Posts Tagged ‘EU’

  • These EU Countries Will Soon Follow Britain’s Footsteps

    13.09.2017 • United KingdomComments Off on These EU Countries Will Soon Follow Britain’s Footsteps

    The cracks in the EU are getting deeper all the time. This results in good and bad changes. With the UK gone, it will increasingly be bad changes. Negotiating with an EU that has its back to the wall will be hard.

  • Brexit Reaches Parliament Today

    07.09.2017 • United KingdomComments Off on Brexit Reaches Parliament Today

    The first pieces of Brexit’s legislation are about to hit the agenda. The spectacle promises to be entertaining, but the signs suggest Brexit is dying, not thriving.

  • Big Ben Goes Silent as the War for Britain Continues

    16.08.2017 • United KingdomComments Off on Big Ben Goes Silent as the War for Britain Continues

    Big Ben’s bell is not the only issue facing Britain: Brexit’s border changes are in the news too, and Ireland is worried again...

  • The Quickly Burning Fuse of the Growing EU Debt Bomb

    06.07.2017 • SwitzerlandComments Off on The Quickly Burning Fuse of the Growing EU Debt Bomb

    The value of Eurozone bonds has exploded since the ECB totaled more than €2 trillion in purchases, but we have not observed any resultant economic recovery. On the contrary, they've only created a mountain of debt to be repaid...

  • It’s Cuffs-On for European Debt Slaves

    07.06.2017 • United KingdomComments Off on It’s Cuffs-On for European Debt Slaves

    Eurobonds allow countries with bad spending habits to benefit from their neighbor's good credit, while corrupting the neighbor's rating. The question is, which side will win out when it comes to eurobondage?

  • How Will the EU Deal With Brexit?

    25.05.2017 • United KingdomComments Off on How Will the EU Deal With Brexit?

    The Union’s supposed aims of cooperation and openness will now be tested. What’s more important: the EU’s integrity or its values? Will the EU allow Britain to leave in a way that continues cooperation and openness, or will it punish us and turn its

  • May Aims to Split U.K. Negotiating Team

    09.05.2017 • United KingdomComments Off on May Aims to Split U.K. Negotiating Team

    By exposing the ardent anti-Brexit camp as overzealous, she creates the opportunity for Merkel and Macron to appear the reasonable ones by becoming conciliatory towards Britain. Divide and conquer is an ironic strategy to take against the European Union. But

  • Hard Brexit or No Brexit: May Proves a Savvy Negotiator

    03.05.2017 • United KingdomComments Off on Hard Brexit or No Brexit: May Proves a Savvy Negotiator

    You have to hand it to May. Given the EU’s opening salvo of words, saying that a hard Brexit is better than no Brexit looks like a damn smart move. The possibility has to be on the table up front or threatening it will look like a concession later.

  • EU Negotiators Have Turned to Childish Threats

    24.04.2017 • United KingdomComments Off on EU Negotiators Have Turned to Childish Threats

    Companies that do not move into the EU can no longer do business there, they tell the newspapers. It’s a straightforward dystopian threat that, once again, exposes the EU for what it is – a protectionist bloc, not a free-trade zone

  • Prediction Is a Mug’s Game

    21.04.2017 • United KingdomComments Off on Prediction Is a Mug’s Game

    John Maynard Keynes once said, the market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent. So even if you’re right about everything that comes to pass, timing can be your undoing.

  • The UK Is Turning into a ‘Mini-EU’

    20.04.2017 • United KingdomComments Off on The UK Is Turning into a ‘Mini-EU’

    We should steal Europe’s smartest, hardest working, and entrepreneurial citizens, not chuck them out. Enforcing bad immigration rules against these people is a terrible idea and does not follow on automatically from leaving the EU.

