Europe

European Central Bank Denies the Issue of Ignoring Cryptocurrencies

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In the midst of Bitcoin’s wider awareness and adoption, the European Central Bank (ECB), which has previously evaluated Blockchain technology numerous times, seems to be quiet and distant from all the recent news and happenings. Or rather, this was the case until Benoît Cœuré, an executive member of the Central Bank, broke his silence stressing Read More

The Catalan leader puts independence on hold for talks

2 months ago adcity Comments Off on The Catalan leader puts independence on hold for talks
THE formula seemed contradictory. On October 10th Carles Puigdemont, the president of Catalonia’s devolved government, told his parliament that he was “assuming the mandate” for Catalonia to become an independent republic and thus leave Spain. But he asked the parliament to “suspend the effects of the declaration of independence” to allow for negotiations. This followed Read More

Relations between Turkey and America are near breaking point

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TWO weeks after Donald Trump declared they were as good as ever, America’s relations with Turkey have sunk to their lowest point in over four decades. On October 8th the American embassy in Ankara announced it was suspending visa services across the country to “reassess” the Turkish government’s commitment to the security of its diplomatic Read More

The EU’s Eastern Partnership

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THE question of where Europe’s eastern border lies has bedevilled statesmen for centuries. It has proved equally difficult for the European Union, which must decide how to deal with countries to its east that would like to join the club. In 2009 the EU launched the Eastern Partnership, meant to handle the European aspirations of Read More

Preserving Bialowieza

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DAWN in Bialowieza forest, and the bellowing of deer in rut competes with the buzz of chainsaws. The rival rackets sum up an increasingly ill-tempered argument over the Polish half of the ancient woods that straddle the frontier between Poland and Belarus. The row has reverberated beyond the forest’s borders, and indeed beyond Poland’s. It Read More

An escalating row over the future of Berlin’s most iconic theatre

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“DOCH KUNST”, or “Art after all”, read the blue banner tagged to the façade of the Volksbühne, a theatre in central Berlin. It was put up by a group of left-wing activists who occupied the building in late September. They want the theatre to be managed by a “collective”. The stunt was part of a Read More

Trade deals between the EU and Japan only get you so far

2 months ago adcity Comments Off on Trade deals between the EU and Japan only get you so far
AKIRA SHIMIZU of Keidanren, Japan’s main business lobby, has a theory about Brexit. The first one, he says, came in 1534 with Henry VIII’s decision to break from the Catholic church. This rupture sparked a period of free-thinking innovation that culminated in James Watt’s invention of the steam engine 250 years later and the advent Read More

An unconstitutional vote on independence turns nasty

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THEY were scenes the Spanish government did not want to see. Across Catalonia, in north-eastern Spain, tens of thousands of people turned out to cast votes in an unconstitutional referendum on secession organised by the regional government. Spain’s conservative prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, had vowed that the referendum would not take place. Spanish riot police Read More