Archive for the ‘Politics and Government’ Category

Goodbye NAFTA, hello USMCA

Goodbye NAFTA, hello USMCA
USMCA Trade Deal – NAFTA Revised A collaboration between Floyd Zadkovich (US and English lawyers) & zeiler.partners (Mexican and Austrian lawyers) USMCA – Investment Protection Standards and Dispute Resolution Process After long and intense negotiations, the United States, Mexico...
October 5th, 2018 | Politics and Government, Trade and Commerce | Read More

Falling BDI@1,554 “thanks” to the Capes’ volatility…

Falling BDI@1,554 “thanks” to the Capes’ volatility…
John Faraclas The BDI (Baltic Dry Index) fell earlier on today 20 points; it was an expected result following yestedays perplexed figures… the Geopolitical and mainly economic chaos and environmental “concerns” all over Planet Ocean will affect everything. John Faraclas’ brief daily recap: The...
October 4th, 2018 | Banking, Chartering, Conferences, Seminars, Forums, Dry Bulkcarriers, European Union, Events, Finance, Insight, Markets, News, Piracy and Terrorism, Politics and Government, Reports, Shipping Centers, Shipping Indices, Statistics, Stock Markets, Tankers | Read More

UK freight forwarders association expresses surprise at the recent news on the UK Government’s plans for Customs

UK freight forwarders association expresses surprise at the recent news on the UK Government’s plans for Customs
Robert Keen The trade association for UK freight forwarders has expressed its surprise at the recent report in the Times newspaper that the UK Government is planning to invest £8 million in customs training and automation to support the extra demand for customs brokerage services in the event that the...
October 3rd, 2018 | Associations, European Union, Inland Waterways, Land Trasnport, Logistics, Organisations, Politics and Government, Ports & Terminals, Rail | Read More

Despite the global financial turmoil the BDI’s renowned volatility is here to stay…

Despite the global financial turmoil the BDI’s renowned volatility is here to stay…
John Faraclas The BDI was up 53 points earlier on today and now stands at 1,503 points surpassing the crucial but also psychological threshold of 1,500. The Geopolitical turmoil coupled with the Trade War, Sanctions, Tariffs will soon become a catalyst and the shit will hit the fan… John Faraclas’...
September 26th, 2018 | Comment, European Union, IMO, Insight, Markets, News, Politics and Government, Reports, Shipping Centers, Shipping Indices, Statistics, Stock Markets, Trade and Commerce, UN | Read More

Brexit – impact of a “no deal” on English disputes with EU counter-parties

Brexit – impact of a “no deal” on English disputes with EU counter-parties
Nicola Gare, professional support lawyer In preparation for what many now see as being the most likely outcome, the UK Government (Government) has published its guidance on how disputes will be dealt with in the event of the UK exiting the EU without it first having agreed a framework with the EU for...
September 26th, 2018 | European Union, Legal, Organisations, Politics and Government | Read More

Greek Fraport Profiteering

Greek Fraport Profiteering
Landing in Chios airport Without prejudice Greek Fraport Profiteering, by John Faraclas The other day, I was thinking about the so-called “reforms” that the Greek government is allegedly bound to accomplish. The majority of these promised reforms have either not matured or those that probably have,...
September 4th, 2018 | Aviation, European Union, Insight, Maritime Tourism, Politics and Government, Tourism | Read More

The BDI@1,557; The fall continues as WWIII is ante portas for all in a multiple of ways…

The BDI@1,557; The fall continues as WWIII is ante portas for all in a multiple of ways…
John Faraclas The BDI (Baltic Dry Index) lost 22 points earlier on today amid a continued deterioration of the Geopolitical balance. John Faraclas’ brief daily recap: The Capes’ BCI  was down 60 points at 2,672… The Panamaxes’ BPI  lost 31 points and now reads 1,540. The Supras’ and...
September 3rd, 2018 | Breaking News, European Union, Fashion, Immigration, Military, Politics and Government, Reports, Shipping Indices, Statistics, Stock Markets, Tankers, Trade and Commerce | Read More

Four proposals to lower contagion, DZ BANK capital markets conference

Four proposals to lower contagion, DZ BANK capital markets conference
Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Commentary: Four proposals to lower contagion By Mark Sobel in Washington The international community needs to do a better job in guarding against financial market contagion. The collapse of Turkish markets and the effects on other emerging economies make...
September 3rd, 2018 | Banking, Finance, Markets, Politics and Government | Read More

