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Babel-on-the-Bay: CETA: The devil is in the details.

Tried the other day to reread the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) and finally gave up in disgust. Maybe this deal between Canada and the European Union is just too comprehensive for this non-trade expert to comprehend. And when you find the mainly French-speaking Wallonia area of Belgium is the last hold-out on the deal, . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: CETA: The devil is in the details.

Cowichan Conversations: BREXIT THE MOVIE is a feature-length documentary film

This film is absolutely pro Brexit and was released May 12th, 2016 It is well worth a look see as to the drive to leave the EU. Did this film have an effect? Probably. How Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: BREXIT THE MOVIE is a feature-length documentary film

Cowichan Conversations: Europeans Contest US Anti-Russian Hype

Brexit certainly has focused political minds throughout the world and in spite of the corporate media message of gloom, there may well be some good comes out of it. Originally published in   Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Europeans Contest US Anti-Russian Hype

Cowichan Conversations: The Votes Have Been Counted – Will The European Common Market Unravel Further?

The shock will take some time to wear off, especially in Britain or what may be left of Britain as a result of the referendum vote to leave the European Union. Of course, they remain Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: The Votes Have Been Counted – Will The European Common Market Unravel Further?

Parchment in the Fire: Germany, not Greece, should say goodbye to the euro | Comment | ekathimerini.com

Germany, not Greece, should say goodbye to the euro | Comment | ekathimerini.com.

Filed under: Eurozone crisis Tagged: Euro, European Union, Eurozone Crisis, Germany

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CuriosityCat: Success – Greece to stay in the Eurozone and the EU

Hands are being wrung; Chancellor Merkel is being cast as a vicious, heartless, and vengeful person; some speak of the French president being brushed aside; and Greeks are dismayed.

During a tense, drama-filled weekend, a deal was hammered out and presented to the debtor nation, which now has to pass legislation this week in . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Success – Greece to stay in the Eurozone and the EU

Political Eh-conomy: The New Europeans: Like the Old on Greece

Poland’s man in Brussels, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, has truly settled into his shoes as a new member of the European elite. On Tuesday, he issued the stern warning: “Our inability to find agreement may lead to the bankruptcy of Greece and the insolvency of its banking system. And for sure, it . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: The New Europeans: Like the Old on Greece

Michal Rozworski » Political Eh-conomy: The New Europeans: Like the Old on Greece

Poland’s man in Brussels, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, has truly settled into his shoes as a new member of the European elite. On Tuesday, he issued the stern warning: “Our inability to find agreement may lead to the bankruptcy of Greece and the insolvency of its banking system. And for sure, it . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski » Political Eh-conomy: The New Europeans: Like the Old on Greece

CuriosityCat: Greece tables unified set of negotiation principles with EU

The PM of Greece fired his first opening shot in the coming negotiations with the Troika of faceless technocrats and panoply of politicians, by huddling with the opposition parties and then releasing their statement of principles. Employing one of the necessary steps in Harvard U’s Getting to Yes negotiation handbook (a must for every politician, . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Greece tables unified set of negotiation principles with EU

Alberta Politics: The effort to engineer regime change in Greece could lead to a much bigger disaster

PHOTOS: Leaders of the Greek military government of 1967 to 1974. Is something similar waiting in the wings if the eurozone leadership’s effort to terrorize the Greeks into voting Yes to never-ending austerity fails today? Below: Greek Prime Minister Alex Tsipras, former Canadian prime minister Jean Chretien and Nobel-Prize-winning American economist Paul Krugman. Recent Western . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: The effort to engineer regime change in Greece could lead to a much bigger disaster

CuriosityCat: Greece & The Euro: Some words of wisdom from a Swiss Ambassador

Dr Daniel Woker

In an article headed Greece and the Nattering Nabobs of the Anglosphere in Real Clear World, Dr. Daniel Woker has some timely advice to the chattering classes: Cool it, you just don’t get it. 

A former Swiss Ambassador to Singapore and Australia, and now a lecturer at the University of St. . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Greece & The Euro: Some words of wisdom from a Swiss Ambassador

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Politics, CETA, and the fishery #nlpoli

The European trade deal came up in the House of Assembly on Monday.

Everyone kept to the same lines they’ve been kicking around for months.

Believe it if you want,  but if you want to find out what is really going on,  check out the interview your humble e-scribbler did with Jamie Baker of . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Politics, CETA, and the fishery #nlpoli

The Disaffected Lib: And So It Begins

It’s an idea that’s been kicked around for quite a while – the use of military force to thwart climate change migration.  To some it’s a matter of doing what’s necessary to keep the barbarian horde at bay.  Underlying it is this element of self-defence, self-preservation – necessity.

