Brexit Crisis - Special Reports

Spain’s Continuing Export Boom – Analysis

By William Chislett* Spain’s exporting prowess continued in 2017 when sales of goods abroad increased for the eighth straight year and notched up a new record of €277.1 billion, close to one-quarter of GDP (see Figure 1). Exporting was a path to survival for many companies after the country went into a prolonged recession following the bursting of a massive property bubble in 2008 and the global financial crisis. Faced with plummeting demand from consumers, companies and the
2018-02-22 04:02 | 1 ,Analysis ,Business | EurasiaReview

Zadie Smith Passes the Freedom Down, and Lets It Ring

When Vanity Fair asked her greatest regrets, Zadie Smith answered , “Letting my father go to voice mail the day he died. Not having children earlier. Not being able to live two completely different lives simultaneously.” Feel Free , Smith’s new collection of essays, demonstrates the writer’s ongoing fascination with the power of self-creation and transformation. Smith writes gracefully and incisively about the range of topics—from Brexit to stereotype-twisting comedians Key & Peele to the billboards
2018-02-21 16:02 | Books ,The Culture ,Zadie Smith | VillageVoice

Paying the Price: the TUC and Brexit

Photo by Duncan Hull | CC BY 2.0 The Trade Unions Congress (TUC) is campaigning for Britain to stay in the single market for as long as possible, under a transitional agreement, to “keep workers’ rights safe”. The call came in a press release on 6 July from the TUC supporting the line being taken by the employers’ organisation, the CBI. Nowhere do these EU fans talk about the cost of staying in the European
2018-02-20 08:02 | articles 2015 | CounterPunch

Robots, Unemployment … and Immigrants

For every industrial robot introduced into the workforce, six jobs are eliminated. By Roberto Savio ROME, Feb 19 2018 (IPS) Amazon has recently introduced Amazon Go, a shop where the customer enters, chooses a product from the shelves, charges the price on a magnetic card and swipes it on the way out, transferring the charge to the customer’s bank account . No queues, no cashiers, fast and easy, and the first shop in Seattle has been
2018-02-19 08:02 | Development & Aid ,Economy & Trade ,Featured | IPSnews

Brexit And Its Discontents – OpEd

By Jake Lynch* “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has”. Of the many people down the years who’ve delightedly come across this well-known aphorism by the anthropologist, Margaret Mead, the vast majority have surely read it as affirmation for activism in progressive causes. As a good example, the UK this year is celebrating the centenary of some women getting the vote, for the first
2018-02-19 03:02 | 1 ,Opinion | EurasiaReview

Globalization, technology, and inequality: It’s the policies, stupid

By Zia Qureshi We are living in a time of mounting societal discontent and political divisiveness—a “fractured world,” as captured in the theme of the recent World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. In many countries, social disaffection with economic outcomes is up sharply, roiling the political landscape and stoking populist and nationalist sentiment. Brexit and the outcome of the 2016 United States presidential election are but the more dramatic examples of these socio-political dynamics that hold wider sway. What
2018-02-16 22:02 | News | Brookings

The Times, They are a-Changing

It is unlikely that when Bob Dylan first recorded “ The Times, They Are A-Changin g ” in 1963, he was aware that his anti-Vietnam War era song was the perfect description for predicting the then-approaching Paradigm Shift . First articulated by American physicist and philosopher Thomas Kuhn in 1962, the term Paradigm Shift (PS) was inspired by Immanuel Kant’s
2018-02-16 08:02 | articles 2015 | CounterPunch

Boris Fails To Lift Fog On UK’s Brexit Position – OpEd

By Cornelia Meyer* UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson this week gave a much-anticipated Brexit speech. It was part of a charm offensive by the UK government aimed at trying to explain its position on its EU departure. Other ministerial addresses will follow over the course of the next two weeks. The speech was pure Boris, long on rhetoric and charm, but short on facts and detail. He made it clear that the deed was done and there is no
2018-02-16 01:02 | 1 ,Business ,Opinion | EurasiaReview

The Army of the EU

Photo by Derek Bridges | CC BY 2.0 The current president of the European Commission wants it. So did his predecessors. And now the whole EU is taking steps towards the creation of a unified European military, along with unified defence research. Since our vote to Leave, the EU establishment has moved rapidly towards setting up an EU army with a single central command, without any national, democratic controls. Given the EU’s aggression in the past
2018-02-15 08:02 | articles 2015 | CounterPunch

Post-Truth is the Truth as He Sees It

—Did you describe yourself to her over the phone? —Yes, I did. —What did you say? —What do you think I said? —I don’t know. —I told her the truth. —As you see it? —Yes, as I see it.   Jerry Seinfeld and George Costanza “ We’re not going to let our
2018-02-15 08:02 | articles 2015 | CounterPunch

