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2015/10/16 - LEAP/E2020 Press Review on the Global Systemic Crisis

Turkish Elections – The impossibility of chaos in Turkey
We have repeatedly analyzed that only the regional powers would be able to restore calm in the Middle East and resolve the Daesh issue, the common enemy on which (almost) everyone has agreed. However, we have stated that the US or Russian interventions would only have the effect of exacerbating tensions. Repeatedly missed opportunities : suffice it to say that the recent developments, setting the stage for a US/Russian confrontation in the Middle East, are not a move in the right direction. And we have also identified the Iranian Shi’ites and Turkish Sunnis, the only two democracies in the region (imperfect certainly – like all of us moreover – but assessed in the terms of the rest of the region), as the only possible legitimate alliance and guarantors of the region’s multi-confessionalism... (Login or subscribe to the GEAB)
The inexorable logic of sharing economy
Amazon and eBay, following their establishment in 1994 and 1995, harnessed the connectivity of the Internet to create new, more efficient markets. In the beginning, that meant new ways of buying and selling books and collectibles; but now e-commerce is everywhere, offering customers new goods and used goods-and becoming a global force in logistics and retail. Likewise, while today’s sharing-economy companies may be just out of their infancy, their services will one day be ubiquitous.
Oil bosses call for a strong deal at Paris climate talks
Oil and gas industry leaders on Friday launched a final charm offensive to highlight the sector’s relevance in the global fight against climate change before a key summit in Paris later this year...
German Telcos Ordered to Store Phone Info Under New Data Retention Law
German telecommunications companies will now be obliged to keep the telephone and internet data of all Germans for up to 10 weeks as part of new measures passed by the country's parliament to help combat terrorism and organized crime...
EU offers Turkey cash, closer ties for migration help
The European Union offered Turkey a possible 3 billion euros ($3.4 billion) in aid and the prospect of easier travel visas and “re-energised” talks on joining the bloc in return for its help stemming the flow of migrants to Europe...
Eastern EU states agree joint border patrols
The Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland have agreed to send dozens of police and military officers to Hungary’s frontier with Serbia to reinforce border controls in a joint effort they say could serve as model for the rest of the EU...
Hungary to decide whether to close Croatian border
According to media reports, the Hungarian government is to decide whether to close its border to Croatia to curb the influx of refugees. In nearby Bulgaria, a migrant was shot dead, trying cross the border from Turkey.
Citing ‘very fragile’ security in Afghanistan, Obama slows pace of U.S. troop withdrawal
Reversing policy on Afghanistan, President Barack Obama announced on Thursday he will prolong the 14-year-old U.S. military engagement there, effectively handing off the task of pulling out troops to his successor...
EU leaders reach minimal agreement on Syria
EU leaders meeting in Brussels on Thursday (15 October) agreed that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad bears "the greatest responsibility" for the conflict deaths and the displacement of refugees. The leaders also agreed to "express concern" at Russia's military involvement in Syria. They also reaffirmed their support for the UN-led process for a political solution, including "all parties involved", such as Iran or Russia.
Turkey warns US, Russia over arms supply to Syrian Kurds
Turkey’s prime minister has lashed out at both the United States and Russia for supplying weapons and support to the Democratic Union Party (PYD) of Syria in its bid to fight extremist jihadists, raising concerns that the arms could be used against Turkey by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an affiliate of the PYD...
Narendra Modi government presses acceleration switch as reforms start having impact on ground
NEW DELHI: India's economy may be about to turn the corner on the back of robust public spending that's beginning to have an impact on the ground coupled with strong urban consumer demand, economists and government officials said...
China launches CIPS international payment system
The China International Payment System (CIPS) officially began its operations on Thursday, a statement posted on the country’s State Council website has said. Fan Yifei, deputy governor of the central bank, the People’s Bank of China, told a ceremony in Shanghai that the establishment of CIPS “will allow increasing efficiency of cross-border settlement in yuans and encourage the yuan’s use globally.”
India, China React to Nepal’s Constitutional Crisis
As The Diplomat has reported recently, Nepal’s constitutional crisis shows no signs of abating any time soon. After the promulgation of a constitution that was seen as unrepresentative by around half of the Nepalese population, primarily the Madhesis and Tharus of the Terai (southern plains), the country appeared to be on the brink of a schism...
World Bank plans financial aid for Syria's neighbours
The World Bank is trying to put together a package of financial assistance for countries hosting refugees from Syria. Bank officials say there is a substantial financial burden being borne by Lebanon and Jordan...
Norway Is a Model for Encouraging Electric Car Sales
Berit Nordgarden and her husband, Eivind Tellefsen, loved their nonpolluting Nissan Leaf electric car. But they found its 85-mile battery life too short for weekend trips to their cottage with their two young children...
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