Archiv: currency systems / monetary zones


28.11.2019 - 17:05 [ Wall Street Journal ]

China Protests New U.S. Law Supporting Hong Kong but Signals Hope for Trade Deal

Despite harsh language criticizing what Beijing calls U.S. interference in China’s domestic affairs, and a second summoning of the U.S. ambassador in a week, China’s leadership still wants a deal to help alleviate pressure on its fast-weakening economy.

12.11.2019 - 16:42 [ theHill.com ]

Antivirus software pioneer: Crypto companies don’t have obligation to combat criminal activity

John McAfee, who pioneered the McAfee antivirus software, pushed back against the notion that cryptocurrency companies have an obligation to combat criminal activity on their platforms.

McAfee argued in an interview that aired on Monday that officials can’t expect companies behind digital currency exchanges or cryptocurrencies to police such activity, even as he called himself troubled by digital currency being used for illicit means.

08.10.2019 - 15:05 [ New York Times ]

Will the Supreme Court Hand Trump Even More Power?

The version of the “unitary executive” put forth by Mr. Trump, the Justice Department and the shareholders would open the door for a president to fire for any reason — even personal reasons unrelated to the public interest or even for no reason at all — any head of an administrative agency, including the heads of “independent agencies” like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as well as the Federal Reserve, the Federal Trade Commission and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. (These agency heads are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate.)

13.09.2019 - 12:20 [ Spectator ]

Brexit is already changing the British economy – for the better

First, we learnt that the economy overall expanded by 0.3 per cent in July, significantly faster than the 0.1 per cent expected, and better than most of our main rivals. Next, we found out that the trade deficit narrowed slightly as imports fell. Finally, we learned that employment was at record highs and that wages were still growing at record rates.

28.08.2019 - 06:33 [ Telegraph ]

Time is running out for Germany’s economic miracle… can its political hierarchy be persuaded to change?

How many times does this need to be restated? Germany desperately needs to change its economic model, now more so than ever as its own economy, that of the European Union, and the world as a whole, again teeter on the brink of recession.

Most of all, it needs to make itself more reliant on internal, domestic demand, and less on exports.

24.08.2019 - 15:40 [ Spiked ]

The strangling of European democracy: The EU is the high point of an anti-democratic project that has been brewing for a hundred years.

So, while the EU might well be the apogee of constrained democracy, constrained democracy has many facets. Moreover, the model of constrained democracy existed on a national level before the EU was created. Indeed, the EU can be seen as the grotesque extension of a flawed system that was first developed within nation states after the First World War. For instance, the model of independent central banking was pioneered in Germany before being transposed to the EU much later on.

10.08.2019 - 10:15 [ Bloomberg ]

Italy Faces Its Moment of Truth on the Euro

Most important, the League leader will have to decide where he really stands on fundamental questions that he has dodged so far – from Italy’s economic policy to its place in the euro zone and the European Union. Before now he could blame his weak coalition partner, the Five Star leader Luigi Di Maio, or his technocratic finance minister Giovanni Tria for any difficulties. The easy ride is over.

09.08.2019 - 14:53 [ Ansa.it ]

Over one million Italians lost jobs during crisis

The number of unemployed in Italy jumped by more than one million people between the start of the global economic crisis in 2008 and 2012, the national statistical agency Istat said Thursday.

09.08.2019 - 14:47 [ Ansa.it ]

Italian economy minister hails ‚historic‘ banking deal

A proposed new agreement on dealing with failing banks, hammered out in a lengthy meeting of finance ministers, was headed for a summit of European leaders on Thursday. Described as an „historic achievement“ by Italian Economy Minister Fabrizio Saccomanni, the single-resolution mechanism (SRM) agency is designed to prevent failures like the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008. Ban

08.08.2019 - 17:34 [ Spiked ]

The German state’s turn against democracy

In supporting the European banking union, Germany’s highest court reveals its anti-democratic heart.

26.07.2019 - 18:34 [ Bloomberg ]

Draghi Shouts Louder at Germany as ECB Prepares Stimulus

(25.07.2019)

Yet Germany, which has a budget surplus and which can borrow money at sub-zero rates, doesn’t see the problem even as its own manufacturing sector contracts. Finance Minister Olaf Scholz told Bloomberg Television on Thursday, minutes before Draghi’s press conference, that he has no plans to loosen the country’s purse strings because it’s not “necessary or wise to act as if we were in a crisis.”

