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Globe Columnists
Monday, December 17




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An Italian town opened its doors to migrants, making its mayor a hero. A wave of right-wing populism pushed him into exile space
Giving shelter to refugees turned Riace into a beacon of tolerance and helped it ward off economic decline. But Italy's new government brought the experiment to an end, leaving residents fearful of what will happen next
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By ERIC REGULY
Monday, December 10, 2018 – Page A8
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RIACE, ITALY -- Before electricity arrived in 1949 in the southern Italian hillside town of Riace, which overlooks the Ionian Sea, the homes were lit with candles, producing a warm, welcoming glow as families ate dinner and children went to bed.  FULL STORY arrow
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France's protests reveal reality of carbon-reduction costs for the poor space
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, December 8, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- France's violent, mass gilets jaunes (yellow vests) protests, featuring torched cars and smashed shop windows on the Champs-Elysees, were highly effective. They persuaded French President Emmanuel Macron to suspend the launch of new taxes on gasoline and diesel. The taxes were not just a blatant money grab; they were part of France's efforts to try to meet the carbonreduction goals agreed at the 2015 Paris climate conference.  FULL STORY arrow
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Bitcoin's fall could just be getting started space
Environmental cost, volatile value and lack of backing from central banks are recipes for doom of cryptocurrencies
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, December 1, 2018 – Page B4
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-- One of my favourite horror sites is the Bitcoin Energy Consumption Index, published by digiconomist.net. If you care about the environment, avert your eyes because the data are unpleasant.  FULL STORY arrow
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ALMIGHTY BRUCE space
NEIL BRUCE TOOK SNC-LAVALIN FROM SCANDAL-RIDDEN TO WORLD CLASS. EVERYTHING WAS GOING GREAT--UNTIL A FEW MONTHS AGO. WILL THE COMPANY HE WORKED SO HARD TO REBUILD CRUMBLE?
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By ERIC REGULY
Friday, November 30, 2018 – Page P26
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-- BRUCE NEIL saw his luck run out at precisely 9:46 a.m., Ottawa time, on Aug. 2, when Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland published her now-famous tweet about Saudi Arabia.  FULL STORY arrow
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Doublespeak space
How can Justin Trudeau reconcile fighting climate change and promoting massive new fossil fuel projects? He can't
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By ERIC REGULY
Friday, November 30, 2018 – Page P22
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-- In the climate change hypocrisy sweepstakes, it's hard to beat Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. But he sure talks a good game.Climate change is a clear and present danger, he says. Left unchecked, it will have dire consequences for the environment, the global economy and humanity itself. In late 2015, just before he enthusiastically endorsed the Paris climate change accord, Trudeau said: ''The atmosphere doesn't care where carbon is emitted. It requires us to take action all around the world.''  FULL STORY arrow
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What happened with Oshawa? It seems that Trump happened space
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By ERIC REGULY
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 – Page A11
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-- There was a time, not so long ago, when Canada's pitch to foreign corporations was compelling. Canada had public health care, all the better to bring down the cost of employment. Its dollar was cheap compared with the U.S. dollar. The work force was educated, the unions pleasingly weak and the industrial zones were smack next to the world's biggest market.  FULL STORY arrow
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Migrant rescue ship faces seizure space
Canadian charity worker says Italy's charges of illegal waste disposal are part of a 'smear campaign'
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By ERIC REGULY
Monday, November 26, 2018 – Page A6
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ROME -- The crew members of the Aquarius, a ship that has rescued nearly 30,000 migrants from the Mediterranean, await their fate as their vessel once again becomes a target of the anti-migrant Italian government.  FULL STORY arrow
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Why a second Brexit vote isn't the right call space
Another referendum would reinforce Britain's deep divisions, setting the stage for a psychological civil war
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, November 24, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- The Parti Quebecois held a sovereignty referendum in 1980 and lost. Quebec would stay part of Canada. Not happy with the result, the PQ government called another referendum, 15 years later, and lost again.  FULL STORY arrow
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Without Ghosn at the wheel, Nissan's alliance with Renault and Mitsubishi could be headed for a dead end space
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By ERIC REGULY
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 – Page B1
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ROME -- Global auto industry leaders are vanishing from sight, just when their companies need visionary bosses to avoid becoming roadkill as the electric and self-driving car revolutions hit.On Monday, Carlos Ghosn faced almost certain dismissal as chairman of Nissan after the auto giant accused him of ''significant'' financial misconduct, including allegedly understating his compensation for years. As the scandal unfolds, he may also lose his positions as CEO of France's Renault and chairman of Mitsubishi of Japan.  FULL STORY arrow
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Without Ghosn at the wheel, Nissan's alliance with Renault and Mitsubishi could be headed for a dead end space
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By ERIC REGULY
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 – Page B1
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ROME -- Global auto industry leaders are vanishing from sight, just when their companies need visionary bosses to avoid becoming roadkill as the electric and self-driving car revolutions hit.On Monday, Carlos Ghosn faced almost certain dismissal as chairman of Nissan after the auto giant accused him of ''significant'' financial misconduct, including allegedly understating his compensation for years. As the scandal unfolds, he may also lose his positions as CEO of France's Renault and chairman of Mitsubishi of Japan.  FULL STORY arrow
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Libya peace conference ends with little progress, but much disarray space
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By ERIC REGULY
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 – Page A1
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PALERMO, ITALY -- The Italian-sponsored Libya peace conference ended Tuesday in disorder as several key players in the effort to stabilize the shattered country either walked out of the final meetings or refused to participate in them.  FULL STORY arrow
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In Italy, a consensus on Libya proves elusive space
While leaders gathering in Palermo are united in their fear, they bring differing agendas to the stabilization effort
