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  • Revolut to launch a commission-free trading service

    Revolut to launch a commission-free trading service Revolut is a bit of a weird one. It emerged at the same time as the rest of the UK’s app-based challenger banks, like Monzo and Starling Bank, but has tread a completely different path. Unlike its biggest rivals, Revolut has fingers in a lot of pies. Beyond its current account offerings, it […]

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  • Miss America wraps up

    ON JUNE 5th Miss America announced that it would ditch the bikinis and become a “competition”, rather than a pageant. “We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance,” announced Gretchen Carlson (pictured), the chairwoman of Miss America’s board of directors, and a former Miss America (1989). “That’s huge.” On Twitter the organisation posted a brief video […]

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  • American firms will be hit hard by retaliatory tariffs

    “LOOK at all these bikers…we love the bikers!” declared the pre-presidential Donald Trump, surveying a crowd of motorcycle-owners gathered by the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, in 2016. Riders of Harley-Davidsons, in particular, have been among Mr Trump’s noisiest supporters since the early days of his campaign. Riders of “hogs” often see themselves as rowdy rebels. Perhaps this is why […]

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  • America’s allies should stand up to its reckless trade policy

    OF ALL President Donald Trump’s assaults on multilateralism, his trade policy is the most relentless. On June 1st his administration expanded tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminium to include imports from allies: the European Union, Canada and Mexico. The tariffs are justified by “national security”, a ruse to render them legal at the World Trade Organisation (WTO). […]

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  • Donald Trump’s demolition theory of foreign policy won’t work

    PICTURE this: next week in Singapore President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un crown their summit with a pledge to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons. A few days later America and China step back from a trade war, promising to settle their differences. And in the summer, as sanctions bite, the streets of Tehran rise up to cast […]

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  • Bosnia’s politicians are arguing about a mysterious wave of arrivals

    THEY have been living in tents in parks and community centres and the authorities are straining to care for them. But 23 years after the end of the Bosnian war, which saw 2.2m people, or half the population, displaced, the new refugees in Bosnia are Syrians, Afghans, Iraqis and others. Some 500 a week have recently been crossing into the […]

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