Tag: Europe

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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Yellow Vests: 15,000 Protesters, 100 Arrests, French PM Vows ‘Severe Punishment’

PARIS (AP) – The Latest on yellow vest protests in France (all times local): 5:45 p.m. French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe is vowing to “severely punish” the radicals responsible for rioting and setting fires around one of France’s richest neighbourhoods. Philippe visited the Champs-Elysees on Saturday to show his support for riot police and firefighters […]

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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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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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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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If properly enforced, GDPR can solve social media’s biggest problems

From concerns about data sharing to the hosting of harmful content, every week seems to bring more clamour for new laws to regulate the technology giants and make the internet “safer”. But what if our existing data protection laws, at least in Europe, could achieve most of the job? Germany […]

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Report: Merkel Govt May Have Let In Thousands of War Criminal Migrants

A damning new report has claimed that since 2014, the government of German Chancellor Angela Merkel has allowed thousands of war criminal migrants to enter the country. The new report claims that from 2014 to 2019, the German government not only let in around 5,000 migrants who were subject to investigation for violating international law, but […]

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For Americans, Travel to Europe Will Be Slightly More Complicated

United States citizens wishing to visit or travel to the majority of the European Union nations after January 2021 will have to register online and pay a small fee as part of a new security system intended to screen visa-free travelers. What’s changing? Starting on Jan. 1, 2021, American citizens […]

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France: Yellow Vests March Against Macron for 17th Weekend Straight

PARIS (AP) – Hundreds of protesters from France’s yellow vest movement marched Saturday for a 17th straight weekend in Paris and other cities to maintain pressure on the government to reverse policies they see as favouring the rich. Women, some carrying pink balloons, led the calm and orderly Paris march, advocating for equal rights and […]

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E.C.B. Revives a Stimulus Measure, a Sign of Worry

Frankfurt — The European Central Bank on Thursday unexpectedly revived a stimulus measure intended to encourage lending, an abrupt policy reversal that signals the bank is worried about growth in the region. The bank also pushed back the date of its earliest possible increase in benchmark interest rates, saying there […]

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Rescue a Refugee: Get Charged With Trafficking?

The case was sensational. Two young volunteers stood accusedof masterminding a massive smuggling operation on the Greek island of Lesvos,innocently disguised as a search-and-rescue NGO.  One, Sarah Mardini, was already famous. She and her sisterfled Syria in 2015, and when their dinghy’s motor failed on the sea crossing toGreece, the […]

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Rare Rides: A Very Brown Talbot Tagora From 1982

Today’s Rare Ride is the European luxury sedan you’ve never heard of. Plush, brown, and boxy, it’s the Talbot Tagora from 1982. The Tagora was born at a difficult time for its owner, Chrysler Europe. Chrysler’s European branch was formed in 1967 from a combination of three brands, all hailing […]

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Jeremy Corbyn’s Anti-Semitic Labour Party

LONDON — Europe’s gathering Jewish question came into sharp focus this month when a British M.P. declared that she had come to the “sickening conclusion” that one of the country’s two main political parties, Labour, is now “institutionally anti-Semitic.” Imagine, to gauge the import of this statement, Bernie Sanders suggesting […]

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Brexit: MPs Sink to a New Collective Low of Incompetent Acquiescence

Yves here. I’m glad to see someone call out Parliament after having seen May successfully play it again and again. How many time has she moved back the date of the required Meaningful Vote? Ignored Cabinet resignations and even an unheard of censure? Let us understand all that happened: May […]

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