European Union

Jack Lew Furious After Europe Set To Hit Apple With "Largest Tax Penalty Ever"

Just minutes after the excitement over Apple's new product announcement hit, The FT drops a rather more painful headline stating that Apple will on Tuesday be hit with Europe’s largest tax penalty after Brussels ruled that the company received illegal state aid from Ireland. Despite Treasury Secretary Lew's pleas/demands just a week ago that the EU back off, the company will have to pay billions of euro in back taxes to Dublin as the European Commission moves to redraw the boundaries on aggressive tax avoidance by the world’s biggest corporations.

German Vice Chancellor Warns UK "Must Pay For Brexit" Or Europe Would Go "Down The Drain"

German vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel slammed Britain, saying the island nation must not be allowed to “keep the nice things” that come with EU membership without taking responsibility for the fallout from Brexit. Gabriel warned if the issue was badly handled and other member countries followed Britain’s lead, Europe would go “down the drain” adding that "if we organise Brexit in the wrong way, then we’ll be in deep trouble."

Frontrunning: August 29

  • Central Bankers Spurn Call for Radical Approach at Jackson Hole (BBG)
  • Turkey deepens Syria offensive, at odds with U.S. (Reuters)
  • Another red line: U.S. says clashes between Turkish forces and opposition in Syria 'unacceptable' (Reuters)
  • Iceland Raises Alarm After Largest Volcano Starts to Rumble (BBG)
  • On Syria, Democrats look to deflect the conversation (AP)

Global Stocks Slide, Futs Flat; Commodities Down On Stronger Dollar As Hike Odds Reprice Higher

The dollar index rose to a two-week high on Monday, while bond yields jumped to their highest since June and global stocks sold off after senior Federal Reserve officials indicated a U.S. interest rate increase was on the cards in the near term. The Fed effect - and the stronger dollar - reverberated through markets, pressuring stocks in Europe and emerging markets, pushing oil below $47 and the commodity complex lower.

German Economy Minister: "TTIP Talks Have Failed"

In the latest blow for Obama's global trade agenda, German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said that free trade talks between the EU and the US have failed, citing a lack of progress on any of the major sections of the long-running negotiations. "In my opinion the negotiations with the United States have de facto failed, even though nobody is really admitting it. [They] have failed because we Europeans did not want to subject ourselves to American demands.

Europe: The Substitution Of A Population

In one generation, Europe will be unrecognizable. Eastern Europe now has "the largest population loss in modern history", while Germany overtook Japan by having the world's lowest birth rate. Europe, as it is aging, no longer renews its generations, and instead welcomes massive numbers of migrants from the Middle East, Africa and Asia, who are going to replace the native Europeans, and who are bringing cultures with radically different values.

In "Victory For Eurosceptics" British PM Will Begin Brexit Negotiations Without Parliamentary Vote

In what the Telegraph dubs a victory for Eurosceptics, the conservative newspaper reported overnight that Britain's new Prime Minister, Theresa May, will not hold a parliamentary vote on Brexit before formally triggering Britain's withdrawal from the European Union. "Her decision will come as a blow to Remain campaigners, who had been hoping to use Parliament to delay or halt Brexit entirely."

Hillary Clinton Enters The Media Wars

Never in a million years did we think Hillary herself would so publicly enter the Media Wars. The speech itself was pretty bizarre.. and will ultimately backfire by providing free publicity and fame to many of those she intended to demonize. Precisely because she is so polarizing, Clinton can only make an opposing movement far stronger by engaging in direct attacks on them. She is incapable of being a unifying figure for this country, so the moment she calls out a group as her enemy, many people on the sidelines will suddenly say, well maybe they’re not so bad.

With Janet Yellen Just Hours Away, Directionless Markets Wait For A Signal

With Yellen's much anticipated speech just hours away, the already comatose market flatlined overnight in another directionless session, with European stocks and US equity futures practically unchanged, while Asian shares to a two-week low, led by Japan, as investors showed a reluctance to take on risk before Yellen’s speech. The dollar was a tad lower, along with oil which is set for its first weekly drop in a month. 

Frontrunning: August 25

  • Stock futures lower as countdown to Yellen speech begins (Reuters)
  • Italy quake death toll nears 250 as rescuers search demolished towns (Reuters)
  • Central bankers eye public spending to plug $1 trillion investment gap (Reuters)
  • Chelsea Clinton Plans to Stay on Board of Family Foundation (WSJ)
  • Bond Traders Are Desperate for Direction From Yellen in Jackson Hole (BBG)

Frontrunning: August 23

  • Dollar Drops on Rate Outlook as European Stocks Rise, Oil Falls (BBG)
  • Bank of Japan's rush into stocks raises fears of market distortions (Reuters)
  • With Moderate Drinking Under Fire, Alcohol Companies Go on Offensive (WSJ)
  • Merkel Says Brexit Is U.K.’s Loss While Pledging EU Results (BBG)
  • Turkey cuts rates for sixth straight month amid ratings worries (Reuters)