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By ERIC REGULY
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 – Page A3
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PALERMO, ITALY -- The army of European, North African and North American delegates at the Libya peace conference in Palermo represent countries with a jumble of parochial, and sometimes conflicting, interests on the Libyan file. But there is one issue that unites them all: fear that lack of Libyan stability will reinforce the broken country's status as a hotbed for terrorism and uncontrolled migration.  FULL STORY arrow
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Italian conference brings Libya's main players to the table space
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By ERIC REGULY
Monday, November 12, 2018 – Page A6
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ROME -- S even years after Moammar Gadhafi was hauled out of a drainage pipe in Sirte, his hometown in Libya, and killed by rebel militiamen, the concept of a reunified Libya remains just that - a concept. The Libyan desert expanse, the size of Alaska, remains deeply fragmented, lawless and violent as rival political groups and militias seek power and bounty.  FULL STORY arrow
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Trump's cherished wealth effect may soon be revealed as a mirage space
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, November 10, 2018 – Page B9
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ROME -- The Donald Trump-inspired wealth effect is working like a charm, in spite of the recent stock market wobble. The SandP 500 is up about 22 per cent since he stepped into the White House almost two years ago, unemployment is at record lows and wages are growing at their fastest pace in nine years. What's not to like?  FULL STORY arrow
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Merkel did not save the euro, she just bandaged it up space
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, November 3, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- On the day before the opening of the London Olympics in July, 2012, Mario Draghi, the newish president of the European Central Bank, popped into London to say a few words at the Global Investment Conference at Lancaster House. I was there, expecting him to say nothing important on the eve of the greatest sporting event the city had ever hosted.  FULL STORY arrow
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Centerra swats aside $2-billion bid from low-profile London firm space
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By NIALL MCGEE, ERIC REGULY
Thursday, November 1, 2018 – Page B1
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-- Centerra Gold Inc. says it didn't respond to a recent $2-billion takeover proposal by a littleknown London Stock Exchangelisted mining concern, citing doubts about the company's ability to complete such a deal.  FULL STORY arrow
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Loosening of Merkel's grip could open dangerous void in Europe space
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By ERIC REGULY
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 – Page A1
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ROME -- The end of the era of Angela Merkel, Europe's most durable and influential leader, moved a big step closer on Monday when she agreed to step down as chair of the Christian Democratic Union party. Her decision came after poor showings in two regional elections, and opens the door wide for a leadership competition as the centrist German parties fight to keep their relevance in a highly fragmented political landscape.  FULL STORY arrow
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One good quarter doesn't mean Tesla's safe space
Shareholders who have stuck with erratic CEO Elon Musk must be feeling vindicated, but the company's future is far from secure
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, October 27, 2018 – Page B4
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-- Tesla investors have had a maniacal obsession with the electric-car company since it rolled onto the stock market in 2010. Their endless faith in Tesla sent the shares soaring from the IPO price of US$17 to today's US$315, but one big factor was missing - sustained profit. There wasn't any, and Tesla's cash burn was horrendous. Eventually, the shortsellers - emboldened by chief executive Elon Musk's ever-erratic behaviour - piled into the shares, and the battle of wits between the lovers and the haters dominated the Tesla story.  FULL STORY arrow
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Investors will have the final say in Italy's 2019 budget space
Though the EU rejected the country's plan, the bloc cannot dictate a member's spending, but markets can, and will
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By ERIC REGULY
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 – Page B5
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ROME -- Italy's populist government and the European Union are at war.The European Commission, the EU's executive body, rejected Italy's proposed 2019 budget on Tuesday, arguing that it posed unacceptable risks to both Italy and the EU countries that use the euro. It was the first time the EU has sent a national budget back for a rewrite and it has set the stage for a bruising battle that neither side will win.  FULL STORY arrow
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SNC willing to reshape company if criminal trial affects share value space
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By ERIC REGULY
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 – Page B1
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ROME -- Montreal's SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., one of the world's top engineering and construction businesses, is willing to undergo a radical reshaping if the criminal trial it faces on corruption charges thrusts the company into years of legal limbo that damage shareholder value, the company's CEO, Neil Bruce, says.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saudi Arabia's economic overhaul was troubled before the grisly Khashoggi affair space
The country seems doomed to remain a fossil-fuel economy as the Crown Prince loses more credibility
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, October 20, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- Of all the CEOs who are boycotting the ''Davos in the Desert'' conference next week in Saudi Arabia, perhaps the most important no-show, if not the highest-profile one, will be David Schwimmer. You have probably never heard of him. He is the chief executive of the London Stock Exchange, which might seem to have little interest in Saudi Arabia. But it was the LSE that was widely thought to have the edge over New York in securing the initial public offering of Saudi Aramco, the world's largest oil company.  FULL STORY arrow
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For SNC, threat of Canada-Saudi rift looms over Mideast operations space
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By ERIC REGULY
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 – Page B1
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-- There is no Canadian company that fears a renewed diplomatic clash between Canada and Saudi Arabia more than SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., the Montreal engineering and construction giant that is one of the biggest foreign players in the Middle East.  FULL STORY arrow
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Friends, indeed space
China wants to be No. 1 in electric cars, so it needs copper and cobalt. Where does it find its most helpful suppliers and allies? On Canadian stock markets
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By ERIC REGULY
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 – Page P21