Boris Johnson Seeks To Reassure UK Europhiles In Brexit Relaunch

By Benjamin Fox ( EurActiv ) — British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will attempt to bridge the gap between UK Europhiles and those backing his own pro-Brexit stance, kick-starting a series of high-profile speeches by Theresa May’s ministers on leaving the EU. Johnson was one of the figureheads of the ‘Vote Leave’ campaign which triumphed in the June 2016 referendum on the UK’s EU membership, and was the voice behind the controversial, but oft-repeated claim that leaving the EU
2018-02-15 00:02 | 1 ,Business | EurasiaReview

Russiagate or Deep State? What Some Progressives Get Wrong on Russia.

Glenn Greenwald talking Russiagate on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson. When it comes to the Russiagate scandal, progressives usually take one of two positions. They either dismiss the scandal as a lot of hooey, a “nothingburger,” just a way for warmongers and the “Deep State” to revive a cold war between Washington and Moscow. Or they treat the scandal as just a means to an end, a way to cast doubt on the 2016 presidential election, implicate the
2018-02-14 18:02 | Democracy & Governance ,conspiracies ,deep state | FPIP

Brexit Has Reached The Point Of No Return – Analysis

By Alasdair Macleod* The actual negotiations could easily run right up to the deadline in March 2019, when Britain is due to leave. If no agreement is forthcoming by that date, both sides might agree to extend negotiations, but that only seems likely if there is a good prospect of an agreement. Otherwise, Britain leaves and falls back on WTO trading rules, or does away with tariffs altogether. This is seen by the EU negotiators as a threat to Britain,
2018-02-13 05:02 | 1 ,Analysis ,Business | EurasiaReview

‘Compassion Is a Very Important Word for Me’: Sally Potter on “The Party,” “Orlando,” and Her Love of Actors

Sally Potter has a new movie out, and it is not like any other Sally Potter film — except when it is. Over the past forty-plus years, the British filmmaker has put together one of the most diverse and innovative filmographies you can imagine — from her early experimental work, to her fourth-wall breaking classic of gender fluidity Orlando (1992), to the minimalist dance-romance The Tango Lesson (1997), in which she played herself, to the Cold War
2018-02-12 17:02 | Film ,The Culture ,The Front | VillageVoice

Dutch Official Admits Lying About Meeting With Putin: Is Fake News Used by Russia or About Russia?

Every empire needs a scary external threat, led by a singular menacing villain, to justify its massive military expenditures, consolidation of authoritarian powers, and endless wars. For the five decades after the end of World War II, Moscow played this role perfectly. But the fall of Soviet Union meant, at least for a while, that the Kremlin could no longer sustain sufficient fear levels. After some brief, largely unsuccessful auditions for possible replacements — Asian actors like China
2018-02-12 13:02 | Brexit ,Democrats ,Glenn Greenwald | TheIntercept

VC And Private Equity: Where Next To Invest, Taking Brexit Into Account

North America, Western Europe, the Far East and Oceania are home to many of the most attractive countries for venture capital (VC) and private equity (PE) fund investments. But don’t forget about South Africa, India and Indonesia, just to name a notable few. Scanning the heat map with the latest rankings from the 2018 edition of the VC/PE Country Attractiveness Index reveals the world’s most promising markets for adventurous investors. Scoring 125 countries based on selected indicators, the index awards
2018-02-11 01:02 | 1 ,Business | EurasiaReview

Northern Irish Border Checks ‘Unavoidable’ If UK Leaves Single Market

By Benjamin Fox ( EurActiv ) — The UK faces “unavoidable” checks at the Northern Irish border if it decides to leave the EU’s single market and customs union, the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator warned on Friday (9 February), after the latest round of talks on the UK’s withdrawal from the bloc. Addressing reporters at a press conference, following a week of talks in London and Brussels, Michel Barnier insisted that “any solution (to avoid a hard border)
2018-02-10 03:02 | 1 ,World News | EurasiaReview

Brexit transition ‘not a given’, EU’s Barnier warns

Britain hopes to agree by an EU summit next month on a transition period of around two years after it leaves the EU in 2019
2018-02-09 15:02 | News | GulfNews

Living in the Capitalists’ Casino

Photo by Emilio Labrador | CC BY 2.0 The stock market, for all of its seeming mystery, is more of an emotional barometer for the rich than a reflection of material production. Abstracted from the lived experiences of those it exploits, it reflects the jubilation and depression of the wealthy. On Monday, the Dow dropped 1,600 points the largest point decline in one day in history. The historic stock market dip was primarily caused
2018-02-09 08:02 | articles 2015 | CounterPunch

