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21 Jan '17  10:46
The UK General Election
Yes, the EU was developed partly as a bulwark against the unfettered global market. But there really wasn't the will. The press reports that Donald Trump’s overtures to Goldman Sach's executives have sparked controversy, having previously castigated Hillary Clinton for connections with 'Wall Street'.

Jim O'Neill said the market always assumed that politics couldn't get together to establish effective opposition to the global market. Regardless of the displays in small parts of the world of anti-market sentiment.
19 Jan '17  15:26
British Political Economy
The Asian battleground is taking shape for UK entry.

Aircraft carriers in Asia: How they are taking shape
18 Jan '17  20:13
British Political Economy
The US cannot assume the automatic support of European countries in all the wars it decides to fight. "The place where the U.S. needs a large commitment from allies is outside of Europe."

Allies? This will no doubt include the UK. Never mind, this will be a problem for young voters who question national democracy.
18 Jan '17  17:52
British Political Economy
I gather Russia's president is pleased too, PA.

NATO might soon be gone, for starters.

George Friedman addresses the future of NATO in his latest newsletter. The US cannot assume the automatic support of European countries in all the wars it decides to fight. "The place where the U.S. needs a large commitment from allies is outside of Europe."

Never mind this will be a problem for young voters who question national democracy.
18 Jan '17  12:05
British Political Economy
The media today is full of the highly optimistic claims for the UK following the Brexit referendum.

However the use of referendums may be a thing of the past. See the International Trade forum last week.
Interesting addition to the Brexit debate. Support for democracy is plummeting.

How Stable Are Democracies? ‘Warning Signs Are Flashing Red’

Across numerous countries, including Australia, Britain, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden and the United States, the percentage of people who say it is “essential” to live in a democracy has plummeted, and it is especially low among younger generations.

17 Jan '17  16:10
International Trade
World's top 100 economic entities (by revenue): 31 are countries, 69 are corporations

Corporations are winning so far, PA. Countries supply captive consumers, hence the appeal of Asia in undisciplined global finance.
17 Jan '17  15:28
Financial Markets, Subprime, & The Credit Crunch
President Xi gave a strong speech at Davos in defence of multilateralism that might benefit China. However little mention of multilateralism in 'one-belt-one-road', or cross-border security.
17 Jan '17  15:19
International Trade
World's most powerful communist, Xi Jinping, argues for free trade at Davos, while president-elect of 'free' world argues for protectionism.
17 Jan '17  15:01
International Trade
World's top 100 economic entities (by revenue): 31 are countries, 69 are corporations

Davos 2017: Chinese president Xi warns against trade wars
16 Jan '17  18:35
British Political Economy
NATO isn't needed any longer, let's fight China?

Trump worries Nato with 'obsolete' comment


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