Der Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie hat ein umfassendes Dokument mit Handlungsempfehlungen für die deutsche Politik in der kommenden Legislaturperiode entwickelt. Ich habe sehr, sehr viele Wahlprüfsteine der relevanten deutschen Wirtschafts-, Branchen- und Fachverbände eingehend gelesen und komme zu dem folgenden Fazit: Das BDI Papier ist ein unglaublich gut gemachtes Dokument, sowohl inhaltlich (umfassend und tiefgehend) als auch von der Darstellung. Congrats an den BDI.
This is the difference, that policies concerning centralization vs. de-centralization create. This is not God-given, it’s man-made. I like the German model much more. What do you think?
This map was published on reddit.com/r/mapporn and was created by eivarXlithuania
Present battle for the soul of the nation
Even though the US is going through a battle for the soul of this great nation, they’re still our most valuable ally. We should keep calm and keep on going in establishing as many, broad and deep relations as possible. And we should deepen our understanding of what is really going on in the biggest western democracy. It’s a much, much deeper cultural clash than just the person being POTUS. Probably we will face similar confrontations in the EU and in Germany in the future. And we should be smart enough to learn and understand, to prevent or at least prepare for the challenges appearing on the horizon.
Regional disparities as one dimension of a nation’s soul
Let’s have a look at the geographical distribution of the GDP in the US today. Regional disparities are one dimension of the battle for the soul of the nation. What can we learn: Let’s definitely continue our policy of avoiding and minimizing regional disparities in our country, or even better in the European Union.
The infographics were produced and published by visualcapitalist.com based on data aggregated by the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the World Bank
Einzugs- bzw. Entwässerungsgebiete (Begriff aus der Hydrogeographie):
Das durch Wasserscheiden begrenzte Gebiet, welches durch einen Fluss mit allen seinen Nebenflüssen entwässert wird. Es wird zwischen dem oberirdischen und dem unterirdischen Einzugsgebiet unterschieden.
Die längsten Flüsse in Afrika:
– Nil 6.671 km
– Kongo 4.835 km
– Niger 4.160 km
– Sambesi 2.660 km
– Ubangi 2.280 km
– Kasai 2.200 km
– Webi Shebele 1.950 km
– Blauer Nil 1.900 km
– Volta 1.900 km
– Oranje 1.860 km
– Cubango 1.800 km
– Luvua 1.800 km
– Juba 1.650 km
– Limpopo 1.600 km
– Lomami 1.500 km
The HD map show catchment areas of African streams and rivers. It’s based on the Strahler Stream Order Classification System. The higher the stream order, the thicker the line.
The map was created by Robert Szucs (Reddit user Fejetlenfej),
who runs GrasshopperGeography.
This is a very well done infographic. Unfortunately, it ends in the year 2009. But never the less, it’s a great visualization showing a lot of interesting details. I especially like the introduced boat classes. Enjoy.
This video graphic of The Economist explains, in a nutshell, the basics of the territorial disputes of the China with its‘ neighbors. More to come…
US Exports to Europe
The USA exported $354.3 Billion worth of goods to „European“ countries in 2015. This map shows the percentage of the exports in USD that each country received.
The country that imported the most was Germany. The Germans imported $63.3 Billion or 17%. The country that imported the least amount was San Marino. They imported $1.13 Million or 0.0004%.
Top 5 Countries are:
Bottom 5 countries are:
- San Marino
Source: The Observatory of Economic Complexity
Daten bzw. Graphik von Statista, Dow Jones VentureSource, The Wall Street Journal
Daten bzw. Graphik von STATISTA, IPREO, DIRK
G20 – Negotiations instead of Wars
The riots and crimes in Hamburg caused a discussion in Germany if the G20 meetings make sense and are worth their price. I think this is a ridiculous discussion. Of course, they make sense. If you have a look at the infographic you will see what an immense political and economic power the G20 states have in our globalized economy. It’s a fantastic discussion and decision making platform and it replaces war threats by communication. In the past armed conflicts were caused by much lesser important topics than the ones being discussed and solved on the G20 meetings. Let’s be proud on mankind to have formed a cooperation like this.
Being G20 Host – The Difference between a Successful State or a State in Decay
And of course, it’s much better to have the G20 meetings not solely at the UN HQ in NYC as some political parties want. If you don’t want to have international negotiations in your own country then you give up the political weight of your nation and surrender to terrorists, criminal rioters or political incompetence.
And of course, you must show the political strength to organize a meeting like the G20 not on a remote island but in the metropolitan areas, like Hamburg. If a country has the not the courage, the resolution and willingness to do so it’s destiny is the one of a weak and decaying state. A global economic power, like Germany, shouldn’t even consider this being an option. Politicians representing this position are betraying the political and economic interests of their country.
Consequently prosecuting Enemies of the Public Order
But it also has to be remarked, that the law enforcement agencies have to be taken seriously and being budgeted and equipped with all they need to prevent riots and civil war-like battles (like in Hamburg this weekend). The Antifa and the Schwarzer Block must be evaluated as organizations threatening the public order and consequently being prosecuted like this. German and Hamburg politics will have to prove if they really learned the lesson of this weekend.
Comment by: Michael Kraess, Founder and Publisher Maschinenraum der Politik
Infographic by: theconverstation.com
Data by: G20 Studies Centre