David Marsh on Berlin, Desmond Lachman on Trump and the Fed, and more

David Marsh on Berlin, Desmond Lachman on Trump and the Fed, and more
Chancellor Angela Merkel COMMENTARY Berlin strains to flare again Strains in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s three-party coalition, which appear to have died down during the summer, seem ready to flare again in coming weeks, writes David Marsh. This will significantly influence German policy-making...
September 1st, 2018 | Associations, Banking, Finance, Politics and Government | Read More

Berlin strains to flare again, Cities as drivers of global growth

Berlin strains to flare again, Cities as drivers of global growth
Chancellor Angela Merkel Commentary: Berlin strains to flare again By David Marsh in Berlin Strains in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s three-party coalition, which appear to have died down during the summer, seem ready to flare again. This will significantly influence German policy-making in fields...
August 31st, 2018 | Banking, Events, Conferences,Forums and Symposiums, Finance, Politics and Government | Read More

Trump’s hallmark is insularity, Introduction to Islamic finance podcast

Trump’s hallmark is insularity, Introduction to Islamic finance podcast
US president Donald Trump Commentary: Trump’s hallmark is insularity By Desmond Lachman in Washington The hallmark of US economic policy-making in the age of Trump is insularity. This is particularly the case with emerging markets. The international repercussions of the Turkish economic crisis...
August 29th, 2018 | Banking, Finance, Politics and Government, Religion, Shipfinance | Read More

Mark Sobel on Trump, Daniel Glaser on financial crime, and more

Mark Sobel on Trump, Daniel Glaser on financial crime, and more
… COMMENTARY Trump wide of mark on ‘manipulation’ Although Donald Trump has legitimate gripes on China about the theft of intellectual property and high tariffs, his claims that Beijing is manipulating the renminbi are woefully wide of the mark. There is little evidence of more than...
August 25th, 2018 | Politics and Government | Read More

Greek Odyssey far from over

Greek Odyssey far from over
Commentary: Greeak Odyssey far from over Greek PM Alexis Tsipras By Danae Kyriakopoulou in Athens Greece’s exit from the third bail-out this week was celebrated by Greek politicians and their counterparts in the rest of Europe alike. Speaking from Ithaca on Tuesday, Greek Prime Minister Alexis...
August 24th, 2018 | Politics and Government | Read More

Tsipras on Greece: “Nothing matters much and very little matters at all”*

Tsipras on Greece: “Nothing matters much and very little matters at all”*
The end is nigh Without prejudice Today’s “Ulyssean” message from Ithaca that the bailout era ends is a midsummer’s night dream and proves how low-level spin doctors are in the entourage and court of Maximos’ Mansion ridiculing Greece’s PM. John Faraclas writes:  Mr. Tsipras MUST sack...
August 21st, 2018 | European Union, Politics and Government | Read More

Trump wide of mark on ‘manipulation’, Central Bank of Ireland meeting

Trump wide of mark on ‘manipulation’, Central Bank of Ireland meeting
.. Commentary: Trump wide of mark on ‘manipulation’ By Mark Sobel in Washington Donald Trump’s claims that China is manipulating its currency are woefully wide of the mark. China’s current account surplus is falling to under 1% of GDP. The renminbi, hit by capital outflows between...
August 20th, 2018 | Banking, Events, Conferences,Forums and Symposiums, News, Politics and Government | Read More

The BDI@1,694; what next…

The BDI@1,694; what next…
John Faraclas The BDI (Baltic Dry Index) lost 10 points as well as the 1,700 points threshold as the main indices fell except the BSI and BHSI. Geopolitics still in tatters… John Faraclas’ daily recap: The Capes’ BCI lost 11 points and now reads 3,472… The Panamaxes’ BPI lost 16 and now reads...
August 9th, 2018 | Chartering, Dry Bulkcarriers, European Union, Insight, Markets, Piracy and Terrorism, Politics and Government, Reports, Shipping Indices, Stock Markets, Tankers, Trade and Commerce | Read More

Breaking News: Wildfires – Greek Alternate Minister Nikos Toskas resigns

Breaking News: Wildfires – Greek Alternate Minister Nikos Toskas resigns
A burnt down house – picture by Regina Faraclas Blaze and Blame continues – the first resignation; Nikos Toskas a retired rmy general and Citizens Protection alternate minister resigned following the wildfires and the end of the state of emergency declared last week. Let’s see how many will...
August 3rd, 2018 | Breaking News, Politics and Government | Read More

