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Source: BBC

Brexit UK 'won't be Mad Max-style world'

Today 09:56 GMT

Britain will not be "plunged into a Mad Max-style world borrowed from dystopian fiction" after it leaves the EU, the Brexit secretary will say in a speech. David Davis will say fears about a "race to the bottom" in workers' rights and environmental standards are "based on nothing".

The Brexit secretary's address to Austrian business leaders in Vienna is the latest in a series of speeches the UK government is calling "the road to Brexit" as it faces demands to spell out details of the future partnership it wants with the EU.

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Source: DW

EU prepares response to possible US tariffs

Today 09:56 GMT

Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper reported Tuesday European Union officials were preparing a swift response to possible US tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

Send Facebook Twitter Google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine. But according to the report, tariffs might also be slapped on motorcycle imports. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung said EU officials had mentioned the possibility of imposing a tariff on Harley-Davidson imports from Wisconsin, the home of House Speaker Paul Ryan.

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Source: DW

Albania's Edi Rama floats joint president idea in Kosovo

Today 09:56 GMT

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama suggested a joint president for Albania and Kosovo, the two Albanian-majority states, during a visit to Pristina.

Kosovo and Albania currently share embassies and diplomatic missions around the world, and will have a joint foreign policy in the future, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said while addressing Kosovo parliament during a diplomatic visit.

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Source: DW

Measles cases soaring in Europe, WHO warns

Today 09:56 GMT

Measles infections have skyrocketed in Europe with 15 countries reporting large outbreaks in 2017, according to the World Health Organization.

Measles "rebounded" in Europe during 2017, with 21,315 new cases recorded across the continent, according to findings released by the European branch of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday.

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Source: New York Times

In Search of Lost Time in Europe’s Sanatoriums

Today 09:56 GMT

The sojourns were doctor-prescribed, and the sites of revival — high-altitude sanatoriums, staffed with medical workers — were often state-funded.

In the following decades, hundreds of sanatoriums opened in remote locations across Europe and America, all promising quarantined patients exceptionally fresh air and on-site specialists. Versions had existed before — the first sanatorium is thought to have been opened in central England in the 1830s — but now the programmatic lifestyle that had been developed only intuitively, based on prescriptions going back to Hippocrates and Galen, had scientific-seeming credentials.

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Source: DW

Would 'durability' labels help people shop greener?

Today 09:56 GMT

France has floated the idea of slapping labels on products like electronics to tell consumers how long they will last, and how easily they can be recycled.

According to local media reports, Chinese authorities are trying to encourage people to sort their trash properly at home.

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Source: Fox News

Is the West finally pushing Saudi Arabia to squelch its version of radical Islam?

Today 09:56 GMT

Women drivers, economic diversification and the other promises for modernization of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bring hope about Saudi Arabia’s future, but the acid test will be the moderation of Wahhabi ideology.

It deflected criticism of the Saudi Kingdom and reassured the public in its annual religious freedom reports that Saudi Arabia has “reformed” and “improved” these texts.

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Source: Common Domain

Asian Stocks Pull Back After Europe’s Decline

Today 09:55 GMT

The Hang Seng Index fell as much as 1.3% early on when big financial stocks, particularly China-based companies, experienced weakness.

The Nikkei, Asia-Pacific’s best performer Monday with its jump of 2%, was weighed down by electronics and some financial stocks. After solid gains Monday, Japan’s Nikkei and Korea’s Kospi each fell just over 1%.

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Source: DW

Warsaw bourse an oasis of calm as global equities slide

Today 09:56 GMT

Set against EU chastisement of Warsaw and volatility in global share prices, the Polish economy and stock market remain oases of calm confidence.

One of the factors that positively influenced the level of turnover on the Warsaw markets in 2017 was the strengthening of  the Polish currency, the zloty. We grew both in euro and dollar terms, have relatively low valuations and impressive macroeconomic performance.

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Source: New York Times

London Fashion Week Goes Over the Rainbow

Monday 17:16 GMT

With his home-cut bangs and a blue domino of makeup around his eyes, Mr. Bovan is the latest of the young talents that seem to continually surface from London and its fashion schools.

With his first collection independent of the Fashion East emerging-designer platform, which has supported him the last three seasons — Matty Bovan was jubilant but woozy. Christopher Bailey exits Burberry, J.W. Anderson mixes genders and Simone Rocha ties it all up.

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Source: DW

Angela Merkel: Brexit to leave 'very challenging' budget hole

Today 07:02 GMT

Brexit is set to cause a "very challenging" shortfall in the EU's budget, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday ahead of meetings with the prime ministers of Luxembourg and the Netherlands in Berlin.

Britain's departure from the bloc will leave an estimated €12 billion ($15 billion) annual shortfall in the 2021-2027 EU budget. Merkel's admission comes a week after the EU's budget commissioner, Günther Oettinger, said he expected Germany to pay at least €3 billion more annually to the bloc.

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Source: Washington Post

In laws, rhetoric and acts of violence, Europe is rewriting dark chapters of its past

Today 09:01 GMT

The evidence across Europe in recent weeks has been disparate and scattered, ranging from blatant acts of violence to subtle insinuation and casual omissions.

Europe, with its emphasis on remembrance in the service of “never again,” was held up as a superior model for reckoning with the horrors of the past. But six months later, events across the continent have served as a potent reminder that Europe’s grip on its history is far from assured.

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Source: New York Times

In Ukraine, Corruption Is Now Undermining the Military

Today 09:01 GMT

Nearly four years into a grinding war against rebels armed by Russia, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry proudly announced last month that it had improved its previously meager medical services for its wounded troops with the purchase and delivery of 100 new military ambulances.

“It serves no purpose for Ukraine to fight for its body in Donbas if it loses its soul to corruption,” Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson warned last year, referring to regions of eastern Ukraine seized by Russian-backed separatists after the ouster of Mr. Yanukovych.

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Source: Fox News

Hungary is last front against 'Islamization' of Europe, prime minister says

Today 09:01 GMT

Orban, who is favored to win a third term as prime minister when Hungary goes to the polls in April, conjured up the image of a Western Europe overtaken by Muslims, saying that "born Germans are being forced back from most large German cities, as migrants always occupy big cities first." "We are those who think that Europe's last hope is Christianity," Orban said.

The draft legislation has drawn sharp criticism from the Council of Europe, Amnesty International and the German government, among others.

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Source: Washington Post

Some places flourished in the Little Ice Age. There are lessons for us now.

Today 09:01 GMT

Yet remarkably, inhabitants of the Dutch Republic — the precursor state to today’s Netherlands — enjoyed a golden age that perfectly coincided with the chilliest century of the Little Ice Age.

By changing currents and cooling temperatures in the atmosphere and oceans, the chilliest stretches of the Little Ice Age therefore affected sailing as much as farming.


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