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-- Robert Friedland, the founder and executive co-chairman of Vancouver's Ivanhoe Mines, calls copper ''the new oil.'' By that, he means copper is essential to the new electrified, battery-powered economy in the same way oil, a century ago, was essential to the era of mass mobility. Copper's conductivity--its ability to transmit electricity--is superb. You cannot build a smartphone, an electrical grid or an electric car without copper, and lots of it.  FULL STORY arrow
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Even if carbon taxes are implemented, are electric cars really the best way to go? space
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, October 13, 2018 – Page B4
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-- A transportation revolution is in the making and bets worth hundreds of billions of dollars are being placed. Who might the winner be? Will it be the Tesla-style electric car, the Toyota-style hybrid or the hydrogen car? Will personal transportation of the Uber ilk, possibly in self-driving form, replace public transportation as we know it?  FULL STORY arrow
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A blood feud shatters a family's bond space
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By ERIC REGULY
Friday, October 12, 2018 – Page A1
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-- Belinda Stronach has had incarnations galore in her remarkable life. The list includes auto-parts magnate, elected politician, horse-racing executive, beauty-products entrepreneur and, now, defendant in a sensational lawsuit launched by her loving father, Frank Stronach, the irascible old billionaire who built the Magna International car-parts empire.  FULL STORY arrow
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Watch out for Italy's populists space
Salvini and Co. are playing a risky game: Bond investors could push yields to crisis levels if they see an out-of-control budget
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, October 6, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- When do you know you're carrying too much debt? The first hint comes when lenders stop lending to you. Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Cyprus all found themselves shut out of the debt markets during the financial crisis. In came the bailouts.  FULL STORY arrow
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The impact of a big company's small office space
A leaner Barrick might be good for the miner, but likely won't benefit its home city of Toronto
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By ERIC REGULY
Thursday, October 4, 2018 – Page B6
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ROME -- Peter Munk, the late founder and chairman of Toronto's Barrick Gold Corp., the world's biggest gold producer, was born in Hungary and evolved into a passionate Canadian patriot.  FULL STORY arrow
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Britain Inc. finally gets the message that the Brexit shambles will hurt space
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, September 29, 2018 – Page B4
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-- You have to admire poor Theresa May, the British Prime Minister blundering her way through the Brexit file. It was her former boss, David Cameron, not her, who had demanded the Brexit referendum in 2016.  FULL STORY arrow
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Barrick, Acacia at odds over tax payments to Tanzania space
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By ERIC REGULY
Friday, September 28, 2018 – Page B1
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LONDON -- The already difficult relationship between Barrick Gold Corp. and its African arm, Acacia Mining, has taken another blow over claims and counterclaims about Acacia's tax payments - or lack thereof - to the Tanzanian government.  FULL STORY arrow
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High on its own supply space
Apple was an innovation superstar. Now it's a champion at share buybacks. Some victories are better than others
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By ERIC REGULY
Friday, September 28, 2018 – Page P16
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-- Steve Jobs died seven years ago, and if he could peek down from the heavens, he would not recognize Apple Inc., the company he created and turned into the most successful gadget maker in the history of gadgetry. It's not because Apple's stock market value has more than tripled since his death to more than $1 trillion (all currency in U.S. dollars)--making it the first public company to join the 12-zeros club--but because his baby has undergone a profound and disturbing personality change.  FULL STORY arrow
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By ERIC REGULY
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 – Page B1
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-- Barrick Gold Corp. executive chairman John Thornton has been a great admirer of Randgold Resources Ltd. CEO Mark Bristow and has circled him for years.On Monday, the bromace triggered Barrick's US$6billion takeover of Randgold.  FULL STORY arrow
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Barrick Gold, Randgold near major deal, sources say space
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By NIALL MCGEE, ERIC REGULY
Monday, September 24, 2018 – Page A4
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-- Barrick Gold Corp. and Randgold Resources Ltd. are close to agreement on a major deal, with an announcement expected Monday, according to sources familiar with the situation.An acquisition of Randgold by Barrick would restore the Toronto-based company as the largest gold miner by stock-market capitalization. It has a market cap of $15.8-billion, about twice Randgold's value of $7.9-billion.  FULL STORY arrow
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Danske money-laundering scandal looks bad on EU space
Many warning signs involving a Danish bank ignored by regulators for more than a decade
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, September 22, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- Got a load of dirty money and want to clean it up?The great European Union laundromat awaits you. Estonia in particular has been a godsend to the millionaires and billionaires from Russia, Azerbaijan and other countries who want to add a dash of geographic diversity to their licit and illicit fortunes.  FULL STORY arrow
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Crazy rich miner: Robert Friedland strikes gold with new career in movies space
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, September 22, 2018 – Page B1
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POSITANO, ITALY -- If you are rich, restless and want to reinvent your career as, say, a movie mogul, Villa TreVille can provide plenty of inspiration.Plastered on Italy's Amalfi Coast, next to the village of Positano, it was the home of famed Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli, who played host to some of the greatest artistic talent of the sixties, seventies and eighties - Federico Fellini, Elizabeth Taylor, Leonard Bernstein, Rudolf Nureyev, Maria Callas, Leonard Cohen, the Beatles - in the villa's fairy-tale gardens and terraces.  FULL STORY arrow
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JOHN THORNTON IS DUG IN space
Barrick Gold's boss says he's not backing down on his plan to wring more cash from the company's mines, even at the cost of growth. The share price proves investors remain unconvinced. In a rare interview, the man who stepped into Peter Munk's shoes speaks with Eric Reguly in London
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, September 15, 2018 – Page B1
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-- John Thornton will tell you he saved Barrick Gold Corp. from certain destruction and set it up for fresh success.The company's shareholders are not convinced. To many of them, Barrick looks like the incredible shrinking company.  FULL STORY arrow
