Indépendance de l'Ecosse : le scénario du référendum français de 2005 se dessine  24/04/2014

Voici encore quelques semaines, l'hypothèse de l'indépendance de l'Ecosse pouvait encore paraître fantaisiste. Ce n'est décidément plus le cas aujourd'hui. Dans un sondage paru ce week-end dans le quotidien The Scotsman, le « oui » à un Etat écossais n'a plus que quatre points de retard sur le « non » (46 % contre 42 %). le dernier sondage, voici un mois, ne donnait que 39 % d'intention de vote en faveur du « oui » lors du référendum sur l'indépendance de l'Ecosse prévu le 18 septembre prochain...

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La Tribune


GE Said in Talks to Buy France’s Alstom for $13 Billion  24/04/2014

General Electric Co. (GE) is in talks to buy Alstom SA (ALO), the French builder of trains and power plants, people with knowledge of the matter said, in what would be GE’s biggest acquisition ever...

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Bloomberg


China allows gold imports via Beijing, sources say, amid reserves buying talk  24/04/2014

China has begun allowing gold imports through its capital Beijing, sources familiar with the matter said, in a move that would help keep purchases by the world's top bullion buyer discreet at a time when it might be boosting official reserves...

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Reuters


Grand majority of Parliament votes in favor of a regulation on investor-state lawsuits  24/04/2014

Investor-state dispute settlement ( ISDS ) has come into the focus of critics since the start of negotiations on a free trade agreement with the US (TTIP). ISDS means that foreign investors can sue the states hosting their investments in front of international courts when they see their rights and profit expectations violated...

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European Greens


Why almost everyone hates the trade deal Obama’s negotiating in Japan  24/04/2014

As President Obama spends his first day in Asia Wednesday, one of the big topics will be the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free trade agreement that his administration has spent years negotiating. It's a giant unwieldy treaty that has inspired many strong opinions at home and abroad...

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Washington Post


Obama: US Would Defend Japan in Islands Dispute  24/04/2014

Showing solidarity with Japan, President Barack Obama affirmed Thursday that the U.S. would be obligated to defend Tokyo in a confrontation with Beijing over a set of disputed islands, but urged all sides to resolve the long-running dispute peacefully...

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ABC News


Turkish PM offers 'condolences' to Armenia over WWI killings  24/04/2014

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday (23 April) offered condolences to the grandchildren of Armenians killed by Ottoman leaders one hundred years ago during World War 1...

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EUObserver


Fraud runs rampant in Census Bureau  24/04/2014

There’s a pattern of falsifying statistics throughout the entire Census Bureau. And anyone who attempts to blow the whistle on the fraud is either retaliated against or ignored, according to two new sources who have experienced the process firsthand...

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New York Post


A chart to put the Canadian housing bubble in perspective  24/04/2014

When you’re in an unprecedented interest-rate environment, funny things tend to happen..

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Macleans


Chicago Pension Measures in Doubt as Quinn Withholds Signature  24/04/2014

It’s decision time in Chicago, the moment to rescue sinking pensions that could pull the city under. And nothing is happening...

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Bloomberg


Russia said set to sell its top fighter jets to Egypt  24/04/2014

Egypt is slated to sign a deal with Russia to purchase 24 advanced MiG-35 fighter jets, Israel’s Channel 2 news reported Tuesday, citing official sources in Moscow and Cairo...

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Times of Israel


No deal! New home sales swoon in recovery setback  24/04/2014

The Commerce Department said on Wednesday sales dropped 14.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000 units, declining for a second consecutive month. February's sales were revised up to a 449,000-unit pace from the previously reported 440,000-unit rate...

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CNBC


Lavrov: If Russian troops attacked, we'll respond in line with international law  23/04/2014

“If we are attacked, we would certainly respond. If our interests, our legitimate interests, the interests of Russians have been attacked directly, like they were in South Ossetia for example, I do not see any other way but to respond in accordance with international law,” Lavrov said.

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RT


US-Japan: Pivoting apart?  23/04/2014

The ‘hope’ having evaporated, the ‘change’ largely absent, President Obama is visiting Japan April 24-25 with a free trade agenda. However, cracks appear to be emerging in the president’s ‘Pivot to Asia’.

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RT


India to test AMD system and first subsonic cruise missile next week  23/04/2014

India will be testing an anti-ballistic missile defense system next week, said the director general of the country’s Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), as well as its first indigenously developed subsonic long-range cruise missile.

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RT


Purge tightens Xi's grip on reform  23/04/2014

The rumor mill in Beijing has it that the formerly mightiest vice chairmen of the Central Military Commission, generals Xu Caihou and Guo Boxiong, are under investigation for corruption. The accusation against them is the sale of promotions, something that deeply undermines the very structure of the army and has put all past promotions under review. This in a way is possibly more significant than Deng's and Jiang's reforms.

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Asia Times


Obama runs China's pivot gauntlet  23/04/2014

In recent days, the People's Republic of China has dropped several public relations clangers: it barred Japan from a fleet review in Qingdao and, after the US pulled its ship in solidarity with Japan, cancelled the whole review; it snubbed Japan's Marine Self Defense Force delegation by refusing a bilateral meeting; and a Shanghai court ordered the seizure of a Mitsui OSK Line vessel - a gigantic ore carrier longer than three football fields - as compensation for a 1937 legal case.

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Asia Times


Is the yen losing its safe haven status?  23/04/2014

The Japanese yen's safe-haven status may be in jeopardy as rising import costs continue to weigh on the country's export sector and eat into its current account, analysts say.

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CNBC


Behind Janet Yellen's inflation dilemma  23/04/2014

Yellen now as Fed chair will face her own challenge to make a bold call and either resist or go along with conventional wisdom and hold the line on interest rates.

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CNBC


Why investors keep buying expensive bonds  23/04/2014

It's pretty clear bonds are a bad job, with returns relatively meager and prices likely to fall ahead, but yield-seeking investors keep pushing money their way.

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CNBC


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GEAB N°84 - Contents

- Published on April 17, 2014 -

Europe dragged into a division of the world between debtors and creditors: the United States' desperate solutions for not sinking alone
In the present confrontation between Russia and the West over the Ukrainian crisis, the image of the Cold War inevitably comes to mind and the media are obviously fond of it. However, contrary to what it gives us to understand, it’s not Russia that seeks the return of an iron curtain but really the US. An iron curtain separating the old powers and emerging nations; the world before and the world afterwards; debtors and creditors… (page 2)
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Crisis Alert for European governance – Risk of a Very Large Separation between EU leaders/European people
The Ukrainian crisis has triggered Europe’s derailment which henceforth explodes the risk of Europe’s drift outside the future tracks of peace, independence and democracy to a worrying probability which we estimate at 85%… (page 13)
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Investments, trends et recommendations
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Start-ups… (page 28)
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GlobalEurometre - Results and analyses
The results of these last three questionnaires are little changed, dating from the onset of the Euro-Russian crisis which has probably had the effect of diverting Europeans from the usual subjects of concern: the economy, finances and currencies…, in favour of the more geopolitical and military topics… (page 30)
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