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EUROPE • Today
Italy PM-designate Conte gives up bid for government
May 27, 2018
Giuseppe Conte renounces his attempt to become PM after the president vetoes his economy pick.
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U.S. delegation holds talks with North Korean officials in DMZ
May 28, 2018
Planning seemed to move ahead for the on-off-perhaps-on-again summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
China calls U.S. warships in South China Sea 'a provocation'
May 27, 2018
The Defense Ministry said the ships "undermined strategic mutual trust" and "damaged peace, security and good order in relevant waters."
Thousands descend onto Berlin streets in rival political rallies
May 27, 2018
Far right AFD march takes place while counter demonstrators protest
Italy's PM designate ends effort to form government
May 27, 2018
Italy’s prime minister-designate Giuseppe Conte ‘gives back mandate’ to form what would have been western Europe’s first populist government
UK News
How to defend the wages and rights of the British worker post-Brexit
May 27, 2018
Fears are growing that Brexit will trigger a competitive race to the bottom which will leave the British worker worse off.
UK economy stagnates as Brexit confusion mounts
May 25, 2018
With the British government split over Brexit there's growing concern that there won't be a deal by the the autumn.
Germany News
German interior minister wants to reform refugee office
May 28, 2018
As the scandal at the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees widens with fresh allegations of impropriety, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer wants to push forward with his "master plan" to reform the asylum system.
In Berlin 20,000 detractors shout down 5,000 AfD protesters
May 27, 2018
The mood was explosive as far-right populists staged a mass rally in the capital, and their detractors turned out en masse to shout them down. DW's Jefferson Chase ventured between the political frontlines.
France News
Ex-UEFA president Platini says he has been cleared of graft
May 26, 2018
Former European soccer chief Michel Platini has said he has been cleared by Swiss authorities of any criminal wrongdoing over payments he received from FIFA that resulted in a ban for ethics violations and that he now plans to return to the game.
'Hero' Malian migrant saves child from Paris balcony
May 28, 2018
A young Malian man was hailed a hero on Sunday after he sprang into action to save a four-year-old child hanging from a fourth-floor balcony by single-handedly scaling the facade of the building and hauling the youngster to safety.
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EUROPE • Business
European markets seen higher amid renewed hopes of US-North Korea summit
May 28, 2018
European stocks are set to open higher on Monday, amid signs of thawing tensions between the U.S. and North Korea.
Italy's president refuses to certify minister, denying prime minister's ability to form a government
May 27, 2018
Italy's political landscape grew even shakier Sunday after the president refused to approve a proposed Cabinet minister with views critical of the euro currency.
Business News

Smiths Group in £6bn medical tie-up talks
May 27, 2018
One of Britain's biggest engineering conglomerates is examining a potential transatlantic merger of its healthcare business‎ amid speculation that it could become the next London-listed target for an activist investor.
WHSmith rated worst high street shop - Which?
May 28, 2018
WHSmith has been voted the worst high street retailer in the UK this year, in a Which? survey of over 10,000 shoppers.
Tycoon Hands plots £2.5bn takeover of Quintain
May 26, 2018
Guy Hands, the private equity tycoon, is exploring a £2.5bn bid for Quintain, the London-based property group, in an effort to establish an £8bn UK-wide real estate empire.
Eurozone Business
The Dollar Bid Again Despite Trump's Decision To Cancel Meeting With North Korea - Euro currency news daily
May 25, 2018
EUR/USD rallied on the US/North Korean news yesterday but it really didn't last long.
Boost for SME access to EU finance markets
May 25, 2018
The European Commission proposed new rules Thursday to give small and medium enterprises (SMEs) easier and cheaper access to financing through public markets to help them expand.
Business Report
Hitachi board ‘finely balanced’ over future of Wylfa plant
May 27, 2018
Japanese conglomerate holds key vote on £15bn Welsh project
Irish celebrate ‘quiet revolution’ after landmark abortion vote
May 27, 2018
Win for forces of liberalisation a telling sign of fading influence of once powerful Catholic church
The euro must be made more robust to rival the dollar
May 27, 2018
US sanctions expose the mistakes made by the founders of the single currency
The eurozone needs an open dialogue with Italy
May 27, 2018
The country’s new government will create huge challenges for Europe
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EUROPE • Markets
The Swiss Stock Market Pulled Back On Broad Weakness
May 23, 2018
The Swiss stock market ended Wednesday's session in the red, as did the rest of the European markets. Investor sentiment was impacted by uncertainty over the political situation in Italy and some comments from U.S. President Trump.
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Market Pulse
Oil sinks while stocks gain on North Korea, euro shaken by Italy
May 28, 2018
TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. oil futures hit six-week lows on expectations major producers may ease output curbs on Monday, while Asian stocks and U.S. share futures gained on signs the United States and North Korea were still working towards holding a summit.
Smiths Group, ICU Medical in talks about medical division merger
May 27, 2018
(Reuters) - British engineering firm Smiths Group Plc is in very early stage discussions about a potential combination of its medical division with U.S.-based ICU Medical Inc , the British group said on Sunday.
Oil prices fall as top three producers look to boost supplies
May 28, 2018
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices fell on Monday, extending a steep decline in the previous session, as the market eyed an increase in output from the world's three top crude producers, Russia, the United States and Saudi Arabia.
German carmakers morally obliged to refit dirty diesels - minister
May 27, 2018
BERLIN (Reuters) - German carmakers have a moral obligation to refit heavily polluting diesel vehicles on the country's roads, environment minister Svenja Schulze said, but conceded that the government had no legal means to make them do so.
Forex Markets
Geopolitical Tensions Moderate Ahead of US Jobs Week
May 25, 2018
The US dollar was up against majors pairs on Friday ahead of the release of employment data in America.
Geopolitical Tensions Moderate Ahead of US Jobs Week
May 25, 2018
The US dollar was up against majors pairs on Friday ahead of the release of employment data in America.
European Forex Rates

Euro/US Dollar - FX Spot Rate
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EUROPE • Economy
Britain’s plans for ‘no-deal’ Brexit have ground to a halt
May 27, 2018
Lack of preparation weakens May’s threat to walk out of talks
The euro must be made more robust to rival the dollar
May 27, 2018
US sanctions expose the mistakes made by the founders of the single currency
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Europe • Insights
Might Spain be headed for a snap election?
May 25, 2018

A DAY is a long time in Spanish politics. On the evening of May 23rd Mariano Rajoy, the conservative prime minister, was celebrating his minority government’s success in getting this year’s budget through Congress, opening the way for him to see out another couple of years. The next day came a bombshell: a court gave its verdict in a long-running corruption trial involving past officials of the ruling People’s Party (PP) and in which Mr Rajoy himself testified as a witness last summer. Not only did the court sentence the party’s former treasurer to 33 years in jail, but it also found that the PP had benefited from kickbacks and cast doubt on the prime minister’s evidence.

With that, his rivals pounced. On May 25th Ciudadanos, a liberal party that has helped to keep Mr Rajoy in office (the PP formed only a minority government after elections in December 2016) and is leading in many opinion polls, demanded that he call an immediate general election. Pedro Sánchez, the...Continue reading

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