Greeks elected the conservative New Democracy party to government after it promised lower taxes and more jobs. Led by incoming PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the party won 39.6% of the vote compared to the far-left Syriza party of PM Alexis Tsipras with 31.6%. Voters supported New Democracy’s promise to cut taxes to drive investment, growth and jobs after years of tough austerity measures
2019 July 08 Monday, 11:06
Boeing has been usurped by its European rival Airbus in a lucrative new deal with the Saudi Arabia carrier Flyadeal. The beleaguered U.S. company lost a $5.5b deal to sell its 737 MAX jetliners to Flydeal after the carrier opted to purchase up to 50 Airbus A320neo planes instead. The move by the discount carrier is “one of the first tangible signs” that Boeing’s crisis is likely to encourage its rivals to strongly consider
2019 July 08 Monday, 11:01
Deutsche Bank could slash up to 20,000 jobs by 2022, a fifth of its workforce. CFO James von Moltke has called the move a “final restructuring”. He aims to reduce adjusted costs by a quarter to €17b, but is likely to post a net loss of €2.8b in the second quarter of 2019. He also announced it will pull out of global equities sales and trading operations, and scale back investment banking two days after
2019 July 08 Monday, 10:56
Swiss researchers have developed a method that could use the hot air in train tunnels to heat (or cool) thousands of homes. A series of plastic pipes filled with transfer fluid or cold water would be installed along train passages — as passing trains warm those pipes, energy would be produced in the form of a hot liquid. A 645,000 square foot area of lined tunnels could potentially supply enough energy to heat 1,500 homes,
2019 July 01 Monday, 14:53
The EU decreed all new electric vehicles must be fitted with a noise-emitting device. The new rule, which comes into effect today, follows concerns the super-quiet vehicles pose a risk to pedestrians and cyclists. The cars’ acoustic vehicle alert system (AVAS) must be activated when reversing or travelling at speeds below 19km/h. Charity Guide Dogs has welcomed the move but says vehicles should emit noise at all speeds. 
2019 July 01 Monday, 14:28
Airbus, Aeroports de Paris and the Paris Transport Authority say they’re looking into using autonomous flying taxis to move passengers every six minutes between Charles de Gaulle Airport and tournament sites. There are, however, issues to overcome first, including improving battery power and safety, as well as ensuring compatibility with existing infrastructure and regulations. 
2019 June 24 Monday, 14:49
To gain the emotional benefits from holding down a job, you just need to work eight hours a week, according to research. Unemployment has previously been tied to mental health problems, with researchers suggesting that the social contact and structure of work can aid emotional wellness. This study found those benefits don’t increase beyond eight hours of work. The findings could prove useful as automation threatens to
2019 June 24 Monday, 14:46
Sales of alcohol-free beer are booming in the UK and across Europe, coinciding with an increase in alcohol-free craft breweries and even a bar in Dublin. UK sales of low and alcohol-free beers jumped 28%. In Germany, as many as one in 15 sold estimated to be alcohol-free, and Spain is now the world's largest consumer of alcohol-free beer, accounting for 14% of all beer sales. Sales are pouring in for UK-based 
2019 June 21 Friday, 21:31
Former UEFA president Michel Platini has been detained by French anti-corruption police.Platini was taken into custody as part of ongoing investigations into Qatar’s winning bid to host the 2022 World Cup and released shortly before midnight, according to reports. French financial prosecutors have been looking into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups awarded to Russia and Qatar.
2019 June 20 Thursday, 06:16
The EU has reached a deal to give the US a larger share of Europe’s beef market. The agreement means the US will now secure a guaranteed 18,500 tonnes of the 45,000-tonne quota for hormone-free beef, with that number rising to 35,000 tonnes after seven years. It will reduce the amount of the quota other suppliers like Australia, Uruguay and Argentina can compete for, but could help defuse trade tensions between the US and Europe.
2019 June 18 Tuesday, 11:31
The move comes after the country’s oldest lender was linked to money laundering at Danske Bank, and is a “consequence of the ongoing internal investigation”. Swedbank CEO Birgitte Bonnesen was fired in March for misleading the public about the seriousness of the case. Swedbank is alleged to have handled up to €20 billion in suspicious payments yearly between 2010 and 2016 in Estonia.
