The bankruptcy of the ‘Brexit’ law scandalizes the European Union

The Vice-President for Interinstitutional Relations of the European Commission, Maroš Šefčovič, has asked the British Minister, Michael Gove, an urgent meeting of the Joint Committee created to follow up on the Withdrawal Agreement, signed in January, in order to clarify the consequences of the unilateral modification by the British Government of articles of the treaty in a domestic bill.

Released on Wednesday, its approval would give London the right to “Alter or stop applying” provisions of the agreed protocol on the customs regime between Ireland, Northern Ireland and Great Britain and to subsidize companies doing business in Northern Ireland without reference to Community law, even though the region would remain in the European common market.

The bill expands its challenge by stating that the Government will be able to make decisions about state subsidies to companies “Even if they are incompatible or inconsistent with any relevant domestic or international law”. It would thus seek to shield the law from judicial review by a British court, or from scrutiny by the EU Court of Justice and other international courts.

The Commission’s negotiator, Michel Barnier, had insistently asked his British interlocutors for their plan on state aid to companies, to advance the negotiation of the new trade agreement. London has published a summary plan. It agrees, contradicting the bill, to exclusively follow the rules of the World Trade Organization and international laws.

The Prime Minister’s spokesman explained that the negotiation of the Withdrawal Agreement “It was not like those of other treaties, because it was agreed very quickly in very difficult political circumstances”. But the government was warned that it would create border controls between Northern Ireland and Great Britain, and denied it. He forced its approval in three days, claiming that the population was fed up with parliamentary debates.


The Minister of Industry, Alok Sharma, stated in the presentation of the bill that it is necessary “to rebuild and recover after Covid.” “We must remain flexible to support and support UK strategic interests, and to be able to intervene more quickly and easily when necessary,” he added. London would break the rules to gain competitive advantage compared to other economies affected by the covid.

The Government has perhaps belatedly discovered that the limitation of state aid in Northern Ireland and the competence of the EU Court of Justice to settle disputes would not be confined to the region. British companies trading in Northern Ireland would also be affected. His solution is to break the Treaty and force the abrupt march, or to mount this scandal to obtain cessions in the negotiation with Barnier and his team.

Former British Prime Minister John Major accused the Government of causing the loss of something ‘priceless’, the UK’s reputation. A veteran Welsh Conservative has resigned as a member of the parliamentary group in the Cardiff Assembly. The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, stated that “the failure of international law is unacceptable” and the President of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, declared herself “concerned”.

When it comes to Johnson, there’s always a sham. Liberal Democrat Alistair Carmichael, who was Scotland’s minister during the 2014 referendum, warned at the Prime Minister Question session that has weakened the arguments against the Scottish pro-independence that, following, according to Carmichael, the example of Catalonia, they want to call an illegal referendum if they are denied the transfer to organize it.

Johnson congratulated him on the question, because Labor leader Keir Starmer would have been ‘negligent in not raising this important question’ of the legal changes. Necessary, according to him, “to protect extreme and irrational interpretations (of the Agreement), which could lead to the creation of a border, detrimental to the Good Friday Agreement and peace in our country.” Starmer knew Johnson wanted to get him into a fight over Brexit and asked him six questions pointing to his incompetence in managing the pandemic.


CDU Economic Council attacks Altmaier’s climate plans

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“Planned economy” – CDU Economic Council attacks Altmaier’s climate plans

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Philipp Vetter

Climate-neutral industrial nation – that is Altmaier’s big plan

Federal Minister of Economics Altmaier is planning a German climate charter before the Bundestag election. This should contain a roadmap on how Germany can become climate neutral by 2050. But the environment minister is skeptical.

Economy Minister Altmaier wants to protect the climate with a non-partisan consensus. But there is criticism – especially from the Union. The conditions could drive further companies into “de facto bankruptcy”.

Dhe climate plans of Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier (CDU) are met with strong criticism within his own party. “In times of the corona pandemic, companies in Germany need a lawyer for their concerns in the Federal Ministry of Economics and not a pioneer of a black-green coalition agreement,” said the Secretary General of the CDU Economic Council, Wolfgang Steiger, to WELT. “Small and medium-sized entrepreneurs in particular feel the pure fear of existence in many industries. That is why it would be advisable to focus on effective aid instead of now setting planned climate targets for each individual year. “

Altmaier had surprisingly presented a 20-point plan on Friday, with which a “historical compromise” between climate protection and the economy should succeed. The Minister of Economic Affairs had announced that he wanted to reach a non-partisan consensus before the general election next autumn.

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“I am of the opinion that we must understand climate protection as the central and primary task of our generation and act accordingly,” said Altmaier. “We have disappointed many people for whom climate protection is important.” Among other things, the climate protection “charter” proposed by Altmaier should include a binding CO2-Reduction target should be set, in the year 2050 Germany should be “climate neutral”. Altmaier also wants to set a percentage of the gross domestic product that is invested annually in climate protection.

However, according to his own statements, the Minister of Economic Affairs had not informed either cabinet colleagues or the members of the Union parliamentary group in advance about his proposals, whether Chancellor Angela Merkel knew about it, Altmaier left open. On Friday, the reactions in the Union were still cautious.

