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America’s Allies Should Stand Up To Its Reckless Trade Policy

Mr Trump’s goals go far beyond tariffs on a few metals. He seeks trade terms that will force supply chains to move to America, damn the economic consequences. For example, the administration wants the North American Free-Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to expire automatically after five years, robbing firms of the certainty they need to invest in Mexico. To roll over on tariffs today would invite further, more damaging assaults tomorrow.

Read Here – The Economist

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Trump’s Art of Unpredictability Starts to Backfire Overseas

As a businessman, U.S. President Donald Trump saw strength in his willingness to keep multiple balls in the air and change approach as they fell. In international relations, that unpredictability may be proving a liability.

Read Here – Bloomberg

The Iran Deal Was Bad, But Leaving It Was Worse

The damage from withdrawing from the JCPOA is also increased by Trump’s abandonment of the serious effort to develop a common position between the U.S. and its European allies on the so called “sunset clause.” That clause would have allowed Iran to regain it’s so called “inalienable rights” to scale up its worrisome nuclear activities within a few years and therefore needed addressing.

Read Here – The National Interest

The Complicated Geopolitics Of U.S. Oil Sanctions On Iran

It is often said, perhaps with some hyperbole, that Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers was the best hope for conflict resolution in the Middle East. Its architect John Kerry argues instead that the 2015 deal’s limited parameter of closing Iran’s pathway to a nuclear weapon is sufficient on the merits.

Read Here – CFR

The 28 People Who Are Shaping, Shaking And Stirring Europe

It’s impossible to know what the coming year holds for the European Union. But one thing is certain: The bloc’s leaders will spend much of the next 12 months wrestling with its future. That’s why Christian Lindner tops our list of the 28 people who will shape Europe in 2018. The pugnacious liberal leader occupies a key place in Germany’s politics: at the head of a conservative, Euro-cautious segment of the electorate. By pulling the plug on coalition talks in November, Lindner cast his country into political turmoil and ensured his place at the centre of the ensuing debate.

Read Here – Politico Europe

The People Who Will Run France After Macron’s Win

After years of careful preparation and months of campaigning, Emmanuel Macron and his allies are about to take control of the euro area’s second-biggest economy. Typically associates from the elite French schools where the new president studied, or his time in government under outgoing President Francois Hollande, Team Macron were first dismissed as fantasists and then faced attacks from all sides. Now they are going to be taking decisions that will affect hundreds of billions of dollars in global trade from energy to finance and defense.

Read Here – Bloomberg

From Great Britain To Little England?

British Prime Minister Theresa May blinked more than once as she prepared to invoke Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon and initiate Britain’s exit from the European Union. According to May, Brexit will transform the United Kingdom into what she calls “Global Britain.” But what lies ahead is really anyone’s guess. The UK has long been shorn of its empire; now it will be shorn of Europe, too.

Read Here – Project Syndicate

Angela Merkel’s Open Door Has Left Her Fighting For Survival

A deep collective angst has taken Germany over ever since Angela Merkel decided to open the borders to over a million refugees last summer. The fervent optimism of the “refugees welcome” movement has long since faded, and now people are scared.

Read Here – The Telegraph

Could Market Economy Status For China Spell Disaster For Europe?

China gaining market economy status is a cause for concern within the EU. Ultimately, though, it is for Europe and its WTO partners to ensure that this status comes as part of a negotiated deal to protect against unfair dumping practices.

Read Here – EuropeanCEO

Brexit Shatters The West’s Political Consensus

Right now a political tidal wave is rising in the West, an inchoate deluge driven by years of failed centralization and economic policy, one that threatens to drown traditional parties and submerge political establishments. There is no stopping this storm; the challenge of our time is to ensure that it forces productive change, that it washes away outdated immigration frameworks and superfluous bureaucracies, and not the bulwarks of liberalism that have made the West great.

Read Here – The National Interest

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