Size Of European Parliament To Shrink After Brexit

The European Parliament should shrink from 751 to 705 MEPs when the UK leaves the EU, whilst leaving room for
2018-02-09 06:02 | 1, World News | EurasiaReview

YouTube Finds No Evidence of Russian Interference in Brexit Referendum

YouTube examined all advertisements with any connection to Russia and found no evidence of Russian interference in the Brexit referendum, YouTube Global Head of Public Policy and Government Relations Juniper Downs said in Washington, DC, on Thursday.
2018-02-08 14:02 | Tech | SputnikNews

Rumblings in the Tory Palace: Theresa May and the Brexit Troika

As the Sunday news vine began getting heavy, that sole topic of all-consuming, toxic interest – Brexit – threatened to claim the casualty of the British Prime Minister herself, Theresa May.  Interest centred on a possible troika that had busied itself on harrying May. In any context, this troika would have seemed a compilation for More
2018-02-06 08:02 | articles 2015 | CounterPunch

Uncertainty prompts hundreds of Brits go Dutch after Brexit vote

The number of British passport holders applying for Dutch nationality has soared since the UK voted to leave Europe, figures...
2018-02-06 08:02 | Europe | DutchNews

UK rules out being in a customs union with the EU after Brexit

Membership of a customs union after Brexit, would prevent London from striking trade deals with countries outside the EU in future
2018-02-05 14:02 | News | GulfNews

Why post-Brexit UK is 'less attractive' for China

China wants to wait for a final Brexit deal before making big trade commitments to Britain, says economist Jianwei Xu.
2018-02-05 13:02 | News | Aljazeera

Davis To Host Barnier For Brexit Talks On Monday

By Benjamin Fox (EurActiv) — David Davis will host the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in London on Monday
2018-02-05 04:02 | 1, Business | EurasiaReview

Shouts Interview: Andy Worthington of The Four Fathers Discusses the Importance of Protest Music with Halldór Bjarnason

Check out The Four Fathers’ new album, ‘How Much Is A Life Worth?’ here . Last month, I was delighted to be approached by Halldór Bjarnason, an Icelandic journalist and musician, asking if he could interview me for his website, Shouts: Music from the Rooftops! , which features interviews with musicians who make political music, including Andy White , from Belfast, Yuca Brava , “a political rapcore band from Puerto Rico”, War On Women ,
2018-02-03 19:02 | Andy Worthington - interviews ,Guantanamo ,Music reviews | AndyWorthington

Could Brexit Burst Gibraltar’s Booming Economy?

As Britain’s exit from the EU draws closer, leaked government reports into the economic impact of a range of post-Brexit
2018-02-02 17:02 | 1, Business, Opinion | EurasiaReview

Nigeria:Rich Folks Are Fleeing London, Lagos, Wealth Report Shows

[This Day] Wealthy Londoners are leaving the city as new taxes make it expensive to inherit and invest, and as Brexit prompts rich Europeans living in the United Kingdom capital to return home.
2018-02-01 05:02 | News | AllAfrica

UK Labour forces release of report showing Brexit will damage economy

UK Prime Minister has been forced into releasing a report suggesting any form of Brexit will leave the country worse off.
2018-02-01 00:02 | News | TheAge

May says committed to deepening relationship with China

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday in Beijing that she is committed to deepening Britain’s relationship with China in light of Brexit and would explore all options for a future trade relationship. May made the comments speaking alongside Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during a three-day state visit to China where she is accompanied by business people from sectors where Britain feels it can capitalize on China’s growing middle class consumers. The two countries have also agreed to lift
2018-01-31 11:01 | News, Uncategorized | AbrarOnline

'Boring' May endures another round of party grumbles: but will she go?

'The window is closing' for Theresa May's leadership, some of her colleagues say. But does anyone want to seize this Brexit-poisoned chalice?
2018-01-29 23:01 | News | TheAge

Merkel mocked May's Brexit muddle in Davos 'comedy skit': report

"But you're leaving, we don't have to make you an offer," Merkel told May. "Make me an offer," May replied.
2018-01-29 23:01 | News | TheAge

All The Rules, None Of The Voting Rights: EU Lays Out Plan For Brexit Transition

Instead of immediate U.K. independence in March 2019, European powers have agreed to a "transition period" until the end of 2020 — in which Britain would be bound by EU rules without an EU vote.
2018-01-29 23:01 | News | NPR

UK Intends Brexit Transition Period Deal in March

The U.K. can could each a transition deal with the EU as early as March, British Secretary of State for Exiting the EU David Davis said Friday. Speaking in Middlesbrough, northeast England, Davis said the U.K. should follow the bloc’s customs and market rules during the implementation mentation period but the U.K. should also have a say over EU laws passed during that time.
2018-01-28 08:01 | NEWS, Main Headlines, Behind the News | AlBawaba

