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Europe and Australias backward steps

Prince Michael of Liechtenstein: Europe and Australia's backward step
Prince Michael of Liechtenstein: Europe and Australia’s backward step

Europe and Australia’s backward steps | GIS Statement by Prince Michael of Liechtenstein. Australia’s Parliament has just passed new draconian legislation which carries threats of the former communist police states, writes Prince Michael of Liechtenstein in his most recent GIS statement. The legislation, passed by a huge majority on October 1, 2014, provides that anybody, including journalists or whistleblowers, who discloses information relating to a ‘Special Intelligence Operation’ faces up to 10 years in jail. Any security operation, internally or abroad, can be declared as ‘special’ by the attorney general without any independent judge.

Read the full statement by clicking here.

GIS World Report 2014

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GIS World Report 2014 – by Prince Michael of Liechtenstein | This resume is based on reports from our worldwide experts and our own research, looking at today’s main issues and concentrates on key global events which are likely to be of further interest. Topics are covered regionally and by subject headings which include economics, defence and security and politics. The Geopolitical Information Service (GIS) is a network that provides expertise and insights on geopolitical trends for international corporations, governments and their agencies and other institutions.

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Call for Papers!

Vernon Smith Prize 2014
Vernon Smith Prize 2014

The 7th International Vernon Smith Prize for the Advancement of Austrian Economics is sponsored and organized by ECAEF – European Center of Austrian Economics Foundation, Vaduz (Principality of Liechtenstein). This years topic of the Essay Competion:


“Trusting Politicians with Our Money is like Leaving a Cat in Charge of a Cream Jug”


|- First Prize EUR 4,000 -|

|- Second Prize EUR 3,000 -|

|- Third Prize EUR 2,000 -|

“Trusting Politicians with Our Money is like Leaving a Cat in Charge of a Cream Jug”. The ever present political desire for more and cheaper money is a fact which monetary authorities have never been able to resist. Not only contradicts history the naïve belief that governments have given us a safer money than we would have had without their claiming a monopoly to issuing it. This exclusive right has also its origin apparently not in any benefit it secures for citizens but simply in the aspiration to enhance the coercive powers of governments. Moreover, it is doubtful whether it has ever done anybody any good except to the rulers and their favorites.

ECAEF invites papers on this topic which meet the following requirements:

1: Entries may be submitted by individuals of up to 30 years (in 2014!).

2: Entries may not exceed 12 pages; 1.5 spacing; left/right margins no less then 1 inch; full bibliography and a 1/2 page summary (abstract) must be included.

3: Entries must be submitted in English in electronic form (PDF) to krl@ecaef.li and must include an abbreviated CV, featuring DoB, education, and current position

4: Entries must be received on or before November 9, 2014.

5. It is mandatory that all prize winners participate in the award ceremony in Vaduz Prizes are not transferable and will be awarded on the basis of originality, grasp of subject, and the logical consistence of the argument.

Essays will be judged by an international jury and the winners will be invited to present their papers at a special event in Vaduz, Principality of Liechtenstein, on February 2, 2015. First Prize €4,000 – Second Prize €3,000 – Third Prize €2,000.

The Destruction of Savings

Cover page Bild-Zeitung. June 6, 2014
Cover page Bild-Zeitung. June 6, 2014
On June 6, 2014, Germany’s largest tabloid newspaper, Bild, appeared with the headline ‘How bad can poverty get in old age?’ (Wie schlimm wird die Altersarmut?), writes Marc Zahn, Director & COO at Industrie- und Finanzkontor in Vaduz, Liechtenstein. In the text they use the word ‘Zins-Klau’ a slang expression for ‘stealing interest’. All this in response to the European Central Bank’s (ECB) decision to lower the refinancing rate to 0.15 per cent and the deposit rate to minus 0.1 per cent. Europe’s governments and the ECB are afraid of deflation. It is believed that this measure can push up inflation towards 2 per cent. Will that help? Is Bild right? … Read the entire blog here -> GIS expert Mark Zahn: “The Destruction of Savings”
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