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Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | 17/09/2013

Finally certainty on use of poison gas

The UN report on the use of poison gas provides sufficient ammunition to raise the pressure on Syria, the liberal business paper Il Sole 24 ore concludes: "Thanks to the indirect confirmation of the United Nations it is now possible to say with conviction that the attack of August 21 was ordered by the government in Damascus. Assad is the only one who has this kind of toxic gas and the necessary surface-to-surface missiles at his disposal. ... With this certainty the report represents a turning point. It gives the US threat of military intervention greater force in the event that Syria doesn't stick to the agreements for destroying its chemical weapons. The report also increases the US's, France's and the UK's room for manoeuvre in pushing through a more aggressive UN resolution against Syria, in which the chemical weapons disarmament process is stipulated step by step and its implementation guaranteed."

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | 07/11/2012

US on the edge of the cliff

Now that he has been re-elected Barack Obama should immediately reach an agreement with his political opponents on reducing the country's debt, otherwise the US threatens to fall off the so-called "fiscal cliff", when automatic government spending cuts kick in at the start of 2013, the liberal-conservative business paper Il Sole 24 Ore writes: "The US budget is facing the sword of Damocles, the fiscal cliff. ... Tomorrow the new president must convene Congress to find a compromise along the lines of the Summer 2011 agreement. The problem is too urgent to be held hostage by politics and ideologies, because one thing's for sure: the Republicans will have the majority in Congress again. The battles of opinion over taxes and spending were just a waste of time. Stop the game of ring-a-ring-o'-roses now. Stop the farce over the US going 'bankrupt' because of the failure to impose a debt ceiling. The US deficit, which has reached 10 percent of the GDP, must be cut by 4 trillion dollars. Restoring the economy to health can only be achieved through cutting social expenditure and raising taxes for the top income classes."

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | 14/02/2012

Moody's downgrade no cause for concern

The rating agency Moody's lowered the credit status of six EU states on Monday night: Italy, Portugal, Spain, Malta, Slovenia and Slovakia. For France, the UK and Austria, which still have the top AAA rating, the prognosis went down from "stable" to "negative". But the agency's marching orders can go straight into the bin, the business paper Il Sole 24 Ore concludes: "The downgrade is nothing but a tardy adjustment to the ratings of the other agencies. The reasons given are nothing new; they simply repeat old arguments, and what's more are outdated in view of the latest market trends. Because the contradiction between stringent austerity programmes and growth put forward by Moody's has already been resolved: monetary policy must now take the reins. The European Central Bank (ECB) is decisive in this phase. Perhaps it could do more - and above all say more - to assuage the doubts of the markets. But it's indisputable that its initiative [supplying the banks with money] has proven effective, and without causing worrying inflation. So it's all the more surprising that Moody's makes no mention whatsoever of the ECB."

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | 08/02/2011

AOL adds Huffington Post to its collection

The US Internet company AOL has acquired the popular online newspaper the Huffington Post for 315 million dollars (230 million euros). This move by AOL was mainly aimed at recruiting the services of founder of the online paper Arianna Huffington, who however owes her success mainly to the publication's skilled management, the business paper Il Sole 24 Ore points out: "Arianna Huffington stays but the management goes. ... However one thing is for sure: without the help of the group of investors who took on managerial positions at the Huffington Post, the website would never have become what it now is, nor presumably would it ever have been bought by such an important group for such a high price. The Huffington Post operation is not the result of the romantic journalistic adventure of a dynamic woman ... but the result of a project that was carefully planned down to the last minute detail by the big players in the sector."

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | 23/12/2010

Obama's breakthrough on disarmament

After a long struggle the US Senate finally approved the new Start treaty on Wednesday evening, in which the US and Russia undertake to reduce their nuclear arsenals. This is the biggest victory US President Barack Obama has achieved so far with this new compromise strategy, the business paper Il Sole 24 Ore writes: "The approval for the Start treaty is already the third 'all-party' agreement in Washington. ... Politically this approval, which was only possible because eleven Republicans voted in favour, seals a truce. ... Shortly after returning from his Asia tour Barack Obama adopted a new tone by announcing a shift to the centre, an opening for the Republicans. ... He will pay a political price for this. He made a concession to the Republicans by approving 80 billion dollars for the modernisation of the US's nuclear arsenal ... thereby postponing the fulfilment of his campaign promise that the nuclear powers would completely disarm. Over the next two years his attention will be focused not on reducing nuclear stockpiles but on the tactical manoeuvres of his potential rivals in the White House."

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