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Der Pragmaticus: new German-speaking platform

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Since 2011 GIS reports became appreciated by decision-makers worldwide. Now Prince Michael of Liechtenstein launches a new online platform offering German-speaking readers fact-based insights into social, political, and economic trends.

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13 September 2021

GIS Webinar: Fuel for realism: The future of oil and gas

GIS Webinar: Fuel for realism: The future of oil and gas

GIS energy expert Dr. Carole Nakhle will discuss the state of oil and gas markets and the future of fossil fuels as governments attempt to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The webinar will focus on:

  • Current global and regional energy trends
  • The progress and pitfalls of the green transition
  • The challenges ahead for policymakers
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Prince Michael of Liechtenstein, our Chairman and Founder, will give opening remarks. The discussion and Q&A session will be moderated by Andrew Kureth, GIS Senior Editor.

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7 July 2021

GIS Webinar: China’s new dual circulation strategy to outcompete the West

GIS Webinar: Fuel for realism: The future of oil and gas

Dr. Junhua Zhang, GIS expert on China, explains how Xi Jinping’s regime is revamping the Chinese economy to solidify its position as a global hegemon and analyzes what that will mean for the U.S.-China rivalry.

Prince Michael of Liechtenstein, our Chairman and Founder, will give opening remarks. The discussion and Q&A session will be moderated by Andrew Kureth, GIS Senior Editor.

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The webinar will be held in English.

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14 June 2021

GIS Webinar: Taiwan’s future in the new global rivalry

GIS Webinar: Fuel for realism: The future of oil and gas

Dr. Junhua Zhang, GIS expert on China, will discuss the significance of the recent geopolitical tensions over Taiwan in the emerging systemic conflict between the United States and China.

Prince Michael of Liechtenstein, our Chairman and Founder, will give opening remarks. The discussion and Q&A session will be moderated by Andrew Kureth, GIS Senior Editor.

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5 May 2021

GIS Webinar: Accelerated change in sub-Saharan Africa. The outlook for 2021

GIS Webinar: Fuel for realism: The future of oil and gas

Teresa Nogueira Pinto, GIS expert on African affairs, will discuss the economic, political and security perspectives of the region in the context of the pandemic and the new global power competition.

Prince Michael of Liechtenstein, our Chairman and Founder, will give opening remarks. The discussion and Q&A session will be moderated by Andrew Kureth, GIS Senior Editor.

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17 April 2021

The 2021 Free Market Road Show is on!

The 2021 Free Market Road Show is on!

The Free Market Road Show, the largest libertarian event on Earth, will launch on April 12. This year its main focus will be finding a way out of the gridlock. While the progress in vaccination campaigns bears great hope, there are still many aspects and consequences of the pandemic that need to be discussed and solved. This is because policies implemented to fight COVID-19 have led to a bundle of economic, social, health, and governance problems. Check the calendar for our virtual events at freemarket-rs.com.


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10 April 2021

VIDEO: The importance of a stable system

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In an interview with Rudaw’s Shaho Amin, GIS Chairman and Founder Prince Michael of Liechtenstein discusses the pillars of Liechtenstein’s global influence, efficient governance, and the importance of continuity for stable statehood.


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20 December 2020

6th Annual Herman Mashaba Lecture on Entrepreneurship

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‘Capital is not created by the government; capital is solely created by business, by people working and having ideas. A resilient economy has to be built on businesses that thrive, compete, employ people, pay taxes, produce useful goods and provide useful services. At present, the term sustainability is wildly used, and even misused. Sustainability today is strongly used in matters of ecology, but we should see it wider and in a long-term view. It is the optimal use of resources and optimal use of labor force, capital, especially providing a sustainable resilient national economy as a basis for prosperity, full employment, and capital which is a necessary ingredient of a blooming society.

It is our pleasure to present the full video of the event here.


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7 October 2020

Interview: Economy after the coronavirus pandemic

Prince Michael of Liechtenstein

Prince Michael of Liechtenstein about the global economy after the coronavirus pandemic in the interview with Angelika Fortuna of Sdirect24.org.

1. Will pandemic accelerate the fission of US and Chinese economics?

The fissions between the US and China are following a clear logic and are developing already for some years. It is the tension between an incumbent hegemon and a growing new power, challenging the hegemon. This is exacerbated by the fact of a rivalry of two distinctively different systems, interests, and values. In the US and Europe for a time, the belief prevailed that China – with increasing economic prosperity – would become more democratic and approach his governance systems to western standards. This illusion proved wrong. On the contrary, China became – based on its economic and technological progress, – not only more self-confident, which can be seen as positive, but also more assertive and authoritarian. Now China wants to be a global player, at least equal to the US, and Washington wants to contain China. China’s neighbours’ concern to be dominated, from South Korea and Japan in the northeast to India in the south, makes them allies of the US and helps to contain. On the other side, China actively invests in military capabilities and the navy to underline their power claim. The Belt and Road Initiatives are geared to avoid the containment and increase Beijing’s influence in the partner countries of the initiative. To answer your question: the pandemic is also be used momentarily in the dispute, but does not play a decisive role.

2. What is the current situation in the euro area? What is your assessment?

The Euro-Area has a whole host of issues on the independence of monetary from fiscal policy. The Euro was conceived on the idea to be an independent currency. He should be governed by a supranational bank independent from politics, according to the Deutsche Bundesbank’s successful model, in order to have a currency that fits different economies in a single market. Precautions were taken. The essential basis for such a currency is that the monitory policy would be independent of the fiscal policy of member states. Two important points make it possible. On the one side, the limitation of the fiscal deficits of the member states to a maximum of 3.5 % of GDP. Second, the non-bail out rule means that the ECB must not bail out countries, and member states are not supposed to support the deficits of other member states. All these rules were blissfully ignored. This results in a very shaky system and more and more complicated mechanisms are introduced to stabilize the system. It also results in new dangerous and unsubstantiated doctrines such as a common currency requires a common economic policy. Such an economic policy results in standardization which is not based on excellence but on mediocrity. The separation of monetary policies does not exist anymore. This is a free ride for excessive public spending and deficits. The Corona crisis gives an excuse to exacerbate this tendency.