2019 June 18 Tuesday, 11:23
The EC has introduced a cap on international phone calls within the EU. The price control will apply to all 28 members from May 15 and to be rolled out in Iceland, Norway and Lichtenstein soon. Intra-EU calls will be capped at 19 cents per minute, and SMS at 6 cents per message (not including VAT). In 2017, the EU abolished roaming fees for European mobile users.
2019 May 14 Tuesday, 08:55
In a bid to compete with Airbnb, Marriott International is set to offer home rentals in Europe, the US and Latin America.  The move, starting as early as next month following a successful European pilot, will make the world's largest hotel operator the first to offer home rentals. Both Hilton and Hyatt chains are said to be mulling a similar concept, per the report, while Airbnb seems to be going in the opposite direction, having
2019 April 30 Tuesday, 08:39
Emmanuel Macron announced widespread tax cuts for middle class earners, but says French people need to “work more”. The €5 billion cuts will be financed by eliminating corporate tax breaks, working longer hours and reductions in public spending. Macron also said French citizens will need to contribute longer to the pensions system before retiring. He also promised higher education for adults to improve their
2019 April 26 Friday, 09:05
In its latest monthly report, the European Commission claims there’s been a lack of progress after the tech giants last year pledged to crack down on fake news. The commission says Google has not made enough progress in defining “issue-based advertising”, while Twitter has yet to provide details on how it is tackling spam and fake accounts. The European Parliament will hold its elections next month.
2019 April 24 Wednesday, 09:12
Deutsche Bank is facing fines and legal action over its role in a $20bn Russian money-laundering scheme. The bank admits there is a high risk that regulators in the US and UK will take “significant disciplinary action” against it. Deutsche Bank was linked to a money-laundering operation, dubbed the Global Laundromat, through which Russian criminals moved money into the western financial system.
2019 April 19 Friday, 09:03
Thousands of people around the world may be listening to your conversations with your Alexa device. That’s according to a Bloomberg report, which says Amazon workers listen to commands to help the artificial assistant better comprehend human speech. The global team is "the latest example of a cloud-based service that purports to use an algorithm that actually has a team of humans behind it,” says CNET. Amazon has said
2019 April 13 Saturday, 12:50
7 years ago Assange took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden on sexual assault charges that were later dropped. The Australian was initially arrested for failing to surrender to the court. Police confirmed he has been "further" arrested "on behalf of the United States authorities" over charges relating to one of the world's largest leaks of government secrets. Ecuador withdrew Assange's asylum after his
2019 April 13 Saturday, 12:35
Swedbank has stood down CEO Birgitte Bonnesen amid a €135 billion money-laundering scandal. The move comes a day after Swedish police raided the bank’s headquarters. Bonnesen’s ousting follows that of Danske Bank’s Thomas Borgen, who resigned after the lender admitted it let €200 billion of suspicious payments flow through its Estonian branch. 
2019 March 29 Friday, 08:06
Europarliament has passed sweeping new legislation that could change the way big tech uses and shares content. The rules — approved by the Europarliament yesterday — could see sites like YouTube made responsible for copyright infringements committed by their users. It could also see news aggregation platforms forced to pay publishers for using their content. Tech companies have long argued that it would amount to
2019 March 27 Wednesday, 09:29
MPs will have at least 16 proposals to vote next week to determine the future of Brexit. The proposals include a UK-EU customs union, a second referendum, rejoining the European FTA, a “common market 2.0”, and the revoking of article 50. On Tuesday, MPs seized control of the Brexit procedure with a series of non-binding votes in an attempt to end the current deadlock. 
2019 March 27 Wednesday, 09:23
The EU has hit Google with a third antitrust fine for preventing competition in the online advertising market. Rivals say the search giant restricted them from showing search ads between 2006 and 2016. The EU’s competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager says Google “shielded itself from competitive pressure by imposing anti-competitive contractual restrictions on third-party websites”. The fine is
2019 March 24 Sunday, 12:58
The online tracking tools, most of which were developed by Google, were discovered on 89% of government websites and 52% of national health pages, according to Danish data compliance service Cookiebot. The company warns that personal and sensitive information could be sold on by ad tech companies. Only the websites for the Spanish, German and Dutch governments were tracker-free.
