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Tuesday, February 19




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The strange divide among Montreal companies space
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, February 16, 2019 – Page B4
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-- This is a tale of two cites, both named Montreal.The first Montreal is full of well-regarded companies that are typically steady performers and occasionally stock market gems. They are generally not prone to corporate loutishness, even if they make mistakes and can be annoying now and again.  FULL STORY arrow
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Choreographer of This is America uses her celebrity status to step up efforts for rural youth worldwide space
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By ERIC REGULY
Friday, February 15, 2019 – Page A1
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ROME -- Sherrie Silver has had a big week - really big.On Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, This Is America, the dark, violent but equally high-spirited hit song and video performed by Childish Gambino - real name Donald Glover - won four Grammy Awards. Ms. Silver, a 24-yearold Rwandan dance phenomenon, was the video's choreographer. She was thanked onstage by Childish Gambino's collaborators - he did not attend - and made a splash at the post-Grammy parties.  FULL STORY arrow
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Italy's finances could clobber Europe's banks space
Outrageous levels of Italian sovereign debt, much of it held by local and other European lenders, would be a nightmare for the EU
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, February 9, 2019 – Page B4
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ROME -- Italy's populist government has failed its first big economic test.The two ruling coalition parties - the League and the Five Star Movement - promised a desperately needed economic revival after they formed a government last June. Instead, they delivered a recession.  FULL STORY arrow
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Deutsche Bank's restructuring hasn't paid off space
Its future remains highly uncertain, especially as the German and other European economies quickly lose momentum
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, February 2, 2019 – Page B4
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ROME -- Deutsche Bank's role was to befit its status as the top bank in Europe's top economy. It was supposed to be the Mercedes-Benz of German lenders - well-built, dependable, respected, competitive, internationally famous, the flag-bearer for mighty Corporate Germany. It was to be the prime financier of the country's export-oriented economy, while holding its own among the Wall Street giants.  FULL STORY arrow
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Italy's plunge into recession threatens rest of euro zone space
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By ERIC REGULY
Friday, February 1, 2019 – Page B1
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ROME -- Italy is back in recession, its third since the 2008 financial crisis, and the rest of Europe is slowing down, too, as Brexit, the gilets jaunes protests in France and the global tariff wars put pressure on the economy.  FULL STORY arrow
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A more unified Europe isn't materializing space
Nearly three years after U.K. voted to leave bloc, there have yet to be any substantive moves toward EU integration
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By ERIC REGULY
Thursday, January 31, 2019 – Page A6
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ROME -- Britain's vote in mid-2016 to leave the European Union did not trigger spasms of existential angst within the EU. Yes, the loss of the EU's second-biggest economy would come as a blow to the EU, but not a fatal one. The optimists on the warmer side of the English Channel even found a silver lining.  FULL STORY arrow
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Bombardier faces pressure as the EU mulls Siemens-Alstom train merger space
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, January 26, 2019 – Page B4
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ROME -- The world's most effective and feared antitrust cop, Margrethe Vestager, is not going quietly into the night. The European Union's Competition Commissioner has some momentous decisions ahead of her before she steps down later this year. One of them could reshape the entire train industry, where Canada's Bombardier is one of the biggest players.  FULL STORY arrow
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These days, a ticket to Davos carries a hefty cost - stigma space
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By ERIC REGULY
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 – Page B4
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ROME -- On Tuesday, as they have every year since 1971, the world's richest and most influential industrialists, bankers, oligarchs, tech kings, politicians and economists gathered in Davos, Switzerland, for the five-day World Economic Forum (WEF). They say they are part of the solution, not the problem, to some of the world's greatest ailments.  FULL STORY arrow
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This week's Santander moment changes nothing in the world of lavish bankers' pay space
Cancelled appointment is merely a blip in a time of record-setting executive remuneration
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, January 19, 2019 – Page B4
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ROME -- The Santander moment might have you believe the banking world has changed, that outrageous pay for bankers with the mental makeup of a Las Vegas card shark is finally becoming a relic of the decadent past. Populism has hit the pay world - thank you Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jeremy Corbyn and the other headline-grabbing socialists who equate overpaid bankers with broken, late-stage capitalism and the greediest bankers with the end of civilization, Rome in the fourth century.  FULL STORY arrow
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Brexit alone won't kill the EU, but rising right-wing nationalism could space
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By ERIC REGULY
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 – Page A9
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ROME -- Post-Brexit survival supplies in Britain known as ''Brexit boxes.'' Migrant rescue ships banned from Italian ports. France nearly crippled by endless gilets jaunes protests. The relentless rise of right-wing, Euroskeptic populist parties. Germany's main opposition party campaigning for a German version of Brexit.  FULL STORY arrow
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Another one bites the dust: Hollowing out of corporate sector continues space
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By ERIC REGULY
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 – Page B1
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-- Toronto's Barrick Gold always wanted to team up with Newmont Mining of Colorado. Merging the two giants, which have adjoining operations in gold-rich Nevada, would have created an unassailable industry leader and reduced costs by an estimated US$1-billion a year. On paper, it looked like a dream deal. But it never got off the ground, in good part because Barrick founder Peter Munk wanted the new company to stay in Toronto, not move to Denver.  FULL STORY arrow
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Carlos Ghosn is out but leaves a fine legacy space
Nissan's executives tamper with the alliance he created at their risk as the global car sector heads toward rocky road
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, January 12, 2019 – Page B4
