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Universal basic income, an ethical option

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BusinessLine This week, the idea of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) captured headlines in the UK as a study, presented to Britain’s Labour Party, concluded that the country ought to introduce pilot schemes to test such a system, as part of efforts to tackle hig... More »

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Why UK’s auto sector fears no-deal Brexit

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BusinessLine In November last year, Britain’s automotive industry was among those to give a cautious welcome to Theresa May’s controversial Withdrawal Agreement that set out the way in which Britain would extricate itself from the EU. The deal was far from the... More »

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Confused and splintered over Brexit

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BusinessLine Within minutes of the humongous defeat — involving the biggest margin by which a British government has lost a parliamentary vote in modern history — economic analysts began putting out notes assessing the situation, many with a positive spin. One... More »

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Britain in deep uncertainty over Brexit

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BusinessLine It’s a sign of the uncertain times in Britain that a health minister’s quip that he was now the largest buyer of fridges in the world — as the National Health Service stockpiled essential medicines to prepare for a no-deal Brexit — was meant to se... More »

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France’s winter of discontent – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine Of the images to have emerged from the Paris protests in recent days, one of the most haunting is one of a statue of Marianne — the female figure who is meant to personify France and its values of reason and liberty — with half her face smashed in... More »

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Brexit: UK ignoring EU nations’ concerns

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BusinessLine This week as Prime Minister Theresa May appeared to recover somewhat from last week’s political turmoil — that saw several ministerial resignations and letters of no-confidence submitted against her — another potential stumbling block appeared. Th... More »

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Merkel’s exit could shake up Europe

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BusinessLine Ever one to do things on her own terms, Angela Merkel’s announcement that she would not be seeking re-election as party leader later this year, or run again for Chancellor in 2021, caught many observers off guard. Her party, the Christian Democrat... More »

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Chinks in Europe’s liberal armour

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BusinessLine Earlier this week France, Germany and the UK issued a joint statement condemning in the “strongest possible terms” the violent killing of Jamal Khashoggi, the US-resident Saudi journalist who was a columnist for the Washington Post, within the pre... More »

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Dangerous times for journalists in Europe

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BusinessLine On Saturday last week, the body of Viktoria Marinova, a 30-year-old journalist for the television station TVN was found in a park in the Bulgarian city of Ruse. She had been raped and murdered. She was a presenter on a current affairs programme wh... More »

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The quixotic rise of the Far Right

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BusinessLine What to make of the result of last weekend’s Swedish election that saw the ruling Social Democrats returned to power, albeit on one of their worst electoral results on record? The Social Democrats won just over 28 per cent of the vote, and their p... More »