Anchor Opinion (FT) Liberalism’s most brilliant enemy is back in vogue – Gideon Rachman

Anchor Opinion Disgusting but not to be ignored in order to be prepared to fight it. This revival of interest in the ideas of Carl Schmitt, “the crown jurist of the Third Reich”is certainly not a good omen in the strange World with no values we live in.  As the Medieval Catholic formula for exorcism … Continue reading Anchor Opinion (FT) Liberalism’s most brilliant enemy is back in vogue – Gideon Rachman

P.O. (FT) Juncker makes late bid to avert no-deal Brexit

In the FT:  Juncker makes late bid to avert no-deal Brexit European president works with May to prevent ‘catastrophic’ vote result P.O. I would argue that the European Union, which has all the ticks of an imperialist dictatorship, should have thought of this, before imposing to the UK a deal, and such an horrible one, … Continue reading P.O. (FT) Juncker makes late bid to avert no-deal Brexit

(BBC) Brexit: What’s next if MPs reject May’s deal?

(BBC) I know that, right here, I’ve been writing about, and we’ve been discussing, our prime minister’s and politicians’ Brexit choices for more than two-and-a-half years. And, yes indeed, there have been many, many times we have reported it is a crunch moment, a crucial day, or a vital moment. And each mini-drama, each bizarre … Continue reading (BBC) Brexit: What’s next if MPs reject May’s deal?

(DN) A UE deve eliminar a hipótese de o Reino Unido adiar o Brexit – Wolfgang Munchau

(DN) Para que o acordo de Theresa May seja aprovado, Bruxelas deve remover a opção de protelar o Artigo 50.º Até agora, a UE ficou de fora das convulsões internas do Reino Unido sobre o Brexit, por um bom motivo. É mais fácil para um europeu continental aprender as regras do críquete do que entender … Continue reading (DN) A UE deve eliminar a hipótese de o Reino Unido adiar o Brexit – Wolfgang Munchau

(AFP) Portugal to welcome British tourists post-Brexit

(AFP) Lisbon (AFP) Portugal wants to exempt British tourists, a major revenue source, from entry visa requirements if Britain crashes out of the European Union without a negotiated deal, Lisbon said Friday. “We are working… on creating obstacle-free corridors that will allow fluidity for British citizens entering the national territory” at airports, Interior Minister Eduardo … Continue reading (AFP) Portugal to welcome British tourists post-Brexit

(BBG) China December Trade Slumps as Trade War, Economic Slowdown Bite

(BBG) Chinese trade slumped in December, sending regional stocks and the Australian dollar lower, as an unexpected fall in both exports and imports underlined the impact of the trade war and economic slowdown. Exports in dollar terms fell 4.4 percent from a year earlier, while imports dropped 7.6 percent. Both were the worst result since 2016, and … Continue reading (BBG) China December Trade Slumps as Trade War, Economic Slowdown Bite

(P-S) Risks to the Global Economy in 2019 – Kenneth Rogoff

(P-S) Over the course of this year and next, the biggest economic risks will emerge in those areas where investors think recent patterns are unlikely to change. They will include a growth recession in China, a rise in global long-term real interest rates, and a crescendo of populist economic policies. CAMBRIDGE – As Mark Twain never … Continue reading (P-S) Risks to the Global Economy in 2019 – Kenneth Rogoff

(EUobserver) Far-right party prompts government crisis in Greece

(EUobserver) Greek leader Alexis Tsipras has called a confidence vote after his defence minister, the far-right and pro-Russia Panos Kammenos, quit government and pulled his party, Independent Greeks, out of the ruling coalition. His move, which came after Greece ratified a name-deal with Macedonia opening its doors to EU and Nato membership, leaves Tsipras five … Continue reading (EUobserver) Far-right party prompts government crisis in Greece

(JN) Exportações em 2019 devem abrandar pelo segundo ano

(JN) As empresas portuguesas estão menos otimistas com as vendas ao exterior. Parte da culpa é atribuída ao Brexit. As exportações de mercadorias por parte das empresas portuguesas deverão aumentar 4,3% em 2019, o que representa o segundo ano consecutivo de abrandamento no crescimento. Esta perspetiva consta do inquérito conduzido pelo Instituto Nacional de Estatística … Continue reading (JN) Exportações em 2019 devem abrandar pelo segundo ano