  • Why You Should Avoid European Bonds

    13.04.2017 • GermanyComments Off on Why You Should Avoid European Bonds

    Countries like Portugal, Italy, and Greece are heavily indebted, with interest rates rising. But buyer beware, the bonds aren't worth the risk. When the Euro collapses, the price of the bonds already on the market will fall immediately. Only the lucky

  • Why the EU’s $60 Billion Brexit Bill Will Backfire

    06.04.2017 • United KingdomComments Off on Why the EU’s $60 Billion Brexit Bill Will Backfire

    To get to €60 billion, the EU's negotiators are going to have to highlight just how ridiculous the EU is. An itemized bill will expose the absurdity of the EU budget. Voters in other countries will be amazed that the UK was stupid enough to pay for all

  • What the Media Gets Wrong About Brexit and Trade

    04.04.2017 • United KingdomComments Off on What the Media Gets Wrong About Brexit and Trade

    It’s a false dichotomy to choose between “trade and the EU” versus “no trade and Brexit.” Britain is leaving. Free trade is in the interest of both Britain and the EU. Britain is pro-trade. What will the EU be? The media’s framing of the issue is

  • Brexit Negotiators Warn That IT Problems Could Derail Trade

    03.04.2017 • United KingdomComments Off on Brexit Negotiators Warn That IT Problems Could Derail Trade

    If Britain leaves the EU, the new computer system used by customs to track and process customs declarations might not be able to handle all the volume. According to EU customs officials, Brexit is toast. Yes, that's right: if the government’s IT system

  • Still Time To Make That Brexit Trade

    30.03.2017 • United KingdomComments Off on Still Time To Make That Brexit Trade

    If you think about it, nothing has really been decided yet. The negotiations haven’t started. The outcome of Brexit is all to play for. There are two more years of volatility to come. It’s time to get in now to start profiting.

  • Brexit Won’t Save Us From the Banks

    29.03.2017 • United KingdomComments Off on Brexit Won’t Save Us From the Banks

    Banking is fraud. When you deposit money at the bank, the bank lends it out. It is now in two places at once – your account and the account of the person who borrowed it. Both of you can spend it at the same time. Until you both try to. Today we'll take a

  • Brexit Trigger Ushers in an Era of Political Dysfunction

    28.03.2017 • United KingdomComments Off on Brexit Trigger Ushers in an Era of Political Dysfunction

    The best news about triggering Brexit is that the government will be too busy to do much else. Up to 15 bills are needed to make Brexit happen. That clogs up parliament. The government won’t be able to pile on the usual load of regulations and laws. It

  • UK Balks at €60 Billion Brexit Fee

    24.03.2017 • Politics and WarComments Off on UK Balks at €60 Billion Brexit Fee

    That’s around six times the UK's average net annual contribution from 2011 to 2015. While that seems like a lot of money, it’s actually not. It's less than Italy’s budget deficit in 2014. It’s a mere 17% of Greece’s government debt. And around 0.13%

  • Lead EU Brexit Negotiator Muddies What’s At Stake

    23.03.2017 • Politics and WarComments Off on Lead EU Brexit Negotiator Muddies What’s At Stake

    Michel “Barmie” Barnier's presumption is that the world stands still unless governments act and have agreements. But the natural state of things is precisely the opposite. The question is if people fall for the way the question is framed by EU politicians

  • 3 Reasons Theresa May Should Delay Brexit

    15.03.2017 • The EconomyComments Off on 3 Reasons Theresa May Should Delay Brexit

    The prime minister was roundly criticized by her supporters for not getting a move on. But May has it spot on. The slower the negotiations go, the better the deal will be. Patience is going to be a virtue that serves the UK very well in coming years.

  • The Beginning of the End of Europe

    14.03.2017 • Central BanksComments Off on The Beginning of the End of Europe

    Today’s Capital & Conflict is issuing an all-out alert. The inflation spectre is back. In Spain, Belgium and Germany inflation rates have been soaring since mid-2016. In Spain, prices have gone from falling 1% per year to rising 3%. In Belgium,

  • How Misguided Interest Rates Are Ruining Europe

    13.03.2017 • Central BanksComments Off on How Misguided Interest Rates Are Ruining Europe

    Europe got the European Central Bank and its one-size-fits-all policy instead, which was supposed to dampen the booms and soften the busts. But if Belgium is stuck with Greece and Portugal’s interest rate it will do the exact opposite.

  • Euro Zone Hits American Tourists With Travel Visa

    07.03.2017 • The EconomyComments Off on Euro Zone Hits American Tourists With Travel Visa

    The effect will be to reduce American tourism to Europe, impose costs on European bureaucracies and annoy American tourists. In other words, if the Americans are going to be stupid, the Europeans want to compete.