Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Macron puts it on the table - domestic or EU menu, who eats, who washes up

EU - Spain and other ha[ppy members

no doubt the EU will play their role in fixing this

This will shake things up - or is there a new EU finance minister role to be announced!

"Experts said Mr Schäuble’s departure will plunge eurozone governance into uncertainty just as Emmanuel Macron unveils ambitious plans to reform the EU and bolster the single currency area.""

The closing lines is just casually slipped in there:

He was long expected to succeed Kohl, who named him as his preferred successor in 1997. But he was forced to cede the leadership of the CDU to Ms Merkel in 2000 following a scandal over illicit party financing."

Monday, September 25, 2017

Europe, the EU, everything changes and nothing changes

Each side has allies in an old European struggle that predates the euro. One senior policymaker describes it as a proto-theological battle between the “Calvinist” north led by Germany, Finland and the Netherlands, and a “Catholic” south of France, Italy and Spain. In any grand bargain, Mr Macron will have to persuade the Calvinists they will not be on the hook for the profligacy of other countries in a reinforced eurozone.
 Ms Merkel will need to reassure the Catholics that the age of austerity will not return should another crisis hit. There is also an awkward squad of countries outside the euro that includes Sweden, Poland and Hungary.
 Part of the reform agenda will require changes to EU law that must be discussed by all 28 members including the UK, giving a say to capitals that have clashed with Brussels, such as Budapest and Warsaw.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Electricity free air conditioning

So many opportunities:

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Juncker so late, why?

This is why Brexit is good for Britain and good for the EU. The outcome will be decisive, just wonder why they waited so long and didnt listen to the UK idea's "to do or not to to do" of the last 10 and 20 years!

Mr Juncker set out a far-reaching agenda that he said would transform the European Union in a way that would make it simpler, more understandable, and better able to protect its citizens. The main innovations he set out included combining the EU’s two most senior posts: the presidency of the European Commission and the presidency of the European Council. Europe “needs one captain at the helm”, he said. He also urged the EU to do away with national vetoes in the areas of foreign policy and taxation, setting a target date of March 2019, when Britain leaves the bloc, for the changes to be set in motion.

Bonds, the Euro, Military spending and trade deals acceleration being the key things to watch for in 2018 and then will they reach a finishing post before 2020?

Friday, September 08, 2017

Hyperloop India 1hr journey in 6 minutes!

Good old Elon Musk #hyperloop

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

EU food for thought includng Turkey and not at christmas

Oh what a pickle the EU faces on all fronts from IP to accession:

Erdogan dares Brussels to kill EU accession talks

Turkey’s president demands swift decision after Merkel calls for end to its membership bid

Brussels kicks up Brexit stink over Parmesan and Champagne

Surprise move as UK urged to recognise intellectual property rights after exit