2019 March 24 Sunday, 12:52
The length of delay will depend on whether MPs agree to Theresa May's withdrawal agreement. If the PM is able to get approval for the existing deal — which has been rejected twice previously — the bloc will agree to an extension to May 22. Should she fail, the UK will only be given until April 12. Meanwhile, more than two million people have signed a petition to revoke Brexit.
2019 March 23 Saturday, 11:49
Facebook confirmed its employees were able to see “hundreds of millions” of user passwords because they weren’t encrypted. It says it will notify up to 600 million users of Instagram, Facebook Lite, etc of the lapse, adding there is no evidence the data was abused. Facebook says the passwords may have been exposed for up to seven years.
2019 March 23 Saturday, 11:42
UK Parliament agreed — 412 to 202 — to seek an extension of Brexit beyond March 29. The exact date depends on whether Parliament approves Brexit deal before March 20. EU leaders have been split on whether they would approve a deadline change. The timing will also determine whether the U.K. participates in upcoming EU elections. European shares rose to a five-month high yesterday following the vote.
2019 March 15 Friday, 12:55
Member states failed to reach an agreement. Ministers will now work towards reforming digital taxation on a global level — spearheaded by the OECD — by 2020. The move to be welcomed by tech giants such as Google and Facebook, which faced a proposed 3% levy. France, Italy, Spain plan to introduce taxes on a national level.
2019 March 13 Wednesday, 11:53
It is the first in an expected wave of European levies aimed at big tech companies. The so-called GAFA tax — named after its targets Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon — will apply to firms with global annual revenues of over €750 million and French revenues over €25 million. It’s expected to raise around €0.5B a year. The move comes amid mounting criticism of the amount of tax that tech giants pay in Europe.
2019 March 07 Thursday, 06:45
British MPs have branded Facebook and its executives “digital gangsters” and accused the social media giant of deliberately obstructing an inquiry into fake news. A report  called for statutory regulation of Facebook and claimed that it did not do enough to prevent disinformation. It also accused co-founder Mark Zuckerberg of contempt of parliament after he refused three separate demands to give evidence.
2019 February 19 Tuesday, 11:14
Money sent home by Ukrainians working abroad totaled $5.5 billion during the first half of this year, up 31% year over year. For the 12 months ending in June, Ukrainians sent home $11 billion, the National Bank of Ukraine calculated. This is 10% of Ukraine’s $112 billion GDP.
2018 October 10 Wednesday, 12:19
The bank, nationalized in 2016, is holding a competition among Ukrainian and international companies. Privatbank has set a minimum $37M price for its share of the Radisson Blue Resort Bukovel hotel, and a minimum $78M price for its share of the Bukovel ski resort.
2018 October 09 Tuesday, 12:09
The $280M bridge from Orlivka (Ukraine) to Isaccea (Romania) would cut 2 hours off the drive from Odesa to Turkey and would be part of the European E87 highway. On Friday, President Poroshenko of Ukraine and PM Borisov of Bulgaria inspected repairs on the Odesa-Reni stretch of the road. With upgrades on this 320 km highway nearly complete, the freight traffic on it has increased significantly, and the new bridge would increase it tenfold,
2018 October 08 Monday, 12:14
CMEC (China Machinery Engineering Corporation) and DTEK broke ground a 200 MW, 400 ha, $265M solar farm near Nikopol. In six months it would be Europe’s second largest, after France’s Cestas 300 MW solar station. Financed by DTEK and CMEC, it will use equipment from Chinese companies: Seraphim Solar System and Trina Solar will provide 750,000 solar panels, and Shenzhen Kstar Science & Technology will supply 80 inverter stations.
2018 October 08 Monday, 12:00
On October 3, the U.S. Senate passed by unanimous consent S. Res.435, a resolution commemorating the 85th anniversary of the Ukrainian Famine-Genocide (Holodomor) of 1932-1933. The resolution recognizes the findings of the 1988 Commission on the Ukraine Famine that expressly states “Joseph Stalin and those around him committed genocide against the Ukrainians in 1932–1933.”
2018 October 05 Friday, 12:04
World Bank predicts Ukraine’s economy will grow by 3.3% this year, and possibly by 4% next year, according to Faruk Khan, the Bank’s lead economist for Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova. Without an IMF accord this fall, growth could tumble to 2% next year, he told reporters on October 4.