3. What do you currently see as the biggest risk to the global economy?

There are a few dangerous situations at present. First, the global debt situation has reached levels that are not sustainable anymore and will weaken the economy and social cohesion. Second, the tendency to regulate everything on a global basis as well as controlling and limiting personal freedom and self-responsibility make our global economy very vulnerable. The overregulation limits entrepreneurial freedom and obstructs innovation. Under a hypocritical pretext of transparency, personal and business privacy is violated. We have to note two important points: personal privacy, also in financial matters, is a human right, and transparency and accountability is essential for public institutions towards the citizen, but not vice-versa. The power national and supranational institutions gain by overregulation will allow more arbitrary decisions by authorities, violating legal and planning security. Third, the significant role of the government in the economy and increasing share of public expenditure in the economy. Fourth, rising protectionism. Protectionism always existed, happens frequently, and a protectionist mercantilism is increasing within all major trading blocs, including Europe, at present. This limits the drive to become more competitive and productive. The problem which Covid-19 now shows the weaknesses on the security of supply-chains will allow the governments more protectionism, even in areas where the supply-chain system is not relevant. We acknowledge, however, the importance of onboarding some of strategic supply.

4. The coronavirus epidemic has become a detonator of the economy disaster. What can the global economy look like after coronavirus?

Unfortunately, I cannot give a proper answer. It depends on how quickly the different measures are relived, and the regular course of business is allowed to start. One important issue is the current situation of the global travel and tourism industry, which is one of the biggest employers worldwide. This will be hurt drastically. The sector employs many unskilled persons, which will hardly find openings in other sectors. There is, however, a behavioural aspect that we should look at. Humans are social animals, want to have contact, and want to be entertained. There is an instinct to do what you like. So the entertainment Industry, Restaurants for eating and other things which makes life convenient will recover quickly as soon as this is allowed. Covid-19 prevented people from activities which many don`t like, such as driving a long way to work or strenuous shopping. Whether it is good or not, people will claim in the future more to work from the home office, and online shopping will come to more frequent use. This will change businesses and will also change the need for office buildings. We will need fewer supermarkets, malls, etc. just to mention a few points.

5. How to recover from the economic crisis after pandemic?

Recovery will be slowed down by a number of reasons. Some I gave already above talking about the largest risks. But there are more. Business is very limited by overregulation, and the costs of compliance with the jungle of regulations are close to unbearable. The excessive taxation in most OECD countries has damaged the equity base of private business. I am sorry to be so negative in spite of the fact that I like to be optimistic. I cannot see a sustainable recovery without systematic deregulation, reducing the size of the state and simplify fiscal taxation. We also would need to get a healthier regional competition and more subsidiarity on all levels. We have now a global economic problem, but so-called global solutions can only make the situation worse. The best answer to global problems are local solutions, adapting to the specific conditions and equirements. People are individuals, and also regions and cultures are different; this needs to be respected.

6. Coronavirus has shown that excessive dependence on Chinese factories is damaging Europe. What should the new European strategic independence be like?

Europe will have to find the right balance between globalization and strategic independence. Our continent will never be able to achieve strategic independence, but the risk has to be identified and mitigated.Keeping strategic stocks and being autonomous in certain areas is relevant. Generally, free trade should remain a priority, but extensive outsourcing is not advantageous in all areas. The problem of Europe in production is the high overheads due to regulations, for instance, in social laws and unrealistic consumer protection, and as said before the excessive costs of public services. This forces companies to outsource production. Not only through technology productivity can be increased, but also by less but more effective regulatory frameworks. The European strategy to gain more independence can only be by increasing productivity.

 


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13 July 2020

INVITATION: Transatlantic Relations in the Light of a growing Rift between China and the USA

INVITATION: Transatlantic Relations in the Light of a growing Rift between China and the USA

We cordially invite you to our upcoming Insights Call organized by AmCham Germany’s Regional Chapter Berlin-Brandenburg with Rudolf Scharping, former German Federal Minister of Defence and CEO, RSKB Strategie Beratung Kommunikation AG and H.S.H. Prince Michael of Liechtenstein, Chairman & Founder, Geopolitical Intelligence Services AG (GIS).

TOPIC

Transatlantic Relations in the Light of a growing rift between China and the USA (remarks in German)

DATE & TIME

Wednesday, June 10, 2020
02:00 pm – 02:55 pm (CEST)

AGENDA

02:00 pm
Welcome & Introduction
Eveline Metzen, General Manager, AmCham Germany and
Prof. Torsten Oltmanns, AmCham Germany Regional Committee Chair Berlin-Brandenburg

Remarks by Rudolf Scharping, former German Federal Minister of Defence and CEO, RSKB Strategie Beratung Kommunikation AG and
H.S.H. Prince Michael of Liechtenstein, Chairman & Founder, Geopolitical Intelligence Services AG (GIS)

Discussion moderated by
Prof. Torsten Oltmanns

02:55 pm
End of Event

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We look forward to an interesting call and a lively exchange!

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Barbara Biemann-Bennke
Manager, Events & Projects
American Chamber of Commerce in Germany e. V.


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8 June 2020