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Wall Street Journal (April 20)

2023/ 04/ 21 by jd in Global News

“When it comes to China, the U.S. and EU are largely now on the same page. “Europeans use milder language than Americans, saying they wish to ‘de-risk’ their economic relationship with China, not ‘decouple.’ But in substance, European de-risking and American decoupling look much the same. Indeed, Europe is erecting economic defenses against China that in some cases go further than the U.S.”


The Guardian (February 5)

2023/ 02/ 06 by jd in Global News

“It is finally dawning on more and more people that leaving the EU was a colossal mistake.” Brexit has led to “supply chain disruptions, staffing shortages, higher food prices and extra red tape for business. Public opinion is shifting towards remorse. Instead of hurtling away from the EU into the swaggering prosperity promised by the Leave campaign, Britain is instead receding into a dark timeline of recession, strikes, and political instability. Last week, it was forecast that Britain will be the only G7 economy to shrink in 2023.”


Investment Week (January 27)

2023/ 01/ 30 by jd in Global News

“Private market companies are baffled by ESG reporting requirements with 90% of companies held in private equity funds unsure how to report.” KEY ESG “surveyed over 100 industry participants including general partners and portfolio companies” based in the UK, EU and U.S., finding that 75% of the funds “were required to report on ESG and 40% of funds used ESG to differentiate themselves.” Still, these funds lacked resources and an understanding of “ESG reporting from a portfolio company level.” (January 9)

2023/ 01/ 09 by jd in Global News

“The last month has been a month of celebration in the European Union. Gas demand is down because of the unusually warm weather. As a result, prices are down, and the crisis, according to analysts, appears to be averted.” Nevertheless, “these prices are not going to go much lower for the very simple reason that LNG could never be as cheap as pipeline gas.” (December 26)

2022/ 12/ 27 by jd in Global News

“Although the EU embargo and the EU-G7 price cap on Russian crude oil at $60 per barrel didn’t immediately roil the oil market – although traders were concerned about a possible demand hit from slowing economies – uncertainty is growing over how the bans on Russian imports will affect supply balances over the next few months.”


Bloomberg (November 25)

2022/ 11/ 27 by jd in Global News

“Since the Brexit vote in 2016, the UK government is yet to deliver major legislative change with significant benefits for businesses. Instead, companies have had to grapple with higher paperwork costs on trade, a tighter labor market spurred by a reduction in EU migration and a weaker pound increasing import costs. Brexit has also had a political cost of aggravating tensions in Northern Ireland and hurting diplomatic relations with the EU.”


Wall Street Journal (November 1)

2022/ 11/ 03 by jd in Global News

The European Union’s statistics agency released figures that surprised most economists. “Consumer prices were 10.7% higher in October than a year earlier.” This marks “the fastest rate of increase since records began in 1997, two years before the euro was launched,” while at the national level “Germany’s measure of inflation was the highest since December 1951.”


Business Insider (September 9)

2022/ 09/ 10 by jd in Global News

“For the first time in decades, the western world is preparing for widespread and rolling energy shortages. The US, UK, and EU have all been squeezed by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, soaring costs for electricity and fuel, and record-breaking heat waves. While fall is just around the corner, the worst of the energy strain is likely still to come.”


Reuters (September 9)

2022/ 09/ 09 by jd in Global News

“Drastic Russian cuts to gas supplies to Europe this year have turned Norway into the European Union’s main source of the fuel.” Norway is now “forecast to deliver nearly 90 billion cubic metres of gas to the EU this year, or nearly 25% of the bloc’s demand…. That’s higher than the 20% Russia will likely provide.”


Oil (September 6)

2022/ 09/ 08 by jd in Global News

“The leadership of the European Union has been hard at work these days, trying to find a lasting solution to an energy crisis that is worsening by the day. Yet the way they are approaching the solution is unlikely to produce any lasting results…. It has been compared to a Ponzi scheme.”


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