The writer is chair of Rockefeller International European markets have received a big lift from the global boom in luxury sales — a piece of unambiguously good news for the region. Nonetheless this success story also raises a troubling question: has Europe become too reliant on a sector many see as a symbol of decadence?
Siemens and Microsoft are leading a last-minute drive to shore up corporate support for the CBI ahead of a key vote of confidence on Tuesday, after allegations of serious misconduct threw the UK business lobby group into crisis. The German industrial conglomerate, which has a significant presence in the UK, is co-ordinating a letter, urging
Speaking to hundreds of local Republicans in an open-air pavilion in Salem, New Hampshire, this week, Ron DeSantis made no explicit mention of Donald Trump. But with thinly veiled attacks, the Florida governor offered a clear picture of how he intends to challenge the former president for the Republican party’s presidential nomination in 2024. “I’m
Boris Johnson has been warned by Whitehall that he could lose publicly funded legal support if he undermines the government’s position on the Covid-19 inquiry. The Cabinet Office has written to Johnson to say it could withdraw the legal advice it provides to the former prime minister if he undermines the government’s handling of the
AstraZeneca’s chief executive returned from a recent trip to China exuberant about an “explosion” of biotech companies in the country and the potential for his business to deliver drugs discovered there to the world. Pascal Soriot said the market was “completely open” for pharma investment. “It’s hard to not be impressed by the progress that
Foremost on the minds of Ukrainians and their friends is the need to win the war. But to delay preparations for what comes afterwards would risk losing the peace. Kyiv is aware of this, and economic plans for a postwar Ukraine are being formulated. The Ukraine recovery conference in London this month will be an
Boiler manufacturers are pushing back against government efforts to force them to rapidly make thousands more heat pumps, in a new flashpoint over the pace of the shift towards lower carbon heating. The government plans to fine companies from next year unless they meet stringent quotas for heat pump production and installation. But bosses are lobbying
Asda’s owners are using the proceeds of an earlier asset sale to fund their contribution to the supermarket’s takeover of parts of EG Group, another business they own, in the latest example of financial engineering that has allowed them to limit their cash outlay on the business. Earlier this week, Asda announced a £2.3bn deal
China has warned western militaries to stay out of waters and airspace near its borders if they want to avoid dangerous run-ins with the People’s Liberation Army, putting on display the growing risks of unintended conflict as geopolitical competition grows. The blunt message from General Li Shangfu, China’s new defence minister, followed a near collision
China will soon account for less than half of the US’s low-cost imports from Asia for the first time in more than a decade, new data has shown, as western companies shift operations out of the country. According to an annual reshoring index from Kearney, the Chicago-based management consulting firm, US efforts to reduce reliance
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan signalled a move to more orthodox economic policies as he unveiled sweeping changes to his cabinet, revamping his financial team and replacing an interior minister known for his hardline rhetoric. Erdoğan shook up several top departments, announcing new finance, foreign and interior ministers in a speech late Saturday. The appointments
Three Israeli soldiers have been shot dead by an Egyptian security official, Israeli and Egyptian authorities said on Saturday, in the worst incident on the countries’ border for more than a decade. Egypt was the first Arab country to establish diplomatic relations with Israel in 1979, and the border has been relatively calm since a
An Indonesian defence minister has floated a peace plan for Ukraine, triggering fierce criticism from western security officials but praise from China and highlighting the deep divide between the west and global south over Russia’s invasion of its neighbour. In a speech on Saturday at the Shangri-La Dialogue, an annual defence conference in Singapore, Prabowo
Virtual reality start-ups have pinned their hopes on Apple’s longed-for release of a mixed reality headset becoming a catalyst for a rebound in industry funding. Anticipation is growing that the iPhone maker will host at its annual developer conference on Monday its biggest hardware launch since the iPad in 2010. The headset, with a likely
Artificial intelligence tools are “ripe” to disrupt the private banking sector, Amnon Shashua has said, as his new digital bank One Zero prepares to expand its activities outside Israel. Shashua last year launched One Zero — whose investors include Swiss private bank Julius Baer, US private equity group Cerberus and China’s Tencent — as the
When Antony Knights and his wife, Louise Firth, first noticed that their British Airways flight to Berlin from London’s Heathrow airport was listed as delayed, they were neither surprised nor very concerned. But shortly afterwards they and others waiting for the flight, on May 25, were shocked to be told to leave the airport terminal.
US defence secretary Lloyd Austin on Saturday criticised China for conducting risky aerial intercepts over the South China Sea and warned that Washington would not be deterred by dangerous behaviour in the Indo-Pacific region. China was conducting “an alarming number of risky intercepts of US and allied aircraft flying lawfully in international airspace”, Austin said
How bad was your week? Well fear not. Rajesh Vishwas is here to make you feel better. The Indian government official was recently suspended after he ordered a reservoir to be drained so he could retrieve his mobile phone, which had fallen in when he tried to take a selfie while picnicking with friends. Taking
A train crash in eastern India has killed more than 200 people, officials said, in one of the country’s deadliest railway accidents in decades. At least 233 people were killed and 900 injured in a collision involving multiple trains in the state of Odisha on Friday night, according to the state’s chief secretary Pradeep Jena.
The six Glazer siblings could retain stakes in Manchester United in a proposed phased takeover of the football club by Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who is seeking a way through the share structure and family dynamics that have complicated the deal. The Glazer family started a strategic review more than six months ago but the process
Brussels’ Midi/Zuid station, a stop on Eurostar’s London-Amsterdam service © Thierry Monasse/Polaris/Eyevine The train from London to Amsterdam is a 3hr 52m joke at the expense of the nation state. Four countries zip past without so much as a courtesy announcement over the speaker at each crossing of a border. Staff of indeterminate citizenship offer drinks
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