Nachdem die britische Regierung die Mehrheit bei den größten heimischen Banken übernommen hat, folgt nun die nächste Herausforderung. Drei englische NGOs verklagen die Regierung, weil sie beim Management der übernommenen Banken (wie RBS) den eigenen Ethik-Standards nicht gerecht wird. Mehr dazu im Bericht der Financial Times oder direkt bei Stopclimatechaos oder World Development Movement (WDM).
Die drei klagenden Gruppen berufen sich in ihrer Klage auf die ethischen Vorgaben wie auch auf die allgemeinen Politiken der Regierung, die sich gern als Vorreiter gegen den Klimawandel versteht. Hauptziel ihrer Klage ist dabei die Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), die sich in der Vergangenheit selber als die “oil and gas bank” bezeichnet hat und seit der Übernahme durch den Staat nicht unbedingt durch “bessere” Kreditpolitik aufgefallen ist. Zu ihren letzten Kunden gehören (Zitat von WDM): Continue reading →
Yesterday’s speech of Andrew Moravcsik at the LSE was in many ways interesting and inspiring. I shall blog more about the substance in the forthcoming entry but thought I share his final remarks first.
When the chair Damien Chalmers intended to close the debate, Moravcsik asked to make a final statement. As a regular professor of politics and international relations at Stanford University he had spent his last year researching in China. As much as he loved the country and was inspired by its politics, he pointed to us, students of Europe, and made this really interesting statement:
After having talked to a Chinese leader for five minutes, he will acknowledge that China is still very far away from a global super power. At this moment, China is at most a middle power like Britain and will remain to be one at least for our generation. Therefore, studying the US and Europe, the two only global super-power, is as fascinating as it can be to study international relations these days.
Now this was warm words in everybody’s ears I guess. And it is so different from “Prof” Joschka Fischer who claims that the real balance of power is quickly shifting towards the US, India and China.
The one thing you learn when you spend time around UK politics, is the never-ending talk about the alleged UK-US “special relationship”. Tony Blair sucked up to that with his uncritical support of the US invasion in Iraq and whenever the slightest doubt about European integration is voiced from US politicians, you can be sure that UK politicians take it up – and defend their “special relationship”. Obama’s great speech in Berlin yesterday should once and for all put things straight: If anyone then Germany is the US’s first partner in Europe. It is by far its biggest economy, it holds key positions both in NATO and the EU and it is at the heart of Europe. If any one country makes sense to be a broker for the US in Europe it would be Germany. But if I was US president, I would obviously let the Brits in their belief of the special bond. – Yo Brits, follow where we tell.
But besides the (right) symbolical choice for the delivery of Obama’s speech in Berlin, the speech itself was actually good. There are three things that I will keep remembering. First was his insistence on freedom. “Freiheit” is a notion Continue reading →