Tag: Europe

A Museum Tackles Myths About Jews and Money

LONDON — Wrapped in a turban and a mink-lined robe, the old man sits in his opulent home, smiling wryly. The pouch in his hand is full to bursting. Gold coins are scattered across his desk. The elderly figure is pictured at the center of a board game called the New and Fashionable Game of […]

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May Expected to Request Brexit Delay as U.K. Government Remains in Crisis

LONDON — The chaos and dysfunction of the British government were on full display on Wednesday, with Prime Minister Theresa May preparing to request a short delay to Britain’s departure from the European Union after a bitter dispute in her cabinet over her plan for a lengthier extension. The deadlock in the cabinet underscored the […]

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Another Theresa May Faceplant as the Brexit Clock Ticks: Speaker Bercow Nixes Another Meaningful Vote in Current Session

Just when you thought Brexit couldn’t possibly become more chaotic, those wily Brits manage to surprise. Theresa May tripped yet another landmine. Thanks to her decision to repeatedly put off votes and decisions in the hope of still getting approval for her detested Withdrawal Act, May was already set to go to Brussel for Thursday […]

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Report from the Ground in Paris: The Most Recent Gilets Jaunes Protests

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Our own Colonel Smithers was in Paris for the most recent Gilets Jaunes protests (“Gilets jaunes protests cause extensive damage on Champs-Élysées“; “Macron calls for ‘strong decisions’ after violent Yellow Jacket protests“)[1] and threw a series of emails over the transom. I’m going to put extracts from the Colonel’s mail […]

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Shotgun Marriage: Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank Discuss Merger

Normally, when banks look into merging, the impetus is either opportunism, whether well informed or not, or desperation. The only thing that differentiates the possible combination of Deutsche Bank, long the sickest man of Europe, and not all that healthy Commerzbank is that the desperation isn’t driven by the usual urgency, that a bank is […]

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Brexit, Act IV, Scene I

First, here’s the good news on Brexit. The Malthouse Compromise is dead. Britain has signed a post-Brexit free trade agreement with Fiji and Papua New Guinea. The irritating phrase “meaningful vote” has lost all meaning. Prime Minister Theresa May, who increasingly resembles one of those characters that just won’t die in a TV series, is […]

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‘Mind the Pay Gap’: Reduced Berlin Transit Tickets for Women to Highlight Discrimination

BERLIN — In Germany, women are paid an average of 21 percent less than men, one of Europe’s widest gender pay gaps. In Berlin next week, for one day only, the public transportation system will offer them a corresponding discount. The BVG, which runs the city’s bus, tram and subway systems and is the country’s […]

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New Zealand Massacre Highlights Global Reach of White Extremism

The massacre of 49 people in New Zealand on Friday highlights the contagious ways in which extreme right ideology and violence have spread in the 21st century — even to a country that had not experienced a mass shooting for more than two decades, and which is rarely associated with the extreme right. New Zealand […]

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Apple’s response to Spotify complaint: ‘it wants all the benefits of a free app without being free’

(Reuters) – Apple on Thursday responded to Spotify’s complaint with EU antitrust regulators, saying the audio streaming service “wants all the benefits of a free app without being free”. Spotify, launched a year after Apple unveiled its first iPhone in 2007, said on Wednesday the company unfairly limits rivals to its own music streaming service. […]

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Matter: A History of the Iberian Peninsula, as Told by Its Skeletons

For thousands of years, the Iberian Peninsula — home now to Spain and Portugal — has served as a crossroads. Phoenicians from the Near East built trading ports there 3,000 years ago, and Romans conquered the region around 200 B.C. Muslim armies sailed from North Africa and took control of Iberia in the 8th century […]

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Tech Firm in Steele Dossier May Have Been Used by Russian Spies

WASHINGTON — Aleksej Gubarev is a Russian technology entrepreneur who runs companies in Europe and the United States that provide cut-rate internet service. But he is best known for his appearance in 2016 in a dossier that purported to detail Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election — and the Trump campaign’s complicity. Mr. Gubarev’s […]

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The EU Is Facing Gigantic Questions About Its Future That Are Hidden in Obscure Bank Policy Decisions

By Marshall Auerback, a market analyst and commentator. Produced by Economy for All, a project of the Independent Media Institute After dramatically lowering its growth forecast for the European Union (EU), the European Central Bank president, Mario Draghi, announced that the ECB would keep interest rate rises on hold for at least another year, as well […]

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Infiniti Calls It Quits in Western Europe, Kills Off the QX30 for Everyone Else

Western Europe doesn’t like Infiniti very much, so the Japanese premium brand has decided to hit the road. The brand’s residency in the competitive region only lasted a decade, and middling consumer interest, coupled with increasingly stringent emissions regulations, is all the reason it needs to take a hike. In doing so, Nissan’s premium division […]

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