2018 October 05 Friday, 10:06
The starting auction price for the state’s 78% of shares in Centrenergo will be $212 million, the Cabinet of Ministers decided on October 3. Located in central and eastern Ukraine, Centrenergo saw its electricity production drop by 36% due to the cut off anthracite coal from the Russia-occupied part of the Donbas. With alternative coal sources in place, the company is seeing electricity production bounce back this year.
2018 October 05 Friday, 09:55
The leading candidate European energy company to run Ukraine’s massive gas transportation system should be reviewed by the Rada in the first half of 2019, Andriy Kobolev, Naftogaz CEO, said. With Russia’s gas supply transit contract with Ukraine due to expire at the end of 2019, EU officials have urged the government to form an international consortium as soon as possible.  
2018 October 05 Friday, 09:44
У 1970-х ЦРУ оголосило полювання на ямайського музиканта Боба Марлі, регі-композитора, "пророка" растафаріанства та одного з найактивніших прихильників панафриканізму - ідейно-політичного руху, який вимагав надання чорношкірим рівних політичних прав у США. Офіційно, 36-річний Марлі помер 1981 року від раку, та насправді співака було усунуто спецагентом. Про це на смертному одрі журналістам вперше за 40 років розповів колишній агент ЦРУ, Білл
2018 August 29 Wednesday, 10:33
Договір про дружбу, співпрацю і партнерство між Україною і Московією підписано 31.05.1997 в Києві. Сторони зобов'язувалися, зокрема "поважати територіальну цілісність та суверенітет" одна одної та "підтверджували непорушність кордонів". З вини Москви вже давно став анахронізмом. Президент України заявив, що до кінця вересня очікує від МЗС України пакет документів для його припинення.
2018 August 29 Wednesday, 10:16
Ukraine's MPs has adopted the Law on National Security in the second reading, with 248 voices yeah (17 voices nay). Solidarity, People's Front, Selfreliance and Fatherland factions supported the law, Opposition Bloc opponed, and Radicals, Renaissance and People's Will abstainted. 30 minutes later, Rada has also adopted another important law on High Anti-Corruption Court (HACC) with 265 voices yeah (only Opposition Bloc and Radicals abstainted).
2018 June 21 Thursday, 14:50
Янош Секі, Radio Lemberg Hungary, 15.10.2019   Два тижні тому в Угорщині відбулись муніципальні вибори. Їхні результати стали справжнім сюрпризом практично для всіх, зокрема і  для урядової партії і для опозиції. «Fidesz», авторитарна партія влади, яка мала дві третини у парламенті, тобто конституційну більшість, втратила Будапешт та ще половину середніх міст в цій країні.  Насправді, результат є цікавим лише з психологічної точки зору, хоч і став справді важливим. В Угорщині, країні з надмірною централізацією, місцеві органи влади не представляють інтереси своїх громадян, а виконують роль привідного ремня центрального уряду, ба з деякими винятками. Школи, лікарні та більшість культурних установ не контролюються органами місцевого самоврядування. І коли в регіонах та містах не залишається жодного форинта з податків на доходи фізичних осіб, головним їхнім джерелом прибутку (якщо не враховувати субсидій з центрального бюджету) є податок, який стягують з бізнесу, від найбільших компаній до самозайнятих індивідів. Тобто, що меншим та біднішим є місто, то залежнішим воно є від центрального уряду Орбана.  Хоч опозиція і планувала «відвоювати» усі міста, зокрема і Будапешт, нові мери матимуть зовсім мало свободи дій у цій системі. Місцеві вибори по суті є лише великим опитуванням думки громадян, де ця перемога може дати надію суперникам «Fidesz», яким дуже не вистачає політичних перемог ще з 2008 року.  Багато опозиціонерів пояснюють перемогу на місцевих виборах їхньою стратегією, яка є трохи схожою на так зване «розумне голосування» Навального — в більшості міст опозиційні партії підтримали спільного кандидата.    Фактично це те, чого Віктор Орбан і хотів, коли його команда розробляла «Закон про вибори» 2013 року, який грав на користь найбільшої, неважливо якої, партії навіть більше, ніж це робив попередній закон, розроблений у 1989 році. 
