2015 Omni-dimensional crisis: protecting oneself in stormy weather
The enormous dangers weighing on the banking and financial systems, especially in the West, but also on social and geopolitical peace, leads our team to warn the readers to be on their guard. The issue is protecting one’s assets creatively, with diversification of solutions always the principal instruction [...] The purchase of gold especially, but also jewelry, precious metals, remains our first recommendation, up to 20% to 30% of one’s portfolio; for the remaining assets at the banks, think about the safest foreign banks as well, especially Chinese, which now have branches in Western countries; stay liquid: cash, cash, cash, in several currencies outside banks...GEAB No 91 (Global Europe Anticipation Bulletin)
ECB announces expanded asset purchase programme
The Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) today announced an expanded asset purchase programme. Aimed at fulfilling the ECB’s price stability mandate, this programme will see the ECB add the purchase of sovereign bonds to its existing private sector asset purchase programmes in order to address the risks of a too prolonged period of low inflation...European Central Bank
France and Austria have unveiled plans to reintroduce the financial transactions tax (FTT) at a lower rate but across a wider range of areas...
France and Austria have unveiled plans to reintroduce the financial transactions tax (FTT) at a lower rate but across a wider range of areas...City A.M.
Greece Election 2015: the politics and economics in numbers
Following the Greek parliament’s failure to select a new president at the end of last year, early elections were called for 25 January. Having topped last year’s European parliament elections, the radical left and anti-austerity party Syriza is ahead in the polls...The Guardian
Oil Drillers ‘Going to Die’ in 2Q on Crude Price Swoon
Oil drillers will begin collapsing under the weight of lower crude prices during the second quarter and energy explorers who employ them will shortly follow, according to Conway Mackenzie Inc., the largest U.S. restructuring firm...Bloomberg
Russia finds few friends in EU sanctions talks
Even Russia’s friends, for the most part, showed little appetite for relaxing sanctions in “strategic” EU talks in Brussels on Monday (19 January)...EUObserver
Primeiro semestre de 2015 – Petróleo, Médio-Oriente, Charlie Hebdo… Os últimos testes à resistência do «modelo ocidental»: suicídio ou adaptação
Nós já o tínhamos antecipado : a explosão das tensões no Médio-Oriente teria um impacto rápido sobre as sociedades europeias, colocando em grande perigo as nossas democracias. A crise ucraniana, como foi dito tantas vezes, para além do valor intrínseco dos indivíduos envolvidos, revelou a fraqueza estrutural de um sistema político europeu, tecnicamente desligado dos seus cidadãos. O maior temor da Europa em 2014, o de não conseguir impedir-se de entrar em guerra com um vizinho, levou em 2015 a um verdadeiro regresso do político: uma Comissão Juncker decidida e legitimar politicamente as suas decisões, governos nacionais finalmente conscientes da necessidade de uma união política, cidadãos extremamente mobilizados...GEAB by LEAP (Portuguese)
Briser les tabous pour sauver l’Europe
Huit ans de crise, et les dirigeants européens attendent toujours le Sauveur ! Tous (sauf peut-être Mme Merkel) se féliciteront de la décision « historique » prise jeudi par la Banque centrale européenne (BCE) et son président Mario Draghi...Le Soir
ECB's QE move adds pressure on China's policy easing
The ECB's QE step is expected to push the Chinese yuan to appreciate, dampening already ailing Chinese export and adding more deflationary pressures on China with the continued low oil and commodity prices, according to Yi.Xinhuanet
After the Paris attacks: It’s time for a new Enlightenment
We must move past the tired debate that pits the modern west against its backward other and recover the Enlightenment ideal of rigorous self-criticism...The Guardian
Obama Tries to Out-Putin Putin
According to his State of the Union address, U.S. President Barack Obama has solved the Russia problem. His brief passage on the subject shows he's either blind to the dangers of the deteriorating relationship between Moscow and the West or merely too quick to take credit for a victory that is not even on the horizon...Bloomberg
The Hottest Word in Davos Is Pretty Lukewarm
Guess what the word of the year is in Davos. Deflation? Pandemics? Inequality? Nope. The unofficial word of the year, plastered over the program of the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in the Swiss Alps, is … context...BusinessWeek
Europe faces Greek headache whoever wins vote
Whoever wins Greece's general election on Sunday, Europe will have to take urgent action to tackle the country's mountain of debt before it buries the rest of the eurozone, analysts say...EUBusiness
Djihadisme: la guerre froide des services secrets
A l'heure où ils doivent lutter contre les réseaux islamistes, les spécialistes français de l'antiterrorisme sont confrontés à un problème majeur: les échanges d'informations avec certains pays sont devenus difficiles, voire impossibles. Décryptage...L'Express
Saudi Arabia saw slow changes under King Abdullah
The late Saudi King Abdullah tried to make cautious changes to his conservative country and at times struggled with religious leaders. But his reign will not be known for ushering in major shifts in Saudi policies.Deutsche Welle
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