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The Guardian (July 8)

2018/ 07/ 10 by jd in Global News

“Theresa May’s fragile deal would be a disaster for Britain.” The Prime Minister secured “a fragile domestic political compromise only by confecting a solution that no one thinks the EU will accept. And even in the unlikely event that the EU were to sign on the dotted line, there is no disguising that while it may be better than dropping out with no deal, the Chequers agreement would be a terrible outcome.” Britain would no longer have a say “in shaping the rules of the world’s most successful trading bloc…in exchange for becoming a rule-taker in whatever scrappy free trade deal we can negotiate.”

 

New York Times (May 12)

2015/ 05/ 14 by jd in Global News

Fast-track approval and the Trans-Pacific Partnership are “pitting President Obama against many members of his own party and some Republicans. Though the two sides have major differences, a compromise is still possible and would be good for the American economy.”

 

Wall Street Journal (February 6)

2015/ 02/ 07 by jd in Global News

“The Greek effort to divide and conquer by negotiating individually with other EU members instead of with the bloc as a whole is going nowhere.” Nevertheless, there may still be “room for a prudent compromise that might involve a bridge deal to allow time for a permanent agreement, followed by some easing of the terms of bailout loans in exchange for a commitment to economic reform.” 

 

Wall Street Journal (October 20)

2014/ 10/ 21 by jd in Global News

“On the eve of Tuesday’s talks with student leaders of the democracy movement, Hong Kong’s embattled Chief Executive has a message for the world: No compromises, and no apologies. Which means that Hong Kong’s upheavals are likely to continue.”

 

Washington Post (September 17)

2014/ 09/ 18 by jd in Global News

“Afghanistan is teetering between a political implosion that could ignite civil war in Kabul and a power-sharing deal that could give the country another chance for stability.” Official election results will soon be announced, but due to voting irregularities a “winner-takes-all approach” is unsustainable. “It is up to Mr. Abdullah and Mr. Ghani [the two candidates] to show that Afghanistan can have a future under moderate, pragmatic leaders who are able to compromise.”

 

Financial Times (July 24)

2014/ 07/ 26 by jd in Global News

“With pressure mounting to act swiftly, commercial interests and jobs at stake and national pride in play, there is a danger that the EU’s effort to respond coherently to Russian actions will get bogged down in acrimony. Avoiding that fate requires a willingness to compromise and some clear thinking.”

 

The Economist (May 10)

2014/ 05/ 11 by jd in Global News

“Long in crisis, Thailand is close to the brink. Without compromises on both sides, it may well collapse.” Thailand has fallen hard. Not long ago, it was a “shining example” of democracy with its booming economy. Now “everything is broken.” The latest blow came when a court dismissed Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and nine cabinet members in what is being viewed by many as a political intervention. The country remains split in two politically. “The irreconcilable differences between the two sides have swallowed up Thailand’s courts, its army and even the monarchy—and left Thailand at the abyss.”

 

Boston Globe (August 2)

2011/ 08/ 03 by jd in Global News

In the U.S., Republicans and Democrats have been battling down to the wire over a debt deal. The final deal, “like all compromises…is not a win for either side.” It could have been better, especially if it created additional revenue, but it did avoid a disastrous default. The debt deal also has some positive aspects. The cuts are “spread across federal programs—including defense.” Moreover, the deal “delays any serious cuts for two years, to give the economy more time to recover.”

In the U.S., Republicans and Democrats have been battling down to the wire over a debt deal. The final deal, “like all compromises…is not a win for either side.” It could have been better, especially if it created additional revenue, but it did avoid a disastrous default. The debt deal also has some positive aspects. The cuts are “spread across federal programs—including defense.” Moreover, the deal “delays any serious cuts for two years, to give the economy more time to recover.”

 

Washington Post (July 30)

2011/ 07/ 31 by jd in Global News

It’s high time for Congress to grow up and reach agreement on the debt ceiling. They are holding a “gun to the head of the nation’s economy. That makes for a dangerous atmosphere in which to conduct negotiations but one in which, we continue to hope, enough clear-thinking lawmakers will conclude that the time for compromise is now.”

 

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