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Newsletter - Financial Reforms November 2017

Dear readers,

The series of landmark elections in France and Germany – and to a certain extent in the Netherlands and Austria – has lead to a dramatic upheaval in the political systems of the respective countries. While right wing and nationalist parties have gained political power in government or parliament, traditional parties have faced defeats. In particular, the secular decline of social democratic parties has dramatically continued. The elections reflect a deep structural crisis in the political systems. Political instability and uncertainty will increase even further. Not to mention the refugee issue, Poland and Hungary – as well as Trump, Erdogan and recently, the Catalonia conflict.

Although economic growth in the Euro-zone has reached the pre-crisis level for the first time – after nearly a decade – there is not really a détente. Old problems continue to simmer under the surface: youth unemployment in Greece, Italy and Spain remains at 35% – 43%, leaving an entire generation behind. Continue reading...

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Markus Henn (WEED)

Update financial reforms: roll-back at full steam

The outlook on financial reform through the G20 is getting bleaker every day and regulatory roll-back is at full steam.
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Myriam Vander Stichele (SOMO)

New mandates for EU supervisors: more financial integration and handling future challenges

On 20 September 2017, the European Commission (EC) published a proposal to change 13 different EU financial laws to strengthen the mandate of the European Supervisory Authorities.
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Markus Henn (WEED)

Old G20 privatisation wine in new Argentinean bottles

In its upcoming G20 Presidency, Argentina will focus on privatising infrastructure, as previous Presidencies have and as the G20’s “Compact with Africa” does, despite the negative record of privatisation and warnings from civil society.
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Peter Wahl (WEED)

The FTT on the brink of failure

What is the status of the Financial Transaction Tax? Read up on the latest developments. 
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This newsletter has been produced with the support of grants from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Brot für die Welt. The contents of this newsletter are the sole responsibility of SOMO and WEED and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the funders.
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