The European Union is now at . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: And So It Begins

Parchment in the Fire: Contesting Capitalism in the Eurozone

In light of the new Syriza government’s difficult struggle against the German dominated institutions of the Eurozone, I’ve revisited a little known book published ten years ago by political scientist Richard Dunphy called Contesting Capitalism? Left Parties and European Integration (Manchester University Press, 2004). In the book, Dunphy charts out the trajectory of the . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Contesting Capitalism in the Eurozone

Parchment in the Fire: Reading The Greek Deal Correctly

Reading The Greek Deal Correctly. James K. Galbraith

On Friday as news of the Brussels deal came through, Germany claimed victory and it is no surprise that most of the working press bought the claim. They have high authorities to quote and to rely on. Thus from London The Independent reported:

several analysts . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Reading The Greek Deal Correctly

CuriosityCat: Grexit, schmexit: It ain’t gonna happen

For sale? Owner must sell …

Right now a battle of Homeric proportions is being waged for the future soul of the European Union.

On one side are the Teutonic bookkeepers of the EU, led by Merkel of Germany and Cameron of Britain. On the other side is the tiny, profligate, bankrupt state of . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Grexit, schmexit: It ain’t gonna happen

Political Eh-conomy: The Greek canary in the European coalmine: An interview with Yanis Varoufakis

Over at Ricochet, I’ve transcribed my podcast interview with Yanis Varoufakis, economist and Syriza candidate in tomorrow’s Greek elections. With Syriza looking to get the most votes and possibly an outright parliamentary majority, I asked Yanis about the Greek economy, Syriza’s economic plans, his views on what these mean for Europe and how we can . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: The Greek canary in the European coalmine: An interview with Yanis Varoufakis

The Canadian Progressive: WikiLeaks publishes CIA tips for sidestepping airport security

WikiLeaks has released two classified CIA documents offering tips to help undercover spies elude security systems at international border crossings using false IDs.

The post WikiLeaks publishes CIA tips for sidestepping airport security appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

CuriosityCat: America versus the European Union: The Precautionary Principle

The European Union has already institutionalized a litmus test that cuts to the core of the differences that separate the new European view of shared risks and vulnerabilities from the older American view of unlimited personal opportunities and individual prowess. It’s called “the precautionary principle,” and it has become the centerpiece of EU regulatory . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: America versus the European Union: The Precautionary Principle

Cowichan Conversations: Canada-EU trade deal threatened by EU lawmakers

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Every once in awhile commonsense and decency trumps greed and avarice, not often, but it is news when it happens.

Our PM Steve Harper has polished up an apple for the corporate world in an attempt to pave the way to huge profits through yet another crippling trade deal. This . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Canada-EU trade deal threatened by EU lawmakers

Bill Longstaff: Calling the bluff on "we must compete in the global marketplace"

The soul-numbing mantra “we must compete in the global marketplace” is much heard these days. Conservative politicians and business groups toss it out tirelessly as an argument to reduce taxes, and weaken labour and environmental laws. Unfortunately, their argument is valid. Trade agreements have so reduced the ability of national governments to tax and to . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Calling the bluff on "we must compete in the global marketplace"

CuriosityCat: David Cameron turning on the Spitzenkandidaten

David Cameron and the Spitzenkandidaten

Remember The Cullen Plan for pre-election electoral cooperation between the NDP and Liberals? He advocated a deal which enabled one candidate to run against the sitting Conservative MP, rather than splitting the vote and letting the Tory win, which is the reason Harper is in power right now. In . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: David Cameron turning on the Spitzenkandidaten

CuriosityCat: Ukraine: One possible Russian-driven solution

Bill Clinton: Ukraine Saviour?

Ukraine is in turmoil, with positions apparently hardening on all sides, since the Geneva Agreement outlining a method of resolution was agreed upon a short while ago. The level of support for the anti-Kiev position in eastern Ukraine is unclear at the moment: Armed men have seized public buildings in . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Ukraine: One possible Russian-driven solution

Bill Longstaff: The Great Game—did Putin outplay the West in Crimea?

In the 19th century, the British and Russian empires’ strategic rivalry for supremacy in Central Asia was referred to as the Great Game. The game has never really ended as Russia has continued to vie with Western powers for influence and control in Central Asia and Eastern Europe. And in recent days, the Russians may . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: The Great Game—did Putin outplay the West in Crimea?

CuriosityCat: Ukraine: Russia advances its creeping-federalization agenda

Ukraine: Doors open for Putin

Today, much to the surprise of some, a public agreement was announced by the US, Russia, EU and current Ukraine government, dealing with concrete steps to move the matter forward. The following is the full text of that agreement, with the most important part (in my view) bolded:

Geneva . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Ukraine: Russia advances its creeping-federalization agenda