The economic policy spokesman for the Union parliamentary group, Joachim Pfeiffer, praised Altmaier’s plans: “The proposal can be an important step to strike a balance between climate protection and the competitiveness of the economy,” said Pfeiffer WELT. It is important to balance the transformation costs wisely in a market economy. “If done correctly, it can be a win-win situation for the economy and the climate,” said Pfeiffer.

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But now there is also strong criticism from within our own ranks. “It’s a paradox: on the one hand, the economy is being supported with government aid worth billions, and on the other hand, Brussels and Berlin are already thinking about new burdens from government guidelines, requirements and tightening of climate policy,” said Secretary General Steiger. “That doesn’t go together.”

In addition, the actual extent of the Corona crisis due to the extension of the short-time work allowance and the suspension of the insolvency regulation is not yet apparent. “Wanting to get back on track now is likely to drive other companies into de facto bankruptcy,” said Steiger. “In my opinion, it is the highest duty of a CDU economics minister to relieve companies and thus protect jobs.”

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The major business associations BDI and DIHK did not want to comment on Altmaier’s proposals on Friday. In business circles, however, it was said that they hope that the Minister of Economics’ plan will disappear into the drawer as soon as it emerged. One does not want to criticize the project openly, after all, one must continue to work with the Minister of Economic Affairs. However, a charter by no means solves the problems that arise, for example, with the expansion of renewable energies.

The Economic Council accuses Altmaier of emulating the Greens with its climate plan. “Whenever the Union wanted to copy the Greens, the citizens chose the original,” said Steiger. “The best example of this is Baden-Württemberg after the reactor accident in Fukushima. The too close rapprochement between the CDU and the green positions ultimately led to a loss of power, which continues to have an impact today. ”On Friday, Altmaier described the nuclear phase-out after the reactor accident in Fukushima, Japan, as a positive example of his climate plan of how non-partisan consensus could be achieved.


General Motors seizes 11% of Nikola and will produce the Badger

To beat the almighty Tesla in the world of vehicles electrical it takes more than a great idea. Brands know it and that is why they have begun to forge more and more collaborations between new companies that aspire to beat the Californian firm with their new ideas and traditional giants that seek to support and promote technology and models already developed.

This is the case of Ford and Rivian for example, and now also of other renowned brands, very similar (each in its division): We are talking about General Motors and Nikola Motors who have signed a new agreement that will lead the American giant to buy 11% of the start-up of Arizona hydrogen cars.

GM will make the Badger

General Motors is done in this way with a stake in the company valued at 2 billion dollars, about 1,697 million euros to change, but also this movement will imply that they are in charge of carrying out the manufacture of the Nikola Badger, the company’s revolutionary electric pick-up that will have a hydrogen fuel cell, which we already talked about here. For its part, Nikola Motors, which despite everything will remain an independent company, will handle the marketing and marketing of this Badger.

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Nikola Badger

GM technology for Nikola, more profitability for GM

This move will allow Nikola to significantly reduce the production costs of one of its most anticipated models and will also open the door to the use of General Motors technologies such as its innovative battery vice, or the Hydrotec hydrogen fuel cell.

“Nikola is one of the world’s most innovative companies, and General Motors is one of the world’s leading engineering and manufacturing companies. You can’t dream of a better partnership than this Notes Nikola Founder and CEO Trevor Milton “As we unite, we get access to its validated parts for all our programs, the General Motors Ultium battery technology and a billion dollar hydrogen fuel cell program ready for production. Nikola immediately gets a production-ready electric propulsion system with decades of validated and proven supplier and manufacturing knowledge, world-class engineering, and investor confidence. The most important thing is that General Motors has a vested interest in Nikola’s success Milton assures.

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“The European Union must assert its economic weight against China”

The reports that the European Chamber of Commerce in China publishes annually are never flattering, and that of 2020 could not be an exception. On the contrary, the coronavirus pandemic and the tension that governs relations between Beijing and Washington add to the lack of economic reforms in the Asian giant, the great promise that materializes at a snail’s pace, to weigh down the performance of the companies of the Old Man Continent in the second world power. “Over the past four decades, European companies have trusted Chinese leaders to bet on increasing openness to end an era of reclusion. Unfortunately, recent years have eroded this confidence, ”the report reads.

“With the Covid-19 pandemic, new obstacles have arisen that reduce the feeling of welcome that Europeans feel in China,” adds a text that criticizes the strengthening of the ‘one economy, two systems’ model, in which only the sector private seems open to foreign investment. “The other half continues to be governed by 130,000 state-owned companies that have uncompetitive access to a fifth of the world’s consumers, manufacturers, investors and innovators,” the Chamber denounces. Restrictions in key sectors are gradually being lifted, and, when they do, it is too late: “When they invite us to enter the station, the train has already left”, sums up Joerg Wuttke, president of the institution

In this double crisis, caused by the rivalry with the United States and the coronavirus, China looks to the domestic market for the formula to escape unscathed. But Wuttke argues that such self-absorption will only delay the development of his full potential. “If we take as a starting point the moment when China opened up to the world and compare the trajectory of its per capita income in terms of purchasing power parity, we see that in the first 25 years it grew at a rate similar to that of Japan or South Korea. However, it is now lagging behind. Our predictions suggest that, although the country will continue to grow, it will do so without realizing its full potential due to the lack of reforms. And that can be a stumbling block to save the ‘middle income trap’ that worries the government so much, “says Wuttke in Shanghai during a meeting with four foreign correspondents, including this newspaper.