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Tracing populism's roots back to the bailouts space
In shifting the burden of the crisis in 2008 and dodging prosecution, the 'masters of the universe' set off an anger that's yet to abate
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Saturday, September 8, 2018 – Page B4
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LONDON -- The London alumni of Lehman Bros. are to meet for a reunion bash on Sept. 14 at a swanky club in the City, as the financial district is known, 10 years less a day after the investment bank's spectacular collapse. Several hundred former Lehman employees are expected to attend the boozer, and it's a safe bet they can afford the &70 ($120) ticket.  FULL STORY arrow
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Clear the track space
With two giant European train makers poised to merge, maybe it's time for Bombardier to sell off its rail business
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By ERIC REGULY
Friday, August 31, 2018 – Page P16
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-- Europe's land-bound version of the giant Airbus consortium, dubbed ''Railbus'' by the media, is in the making. It is the proposed merger of the train-manufacturing divisions of Germany's Siemens and France's Alstom. If the European Union competition czar, Margrethe Vestager, gives the new rolling beast her blessing, it will become the world's second-largest industry player, after China's mighty CRRC.  FULL STORY arrow
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Turkey's currency crisis is not as bad as advertised space
The country's problems, while deep, aren't deep enough to flatten the planet
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Saturday, August 25, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- Financial crises are fond of jolting us out of our stupor every 10 years or so. In 1987, we had the great stock-market collapse - Black Monday - when the Dow lost 22 per cent in one day. The emerging-markets crisis came 11 years later, when the Thai baht, and then the Russian ruble, collapsed, triggering defaults in those countries. We have yet to fully recover from the 2008 financial meltdown and the deep recessions that followed. The never-ending pain in the Italian and Greek economies come to mind.  FULL STORY arrow
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Elon Musk is dreaming if he thinks Tesla is worth $420 a share space
CEO will find a price to take his tech company private, but that number is almost certainly not what he wants
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Saturday, August 18, 2018 – Page B4
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-- Elon Musk has a lot of big, ambitious plans, from colonizing Mars to sticking battery packs tethered to solar panels in every home. Trouble is, each of these dreamy projects costs a fortune, and fortunes are not easy to come by - especially when you are losing a fortune every minute of the day.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, August 15, 2018 – Page A8
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-- The collapse of the elevated Genoa, Italy, highway bridge during a severe storm on Tuesday has killed at least 26 people, but authorities fear that toll will grow as rescue efforts continue. Shortly after the bridge collapsed in the northwestern Italian industrial and port city - the birthplace of Christopher Columbus - the Italian media reported that an engineer had warned two years ago that the soaring 1960s structure had a troubled maintenance history and often required hefty repair jobs.  FULL STORY arrow
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Canadian banks at risk of losing access to key European currency exchange platform space
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Monday, July 23, 2018 – Page B1
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-- Canada's largest banks could be at risk of losing access to a key European foreign-exchange trading platform after Ontario's securities regulator deemed it at odds with its regulations.  FULL STORY arrow
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Scrapping Ontario's cap-and-trade carbon market creates far more losers than winners space
There is so much wrong with Ford's decision that it's hard to know where to start
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Saturday, July 14, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- Like a backwater version of Donald Trump, Doug Ford prefers destruction to building or repairing. His first act as Ontario's Premier was to rip up the province's cap-and-trade carbon program. There was no orderly wind-down; it just vanished into thin air like a plume of diesel smoke.  FULL STORY arrow
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Glencore's risky dealings could backfire space
U.S. Justice Department subpoena could lead to investigation of miner and its relationship with a blacklisted billionaire
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Friday, July 6, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- Glencore took a balanced approach on its way to becoming the world's biggest commodities trader and one of the top mining houses. It dealt with the sinners as well as the saints.  FULL STORY arrow
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VW offers a road map for skirting tariff wars space
Build-cars-everywhere strategy now looks prescient for working around Trumpian duties
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Thursday, July 5, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- Most auto executives have zero interest in Rwanda and probably couldn't find it on a map. And why would they?One of the smallest and poorest countries in Africa, it has no car industry and almost no car sales. The few who can afford cars pick up imported, second-hand bangers and drive them into the ground.  FULL STORY arrow
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How strongman Salvini took Italy by storm space
Only a month into his new job, Deputy PM has quickly stolen the show with tough-on-migrants tack and anti-EU stand
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Tuesday, July 3, 2018 – Page A4
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ROME -- Ask Italians to identify Italy's new Prime Minister, and many have no idea or guess wrong: ''Salvini, right?'' Matteo Salvini is not the Prime Minister - that would be Giuseppe Conte, a little-known academic before he became Italy's little-known leader. But it's easy to see why Mr. Salvini's name comes immediately to mind: He has stolen the show - not just among Italians, but Europeans, too.  FULL STORY arrow
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ADAPT OR DIE space
Companies have been denying the economic impact of climate change for too long. Now big-name investors aren't giving them a choice
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By ERIC REGULY
Friday, June 29, 2018 – Page P38
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-- CLIMATE SCIENTISTS warned decades ago that stuffing the atmosphere with carbon was putting humanity on a collision course with nature. Fossil fuel companies and other carbon emitters did nothing.In 1973, Munich Re rang the global-warming alarm bells.  FULL STORY arrow
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Gold is falling. Bitcoin may be responsible space
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Saturday, June 23, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- Gold hit a six-month low this week and is down about 7 per cent since its recent high, in April. Why the retreat?One obvious answer is that interest rates are rising, or are set to rise, pretty much everywhere.  FULL STORY arrow
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Italy's sabotage of CETA would be an own goal space
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Thursday, June 21, 2018 – Page B1