03.07.2019 - 09:19 [ Gunther Schnabl ‏/ Twitter ]

Madame Lagarde for ECB president: „Lagarde will share Draghi’s taste for aggressive and innovative monetary policy and her appointment would mean the more hawkish Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann misses out.“

02.07.2019 - 10:18 [ Bloomberg ]

French ECB Presidential Hopeful Tells Germans He’s Their Friend

(28.06.2019)

France’s top contender for the presidency of the European Central Bank is appealing to Germans to treat him as one of their kind.

Speaking — in German — to an audience of family businesses in Berlin on Friday, Bank of France Governor Francois Villeroy de Galhau highlighted his cultural and ideological links to the country. He said he shares German values, such as solidity, stability and realism, and understands the nation’s fears over financing other countries’ debts.

01.07.2019 - 07:08 [ Bloomberg ]

ECB Seen Cutting Rates in September as Draghi Reloads Stimulus

(27.06.2019)

Respondents expect the deposit rate, already at a record low, to be reduced by 10 basis points to minus 0.5% in September. HSBC predicts a second cut of the same magnitude in December, and ABN Amro sees a second reduction at the start of next year. Money markets are pricing a 10-basis point cut in September.

01.07.2019 - 06:59 [ Bloomberg ]

Weidmann Is Top Dog Again in ECB Race After Shifting Policy View

(Published: February 17, 2018, 12:00 AM EST | Updated: June 28, 2019, 7:00 AM EDT)

On the eve of a meeting of European Union leaders to discuss the bloc’s top policy positions, Bloomberg’s poll of economists shows the Bundesbank president edging out his French rival Francois Villeroy de Galhau. Finnish central-banking veteran Erkki Liikanen tied with Villeroy for second place. Current Finnish Governor Olli Rehn took fourth, overtaking France’s Benoit Coeure.

01.07.2019 - 06:53 [ euobserver.com ]

Macron: new ECB leader will not be picked at summit

French president Emmanuel Macron said arriving at the EU summit on Sunday that the decision on Mario Draghi’s successor at the helm of the European Central Bank will only be taken after the political posts such as the presidents of the EU commission and EU council.

30.06.2019 - 08:10 [ MIT.edu ]

The IMF and the WORLD BANK: Puppets of the Neoliberal Onslaught

(Sept./Oct. 2000)

John Gershman and Alec Irwin state in “Dying for growth”:

„100 countries have undergone grave economic decline over the past three decades. Per capita income in these 100 countries is now lower than it was 10, 15, 20 or in some cases even 30 years ago. In Africa, the average household consumes 20 percent less today than it did 25 years ago. Worldwide, more than 1 billion people saw their real incomes fall during the period 1980-1993. Meanwhile, according to the United Nations Development Program’s 1998 Human Development Report, the 15 richest people in the world enjoy combined assets that exceed the total annual gross domestic product of sub-Saharan Africa. At the end of the 1990’s, the wealth of the three richest individuals on earth surpassed the combined annual GDP of the 48 least developed countries.“

The Thistle won’t waste ink on how the wealthy have fared since the mainstream corporate press does a very commendable job in this respect.

30.06.2019 - 08:07 [ brettonwoodsproject.org ]

Pakistan requests 13th IMF loan, amid US-China tensions

(04.04.2019)

The focus of the IMF programs was never institutional improvement but structural adjustments, which only protected the interests of a small elite, as these neoliberal policies worked well for them and not the general people.

30.06.2019 - 07:56 [ Hindustan Times ]

Pakistan signs $375 million syndicated loan with UAE banks

Emirates NBD Capital Limited was global coordinator. The transaction was anchored and arranged by Commercial Bank of Dubai, Emirates NBD Bank, Noor Bank, Dubai Islamic Bank, Mashreqbank and Sharjah Islamic Bank.

30.06.2019 - 07:54 [ Tribune.com.pk ]

World Bank approves $722 million loan for Pakistan

The World Bank has approved $722 million loan for Pakistan that will largely be used for improving civic and public transport facilities in Karachi – the largest metropolis that needs nearly $10 billion additional investment to make it liveable.

