European Union

Frontrunning: October 11

  • Republicans to Trump and Corker: Please just stop (Politico)
  • Trump Wants to Weaken Nafta’s Influence, Power (WSJ)
  • Spain Warns Catalonia With Threat of Direct Control From Madrid (BBG)
  • U.S. warship sails near islands Beijing claims in South China Sea (Reuters)
  • U.S. flies bombers over Korean peninsula (Reuters)

7 Independence Movements That Could Destroy The EU

"Catalonia is not the only region in the EU demanding more autonomy or independence...Here are seven regions in the European Union that may seek separation, and cause more fragmentation in an already weakened Europe..."

US Trade Balance Shrinks More Than Expected As Deficits With China, EU Decline

The U.S. trade deficit shrank 2.7% in August 2017, declining from a downward revised $43.6 billion in July  to to $42.4 billion in August, better than the $42.7 billion expected, as exports increased by 0.4% to $195.3 billion and imports decreased by 0.1% to $238.1 billion. This was the smallest trade deficit since last September.

Catalan Independence: Why The Collective Hates It When People Walk Away

"The most rational solution would be for the Spanish government to accept the Catalan vote... You see, this is a lose/lose scenario for Spain, all because the collectivist doctrine demands a jackbooted reaction to any movement for decentralization... The only people who benefit from stopping these movements are globalists/collectivists."