Germany is the third most valuable nation brand, brand value US$4.9 trillion despite the lates bad news about its major companies and a chain of insolvencies. But the leaders are China and the US. These mentioned factors, paired with the flat Eurozone economy, and the automobile scandal that has plagued one of the nation’s top performing sectors, has blighted Germany’s brand value this year, but it is still a global brand leader according to Holger Muehlbauer, Brand Finance Germany: “Despite challenges over the last year, Germany’s outstanding reputation on the global stage remains unwavering, due to a combination of its moderating role in multiple international political dilemmas and through its creation of reliable, world-class products that the ‘Made in Germany’ stamp guarantees.”
Poles went to the polls, some 61% (estimated) of the electorate showed up. Law and Justice (PiS) wins with 43.6% of the vote. It shall translate itself into 239 seats according to the polling institution, which would just be the majority of seats in the Sejm composed of 460 MPs. “Law and Justice” will continue to rule alone. Mateusz Morawiecki will continue to be PM. PiS had a number of controversial policy programme items including the judiciary reform, the media law and the cooperation with the local authorities. Yet the most important of the campaign promises were on the social policy: the minimal wage at a Western European standard by 2023.
Led by political science professor José Antonio Peña of the University of Granada, Spain, the 2019 edition of the World Electoral Freedom Index (WEFI) has just been released. This research is conducted by Spain-based Foundation for the Advancement of Liberty in collaboration with Chile’s Universidad Autónoma.
According to a study of the BBVA Foundation Europeans express the highest satisfaction of the last ten years (7.2 out of 10), with the Spanish to the fore (7.6). They also see themselves as largely free of the influence of external factors, believing that it is they themselves who control how their lives develop. Note, however, that although this perception of control has advanced in Spain to 7.4, in the United Kingdom and Italy it has dropped 6.7 points compared to 2012. They also see sexual harassment and discrimination against women as widespread practices. The unity of views on these three dimensions locates the situation of women as among the biggest challenges facing society, and one that needs to be addressed in all its forms.
By: Marylu Bautista
We currently have few days left until Britain is scheduled to exit the European Union. The commission claims the EU is fully prepared for Britain’s departure. However, Brexit’s Secretary Stephen Barclay does not believe it and expresses his concerns.