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Mike Dolan

Daily Briefing: Tanker geopolitics in the Med

16 Aug 2019

LONDON Gibraltar's chief minister has indicated the detained Iranian tanker Grace 1 could set sail from the UK territory as early as today, de-escalating a row with Tehran that has assumed much wider geo-political proportions.

Daily Briefing: Corbyn's bid to block no-deal Brexit viewed warily

15 Aug 2019

LONDON British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has urged lawmakers across the spectrum, including rebels in the ruling Conservative Party, to help block a no-deal Brexit by bringing down Boris Johnson and installing him as leader of a caretaker government.

Daily Briefing: Germany wakes up to shrinking GDP

14 Aug 2019

LONDON Rarely do you get more significant numbers than today's flash GDP read-out from Germany. It showed the euro zone's largest economy shrank in the second quarter, caught in the cross-fire of a global trade war that has hit exports.

Daily Briefing: Renzi roadblock for Italian snap election

12 Aug 2019

LONDON Matteo Salvini's push for early elections in Italy has hit a potential roadblock in the shape of Matteo Renzi. The ex-premier and former leader of the Democratic Party, who still wields strong influence over his centre-left party, said on Sunday that going back to the polls just when the government is due to prepare the 2020 budget would be "crazy".

Daily Briefing: On the brink - Salvini wants snap elections

09 Aug 2019

LONDON Italy's government is on the brink of collapse after the leader of the ruling League party, Matteo Salvini, called the governing coalition with 5-Star unworkable and said the only way forward was to hold fresh elections.

Daily Briefing: Brexit nerves weigh on UK employers

08 Aug 2019

LONDON Switzerland's Adecco, which bills itself as world's largest temporary staffing firm, confirms with its Q2 results statement today how much hiring sentiment in Britain is being hit by the Brexit uncertainty. It told Reuters that both temporary and permanent recruitment were falling as companies sought in vain for the clarity needed to push on with their strategies.

Daily Briefing: Let's work together - UK food seeks no-deal waiver

07 Aug 2019

LONDON Britain's food industry is so worried about the impact of no-deal on supplies that they have asked the government to waive chunks of existing competition law, the BBC reports. That, they argue, would at least allow them to coordinate and direct supplies with each other in such a scenario.

Daily Briefing: As clock ticks, what price no-deal Brexit?

18 Jul 2019

LONDON Opponents of a hard Brexit in parliament may try again to assert their influence today by backing a bill that would require the assembly to get regular updates on the situation in Northern Ireland - a device whose main goal is to stop any future PM from suspending parliament to usher in a no-deal Brexit.

Daily Briefing: Taxing times for G7 on tech and Libra

17 Jul 2019

LONDON G7 finance ministers meeting today in the French city of Chantilly, known for its lace and whipped cream, must deal with the altogether drier problems of regulating tech companies and crypto currencies.

Daily Briefing: From Berlin to Brussels - von der Leyen's vote test

16 Jul 2019

LONDON Germany's Ursula von der Leyen will learn from a European Parliament vote this evening whether she will become the first woman to head the European Commission, the executive body that shapes EU policy on everything from trade to eurozone fiscal matters.

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