The Speaker of the Chamber supports this assertion by comparing China’s private economy – often at a disadvantage in key aspects such as access to finance – with the public sector: «The former, much more dynamic, has grown by 23% in what This is the year, while the profits of the second, tremendously inefficient, have fallen by 16%. In addition, Wuttke points out that both social inequalities and aging will pose a great challenge in the future of the Asian giant. “It is not enough that 20 million rich people consume as if there were no tomorrow. The 100 million workers who have lost their jobs with the coronavirus – 80% have already recovered it – must feel that they are not alone, “he says.

Finally, China’s growing dependence on technology may pose a serious problem for the Communist Party if the trend towards decoupling with the United States continues. “Only 10% of the supply chain for the semiconductor sector – essential for making chips – is in China,” says Wuttke, who does not foresee major changes in Washington’s strategy if Joe Biden wins the November elections. It is difficult to determine who will lose the most at this juncture, but the head of the European institution uses the data on foreign investment in Shanghai to analyze it: «This investment creates 11% of jobs in the city, represents 25% of the GDP, 33% of tax collection, and 66% of foreign trade. And that foreigners are only 0.1% of the population.

Wuttke does not hide that Europe will also suffer the consequences of this decouplingBut, when asked about an eventual obligation to take sides, he responds in a forceful way: “There is no doubt that our companies depend more on the United States, both in terms of the market and technology.” However, he resists the European Union, “the largest economic bloc in the world”, remaining a mere observer wounded by the crossfire of a war between superpowers.

“We must assert our economic weight against China, and find a way to deal with the country without neglecting our principles. We do not intend to change their regime, and I believe that the Chinese do not want to change ours either, but the naive vision we had of China is over, “he says, recalling that the EU must act both as a trading partner and a systemic rival of Beijing. “There is a gap between the rhetoric of the Chinese government and its promises of reform and the reality on the ground”, shoots Wuttke, who has had the opportunity to convey the opinion of the House to the Chinese Vice Premier, Hu Chunhua. “There are those who bet on reforms, but China is governed by propaganda and the Security apparatus”, laments the German businessman.


Strike, shots, injuries and dozens of detainees in the Port of Buenos Aires for union protest

From the Government, the Ministry of Labor tried to mediate in the conflict by transmitting salary offers for stevedores. In parallel, the General Port Administration filed a criminal complaint against the strikers, led by Juan Corvalán, considering them responsible for the incidents on Saturday. One of Corvalán’s sons, Diego, SUPA union secretary, was among those arrested.

The crisis also replicates other union interns: in Fempinra, where there is good dialogue with the government and the port terminals, Schmid and Roberto Coria, from the Guincheros union, have a strong carving, while Corvalán has the support of Hugo Moyano, from Truckers. Even the SUPA leader denounced, in dialogue with Ambit, that to break the strike, the port authorities had used “workers from the Loading and Unloading union”, who signed a flexible labor agreement with Mercado Libre, which Moyano objects to.

“We have been dealing with this conflict for two months. La Fempinra closed the review of the parity last year in values ​​that do not reach us and also that do not impact the last Christmas bonus. On Friday night we had almost everything arranged with the Ministry of Labor, but when our colleagues arrived at their posts, they were not allowed to go to work. The directors of TRP, Terminal 4 and the Coria union knew that they were going to repress us ”, Corvalán accused. At AGP they confirmed that at least 70 workers were arrested last night in two batches, all from SUPA.

All versions agree that the protests led to shooting incidents and clashes with knives, but they differ in responsibilities. Corvalán denounces that “a manager of T4 had six hooligans entrenched in his office” and that the manager himself “pointed a gun at Naval Prefecture personnel.” While the Government let it be known that the SUPA affiliates themselves could be responsible for the shooting that wounded one of them in the foot.

Corvalán announced that he will take “legal action against the authorities of TRP and T4” to “hold them responsible for the acts of vandalism” and warned that on Monday morning his adherents will try to stop the restart of activities at the terminals. According to him, there will be protests at the gates and a demonstration at the exit of Buquebús, from where the unionist alleges that the companies “are trying to embark non-union personnel” to carry out tasks.


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Jurova, securing Kuciak murder principals to justice – Ultima Ora

(ANSA) – BRUSSELS, SEPTEMBER 03 – “We condemned the murder of Jan Kuciak and Martina Kusnirova with the utmost firmness and we asked the Slovak authorities to investigate to bring those responsible to justice. This expectation has not changed”. Thus the vice president of the European Commission for the values ​​of the Union, Vera Jurova, on Twitter, who says: “We understand that the judicial action is not yet concluded”.