Thursday, March 30, 2017

A global view from the Parthenon

4 am in Athens.

Good morning Tokyo and Beijing. Good evening NY and Buenos Aires . A lovely spring day in Athens on Wednesday. What's the future of trade in the world of Trump and May. 23 years since the start of the WTO (ex-GATT). We still operate on Uruguay Round rules. The Doha Round failed.
Without free migration of people is it a fair or even competitive world? Theresa May wants Europe and the world to buy the UK goods and services, visit the UK as tourists but not move and work in the UK. Many people agree. What kind of world is this though.
We need real globalization. One made for the real people by the real people. We need a real world economy. We need real jobs and real lives. Lets work for it.
Come produce and operate at the crossroads of Asia, Europe and Africa. Come to Athens. Join the Greece that emerges from crisis.
Greeks, Europeans, Asians, Africans, Americans and Oceanians working together. That's Greece in 2017+. Be part of a new world, a new America.
Greeks work hard and live hard. That's why so many from all over the world are moving here. You can sense the pulse of the world in the streets and workplaces of modern Athens. Be part of this Greek revolution.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Manage or lose your job

Cameron's political opportunism led to Brexit. 

Trichet's interest rate policy almost destroyed Eurozone's businesses. 

Germany's insistence on its own brand of euro-economic policy is un-European. 

France is still trying to discover its identity in modern Europe. 

The rise of May and Trump is a result of decades of policy inaptitude 

The key is jobs and management in business and in policy. At all levels.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Post Brexit EU

I hate to say it, because I first visited the UK in 1973, at 11, but Europe (the EU) will be better off without the UK.

If the UK had left at Maastricht in 1991, the EU would probably be closer to a US of Europe than it is now.

I realize that that may not be fair to the pro EU Britons but after all, of the 48% that voted for the EU, only a fraction did so on non-economic reasons. And the EU is not only about economics.

As May herself pointed out in her Scottish speech, you either believe in a union or not. And most Britons don't believe in Europe. Never did.

The UK of course should be given Single Market access without free movement. The mere suggestion that it should shows how un-European the majority of the UK is.

Sorry folks, reality bites.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

The value of a United States of Europe (based on May's Scottish speech)

The fundamental strengths of our Union, and the benefits it brings to all of its constituent parts, are clear.

 But we all know that England will never stop twisting the truth and distorting reality in their effort to denigrate our Union and further their obsession of independence.

 It is their single purpose in political life. We need to be equally determined to ensure that the truth about our Union is heard loudly and clearly.

 As Britain leaves the European Union, the strength and stability of our Union will become even more important.

We must take this opportunity to bring our Union closer together. Because the Union which we all care about is not simply a constitutional artefact. It is a union of people, affections and loyalties. It is characterised by sharing together as a country the challenges which we all face, and freely pooling the resources we have to tackle them.

The existence of our Union rests on some simple but powerful principles: solidarity, unity, family. Our Europe has evolved over time and has a proud history.

Together we form the world’s greatest family of nations. It is written in our collective achievements, both at home and in the world.

The Union enabled the social, scientific and economic developments which powered our collective achievement. Bringing people and communities closer together allowed new connections to be made.

Together, we make up the world’s No1 economy.

Ours is not a marriage of convenience, or a fair-weather friendship, but a true and enduring Union, tested in adversity and found to be true. And the great institutions which we have built together, the pillars of our European life, are the result of common endeavour.

All have been admired and imitated around the world, and all were created here as a consequence of our common life together. These achievements are the fruits of our Union.

They are the signs which signify its deep and fundamental strengths. We should never be shy of making that positive case for the Union, because logic and facts are on our side. Take the economic arguments. One of the driving forces behind the Union’s creation was the remorseless logic that greater economic strength and security come from being united. Not the transient and shifting benefits of international alliance, but the fundamental strength of being one people. Those enduring economic strengths are obvious. Our wholly integrated domestic market for businesses means no barriers to trade within our borders. That has always been of immense value to firms here in Scotland.

They think independence is the answer to every question in every circumstance, regardless of fact and reality. It simply does not add up and we should never stop saying so. And the UK is not just a market place.

The financial stability of a strong shared currency and central bank underpins all sectors our economy, across 19 nations of the Union. The broad shoulders of the world’s largest economy provide enviable security for businesses and workers alike.

Based on the argumentation of Theresa May's Scottish speech.

In memoriam of sir Winston Churchill and the kind of US of Europe he spoke about.

US of Europe or bust

The European Commission has issued a White Paper on the future of the European Union.

In a United States of Europe no state would have power because its population pays more tax, see the USA. 

That's why so many in Germany and the Netherlands won't promote it.

The only solution is a US of Europe constitution. Those who sign it, move forward. The rest to the EEA (European Economic Area, and EFTA).

The rest is euro lip service.

Brexit, Putin and Trump are a great opportunity for a United States of Europe. If the EU is unable or unwilling to move forward, then its future is indeed dark. Will have again failed to deliver.

Sad but that's the truth.

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