Saturday, 16 September 2017

Bitcoin: Financial Revolution or Modern Day Tulipmania? - BBC Newsnight


Is bitcoin a financial revolution that can democratise trading or is it an unsustainable economic bubble similar to 'Tulipmania' and the dot com crash of the 1990s? David Grossman reports for BBC Newsnight.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Lord Mervyn King: 'I'm Not Terribly Impressed' by Brexit Negotiations - BBC Newsnight


Lord Mervyn King was governor of the Bank of England at the time of the financial crisis. He joins Evan Davis from New York to discuss its long-term ramifications, and how he thinks the government is handling Brexit.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Banking Reform: Has Enough Been Done? - BBC Newsnight


A decade after Northern Rock's collapse, Helen Thomas asks whether enough has been done to reform banking regulations.

Euro für alle: Juncker überrascht mit Forderung zum Ausbau der Eurozone und des Schengenraums


Angesichts von Spaltungstendenzen in Europa hat EU-Kommissionspräsident Jean-Claude Juncker eine Ausweitung der Eurozone und des Schengenraums gefordert. "Wenn wir wollen, dass der Euro unseren Kontinent mehr eint als spaltet, dann sollte er mehr sein, als die Währung einer ausgewählten Ländergruppe", sagte der Luxemburger Christdemokrat am Mittwoch vor dem Europaparlament in Straßburg. Der Euro sei dazu bestimmt, die "einheitliche Währung der Europäischen Union als Ganzes zu sein".

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Thousands Protest across France against Macron's Labour Reforms


Thousands of people have taken to the streets across France to protest against President Emmanuel Macron's plans to make the country's laws more flexible.

A day of strikes and demonstrations was launched by France's biggest trade union, the CGT, on Tuesday opposing Macron's reforms, which are intended to tackle high unemployment by loosening the rules that govern how businesses hire and fire staff.

Al Jazeera's Paul Brennan reports from Paris.


Hardliners Protest French Labour Reform as Macron Chides 'Slackers' (fainéants)


Was Your T-shirt Made in North Korea? - BBC News


North Korea's textile industry is the latest to come under UN sanctions - so how big a sector is it? The BBC's Karishma Vaswani takes a look.

French Labour Reforms: Emmanuel Macron's First Test as President


France: Thousands Take to the Streets to Rally against Labour Reforms


Monday, 11 September 2017

Dr. Richard Wolff - Are We A “Depression" Away From Fascist America?


Big Picture Interview: Economist Dr. Richard Wolff, Capitalism's Crisis Deepens Essays on the Global Economic Meltdown/Democracy At Work. White supremacy reared it's ugly head last weekend in Charlottesville - Virginia - and one brave American ended up dead. Thankfully - we are not living in Nazi Germany -- not yet, at least -- but the threat that white supremacy and fascism pose to our democracy is real -- especially as Reaganomics continues to tear apart what remains of our middle class.

France: Macron's Labour Reforms, Make or Break?


‘The Model Economy’ in Germany Is Growing a Class of Working Poor


General election campaign is in full swing in Germany but little attention is being paid to the high proportion of working poor explains economist Heiner Flassbeck.

China Looks to Ban Production, Sale of Petroleum-powered Vehicles


Thursday, 7 September 2017

The Long Brexit Decline | Opinion


Janan Ganesh, the FT's chief political commentator, and Miranda Green, political columnist, discuss the future of Britain and the latest Brexit developments

Luxembourg 'Wasn't Aware Britain Had a Brexit Strategy', Says Trade Boss


Nicolas Mackel is the Chief Executive of Luxembourg for Finance, the country's trade promotion body, and he speaks to Ian King about the EU view of the ongoing Brexit talks.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

No Deal on Brexit Would Be 'Utter and Complete Disaster' - BBC Newsnight


In an interview with Emily Maitlis, former head of the civil service Lord Kerslake said failure to reach a Brexit deal with the EU would be "an utter and complete disaster for this country".

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

The Financial Crisis: A Decade of Debt


Ten years on from the global financial crisis the world continues to reap the consequences. David McWilliams connects the financial, economic, social and political dots to reveal the true impact of the worst financial crash since the Great Depression.

Monday, 4 September 2017

McDonald's Workers Launch First Strike in UK


Staff at two McdDonald's restaurants in the UK are staging the first strike to hit the company in the country.

They are unhappy over poor pay, zero-hour contracts and a lack of union rights. In addition to the strike, they are also holding a protest outside the Houses of Parliament in the capital, London, alongside union workers and politicians.

Al Jazeera's Laurence Lee reports from London.


Sunday, 3 September 2017

Big Business Dominates Brexit Negotiations


Brexit ministers in the UK had six corporate lobby meetings for every one meeting with civil society groups, says Nick Dearden of Global Justice Now

Friday, 1 September 2017

Inside Story - Can the French Economy Be Fixed?


President Emmanuel Macron tries to do what his predecessors failed: reform employment laws.

On a path of profound transformation - that's the promise of President Emmanuel Macron to reform the jobs market in France.

Major proposals have been unveiled aimed at reviving the second largest economy in the Eurozone.

Following years of stagnation, government leaders want to reduce unemployment, limit the power of trade unions and make it easier for companies to create jobs.

Trade union leaders are opposing making it easier to 'hire and fire' workers - and what they say is an attack on employee rights and social welfare. That fighting talk will test Macron's ability to force change when his predecessors failed. And with his popularity already waning after less than four months in power, the likely showdown is a further risk to the popularity of the youngest ever president of France.

Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra | Guests: Nicholas Vinocur - Politico journalist; Charles Lichfield - European affairs analyst; Jacques Reland - Head of European research, Global Policy Institute


France's Macron Under Fire Over Labour Changes


The French government has unveiled changes to employment laws that it says will cut an unemployment rate of almost 10 percent. President Emmanuel Macron's administration say limiting the power of trade unions will make it easier for companies to create jobs.