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Antisemitism Summary overview of the situation in the European Union 2003-2013

November 21, 2014 Comments off

Antisemitism Summary overview of the situation in the European Union 2003-2013
Source: Agency for Fundamental Rights

The present update relates to manifestations of antisemitism as they are recorded by official and unofficial sources in the 28 European Union (EU) Member States. ‘Official data’ is understood here as that collected by law enforcement agencies, criminal justice systems and relevant state ministries at the national level. ‘Unofficial data’ refers to data collected by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and civil society organisations (CSOs). This update compiles available data on antisemitic incidents collected by international, governmental and non-governmental sources, covering the period 1 January 2003–31 December 2013. No data on manifestations of antisemitism were available for Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Romania and Slovenia at the time this update was compiled.

This is the 10th in a series of yearly updates about data collected on antisemitism published by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and its predecessor, the European Union Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC).

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EU — ECB’s in-depth review shows banks need to take further action

November 21, 2014 Comments off

ECB’s in-depth review shows banks need to take further action
Source: European Central Bank

Key results of comprehensive assessment of 130 largest euro area banks:

  • Capital shortfall of €25 billion detected at 25 participant banks
  • Banks’ asset values need to be adjusted by €48 billion, €37 billion of which did not generate capital shortfall
  • Shortfall of €25 billion and asset value adjustment of €37 billion implies overall impact of €62 billion on banks
  • Additional €136 billion found in non-performing exposures
  • Adverse stress scenario would deplete banks’ capital by €263 billion, reducing median CET1 ratio by 4 percentage points from 12.4% to 8.3%

International Survey Of Older Adults Finds Shortcomings In Access, Coordination, And Patient-Centered Care

November 20, 2014 Comments off

International Survey Of Older Adults Finds Shortcomings In Access, Coordination, And Patient-Centered Care
Source: Health Affairs

Industrialized nations face the common challenge of caring for aging populations, with rising rates of chronic disease and disability. Our 2014 computer-assisted telephone survey of the health and care experiences among 15,617 adults age sixty-five or older in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States has found that US older adults were sicker than their counterparts abroad. Out-of-pocket expenses posed greater problems in the United States than elsewhere. Accessing primary care and avoiding the emergency department tended to be more difficult in the United States, Canada, and Sweden than in other surveyed countries. One-fifth or more of older adults reported receiving uncoordinated care in all countries except France. US respondents were among the most likely to have discussed health-promoting behaviors with a clinician, to have a chronic care plan tailored to their daily life, and to have engaged in end-of-life care planning. Finally, in half of the countries, one-fifth or more of chronically ill adults were caregivers themselves.

UK — Tecmark Survey Finds Average User Picks up their Smartphone 221 Times a Day!

November 20, 2014 Comments off

Tecmark Survey Finds Average User Picks up their Smartphone 221 Times a Day!
Source: Tecmark

Not only do we take to our phones to carry out more than 200 tasks a day, but we start early too! Our research found that the average user reaches for their phone before they’ve even gotten out of bed – checking the weather, picking up emails and seeing if we missed anything on our social channels before we even think about breakfast. And we’re on them late, with the average time at which we last check our phones in a day of 23:21. We amass 3 hours and 16 minutes of time on our phones over the course of the day in total.

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India: the biggest democracy in the world

November 19, 2014 Comments off

India: the biggest democracy in the world
Source: European Parliamentary Research Service

With 1 267 million inhabitants, of which 834 million can vote, India is the largest democracy in the world. Despite India’s linguistic and religious diversity, the 2014 general elections have given the newly elected Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, a strong mandate. Since coming into office, Modi has reinforced his focus on the economy and international trade, which may further cement EU-India relations. The EU and India have been strategic partners since 2004. They began negotiations on a free trade area in 2007, although several Indian political parties have concerns over these.

Tax Reform in the UK Reversed the Tide of Corporate Tax Inversions

November 19, 2014 Comments off

Tax Reform in the UK Reversed the Tide of Corporate Tax Inversions
Source: Tax Foundation

Key Findings

  • The United States is not the only country to experience the phenomenon of corporate tax inversions.
  • Despite cutting the corporate tax rate from 52 percent in 1980 to 28 percent by 2008, the UK levied one of the higher corporate tax rates in Europe and operated under one of the few remaining worldwide tax systems.
  • As a result of the high rate and worldwide tax system, many British companies left or announced plans to “invert”; the UK faced an “exodus of British companies fleeing the tax system.”
  • In response, the UK government implemented both a territorial tax system and a series of corporate tax reforms that will lower the corporate tax rate from 28 percent in 2010 to 20 percent in 2015.
  • After these changes, UK corporate inversions reversed, and many American companies now aim to move to the UK. Further, the total number of UK corporations has grown to 1.1 million as of 2012, and it is on track to overtake the U.S. in number of corporations by 2017.
  • Lawmakers in the U.S. would do well to follow the British example on corporate inversions by lowering our corporate tax rate—the third-highest in the entire world—and replacing our worldwide tax system with a modern territorial system.

Crime in England and Wales, Year Ending June 2014

November 18, 2014 Comments off

Crime in England and Wales, Year Ending June 2014
Source: Office for National Statistics

Key points

  • Latest figures from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) show that, for the offences it covers, there were an estimated 7.1 million incidents of crime against households and resident adults (aged 16 and over) in England and Wales for the year ending June 2014. This represents a 16% decrease compared with the previous year’s survey, and is the lowest estimate since the survey began in 1981.
  • The CSEW covers a broad range of victim based crimes and includes crimes which do not come to the attention of the police. Decreases were evident for all major crime types compared with the previous year; violence saw a 23% fall, criminal damage fell by 20%, and theft offences decreased by 12%.
  • In contrast, police recorded crime shows no overall change from the previous year, with 3.7 million offences recorded in the year ending June 2014. Prior to this, police recorded crime figures have shown year on year reductions since 2003/04.
  • The renewed focus on the quality of crime recording is likely to have prompted improved compliance with national standards in some police forces, leading to more crimes being recorded. This is thought to have particularly affected the police recorded figures for violence against the person (up 11%) and public order offences (up 6%).
  • The number of police recorded shoplifting offences showed a 5% increase compared with the previous year. Anecdotal evidence suggests that this rise is more likely to be a result of a genuine increase in crime rather than any change in recording practice.
  • There was also an increase in the volume of fraud recorded (8% year on year), though it is difficult to judge to what extent that reflected an improvement in recording practices, an increase in public reports or a rise in actual criminality. It is thought that levels of fraud are thought to be substantially under-reported and thus these figures simply provide a measure of such offences brought to the attention of the authorities.
  • Sexual offences recorded by the police saw a 21% rise from the previous year and continues the pattern seen in recent publications. Current, rather than historic, offences account for the majority of the increase in sexual offences (73% within the last 12 months). Despite these recent increases, it is known that sexual offences are subject to a high degree of under-reporting.
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