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Christian Reiermann January 15, 2019
International Monetary Fund analysts warn that the global economy confronts multiple risks, and the global banking system is not prepared for a downturn. Stock markets are losing value, and trade disagreements reduce efficiency and heighten uncertainty. Tightening US monetary policy and rising interest rates pose problems for emerging economies that have borrowed in dollars. Brexit, populism and...
Andrew Sparrow January 15, 2019
The United Kingdom scrambles on what to do next after Parliament soundly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plan. After a campaign of misleading information and interference by foreign interests, British voters narrowly approved exit from the European Union in June 2016. Numerous trade, security and immigration agreements formed over the course of decades have long guided British...
January 4, 2019
The most sensitive data is not secure online. A cyberattack targeted hundreds of Germany politicians, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, along with celebrities and journalists. “Contacts, private chats and financial details were put out on Twitter which belong to figures from every political party except the far-right AfD,” reports BBC News. Twitter suspended the account with 17,000 followers,...
Haley Zaremba December 25, 2018
Renewable energies represent about 12 percent of energy consumption and 20 percent of electricity generation, reports the US Energy Information Administration. Solar energy along with wind and hydro power are ranked among the top sources of renewable energies. “Currently, one of the most promising innovations flying under the radar in the world of solar panels is concentrated photovoltaics,”...
Henrik Enderlein December 24, 2018
Emmanuel Macron won the French presidential election without support of a traditional political party on a platform of strengthening the European Union in revolutionary ways. But the yellow-vest protests that began over a fuel tax are eroding his authority. He has led numerous reforms for the French job market, wage negotiations, taxation and the budget deficit. “Macron has already reformed his...
December 19, 2018
Plastic is made of oil and consists of large polymers that do not break down quickly, adding to waste management challenges. Most plastic waste ends up in the world’s oceans with microbeads and other forms of plastics finding their way into the food chain and seafood consumed by humans. China ended accepting imports of plastic waste for recycling this year, with global implications, forcing major...
Markus Becker December 14, 2018
Britain, facing a March deadline, struggles to reach agreement on ending its EU membership. Increasing awareness about membership benefits has triggered second thoughts, and some leaders urge a second referendum. Ending Brexit would not be helpful for Britain or the EU, argues Markus Becker for Spiegel Online. Another referendum would encourage ugly rhetoric, with Brexit supporters feeling...