First half of 2015 – Oil, the Middle East, Charlie Hebdo… Last resilience tests of the Western “model”: adapt or die
To be and not to be Charlie.. Our team had anticipated that the explosion of tensions in the Middle East would have a rapid impact on European societies, bringing great risks to our democracies1. The European crisis, as we have often said, well beyond the intrinsic value of the individuals who compose it, has revealed a structural weakness in the European political system technically disconnected from its citizens. The great fear that Europe had in 2014 of going to war with a neighbour led, in 2015, to a real return of politics: we saw a Juncker Commission that decided to legitimize its political decisions, national governments finally aware of the need for political union, highly mobilized citizens.
Swiss Stocks Tumble on Central Bank's Surprise; European Equities Rise
Stocks in Switzerland tumbled the most in 25 years, led by the nation’s exporters, while the Euro Stoxx 50 (SX5E) Index rose, after the Swiss National Bank (SNBN) unexpectedly ended its minimum exchange rate...
La tentation d’un « Patriot Act » à la française
Rien de pire, pour le droit, que ces moments d’intense unanimité, que cette vague d’émotion qui submerge la raison. Or, le code pénal a les plus grandes difficultés à revenir en arrière...
Schlumberger confirms 9,000 layoffs coming
The company tells Eyewitness News they're in the process of reducing their workforce by 9,000 jobs. The reduction represents about 7.3 percent of the Houston-based company's total global workforce...
Ukraine Default Risk Soars As Reserves Collapse 63% YoY
Amid contingent offers of more bailout loans from Europe, and a looming $3bn debt repayment to Russia, Ukraine's default risk has surged once again to post-crisis record highs...ZeroHedge
Caesars Entertainment's operating unit files for bankruptcy
The operating unit of Caesars Entertainment Corp, the largest U.S. casino company, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Thursday to implement its plan to cut $10 billion of debt...CNBC
Oil-driven Asian bond rally could boomerang
Plunging oil prices have sparked a big rally in Asian government bond markets as lower fuel costs cut inflation expectations, but the rally could be built on shallow foundations as monetary policymakers remain out of step with tumbling bond yields...Reuters
BP lays off 300 workers as oil slump troubles North Sea
BP PLC announced on Thursday that it would lay off about 300 people in the North Sea hub of Aberdeen, Scotland, the biggest sign yet of the problems besetting the U.K.’s main oil-producing region...Market Watch
UK, Denmark back EU counter-propaganda plan
The two-page informal paper - endorsed by Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, and the UK and seen by EUobserver - was circulated to EU capitals on Friday (9 January)...EUObserver
Merkel pledges to protect Muslim faith in an 'undivided' Germany
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has addressed the recent Paris attacks, describing the freedom of the press as one of society's greatest treasure. She also said that Islam belongs to Germany as much as Judaism.Deutsche Welle
David Cameron warns of 'legacy of debt'
BBC correspondent Ben Wright says the speech sets out a policy of ending the £90bn deficit with spending cuts, not tax rises, while raising NHS spending...BBC
EU ministers vow new counter-terrorism rules after Paris attack
As well over a million people attended a march in Paris, a handful of EU ministers along with US attorney general Eric Holder announced their intentions to step up counter-terrorism efforts...EUObserver
Russia Favors Closer Ties With Japan Despite Territorial Dispute
Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanovsaid on Monday that Moscow is ready to build closer ties with Japan despite a dispute over four Pacific islands. ??"Russia and Japan have entered a new level of cooperation and partnership," Ivanov said in a letter to a Russian-Japanese conference that opened in St. Petersburg on Monday.Xinhuanet
Alibaba in major initiative to court China consumer for U.S. retailers
China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd plans a major move to win U.S. business this year, by offering American retailers new ways to sell to China's vast and growing middle class.Reuters
Plus d'une cinquantaine d'actes antimusulmans depuis les attentats
Le Conseil français du culte musulman (CFCM) signale une explosion d'actes hostiles aux musulmans en France, après les attentats commis par les djihadistes à Charlie Hebdo et à l'Hyper Cacher porte de Vincennes...L'Express
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