Netherlands

Forget Catalonia, Flanders Is The Real Test Case Of EU Separatism!

"There is no place in Europe more symbolically significant than Belgium, and especially its jihadist dystopian capital of Brussels, so if the European power structures 'allow' Flanders to separate, then it’s all but certain that the rest of the bloc will feel the geopolitical reverberations within their own borders sooner than later..."

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)

S&P Futures Flat, Spain Rebounds, Nikkei Closes At 21 Year High

S&P500 futures point to a slightly lower open, as Asian stocks rise to trade near decade highs, with Japan’s Nikkei 225 closing at highest since 1996. European stocks are little changed, with Spanish shares gaining after Catalan President rows back from an immediate declaration of independence. MSCI's all-world stocks index briefly hit a fresh record high.

Frontrunning: October 9

  • Thaler, Famed for ‘Nudge’ Theory, Wins Nobel Prize in Economics  (BBG)
  • Republicans Worry About Keeping Trump’s Middle-Class Tax Promise (BBG)
  • Catalan leader under pressure to drop independence (Reuters)
  • Spain Warns Catalonia Independence Bid Risks Economic Meltdown (BBG)
  • U.S. Asks Allies to Cut Off North Korea (WSJ)