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The Corner has a team of on-the-ground reporters in capital cities ranging from New York to Beijing. Their stories are edited by the teams at the Spanish magazine Consejeros (for members of companies’ boards of directors) and at the stock market news site Consenso Del Mercado (market consensus). They have worked in economics and communication for over 25 years.
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Europe scores a win in the Top 10 Prosperity Index, but not the euro

Six European nations have made their economic way into this year’s Top 10 Properity Index, a worldwide assessment of wealth and quality of life, although only two of them belong to the European Monetary Union. Out of 110 countries, Norway and Denmark lead the rankings, ahead of Germany (15) and France (18). The Legatum Prosperity Index provides the world’s only global assessment of national prosperity based on both private and public finance,…



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“45.5% of Greeks would vote in favor in the austerity referendum”

According to surveys that JP Morgan analysts have carried out for their investors, this is what the Greeks believe at this moment: Impact of Europe summit in Greece: 44% negative; 15% likely to be negative; 36% positive or probably positive. The agreement is a great loss of sovereignty for Greece: 49% Greece should stay within the Euro: 73% Greece should return to the Drachma: Less than 20% The agreement with Europe should be approved by: absolute majority…


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"45.5% of Greeks would vote in favor in the austerity referendum"

According to surveys that JP Morgan analysts have carried out for their investors, this is what the Greeks believe at this moment: Impact of Europe summit in Greece: 44% negative; 15% likely to be negative; 36% positive or probably positive. The agreement is a great loss of sovereignty for Greece: 49% Greece should stay within the Euro: 73% Greece should return to the Drachma: Less than 20% The agreement with Europe should be approved by: absolute majority…


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German bank Helaba ensures state help ahead of Basel III

The owners of German regional bank Helaba agreed this week to adapt their participation in profit, loss and any liquidation proceeds so the entity can comply with the future requirements of banking supervisory law Basel III. Landesbank Hessen-Thueringen (Helaba) is owned by the State of Hesse, the Free State of Thuringia and the Savings Banks and Giro Association Hesse-Thuringia (Sparkassen und Giroverband Hessen-Thueringen SGVHT). Following the accord, instead of a fixed…


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Weekend link fest (twitter edition)

We’ve opened a little simple section, ‘From all corners of the web’, which you can check on the left end of our front page. As we are (sort of) the new kid on the street, we feel terribly curious about, well, almost everything we hear here, so in addition we hope you’ll like these link selections that will be posted over each weekend. And as always, our comment widgets are anxious…


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Spanish consortium wins the Mecca-Medina €6.7bn HSR macro contract

From El País, details on the largest Spanish overseas contract so far after a Spanish consortium, in which Saudi companies are also involved, has been awarded the project of building a high-speed line (High-Speed Railway) that will connect the cities of Medina, Jeddah and Mecca in Saudi Arabia, “with a budget of 6.736 million of euros, as reported by the Saudi Railways Organization on its website. ” The Ministry of Public Works…



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De Jager: “Definitive summit? The Anglo-Saxon press made that up”

Passing on a clarifying (!?) note from Citi analysts… “The first comments, which anticipate a much discussed and possibly without clear conclusions summit in Europe today, were disappointing. Especially on two, at the moment, important issues: banking and the EFSF. Also, the markets themselves were disappointing. Gold has again gone up sharply ($ 1,714 an ounce) as well as raw materials (crude oil $ 111.35 per barrel). This rise is…


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De Jager: "Definitive summit? The Anglo-Saxon press made that up"

Passing on a clarifying (!?) note from Citi analysts… “The first comments, which anticipate a much discussed and possibly without clear conclusions summit in Europe today, were disappointing. Especially on two, at the moment, important issues: banking and the EFSF. Also, the markets themselves were disappointing. Gold has again gone up sharply ($ 1,714 an ounce) as well as raw materials (crude oil $ 111.35 per barrel). This rise is…