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ROME -- On the trade front, Canada doesn't have a lot going for it right now. Now CETA, the new Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, a deal that had looked as solid as a wheel of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, is in trouble thanks to a populist revolution in Italy that carries Trumpian overtones.  FULL STORY arrow
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In Germany, a different kind of migrant crisis space
Merkel's coalition teeters as key partner pushes for strict border controls
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Tuesday, June 19, 2018 – Page A1
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ROME -- The new refugee crisis is stretching the frayed ties that bind the European Union and may ultimately cost German Chancellor Angela Merkel her government.Over the weekend and into Monday, Ms. Merkel scrambled to broker a short-term peace agreement with her coalition government's partner in Bavaria, the Christian Social Union (CSU), which triggered the biggest threat to her reign since the start of her premiership 13 years ago.  FULL STORY arrow
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In the oil game, play Trump's tweets, not the market space
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, June 16, 2018 – Page B4
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-- EUROPEAN BUREAU CHIEF ROMENever underestimate the power of a Donald Trump tweet.In late April, when oil was rising fast, taking gasoline prices up with it, Mr. Trump slammed OPEC for prices he deemed ''artificially very high.'' This week, he took another whack at the cartel: ''Oil prices are too high. OPEC is at it again. Not good!''  FULL STORY arrow
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Friday, June 15, 2018 – Page B6
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ROME -- The easy-money era in Europe is coming to an end.Germany is happy about that, for sure. Investors in the Italian debt market, Europe's largest, might not be.  FULL STORY arrow
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Italy claims win after rejecting migrant ship space
Leader of country's populist League party tweets 'Victory!' as Spain offers to take in stranded passengers
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018 – Page A3
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-- A rescue ship overflowing with more than 600 migrants and running short of food handed Italy's new populist government the first test of its resolve to prevent migrants from landing at home ports, even if doing so risked a humanitarian crisis and a confrontation with other European Union countries.  FULL STORY arrow
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The weird and wonderful Swiss proposal to blow up commercial banking has merit space
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Saturday, June 9, 2018 – Page B4
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-- Switzerland' s thriving form of direct democracy sometimes takes the wealthy little country in peculiar directions. Don't want Swiss mosques studded with minarets? Hold a national referendum to try to get them banned, which is what happened in 2009 - no more minaret construction. A more recent vote on providing a universal guaranteed income did not pass.  FULL STORY arrow
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Under house arrest in Shanghai, abducted Chinese-Canadian tycoon shrinks his wobbling empire space
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Wednesday, June 6, 2018 – Page A1
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-- Xiao Jianhua, the Chinese-Canadian tycoon abducted last year, is living under house arrest in Shanghai, where he is busy selling off vast chunks of his overextended Tomorrow Group Holdings empire, the onetime wealth machine that had vaulted him into the top tier of Chinese billionaires.  FULL STORY arrow
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The euro zone got too ambitious for its own good space
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Saturday, June 2, 2018 – Page B1
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-- It's easy to dismiss George Soros, the Hungarian-American billionaire, philanthropist, onetime hedge fund manager and Europhile as an aging blowhard and doomsayer. For years he has moaned about the existential crisis facing the European Union and the euro zone, yet both remained intact.  FULL STORY arrow
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'Rational people' will avert full trade war: Fiat CEO space
Marchionne expects FCA to emerge largely unscathed from looming conflict
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Saturday, June 2, 2018 – Page B2
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-- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne does not expect an all-out tariff war to erupt even though the Donald Trump administration shocked Canada, Mexico and Europe this week by slapping tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.  FULL STORY arrow
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Italian debt crisis puts Merkel in the hot seat once again space
As the effective boss of the European Union, German Chancellor risks seeing Italy crash out of euro zone if she can't defuse situation
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By ERIC REGULY
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- Will she or won't she?That's the question that anyone who cares about the future of Europe is asking as the Italian debt crisis threatens to return with a vengeance, if it has not returned already. Will German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the protector-in-chief of the euro zone and the effective boss of Europe, find a way to defuse the Italian crisis?  FULL STORY arrow
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Political chaos in Italy may boost Euroskeptic parties space
President's decision to veto populists' choice for finance minister could soon haunt him
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Tuesday, May 29, 2018 – Page A7
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ROME -- Rome is burning. Italy's new populist government went up in flames only days before it was to be sworn in. Pro-Europe politicians and technocrats were relieved, for the populist victors in the March election, the Five Star Movement (M5S) and the League, certainly had no love for the European integration project or the common currency.  FULL STORY arrow
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Angela Merkel, Europe's saviour, is about to lose her magic touch space
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Saturday, May 26, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- Angela Merkel floats over the European Union like an angel of mercy. When the EU and the countries within it that use the euro find themselves gravely wounded, she applies the bandages that stem the bleeding.  FULL STORY arrow
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With new PM, Italy set to rattle investors, Brussels space
Despite market recovery, economists say rough going could be ahead as the country's new government implements expensive programs
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Friday, May 25, 2018 – Page B6
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ROME -- After a week of falling prices triggered by investors' fears of a populist, Euroskeptic government taking shape in Italy, the Italian markets recovered somewhat.But several economists think that Italy, home of the world's fourth-largest bond market, might take another dive as the new government implements expensive programs that could blow the budget apart.  FULL STORY arrow
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The Amazon surcharge space
As online retailers drive more stores out of business, how will governments make up the lost property tax revenue?
