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Heard at GES: Banking Union Should Be Implemented ASAP

THE CORNER TEAM | “Banking Union is a decisive step to overcome fragilities and assymetric shots that we have seen within the euro-zone,” says Thomas Mirow from Nordbank at Global Economic Symposium (GES) 2013, which is being held in Germany’s Kiel.

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Abe Goes Ahead and Orders Tax Increase

SAO PAULO | Bu Marcus Nunes | What Japan needs to do is keep doing what Abenomics said it would. Since their explicit target is 2% inflation, they will have to ‘factor out’ the tax increase. In the past they didn’t and we know what happened. If the BoJ’s Kuroda does his job well Japan has a fighting chance to progress, and the median calculation of economists that expect a short-term contraction following the tax will not pan out.

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Who Will, Won’t and Might be Affected by U.S. Government Shutdown

NEW YORK | By Ana Fuentes | A game of political chicken between Republicans and Democrats ended in failure on Monday. The U.S. government is partially shutdown, which may cost the economy as much as 1 billion a week. Check out who is affected and who isn’t. And bear in mind this is just an appetizer for the real havoc: the debt crush is announced for October 17.

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How To Go Viral by Quitting Your Job

NEW YORK | By Ana Fuentes | Look at her dancing, spinning around and quitting. Her name is Marina Shifrin and she used to work for Taiwanese animation firm Next Media (yes, the one famous for its disruptive videos about Internet censorship in China). She says her company is great but basically has sucked her life, and journalism is dead for her. May be online marketing isn’t: her clip has gone viral with more than 1 million viewers so far.

Spain to Adjust to London Time- Not for Longer Naps but to Boost Productivity!

THE CORNER OP-ED | By Ana Fuentes | A parliamentary commission in Spain has recommended that the country puts its clocks back an hour to rationalize working days, starting at 9am and ending at 5pm. And, against what many foreigners think, the aim is not to have more time for naps nor nightlife: most Spaniards still work during their lunch break but don’t get home until 8 or 9. (For the record, they don’t all dance flamenco either.)

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Quosque tandem… Silvio?

THE CORNER’S FRIDAY WRAP-UP | Roman statesman, lawyer, scholar, and writer Cicero, who vainly tried to uphold principles in the final civil wars that destroyed the Republic once told his traitor, Catilina: “Quosque tandem abutere Catilina patientia nostra” (How long, O Catiline, will you abuse our patience?). This week that very same Senate in Italy is preparing to expel Berlusconi, who is threatening to topple Prime Minister Letta.

The Recovery Charts That Made Our Day

THE CORNER TEAM | Because an image is worth more than 1,000 words, we are reposting here a fantastic idea by Quartz: they’ve put together 19 graphs of the global economic recovery, from the adjustments that the most crippled euro zone countries are making to Japan leaving deflation behind. Chill out, things are getting better… and it’s Friday.

Chemical Weapons in Syria: Not the Heart of the Matter

Chemical weapons or not, the forecast remains: Partition in Syria; Syria, in the main, as Sunni; Hezbollah diminished; Lebanon disturbed further by Christian and Shi’a refugees; Saudi and Turkish influence enhanced; the substitution of America’s hard power with soft power as a changing paradigm for its foreign relations unless, of course, Israel and the Strait of Hormuz are threatened and then its terrible swift sword gets unsheathed.

“Spain is Back”

NEW YORK | By Ana Fuentes | The Spanish Government has launched a charming offensive in the U.S. The United Nations General Assembly was the perfect excuse. PM Mariano Rajoy came to the Big Apple on a 36-hour-trip in order to push for a seat at the Security Council. Indeed. But the most important thing for him was to seduce American business media and send them a clear message: Spain’s economy is far better than it was one year ago.