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Trump’s unpredictable trade tactics rally Europe as China sit-down awaits

Trump’s unpredictable trade tactics rally Europe as China sit-down awaits

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — With trade and tariff polices shifting like the proverbial weathervane, the Trump Administration has confused and confounded even many close trading partners, Europe, Canada and Japan among them. This may be the Donald’s tactic in his wider strategy of getting fairer trade and better “deals” for American consumers. […]

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Global scorecard for innovation: Switzerland at top, China rising, N. Korea and Cuba unlisted

Global scorecard for innovation: Switzerland at top, China rising, N. Korea and Cuba unlisted

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Not surprisingly the countries leading in Research & Development are among the world’s most successful economies. Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Sweden top the list among the top ten global innovation economies which also include the United Kingdom, Singapore, the United States, Finland, Germany and Ireland. The release of […]

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Early stages of 2018 World Cup point to soft power win for Moscow

Early stages of 2018 World Cup point to soft power win for Moscow

By John J. Metzler HAMBURG — Witnessing the early stages of the World Cup Football extravaganza offers an amazing sporting experience. Indeed, the enthusiasm is palpable and contagious as the early matches kicked off in a near carnival atmosphere. For a full month, soccer games across Russia will lead to the coveted World Cup to […]

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Road from Singapore: The ticking nuclear countdown clock has stopped

Road from Singapore: The ticking nuclear countdown clock has stopped

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The road from Singapore becomes a longer process as substance and specifics must follow the highly stylistic Summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-Un. Nonetheless given the state of U.S./North Korean relations just six moths ago, the historic meeting between an American President and […]

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Trump tariffs target friends first, China later?

Trump tariffs target friends first, China later?

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In the midst of an expanding American economy, record low unemployment rates, and buoyant consumer confidence, the Trump Administration has inadvertently planted the seeds of a global commercial slowdown and political showdown. The steel and aluminum tariffs slapped on imports from our key Transatlantic trading partners, not to […]

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The summit that could end a 65-year Cold War: Great expectations, greater ifs . . .

The summit that could end a 65-year Cold War: Great expectations, greater ifs . . .

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Amid startling twists, turns and tribulations, the United States is preparing for a once improbable Summit meeting with North Korea to defuse Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile threat. Earlier in the year the “experts” and those who instinctively know better were predicting a probable war between the […]

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Comrade Kim goes to China: Did he have a choice?

Comrade Kim goes to China: Did he have a choice?

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The political choreography was classic. The staging was epic. But the outcome remains unpredictable. North Korea’s reclusive leader Kim Jong-Un and his entourage secretly rolled into Beijing on a special armored train later to be greeted and then feted by the Supreme Leader of the People’s Republic of […]

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Stubbing our toe on steel tariffs?

Stubbing our toe on steel tariffs?

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Tariffs are in a sense like other taxes; easy to impose, hard to roll back, and usually employed for the “greater good.” Thus triggering tariffs creates a feel good solution, a political sugar rush, but often later a bitter backlash to those ordering them. I feel that the […]

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Have the 2018 Winter Games become the ‘Pyongyang Olympics’?

Have the 2018 Winter Games become the ‘Pyongyang Olympics’?

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — With a spectacular and sparkling opening ceremony of the PyeongChang Olympics, South Korea has predictably excelled in showcasing both sports and setting. Yet, given that security concerns on the divided peninsula dominated the nervous countdown to the Winter Games, the Seoul government at least in the short run, […]

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UN Secretary General calls for ‘bold leadership’ in a world facing ‘calamity’

UN Secretary General calls for ‘bold leadership’ in a world facing ‘calamity’

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In a sweeping and sobering tour of the world crises and trouble spots, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned of a dire global situation plagued with “protracted conflicts and the spread of terrorism.” Stressing that, “We face a Gordian knot in the Middle East and potential nuclear catastrophe […]

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