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Handelsblatt Global (July 11)

2018/ 07/ 12 by jd in Global News

“Donald Trump is in Brussels surrounded by unhappy faces and that’s not just Belgian soccer fans. The US president is attending the summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the rumble started before the first round of coffee.”


Financial Times (February 24)

2017/ 02/ 26 by jd in Global News

Germany and Italy now appear to be backing Brussels hardliners on fixing the bill for Brexit. They are supporting Michel Barnier, the chief EU negotiator, “in seeking progress on divorce terms as an opening step.” The move to focus “on Britain’s €60bn exit bill” will come as a major “blow to Downing Street.”


The Economist (February 11)

2017/ 02/ 12 by jd in Global News

“Leave campaigners promised voters that Brexit would save the taxpayer £350m ($440m) a week. That pledge was always tendentious. But officials in Brussels are drawing up a bill for departure that could mean Britain’s contributions remain close to its membership dues for several years after it leaves.” The final tab is estimated to be “anything between €24.5bn ($26.1bn) and €72.8bn.”


Wall Street Journal (May 26)

2016/ 05/ 28 by jd in Global News

“The European Commission wants to apply local-content quotas to streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime’s video offering.” They might also impose other restrictions and taxes. This is the wrong principle. “Brussels is showing that its main concern whenever a new technology comes along will be how to hobble it with the same overregulation that afflicts old technologies.”


Wall Street Journal (March 22)

2016/ 03/ 24 by jd in Global News

“Europe seems determined to keep treating this as a policing problem, or at least as anything other than a call to bolster military efforts in Syria…. There’s a role for policing in a counterterror strategy, but also a limit. Brussels…can’t live in perpetual lockdown. Until the West is prepared to fight this terrorist threat at the source, Tuesday’s victims in Brussels won’t be the last.”


The Economist (September 5)

2015/ 09/ 06 by jd in Global News

“From Guangzhou to Brussels to Chicago, cities are shifting their attention from keeping cars moving to making it easier to walk, cycle and play on their streets. Some central roads are being converted into pedestrian promenades, others flanked with cycle lanes. Speed limits are being slashed.” Over 700 cities have bike-share programs and more than 100 cities “close some roads to cars on weekends.” These and other efforts are making cities “nicer—and healthier—to live in.”


Financial Times (September 4)

2012/ 09/ 06 by jd in Global News

“Eighteen months ago, Brussels issued an ultimatum to business leaders—appoint more women to Europe’s boards or legal quotas would be introduced. Now the European Commission wants to carry out its threat by proposing laws that will require at least a 60-40 split between men and women by 2015.” ” While there “are still too few women on Europe’s boards….deciding to set a legal quota is misguided.” Quotas “will not resolve the obstacles that keep women from rising to the top.”