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Friday, May 25, 2018 – Page P17
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-- Manhattan's Broadway, one of the most famous avenues in the world, is a shopping mecca that bustles with energy. Or it used to. The stretch between 48th and 57th streets looks like it was hit by a neutron bomb. Along those nine blocks, only one store has been open recently (it sells drones). Excluding a few bank branches and fast-food outlets, the rest of the storefronts are boarded up.  FULL STORY arrow
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Hope blooms from the rubble of war space
One of the bloodiest clashes of the Second World War, the Battle of Monte Cassino is remembered on its 74th anniversary as veterans assemble to pay respect to victims of one of history's most 'barbaric' chapters
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Tuesday, May 22, 2018 – Page A10
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-- A few minutes before 11 in the morning, Waclaw Fieglar walked slowly into the heart of the ancient Benedictine abbey of Monte Cassino, pushing a walker to steady himself. His smart blue blazer was festooned with eight war medals; a pin on his right lapel depicted the Polish and Canadian flags.  FULL STORY arrow
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Could guaranteed income spur an Italian renaissance? space
The country's bold new coalition government is already rattling investors with an aggressive fiscal expansion program
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, May 19, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- Who would have thought that Italy, of all countries, might be at the forefront of a revolution that could change the way industrial nations deal with economic growth and poverty eradication?  FULL STORY arrow
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Populist parties move to form Italy's government space
Some economists fear fiscal package unveiled by Five Star Movement and the League is too costly and unworkable
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Tuesday, May 15, 2018 – Page A6
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ROME -- Italy's two biggest anti-establishment parties moved close to forming a government that would put the euro area's third-largest economy in the hands of an untested populist movement that threatens to scare off investors and rattle the European project.  FULL STORY arrow
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The problem with putting a price on Saudi Aramco space
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Saturday, May 12, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- Almost two and a half years ago, Mohammed bin Salman, then-deputy crown prince of Saudi Arabia, now heir apparent to the throne, casually mentioned that Saudi Aramco was headed to the stock market. The news came as a shock. Outside investors would be given a chance to own shares in the world's biggest oil company and the greatest source of wealth for both Saudi Arabia and the yacht-loving royal family.  FULL STORY arrow
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Hezbollah's gains in Lebanon election also a win for Iran space
The vote's outcome will roil Tel Aviv and Washington, and comes at the expense of Hariri's Future Movement party
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By ERIC REGULY
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 – Page A3
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BEIRUT -- The geopolitical manoeuvrings in the Middle East took another small step in favour of Iran when the outcome of the Lebanese parliamentary election, the first in nine years, bolstered the support for an alliance led by Iranian-backed Hezbollah.  FULL STORY arrow
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Lebanon goes to polls as Hezbollah eyes gains space
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By ERIC REGULY
Monday, May 7, 2018 – Page A1
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-- Lebanon went to the polls for the first time in nine years amid expectations that the powerful Iranianbacked, Hezbollah-led alliance would strengthen its position in the sectarian-riven parliament, highlighting Iran's regional rise at the expense of Saudi Arabia.  FULL STORY arrow
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Lebanon's future leader faces tall task in fixing economy space
May 6 election, the first parliamentary vote since 2009, aims to form a government that can repair the country
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Monday, May 7, 2018 – Page B6
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BEIRUT -- In Lebanon, households can pay for electricity three times.One payment goes to Electricite du Liban, the national electricity company. But since its system is so laughably unreliable - getting stuck in elevators when the juice goes off is part of everyday life - diesel generators are ubiquitous. So the second payment goes to the owner of the generator that is connected to the apartment building. Since the backup system doesn't always work, some individual apartments have their own generators.  FULL STORY arrow
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The enduring legacy of Syria's refugee crisis space
Lebanese government and citizens losing patience as massive influx of people puts severe strain on struggling economy
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Saturday, May 5, 2018 – Page A14
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-- If there is one election issue that unites most Lebanese in this fractious, stressed-out country ahead of Sunday's election, it is their desire to see Lebanon's one-million-plus Syrian refugees go home.  FULL STORY arrow
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Israel-Iran war unlikely: Hezbollah official space
Politician says recent aggressions between the countries are designed to 'create headlines'
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Friday, May 4, 2018 – Page A6
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-- Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed political and military powerhouse in Lebanon, does not believe a war between Iran and Israel is imminent or even likely, a senior Hezbollah politician in Beirut says.  FULL STORY arrow
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In Lebanon's election, women campaign for change space
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Friday, May 4, 2018 – Page A1
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-- There are only four women in Lebanon's female-unfriendly parliament, where even the women's affairs minister is a man. A record number of female candidates - 84 to be precise - are trying to correct that jarring imbalance in Sunday's election.  FULL STORY arrow
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Israel-Iran war unlikely: Hezbollah official space
Politician says recent aggressions between the countries are designed to 'create headlines'
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Thursday, May 3, 2018 – Page A6
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-- Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed political and military powerhouse in Lebanon, does not believe a war between Iran and Israel is imminent or even likely, a senior Hezbollah politician in Beirut says.  FULL STORY arrow
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In Lebanon's election, women campaign for change space
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Thursday, May 3, 2018 – Page A1
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-- There are only four women in Lebanon's female-unfriendly parliament, where even the women's affairs minister is a man. A record number of female candidates - 84 to be precise - are trying to correct that jarring imbalance in Sunday's election.  FULL STORY arrow
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A tourist's dream, a whale shark's nightmare space
With the species in rapid decline, various ideas are being floated to protect the sharks from mass-tourism harassment and propeller injuries, including regulations for boat captains
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Wednesday, May 2, 2018 – Page A14
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SOUTH ARI ATOLL, MALDIVES -- The Maldives, a sandy necklace of islands that stretches 750 kilometres across the Indian Ocean, just north of the Equator, is a paradise for snorkellers and scuba divers.The star attractions are manta rays, sundry sharks and whale sharks, fish so big they are sometimes mistaken for whales and so rare that spotting one is a once-in-a-lifetime event for most submerged tourists.  FULL STORY arrow
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What to expect in the Lebanese election and why it matters space