No-deal brexit could cause financial market chaos

UK financial firms currently operate across the EU under passporting rights but it is unclear if the bloc will allow these to continue
2018-01-27 10:01 | News | GulfNews

Rotterdam port not ready for Brexit aftermath, red tape set to soar

There is increasing doubt whether companies and officials in Rotterdam’s vast seaport are prepared to face the aftermath of Brexit...
2018-01-26 13:01 | Business | DutchNews

Carney says Brexit has cost economy ‘tens of billions’ of pounds

Economy is now about 1 percentage point smaller than it would have been had the referendum gone the other way
2018-01-26 12:01 | News | GulfNews

Australia will pursue one-on-one deal even if UK joins revived TPP trade bloc

The UK would be welcome to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership after Brexit but Australia would pursue a bilateral trade agreement to try and lock it in.
2018-01-24 20:01 | News | TheAge

Galileo Security Monitoring Center To Relocate To Spain After Brexit

The Member States of the European Union have agreed to relocate the Galileo Security Monitoring Center (GSMC) to Spain after
2018-01-23 07:01 | 1, World News | EurasiaReview

Has Brexit Made Funeral Services Cheaper in UK?

Shares in Britain’s biggest listed funeral services company, Dignity, lost almost half their value on Friday as it warned families were becoming increasingly 'cost-conscious.' But it is not all bad news for the beleaguered British consumer. The uncertainty created by the country’s exit from Europe is at least making the cost of exiting this world for the next, more affordable.
2018-01-21 14:01 | BUSINESS, Economy and Policy, Main headlines | AlBawaba

Britain able to have bespoke deal with EU: Macron

LONDON: French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday Britain would be able to have a bespoke deal with the European Union after Brexit, one of Prime Minister Theresa May’s objectives. But in an interview with the BBC, Macron said London’s financial centre could not enjoy the same level of access to the EU under May’s current Brexit plan, which envisages Britain leaving the EU’s single market and customs union. Macron has
2018-01-21 00:01 | BUSINESS | GulfToday

Global IT spending to hit $3.7 trillion this year

DUBAI: Worldwide IT spending is projected to total $3.7 trillion in 2018, an increase of 4.5 per cent from 2017, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc. “Global IT spending growth began to turn around in 2017, with continued growth expected over the next few years. However, uncertainty looms as organizations consider the potential impacts of Brexit, currency fluctuations, and a possible global recession,” said John-David
2018-01-20 00:01 | BUSINESS | GulfToday

HRW chief: Trump is ‘disaster’ for human rights

US President Donald Trump’s record on human rights, in his first year in office, has been a “disaster” and has encouraged oppression by authoritarian leaders from China to Russia, the head of Human Rights Watch said, according to Reuters. Kenneth Roth was speaking ahead of HRW’s annual report launch in Paris, where he said French President Emmanuel Macron needed to fill a void with countries like Britain, which was distracted by Brexit, and the United States which was largely absent
2018-01-19 13:01 | News | AbrarOnline

Zimbabwe:Mnangagwa Wants to Exploit Brexit

[New Zimbabwe] PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa is looking to exploit the opportunity presented by Brexit to push for a rapid mending of broken political ties with Zimbabwe's former coloniser Britain.
2018-01-19 07:01 | News | AllAfrica

France-UK relations: Fishermen fear post-Brexit losses

Fishermen in Britain and France are closely watching the meeting between their nations' leaders, as the two countries attempt to hammer out post-Brexit economic arrangements that will directly affect their livelihoods.
2018-01-18 10:01 | News | Aljazeera

A hard Brexit will increase Dutch firms’ import/export bills up to €620m

The Dutch economy will be hard hit if Britain leaves the EU without a trade agreement, according to research carried...
2018-01-18 09:01 | Business | DutchNews

The Bayeux Tapestry is heading 'home' - but is it a French stitch-up?

Britons are ecstatic - the Bayeux Tapestry is coming home. But is Macron needling the English over Brexit?
2018-01-17 17:01 | News | TheAge

No extra Dutch cash for EU to plug Brexit gap, Hoekstra warns

Finance minister Wopke Hoekstra has insisted the Netherlands will not make up the shortfall in the European Union’s budget when...
2018-01-17 10:01 | Europe, Politics | DutchNews

Macron seeks solution to the 'road of misery' that ends in Calais

French president Emmanuel Macron may exploit Brexit to arm-twist the UK government into accepting more refugees to clear out Calais’ notorious migrant camps.
2018-01-16 19:01 | News | TheAge