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Last Post27 Jul '16  19:15
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27 Jul '16  19:15
European Political Economy
Historical? Statement by PaxAm that neighbours have a much better claim to South China Sea was only hours ago.

Now where were we?
"US appears to be the instigator of the suit as Philippines is asking Washington to reimburse $30 million spent as legal expenses and fees for the case. " Such is geopolitics.
27 Jul '16  16:01
European Political Economy
neighbors [.] have much better claims to the South China sea.?

Fortune Global 500
27 Jul '16  14:32
European Political Economy
Reports now suggest that Washington was not as neutral as it claimed in the South China Sea case at the international court. "US appears to be the instigator of the suit as Philippines is asking Washington to reimburse $30 million spent as legal expenses and fees for the case. "

When the international court found against US back in the 1980's - Nicaragua took the US to court over the US mining of Nicaraguan ports - the US lost the case in the Hague. U.S. Ambassador to the UN Jean Kirkpatrick said the international court was “semi-legal, semi-juridical, semi-political body, which nations sometimes accept and sometimes don’t.”

In the past few weeks the High Representative of the European Union issued a 'Global Strategy' which proposes closer relations with China. Fortune Global 500
26 Jul '16  20:31
North American Political Economy
Around the world it's Hillary by a landslide. Except for Russia.

Shades here of a posting in the Europe forum:
US 'Foreign Affairs' this week supports Brzezinski 's view that Russia may one day lead the continent Europe - which will anyway be irrelevant in the grand scheme of things.
Russia and Turkey's Rapprochement

25 Jul '16  10:55
Finance and Investment
*Wall Street's' presence at the G20 table seems essential if global debt is somehow to be made sustainable. Why are they excluded?

It could be because there is a growing attitude in 'advanced' countries that public debt need no longer be repaid. https://next.ft.com/content/44e9c49e-4f28-11e6-8172-e39ecd3b86fc
25 Jul '16  06:23
British Political Economy
I'm certain there will be resistance, even in the Secretariat in Scotland, to using the powers that the British-Irish Council was given in the Good Friday agreement. Despite the emergency summit agreeing last week it should use all powers available.
24 Jul '16  20:53
British Political Economy
Repeat: Is there the will yet to use BIC for serious EU matters/topics?
24 Jul '16  11:58
British Political Economy
Sturgeon attends emergency British-Irish Council summit
24 Jul '16  10:55
British Political Economy
British-Irish Council extraordinary summit: communique
It was agreed that the Council should be fully utilised to ensure that all member administrations work together to this end [*facilitating harmonious and mutually beneficial relationships among the people of these islands]. The Council also agreed that an update on developments following the referendum result, including for the BIC work sectors, would be facilitated at the next BIC summit.

Repeat: Is there the will yet to use the BIC for serious EU matters?
23 Jul '16  08:29
British Political Economy
The press reports a growing sense of crisis in the UK's affairs because of Brexit. This was emphasised at an 'extraordinary summit' of the British-Irish Council which met in Cardiff yesterday.

It reminds me of a posting last year:
Where were we before PA thought that empires had a right to last forever?

I see that the potentially powerful British-Irish Council [part of Good Friday agreement] may be resurrected for renegotiation of the EU rules.

Devolved government calls for 'direct input' in EU negotiations

Is there the will yet to use the BIC for serious EU matters?


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