June 2019 Friday’s e-links: From the Jamestown Colony to Working Mothers and Commencement Speeches

Friday’s e-links: Because of a new podcast on the 1607 Jamestown settlement, I truly understood how poor leadership can be catastrophic.

A Demographic Disaster

Hoping to increase the size of a future labor force that will support its aging population, Italy scheduled and then canceled a fertility day.

What Brexit Takes Away From U.K. Cheesemakers

Certain U.K. cheesemakers will probably lose the monopoly power given them by the EU’s protective designations when Brexit becomes a reality.

How Cheese and Salmon Tell the Russian Embargo Story

Shifting from the EU to Russia and the Faeroes, Russia’s embargo trade barriers changed export and import winners and losers for cheese and salmon.

Why China Wants to be Called a Market Economy

Ignoring Adam Smith’s ideas, the EU will probably tell us by 2016 that China has a market economy because the World Trade Organization requires a decision.

The European Union “Family”

The results of a European Pew Research opinion survey among 8 nations reminded me of a dysfunctional family. As you look at the tables below from the Pew Report, you might think of Germany as the successful sibling, Greece as…

“Deficit Bias”

If anyone asks you about the “fiscal woes” facing the U.S., Japan and the EU, just say, “deficit bias.” The 13th Geneva Report on the World Economy explains “deficit bias.” In the U.S., think about voting constituencies and how the…

Common Markets

Kenyan coffee exporters have a problem at the Tanzanian border. “On the Kenyan side they operate 24 hours a day, but on the Tanzanian side it’s 12 …We have had drivers standing at the border for 4 days. These things…

A (Mind Boggling) Entitlement

I guess we can all agree that citizens have basic rights. But vacations? “Traveling for tourism today is a right. The way we spend our holidays is a formidable indicator of our quality of life,” according to Antonio Tajani, the European…