Blaze and Blame

Blaze and Blame
.John Faraclas WITHOUT PREJUDICE Blaze and Blame Eight days have passed since the despicable events of the 23rd of July in Attica – mainly hitting Kineta, Mati, Rafina, Little Red Port, Neos Voutzas in the wildfires inferno which until this moment have claimed the lives of 92 people including young...
July 31st, 2018 | Corruption, Health and Safety, Insight, Politics and Government, Safety and Security | Read More

PIMFA warns on the consequences of a no deal Brexit

PIMFA warns on the consequences of a no deal Brexit
John Barrass, PIMFA Deputy CEO 24th July 2018 – Following the fast-moving Brexit developments, PIMFA – the UK’s leading wealth management and financial advice association – has raised concerns on the potential impacts of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit and how it will affect private investors and...
July 24th, 2018 | European Union, Markets, Politics and Government | Read More

Radical overhaul of construction sector needed or will struggle to meet housing and infrastructure needs

Radical overhaul of construction sector needed or will struggle to meet  housing and infrastructure needs
… The construction sector as it currently operates cannot meet the UK’s need for housing and may struggle to meet the need for infrastructure. Given that the UK already lags behind other countries in construction productivity, and is facing a labour shortage, the Government and the construction...
July 19th, 2018 | Construction, Politics and Government | Read More

The BDI@1,695 holds well…

The BDI@1,695 holds well…
John Faraclas Once again the Capes managed to keep the BDI (Baltic Dry Index) afloat reviving the hopes of the industry, but once again: one size doesn’t make a market, so caution for all as Geopolitics are still very perplexed and we wonder what next. John Faraclas’ brief market: The BDI gained...
July 16th, 2018 | Chartering, Markets, News, Piracy and Terrorism, Politics and Government, Reports, Shipping Indices, Statistics, Stock Markets, Tankers, Trade and Commerce | Read More

UK freight forwarders association expresses mixed feelings on Brexit White Paper

UK freight forwarders association expresses mixed feelings on Brexit White Paper
Robert Keen Responding to yesterday’s White Paper outlining the UK Government’s proposed future relationship between the UK and European Union after Brexit, Robert Keen, Director General of the British International Freight Association (BIFA) expressed mixed feelings about its contents. “The...
July 13th, 2018 | Comment, European Union, News, Organisations, Politics and Government, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals, Trade and Commerce | Read More

FEPORT welcomes the adoption of the European Parliament report on Combined Transport

FEPORT welcomes the adoption of the European Parliament report on Combined Transport
Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid Brussels, July 12th, 2018  –  FEPORT welcomes the adoption of the European Parliament report on Combined Transport FEPORT welcomes the adoption on July 10th, 2018 of the report of the Transport and Tourism (TRAN) Committee of the European Parliament on the proposed revision...
July 12th, 2018 | European Union, Organisations, Politics and Government, Ports & Terminals, Reports | Read More

Dry Market Volatility and Geopolitics Mayhem

Dry Market Volatility and Geopolitics Mayhem
John Faraclas The BDI (Dry Baltic Index) despite gaining 31 points since yesterday , looks volatile and vulnerable; geopolitics might redraw European and World order. John Faraclas’ midweek recap: The BDI now stands at 1,586 points thanks to the Panamaxes’ maintained low-level surge – 64 points...
July 11th, 2018 | Chartering, Dry Bulkcarriers, European Union, Markets, News, Politics and Government, Reports, Shipping Indices, Statistics, Stock Markets, Tankers, Trade and Commerce | Read More

Turbulent Markets; Turbulent Geopolitics…

Turbulent Markets; Turbulent Geopolitics…
John Faraclas The BDI lost 13 points earlier on today and now stands at 1,609… The Geopolitics take a perplexed twist and turn and among other issues there has been major events in British Politics due to the ongoing BREXIT saga. A different wold since last Friday… John Faraclas’ brief recap: The...
July 9th, 2018 | Chartering, Dry Bulkcarriers, LNG, Markets, Military, News, Piracy and Terrorism, Politics and Government, Rowing, Shipping Indices, Sports, Statistics, Stock Markets | Read More