(BBG) BlackRock to Cut 500 Jobs, 3% of Staff, Amid Market Turmoil

(BBG) By Annie MassaJanuary 10, 2019, 3:45 PM GMT Updated on January 10, 2019, 5:07 PM GMT  President Rob Kapito cites market uncertainty for move  Firm joins several asset managers who have trimmed jobs PauseUnmuteCurrent Time0:00/Duration Time0:00Loaded: 0%Progress: 0% FullscreenBlackRock to Cut 3% of Global WorkforceBlackRock is cutting three percent of its global workforce. Bloomberg’s Annie Massa reports.LISTEN TO … Continue reading (BBG) BlackRock to Cut 500 Jobs, 3% of Staff, Amid Market Turmoil

(ZH) Cars Will Soon Be Monitoring Their Drivers And Selling The Data They Collect

(ZH) In case you were wondering, the evolution of the “smart” product (read: a product that invades your privacy and sells the ensuing data) hasn’t skipped the automobile industry. And of course, this means your car will soon be collecting data on you. A new report by Reuters notes that at CES in Las Vegas this year, start up companies are going … Continue reading (ZH) Cars Will Soon Be Monitoring Their Drivers And Selling The Data They Collect

(Mirror) Mysterious radio signals from space ‘could be aliens’ 1.5 billion light years away

(Mirror) The ‘Fast Radio Bursts’ (FRBs) are only a millisecond-long and were first detected accidentally in 2007, when a burst signal was spotted in radio astronomy data Get Daily News updates directly to your inboxSubscribeSee our privacy noticeMore newsletters Radio bursts from outer space which experts suggest could be evidence of aliens have been detected for the second … Continue reading (Mirror) Mysterious radio signals from space ‘could be aliens’ 1.5 billion light years away

(NYT) China Offers Trump a Trade Peace Deal. It May Not Be Enough.

(NYT) A combine harvests soybeans on a farm outside Salina, Kan. China has resumed its purchases of American soybeans, but it is not clear whether Beijing’s recent concessions will lead to a lasting truce on trade with the United States.CreditChristopher Smith for The New York Times BEIJING — China is buying American soybeans again and … Continue reading (NYT) China Offers Trump a Trade Peace Deal. It May Not Be Enough.

(BBG) Portugal, Ireland Bond Sales Show Conviction on ECB Rate Outlook

(BBG) In one fell swoop, Portugal and Ireland completed a quarter of their refinancing for the year. The two nations sold 4 billion euros ($4.6 billion) of bonds each via syndication Wednesday, compared with Portugal’s 15.4 billion euro target for 2019 and Ireland’s goal of between 14 and 18 billion euros. That follows banks underwriting … Continue reading (BBG) Portugal, Ireland Bond Sales Show Conviction on ECB Rate Outlook

(JN) Deputados aprovam acesso do fisco a contas bancárias acima de 50 mil euros

(JN) Os deputados aprovaram hoje na especialidade a proposta do Governo que obriga os bancos a comunicarem ao fisco as contas bancárias com saldo superior a 50 mil euros. O diploma foi aprovado, na Comissão de Orçamento e Finanças, com votos a favor de PS, BE e PCP, abstenção do CDS-PP e contra do PSD. … Continue reading (JN) Deputados aprovam acesso do fisco a contas bancárias acima de 50 mil euros

(OBS) Apetece-me puxar da pistola quando não se calam com o populismo -José Manuel Fernandes

(OBS) O fantasma do populismo serve hoje para justificar todas as piruetas dos políticos, mas de caminho vamos esquecendo que são os problemas que ficam por resolver que alimentam os ressentimentos radicais Um espectro paira sobre Portugal – o do populismo. Todas as forças do velho Portugal unem-se numa Santa Aliança para conjurá-lo: o Presidente e o Cardeal, Costa e Catarina, os … Continue reading (OBS) Apetece-me puxar da pistola quando não se calam com o populismo -José Manuel Fernandes

(ZH) Deutsche Bank To Spend About $2 Billion On Bonuses, Despite “Cuts”

(ZH) Distressed Deutsche Bank plans on cutting the company’s bonus pool by about 10% this year as the bank struggles to stay afloat, while at the same time trying to retain employees, according to a new Bloomberg report. Bonuses are going to be paid more selectively in an attempt to keep the people that earn the most for … Continue reading (ZH) Deutsche Bank To Spend About $2 Billion On Bonuses, Despite “Cuts”

(EUobserver) Iran blamed for four terror plots in EU

(EUobserver) EU foreign relations chief Federica Mogherini with Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif in 2016 (Photo: eeas.europa.eu) By ANDREW RETTMAN BRUSSELS, TODAY, 09:28 Iran ordered four terrorist attacks in Europe in recent times, the EU has said, while imposing new sanctions. Its agents plotted to bomb an Iranian opposition rally in France and to assassinate an opposition … Continue reading (EUobserver) Iran blamed for four terror plots in EU