30.06.2019 - 07:52 [ AL Jazeera ]

Why Pakistan’s economy is sinking

For decades, the Pakistani authorities have been unable to establish effective tax collection practices. Currently, only one percent of Pakistanis pay their taxes and the country has one of the lowest tax-to-GDP ratios in the world.

Successive governments have avoided imposing stricter controls because they have been staffed by members of the same elites that are actively evading taxes. They are able to do so not only because of government inaction but also because of widespread corruption. In fact, it is cheaper for them to bribe than to pay their dues.

16.06.2019 - 12:09 [ DailyPakistan.com.pk ]

PM Imran suggests SCO biggies to ditch US Dollar for trade

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan had suggested ditching US dollar, urging the member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) to finalise arrangements for trade in local currencies.

14.06.2019 - 08:41 [ Regierung des Vereinigten Königreichs - gov.uk ]

Iran: statement on expert talks from E3 Ambassadors

The British, French and German Ambassadors to Iran welcomed representatives from INSTEX and E3 technical experts to Tehran this week for discussions with the relevant Iranian experts and counterparts. These discussions, funded by the EU TAIEX instrument, have helped to advance our collective efforts to ensure trade with Iran that is compliant with EU and international law can continue, including through the special purpose vehicle “INSTEX”.

We understand the economic pressure the Iranian people are facing. We are committed to working with Iran to deliver INSTEX’s first transaction as quickly as possible.

14.06.2019 - 08:04 [ Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post ]

America’s closest allies are working hard to find ways to undermine the U.S. dollar

INSTEX will probably fail or prove to be wholly inadequate in the short term. The dollar’s dominance in global transactions — which has been a huge benefit for the United States — will be hard to displace, but INSTEX is a warning sign, the canary in the coal mine. The United States’ closest allies are working hard to chip away at a crucial underpinning of U.S. global power.

01.06.2019 - 06:22 [ Wikipedia ]

CFA franc

The currency has been criticized for making economic planning for the developing countries of French West Africa all but impossible since the CFA’s value is pegged to the euro (whose monetary policy is set by the European Central Bank).[3] Others disagree and argue that the CFA „helps stabilize the national currencies of Franc Zone member-countries and greatly facilitates the flow of exports and imports between France and the member-countries“.[4] The European Union’s own assessment of the CFA’s link to the euro, carried out in 2008, noted that „benefits from economic integration within each of the two monetary unions of the CFA franc zone, and even more so between them, remained remarkably low“ but that „the peg to the French franc and, since 1999, to the euro as exchange rate anchor is usually found to have had favourable effects in the region in terms of macroeconomic stability“

01.06.2019 - 06:20 [ Spiked ]

French colonialism lives on in Africa

CFA franc. These two words probably do not mean much to most readers, but they encapsulate one of the world’s most enduring – and little-known – economic experiments. In the simplest possible terms, the CFA franc is a currency used by 14 countries of Western and Central Africa, all of which are former French colonies.

30.05.2019 - 08:13 [ International Trade Union Confederation ]

Unions stand up to austerity in Argentina

Trade unions have called a general strike on 29 May 2019 to oppose austerity measures in Argentina. The Macri government has brought the country to the brink of economic collapse, with workers’ purchasing power decreasing due to high inflation, unemployment, recession and a sharp increase in poverty.

30.05.2019 - 07:46 [ redrevolution.co.uk ]

Video: General Strike Against Neoliberal Policies Brings Argentina to a Halt

This is the fifth national strike to protest against the Argentinian president, called by different social organizations and the General Confederation of Workers (CGT) union, and it is taking place simultaneously throughout the country.

30.05.2019 - 07:44 [ laht.com ]

Argentina Paralyzed by Fifth General Strike against Government

(29.05.2019)

The General Confederation of Labor (CGT) began a 24 hour general strike at midnight to protest the economic policy of President Mauricio Macri.

Public transport was expected to be paralyzed, including trains, buses, metro and national and international aircraft.

26.05.2019 - 19:42 [ Kathimerini ]

SYRIZA plays down defeat seen in exit polls

Governing SYRIZA “did not sustain the strategic defeat that New Democracy was looking forward to,” government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said on Sunday after exit polls gave the conservative opposition a solid lead over the leftist party.