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ROME -- Carlos Ghosn's appearance this week in Tokyo District Court, his first since he was arrested in mid-November and tossed into jail with no opportunity for bail, was the hottest ticket in town. Some 1,100 people, an army of reporters among them, had lined up to enter a lottery for the courtroom's 14 gallery seats.  FULL STORY arrow
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Europe's automakers face bumpy road ahead space
The car industry, already amid upheaval, must soon grapple with Britain's exit from EU
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By ERIC REGULY
Friday, January 11, 2019 – Page B4
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ROME -- The easy times are over for the European automakers.They had groped their way out of the hole created by the 2008 financial crisis and now they're slipping back into it again as the global auto industry faces its greatest upheaval in decades.  FULL STORY arrow
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Barrick's gutting did not have to be this way space
What was once the world's biggest gold miner will probably thrive under its new CEO - just no longer as a Canadian company
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, January 5, 2019 – Page B3
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ROME -- Before I moved to Europe in 2007, I spent almost a decade in Toronto writing about the eradication of Corporate Canada. Most big companies I followed - Inco, Falconbridge, Alcan, Dofasco, Molson, Fairmont, Four Seasons, among others - were flogged to foreigners, their head offices downgraded to branch plants or eliminated.  FULL STORY arrow
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Turmoil, tension and Trump: My business, economic predictions for 2019 space
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By ERIC REGULY
Monday, December 31, 2018 – Page B1
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-- It's that time of year again. Herewith are my economic and business predictions for 2019. Making them was harder than usual, given the headline-a-minute turmoil of 2018 - thank you, Donald Trump - that is bound to continue in 2019.  FULL STORY arrow
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The tragedy of Canada's 'Little Stalingrad' space
Largely forgotten today, victory at the Italian port city of Ortona came at a high cost for Canadian troops in the Second World War
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By ERIC REGULY, SHAWN MCCARTHY
Thursday, December 27, 2018 – Page A19
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ROME OTTAWA -- ''Everything before Ortona was a fairy tale.''- Major-General Christopher Vokes, commander of the 1st Canadian Infantry Division in Italy, 1943The Canadian war monument in the heart of Ortona, the Italian city on the Adriatic coast, does not paint a picture of glory. It depicts a Canadian infantryman on his knees comforting a fallen comrade who lies before him, dying. The monument, installed in Ortona in 1999 by the battle's Canadian veterans, is called the Price of Peace.  FULL STORY arrow
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An Americano in Italy space
Eric Reguly visits Starbucks' roastery in Milan and wonders whether the U.S. chain will sweep through the world capital of coffee or be relegated to curiosity status
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By ERIC REGULY
Wednesday, December 26, 2018 – Page B1
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-- For decades, it was a mark of pride among coffee-loving Italians that Starbucks, the American chain-store leviathan that served sugary, frothy concoctions disguised as coffee, had been unable to penetrate Italy. Italians could not stop McDonald's and Burger King from invading their country and ransacking their cuisine. But they could stop Starbucks.  FULL STORY arrow
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Megaprojects hosing taxpayers once again space
Britain's two big rail construction jobs have gone way over budget and, as with any situation involving major cost overruns, executives are taking home the loot
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By ERIC REGULY
Saturday, December 22, 2018 – Page B4
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ROME -- Megaprojects have a life of their own. Everyone knows they will go over budget, perhaps wildly so, yet governments keep pumping money into them as if they were too expensive to fail. They're the scandals that keep on giving, to the delight of journalists, opposition parties and lavishly paid consultants, but to the distress of taxpayers.  FULL STORY arrow
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Barrick's hiring of Randgold CEO sets stage for clash of strategic visions space
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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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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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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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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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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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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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By ERIC REGULY
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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By ERIC REGULY
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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By ERIC REGULY
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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By ERIC REGULY
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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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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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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By ERIC REGULY
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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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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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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By ERIC REGULY
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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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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By ERIC REGULY
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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By ERIC REGULY
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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By ERIC REGULY
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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By ERIC REGULY
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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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
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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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By ERIC REGULY
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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By ERIC REGULY
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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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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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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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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