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01 ott 2014 14:05

Scottish Referendum Shows Governments Must Decentralize

Several years into the most serious structural crisis of modern history, it is apparent that there are still a number of flaws, in both the current national and global economic system, that need to be addressed if the West is to resume stable and meaningful economic growth. We have already stressed and analysed various aspects [...]

economia |

30 set 2014 18:34

America, China and the Islamic State

Washington has launched still another “war against terror” in the Middle East and beyond. It is the kind of escalation that the Islamic State has hoped. In contrast, Beijing is likely to stick to cautious engagement. Half a month after offering the American people his rationale for taking the United States into a new Middle [...]

economia |

30 set 2014 18:30

Chinese lessons of urbanization in Africa

Nigeria has not reaped the benefits it did in China. Then again, the lessons of Chinese urbanization differ from those in the West. Recently, the consulting conglomerate McKinsey released its intriguing urbanization report Nigeria’s renewal: Delivering inclusive growth. According to McKinsey, the Nigerian case differs from the expected pattern of rising productivity and per capita GDP, [...]

economia |

30 set 2014 12:56

The European Crisis – ‘Financial Poker’ Games!

Reviewing the borrowing costs of European nations, a visiting intelligent alien may conclude that the European economic crisis is over and rehabilitation complete. 10-year government bond rates for Spain, Portugal, Ireland and Greece are 2.20%, 3.12%, 1.67% and 6.15% respectively. Equivalent rates for Germany, France and Italy are 0.97%, 1.31% and 2.39%. Comparable rates for [...]

economia |

29 set 2014 18:34

U.S. Policy Toward the Islamic State

Mission creep usually guarantees mission failure. What follows from changing the original goals of the mission is all too evident in the failed U.S. efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Now the United States has fallen into that trap with the Islamic State. The result will be a long and costly engagement and failure. Afghanistan and [...]

economia |

26 set 2014 18:35

As Exports Soar, US Economy Closes in on Fed’s Targets

Revised data released today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis show that the US economy grew at a 4.6 percent annual rate in the second quarter of 2014, even faster than the 4.2 percent previously estimated. That was the most rapid quarterly growth since Q4 2010. Much of the upward revision was due to the [...]

economia |

25 set 2014 14:56

How the U.S. Facilitates the Rise of China and Its Geo-Political Challenges

Edward Luttwak is one of America’s most important strategic thinkers, although less well known to the American public than other ‘strategic celebrities’ such as Henry Kissinger. Luttwak’s recent book, The Rise of China vs. the Logic of Strategy demonstrates his extraordinary grasp of both China and strategic thinking. He argues that China’s rapid increase in [...]

economia |

25 set 2014 14:54

What Went Wrong? Russia Sanctions, EU, and the Way Out

Without a diplomatic solution, the sanctions against Russia will have an adverse impact on its economy, but could also push Europe to a triple-dip recession.  Last March – after months of escalation in the Crimea and Eastern Ukraine – President Obama initiated sanctions against Russia in financial services, energy, defense and related materials sectors. New [...]

economia |

22 set 2014 08:34

Everything That’s Wrong with the US Tax System in One Chart

Last week the Tax Foundation released its annual International Tax Competitiveness Index for 2014. The United States ranked 32 out of 34 OECD countries surveyed. Only Portugal and France got lower competitiveness scores, and not by much. As if that were not bad enough, the competitiveness score is only half the story. When you put [...]

economia |

20 set 2014 14:47

The Japanisation Of Europe

By now it should be clear that the monetary experiment currently being carried out in Japan (known as “Abenomics”) is fundamentally different from the kind of quantitative easing which was implemented  in the United States and the United Kingdom during the global financial crisis. In the US and the UK QE was implemented in order [...]

economia |