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Xi Jinping is subtler than Vladimir Putin—yet equally disruptive | Leaders

TWO YEARS after Xi Jinping declared a “no limits” partnership with Vladimir Putin, and as the leaders meet again in Beijing on May 16th and 17th, the world is getting a good look at what China’s approach means in practice. It is not pretty. As we explain this week, Chinese firms are sustaining Mr Putin’s war in Ukraine by selling Russia items needed...

Sat May 18, 2024 13:54
Against expectations, European banks are thriving | Finance & economics

In 2020, when BBVA and Sabadell abandoned merger discussions, it was difficult to find investors with anything positive to say about European banks. A decade of near-zero interest rates, stiff regulation and anaemic economic growth had made them unprofitable and unattractive. The two Spanish lenders were no exception. BBVA had a market value of €26bn...

Thu May 16, 2024 07:22
Politics | The world this week

For the first time in five years, Xi Jinping visited Europe. China’s leader was welcomed by his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, who pressed him to help end the war in Ukraine and to establish a more balanced trade relationship. Mr Xi gave little ground. He then moved on to Serbia, where he commemorated the 25th anniversary of America’s bombing...

Sun May 12, 2024 13:08
Who is Angela Rayner? | Britain

Bolshie. Gobby. Blunt. Feisty. Mouthy. Scumbag. Angela Rayner, the deputy leader of the Labour Party, has been called a lot of things, not all of which are nice. She has even—and here perhaps a trigger warning is required—been called “ginger”. She can give as good as she gets: she once called some Tories “scum”; she recently described Rishi Sunak, the...

Sat May 11, 2024 13:47
In its 200 years the National Gallery has mirrored Britain | Culture

SOMETIMES A LITTLE geopolitical rivalry can produce a big pay-off. France opened the Louvre in 1793. The Netherlands followed with what is now known as the Rijksmuseum, then Spain with the Prado. Britain had flirted with the idea of a national collection of art since the 1770s but did not make a move until 1824.Unlike in France and Spain, the British...

Fri May 10, 2024 01:41
Why the Biden administration is rushing to produce regulations | United States

The bureaucrats have been busier than usual lately. Consider the three days between April 23rd and April 25th. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a sweeping rule banning non-compete clauses in the contracts of almost all American employees. The Department of Labour is expanding the set of workers who must receive mandatory overtime pay (to those...

Sat May 4, 2024 19:09

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