The success of the vote in the only Arab democracy in the Middle East is essential to the region's stability, Eric Reguly writes from Beirut
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Wednesday, May 2, 2018 – Page A10
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-- Lebanon goes to the polls for the first time in nine years on May 6, and the election has put the entire region on tenterhooks. Will the outcome change the geopolitical calculus between Iran and Saudi Arabia, the two archrivals who are trying to turn Lebanon into a proxy state?  FULL STORY arrow
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Don't let Facebook fool you - all's not well in tech land space
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Saturday, April 28, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- Facebook was under pressure early this month as the Cambridge Analytica scandal erupted. Amid calls to feed the social-media giant to the wolves, CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced a grilling from a U.S. Senate committee. Facebook shares plunged.  FULL STORY arrow
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Electric dreamland space
Gas-guzzling cars got a free ride from governments for decades. Electric car drivers will have to pay the full tab for new infrastructure themselves
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Friday, April 27, 2018 – Page P21
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-- Imagine this line from an updated version of The Blues Brothers: ''It's 106 miles to Chicago. We got a full battery charge, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses.''  FULL STORY arrow
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Storm clouds gather despite rosy projections space
There are indications that global growth has peaked and that a few big economies are about to go in reverse
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, April 21, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- Buying the dip in the market has often made bundles for investors. The strategy worked beautifully in early 2016.If you bought then, you've probably made out like a bandit. The markets are off the highs seen in late 2017 and early this year.  FULL STORY arrow
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The end of advertising's biggest one-man show marks end of Mad Men era space
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Monday, April 16, 2018 – Page A1
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-- The global advertising agency oft described as a one-man show - WPP - has just lost that one man.Over the weekend, Martin Sorrell, WPP's founder, chief executive, driving force for 33 years, Britain's highest-paid executive and ultimate corporate schmoozer, resigned from the company.  FULL STORY arrow
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Beyond Zuckerberg, it's time to hold Bezos to account, too space
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Saturday, April 14, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg was in the dock this week, facing a grilling from members of Congress. Next up, Jeff Bezos?While no one has accused Mr. Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon, the world's richest man and the owner of The Washington Post, of mishandling the data of tens of millions of customers (although Amazon has been the victim of hackers) or making his platform vulnerable for Russian infiltration, the man is becoming the embodiment of Big Tech, for better or for worse.  FULL STORY arrow
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U.S. sanctions on Russia threaten empire of Putin's favourite oligarch space
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018 – Page B1
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ROME -- Only six months ago, Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, said to be President Vladimir Putin's favourite oligarch, was on top of the world. He had just pulled off a remarkable feat: the listing of his hydropower and aluminum holdings company EN+ Group on the London Stock Exchange, the first Russian company to do so since Russia's invasion of Crimea in 2014.  FULL STORY arrow
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Elon Musk's easy ride at Tesla is over space
A bond yield as high as 7.5 per cent suggests the premier maker of electric vehicles is losing its magic touch
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Saturday, March 31, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- The good times are no longer rolling at Elon Musk's Tesla, the premier maker of electric vehicles. The price of Tesla's bonds suggests the company's shares are turning into a lottery ticket.  FULL STORY arrow
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Ghosts of war: My journalist father's Vietnam odyssey, revisited space
Eric Reguly's father was one of Canada's most famous reporters when, in the 1960s, he went to Vietnam to get a fearless, firsthand look at a conflict that would force him to confront the brutality of war - and inspire his son to embark on a life in journalism
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Saturday, March 31, 2018 – Page A14
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-- CHEVY CHASE, MD., SUMMER 1967It's early one morning in late July or early August. I am a nine-year-old excited to see my father, who has just returned from almost three months in Vietnam. I creep into the bedroom and leap onto his chest, expecting him to hug me, laughing.  FULL STORY arrow
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Peter Munk: The extraordinary life of a business legend, philanthropist and champion of Canada space
Mining magnate dies at the age of 90 surrounded by family in Toronto. He was an immigrant and a business mogul who gave back to his adopted country and left an unparalleled legacy, Eric Reguly writes
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Thursday, March 29, 2018 – Page A10
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-- Peter Munk, a powerful man in a small frame, would claim he wasn't afraid of death. It was frailty that terrified him; it meant that he could not play the game he had been playing all his life - building businesses, taking enormous risks, thundering like Lear when it all went wrong, then picking himself up, tilting his trademark Borsalino hat on his head and starting all over again, brimming with optimism.  FULL STORY arrow
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It's crunch time for the robot-car industry space
The dream of cities filled with self-driving cars will remain a fantasy for a while
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Saturday, March 24, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- The makers of robot cars are hitting the brakes. Uber has suspended autonomouscar tests in the United States and Canada after one of its robot Volvos plowed into a pedestrian last weekend, with tragic results. After the fatality, Toyota also suspended tests.  FULL STORY arrow
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EU proposes revenue tax on Facebook, Big Tech companies space
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Thursday, March 22, 2018 – Page B5
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ROME -- In the same week that Facebook Inc. took a beating on the stock market over its alleged role in a data-harvesting scandal, the social-media giant and other digital economy companies learned that the European Union plans to hit them with a revenue tax.  FULL STORY arrow
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Facebook's stock slide could signal start of Big Tech's reckoning space
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Wednesday, March 21, 2018 – Page B1
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-- The Big Tech companies, from Facebook to Uber, have valuations equivalent to the economies of small countries not just because antiquated antitrust rules allow them to dominate their industrial sectors, but because they are lightly regulated and find clever ways to avoid taxes.  FULL STORY arrow
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U.K.'s Unilever loss is social capitalism's gain space
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, March 17, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- The British government was always deluding itself. The chances of Unilever, one of the world's three biggest consumer-products companies, staying put in London were about as high as Boris Johnson auditioning for the National Ballet. Unilever this week said cheers to London and is moving its unified headquarters to Rotterdam.  FULL STORY arrow
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Italian election marks the end of an era space
Ahead of the vote, Silvio Berlusconi was brimming with confidence. So what went wrong for the one they call Il Cavaliere?