26.05.2019 - 13:12 [ Mehreen, Brussels correspondent @ft / Twitter ]

Klaus Regling is doing his best to play down the fact that the ESM is becoming the paramilitary wing of the Hanseatic League with new powers over budget surveillance and debt restructuring #Eurogroup

(19.11.2018)

26.05.2019 - 13:08 [ Economist.com ]

Gang of eight: Northern member states unite on euro-zone reform

(08.12.2012)

Composed of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Sweden, the group, dubbed the New Hanseatic League, is starting to have some influence.

24.05.2019 - 15:57 [ Spiked ]

The EU is an empire in decay

; and its poor are growing ever-more angry and resentful towards the political establishment.

However, the second belief – that war between former nations will ensue – is unfounded. There is no appetite among EU member states for another European conflict, and no signs of animosity between nation states on the continent, as there clearly were prior to 1914 and 1939. The only hostility evident today is directed against the EU and Germany’s leadership itself.

21.05.2019 - 10:04 [ Euractiv ]

The EU Game of Thrones explained

This week’s European parliamentary elections will launch a scramble for the continent’s top leadership jobs, but won’t decide the winners. Here is a guide to the horsetrading.

18.05.2019 - 15:02 [ Liberation.fr ]

Gilets jaunes : nous ne sommes pas dupes !

(05.05.2019)

Juliette Binoche, Emmanuelle Béart, Edouard Louis, Alain Damasio, autant de personnalités qui apportent leur soutien à un mouvement «sans précédent dans l’histoire». Un mouvement qui représente tous les métiers de la culture. Un mouvement que le pouvoir cherche à discréditer et réprime sévèrement alors que la violence la plus menaçante est économique et sociale.

18.05.2019 - 14:51 [ Gilets Jaunes Paris #Acte27 / Twitter ]

⚡️#Alès [30] – #Acte27⚡️ Les #GiletsJaunes sont nombreux à avoir répondu à l’appel regional ce samedi après-midi. #ActeXXVII

11.05.2019 - 01:54 [ New York Times ]

Trump Renews Trade War as China Talks End Without a Deal

Mr. Trump is now moving ahead with plans to impose 25 percent tariffs on all remaining Chinese imports. Those new tariffs could go into effect in a matter of weeks.

In a statement Friday evening, the United States trade representative said Mr. Trump had “ordered us to begin the process of raising tariffs on essentially all remaining imports from China, which are valued at approximately $300 billion.”

10.05.2019 - 17:18 [ investingacad.com ]

European stocks rise from a 6-week low on hopes of trade

European stocks rose on Friday, recovering from a six-week low as investors hope the United States and China can still resolve their trade dispute, even as a planned increase in US tariffs on Chinese imports comes into effect.

10.05.2019 - 17:16 [ CNBC ]

What trade war? China stocks jump after tariff hike

Acknowledging that continued talks on Friday stateside will be „positive,“ Nick Marro, analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit, said …

10.05.2019 - 10:36 [ Spiked ]

The propaganda war on the gilets jaunes

Last week, during a raucous May Day protest, the gilets jaunes ransacked Paris’s Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital. Thirty-two protesters were arrested. This was an ‘attack’ by ‘anti-capitalist, ultra-left militants’, according to France’s interior minister Christophe Castaner.

Except it wasn’t.

10.05.2019 - 08:57 [ Xinhua ]

China deeply regrets U.S. tariff hike, vows countermeasures: Chinese delegation

China will have to take necessary countermeasures, said the delegation, which is currently in Washington for the 11th round of China-U.S. high-level economic and trade consultations.

10.05.2019 - 08:55 [ New York Times ]

Trump Increases China Tariffs as Trade Deal Hangs in the Balance

Mr. Trump’s decision to proceed with the tariff increase came after a pivotal round of trade talks in Washington on Thursday night failed to produce an agreement to forestall the higher levies. The White House said talks would resume again on Friday but it remains uncertain whether the two sides can bridge the differences that have arisen over the past week.

07.05.2019 - 17:55 [ theGuardian.com ]

China confirms vice-premier Liu He will visit US for trade talks

China’s chief trade negotiator will travel to Washington this week, according to the commerce ministry, tempering fears that talks to resolve a protracted trade war between the US and Beijing had been scuppered.

Liu He, a vice-premier, will hold negotiations in Washington on Thursday and Friday, according to the Chinese ministry, which did not elaborate on the agenda.