56 Eurosceptic MPs have now signed up to the ‚Stand up for Brexit‘ campaign which commits them to voting down any deal based on Mrs May’s Chequers proposals.

Worryingly for Mrs May, high-profile Tory Remainers are also promising them to vote against, with the latest names including Culture Committee chair Damian Collins.

21.11.2018 - 11:52 [ Belfast Telegraph ]

Brexit Unionists try to ramp up pressure on May over Brexit deal – forcing vote climbdown in Commons

The Government climbdown and unwillingness to force votes came after the DUP voted with Labour once and abstained five times during Finance Bill votes on Monday. Yesterday, Mr Dodds had made clear the DUP was ready to continue voting against the Government and called on Mrs May to dump her exit plan.

21.11.2018 - 11:38 [ John McDonnell, Mitglied im House of Commons / Twitter ]

Absolutely staggering. The Government has just accepted all Labour amendments to the Finance Bill because they couldn’t rely upon DUP to support them. Tories in office not in power. A government falling apart in front of us.

21.11.2018 - 10:57 [ Independent.co.uk ]

DUP expected to abstain for second time on crucial Budget votes

MPs from the Democratic Unionist Party are expected to abstain for a second time on crucial Budget votes in the Commons in protest at Theresa May’s Brexit deal.

It comes after Eurosceptics in the party faced questions over the apparent collapse of their efforts to trigger a no confidence in the prime minister.

20.11.2018 - 07:35 [ theGuardian.com ]

European Union: EU ministers approve spy school plan in raft of defence initiatives

Foreign and defence ministers meeting in Brussels have agreed to launch a European spy school as part of a push to strengthen Europe’s defences.

Other projects signed off include a European armoured vehicle, cyber response teams and a high-atmosphere airship for intelligence gathering and reconnaissance.

20.11.2018 - 07:25 [ europa.eu ]

Defence cooperation: Council launches 17 new PESCO projects

There will be 17 new projects in addition to the initial 17 projects agreed on 11 December 2017 and formally adopted on 6 March 2018.

The projects cover areas such as training, capability development and operational readiness on land, at sea and in the air, as well as cyber-defence.

18.11.2018 - 11:38 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron unite amid Brexit chaos

Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron are set to meet to bolster their alliance and promote European unity as the fallout from the Brexit deal continues.

The German Chancellor and the French President are understood to have made a breakthrough on a new budget for the eurozone ahead of the meeting in Berlin, where Mr Macron will address the Parliament.

13.11.2018 - 10:25 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Etat für die Verteidigung: Das Plus für 2019 wird aufgestockt

Bis 2024 soll der Wehretat auf 1,5 Prozent der jährlichen Wirtschaftsleistung steigen – auch ein Zugeständnis an die Forderungen aus den USA nach einem deutlicheren Engagement Deutschlands im Rahmen der NATO. Die Staats- und Regierungschefs der NATO-Mitgliedsländer hatten 2014 beim Gipfel in Wales vereinbart, die Ausgaben für Verteidigung zu erhöhen und an den Wert von zwei Prozent der jährlichen Wirtschaftsleistung heranzuführen.

21.08.2018 - 09:30 [ Bloomberg.com ]

JPMorgan, HSBC Among Banks to Help Manage Saudi Dollar Bond

(5.3.2018) The world’s biggest oil exporter plans to borrow the equivalent of $31 billion this year to bridge an expected budget deficit of $52 billion and fund growth plans after its economy shrank last year. The kingdom on Friday said it’s increasing a $10 billion syndicated loan by $6 billion after existing lenders and new banks showed “an exceptional response.”

12.07.2018 - 14:30 [ CBS News ]

Trump declares victory at NATO, says U.S. now „treated fairly“

Less than an hour before Mr. Trump addressed reporters in the hastily called news conference, NATO leaders reportedly declared an emergency session over the U.S. leader’s hammering of America’s allies over their defense spending. In a series of tweets from the Belgian capital before Thursday’s meetings, Mr. Trump complained the United States „pays tens of Billions of Dollars too much to subsidize Europe“ and demanded that members of the military alliance meet their pledge to spend 2 percent of GDP on defense, which „must ultimately go to 4%!“

12.07.2018 - 13:19 [ CNN ]

Trump says NATO allies agreed to boost defense spending after his pressure

President Donald Trump said Thursday in an unscheduled news conference that all NATO members have agreed to increase their defense spending after he told them he was „extremely unhappy.“
„Everyone has agreed to substantially up their commitment. They’re going to up it at levels that they never thought of before,“ Trump said.

11.07.2018 - 13:35 [ CNN ]

Trump opens NATO summit with blistering criticism of Germany

President Donald Trump came out brawling in his first public comments here ahead of NATO’s annual summit, accusing a close US ally of being „a captive of Russia“ and all-but ordering members of the alliance to increase their defense spending „immediately.“

05.06.2018 - 12:42 [ War is Boring ]

The Trillion-Dollar Military Budget: The hidden costs of ’national security‘

(26.7.2017) You wouldn’t know it, based on the endless cries for more money coming from the military, politicians and the president, but these are the best of times for the Pentagon.

Spending on the Department of Defense alone is already well in excess of half a trillion dollars a year and counting. Adjusted for inflation, that means it’s higher than at the height of Pres. Ronald Reagan’s massive buildup of the 1980s and is now nearing the post-World War II funding peak.

And yet that’s barely half the story. There are hundreds of billions of dollars in “defense” spending that aren’t even counted in the Pentagon budget.

Under the circumstances, laying all this out in grisly detail — and believe me, when you dive into the figures, they couldn’t be grislier — is the only way to offer a better sense of the true costs of our wars past, present and future, and of the funding that is the lifeblood of the national security state.