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Thursday, March 15, 2018 – Page A3
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ROME -- Silvio Berlusconi, the man who virtually invented postwar Italian populism, is sulking in his villa outside of Milan, ignored by the media. In Italy's election, he was defeated by a purer set of populists who seem to have finally buried the tragicomic Berlusconi era.  FULL STORY arrow
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Investors beware: Italy's euro days may be numbered space
With Draghi soon to depart, the Mr. Nice Guy era likely coming to an end at the ECB
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, March 10, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- European Central Bank president Mario Draghi has been awfully kind to the clappedout members of the euro zone, all in the name of sparing the common currency from destruction.But his time is coming up. The next ECB boss might take a NoMore-Mister-Nice-Guy approach and, if so, the euro zone and debt investors are in for a shock.  FULL STORY arrow
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Italy's populist parties make big gains in election, but stability will not be easily won space
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Tuesday, March 6, 2018 – Page A3
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-- In France and Germany, the populists put up a strong fight but their touted revolutions ultimately failed. Not so in Italy, where more than 50 per cent of the vote in Sunday's election went to populist parties, such as the Five Star Movement, that have been trying to crack the walls of the mainstream parties for years.  FULL STORY arrow
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No clear winner in Italian vote as exit polls show gains for populists space
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Monday, March 5, 2018 – Page A4
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ROME -- Italy piled political deadlock on top of economic stagnation to its list of problems after exit polls in Sunday's election indicated that no party or coalition was on course to win enough votes to declare a parliamentary majority.  FULL STORY arrow
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Mario Draghi learns that no good deed goes unpunished space
The European Central Bank head has tried to put the country on sound fiscal footing - then along came all those election promises
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Saturday, March 3, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- Did European Central Bank boss Mario Draghi save Italy or merely set up the world's third biggest debtor for permanent zombie status?As Italians head to the polls on Sunday, the parties, big and small, are showering voters with promises of goodies galore. The Five Star Movement, the single most popular party, is plumping for a basic income for the poor.  FULL STORY arrow
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Migration emerges as top issue in Italian vote space
Country's struggling economy takes back seat amid continuing influx of asylum seekers
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Thursday, March 1, 2018 – Page A7
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ROME -- From a distance, the sevenstorey modernist block with blue-tinted windows looks like any other office building in suburban Rome. Get close, and its personality changes. Laundry hangs outside, next to the foyer.  FULL STORY arrow
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For German auto makers, diesel ruling a costly shift space
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Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – Page B1
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ROME -- Diesel is dying, fast. It's good news for anyone who lives in cities choking on the soot and nitrogen dioxide spewed out by cars with diesel engines. It's bad news for the German car industry, whose rise was built on the back of the diesel engine.  FULL STORY arrow
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Investors are mistaken to be relaxed about the possible revival of Silvio Berlusconi space
Italy is finally on the rebound after nearly a decade of stagnation, but that good news may be jeopardized if a government with a bad economic history makes its return
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Saturday, February 24, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- Two ailing European entities have come back to life.One is the Italian economy; that's the good news. The other is Silvio Berlusconi; that''s the bad news. His centre-right coalition could form the next government after the March 4 election, and its economic track record is dreadful.  FULL STORY arrow
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Bitcoin's peak spells unavoidable doom for cryptocurrencies space
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Saturday, February 17, 2018 – Page B4
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-- Type ''bitcoin bubble'' into a search engine and you will come up with 15 million hits. No wonder. The trading chart of the electronic currency - backed by nothing, not gold, not a central bank, absolutely nothing - looked like the Eiffel Tower viewed from ground level before Christmas. The rises were steep, though jagged, before going nearly vertical and soaring into the clouds: a truly awesome sight.  FULL STORY arrow
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Volkswagen risks stalling with its electric gamble space
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Saturday, February 10, 2018 – Page B8
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-- Volkswagen, the world's largest car maker, faced an existential crisis in the autumn of 2015, when the Dieselgate scandal erupted. The company became a German national embarrassment and international pariah when it admitted to having rigged its diesel engines to pump out false readings in environmental tests. The engines were much worse polluters than advertised.  FULL STORY arrow
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How Amazon challenges anti-trust orthodoxy space
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Saturday, January 27, 2018 – Page B4
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-- Big Tech lost its halo last year when it came under attack for everything from excessive market control to unwitting roles in Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. If the start of 2018 is any indication, the criticism isn't about to give up, nor should it, as the FANG companies - Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google - form the greatest concentration of corporate wealth and power the world has ever seen.  FULL STORY arrow
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Uncertainty over revival of Germany's 'GroKo' a sign of Merkel's dwindling power space
Potential resumption of grand coalition between Chancellor's CDU and SPD seen as benefiting far-right AfD
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Saturday, January 20, 2018 – Page A6
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-- A coalition that smacks of desperation and political fatigue is on the verge of ruling Germany again. Only the populist parties are happy about it.On Sunday, four months after Germany's inconclusive federal election, the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) faces a crunch party vote in Bonn on whether to endorse formal coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU).  FULL STORY arrow
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