2019 October 20 Sunday, 09:45
János Széky, Radio Lemberg Hungary, 15.10.2019  On Sunday the municipal elections were held in Hungary. The results were a surprise for everybody, the government's side and the opposition alike. Fidesz, the authoritarian governing party, which has a two-thirds (that's constitutional majority in the Parliament) lost Budapest and a half of the medium-sized cities.    To tell the truth, the outcome has only psychological significance; but that proved to be momentous. In Hungary's over-centralized state, with few exceptions, the local governments are little more than transmission belts of the central government rather than the representation bodies of their citizens. Schools, hospitals, most of the cultural institutions are not under their control; and with not a single Forint of personal income taxes remaining in the regions or towns, their main source of income (apart from central budget subsidies) is a tax levied on businesses, from the biggest companies to self-employed individuals. It means the smaller and poorer a place is, the more dependent it is on the Orbán government.   Although the goal of the opposition was to “retake” the cities, including Budapest, the new mayors would only have a minimal leeway in this system. Local elections serve merely as huge public opinion polls, where victories can at least give hope to the non-Fidesz side, which painfully lacked real political successes since at least 2008.    Many people in the opposition hailed local victories now as the result of a strategy, which was a bit similar to Navalny's "smart votes" – in most places opposition parties backed a single joint candidate. Actually this is what Hungary's strongman Viktor Orbán wanted, when his staff designed the Electoral Act of 2013, which was even more in favor of the largest party, whichever it may be, than the previous one, designed in 1989. “Give up your party
2019 October 16 Wednesday, 00:04
Karen Freifeld, Aram Roston, Reuters, 14.10.2019  Руді Джуліані, особистому адвокату Дональда Трампа, заплатили $500,000 за ”роботу для компанії“, співвласником якої був українсько-американський бізнесмен, заарештований минулого тижня за звинуваченнями у фінансових махінаціях для передвиборчої кампанії (про це сам Джуліані розповів Reuters у понеділок).    Бізнесмен Лев Парнас, близький друг Джуліані, був причетним до його спроб ініціювати розслідування проти політичного суперника Трампа, колишнього віце-президента Джо Байдена, який є головним кандидатом від Демократичної партії на президентських виборах 2020 року.    Джуліані заявив, що "Fraud Guarantee" — компанія Парнаса у місті Бока Ратон, на веб-сайті якої вказано, що її метою є допомога клієнтам «зменшити та стримати шахрайство», запросила консультантів з менеджменту і безпеки від «Giuliani Partners» приблизно у серпні 2018 року. Джуліані стверджує, що його найняли консультувати «Fraud Guarantee» у питаннях технологій та надавати юридичні консультації щодо управління.    Федеральні прокурори «вивчають контакти Джуліані» з Парнасом та іншим другом пана Джуліані, Ігором Фруманом, якого теж звинувачено у фінансових махінаціях для передвиборчої кампанії. Про це Reuters у неділю повідомило джерело у органах правопорядку.   Минулого тижня у виданні The New York Times з’явилася інформація, що Парнас поінформував колег, що він заплатив Джуліані сотні тисяч доларів за те, що сам Джуліані назвав «порадами стосовно ведення бізнесу та юридичними консультаціями». У понеділок Джуліані вперше назвав загальну суму оплати – $500,000.   Джуліані також розповів Reuters, що кошти надійшли двома платежами з тижневим інтервалом. За його словами, він не може пригадати дат отримання платежів. Як сказав Джуліані, більшість роботи, яку він зробив для компанії
2019 October 15 Tuesday, 22:40
Will Jordan, Al Jazeera, 12.10.2019    Сємьон Кіслін (на головній світлині), бізнес-партнер Дональда Трампа, має 14 жовтня надати свідчення під час допиту у справі імпічменту американського президента. Кіслін намагався заволодіти мільйонами доларів, які українські прокурори оголосили вкраденими, повідомляє Al Jazeera.   Кіслін є давнім другом особистого адвоката Трампа – Руді Джуліані. Ще протягом 1990-х років цей народжений в Україні бізнесмен робив пожертви на політичні кампанії Джуліані.  У січні минулого року Кіслін лобіював колишнього посла США в Україні, Марі Йованович, аби вона допомогла йому розморозити мільйони доларів, які арештували під час великого кримінального розслідування.  Це стало відомим тоді, коли The New York Times розповіла, що федеральні слідчі ведуть розслідування спроб Джуліані позбутися Йованович як частини ширшої кампанії примусу України до допомоги Трампові.  Комітет Конґресу США розпочав процедуру імпічменту Трампа після появи доказів президентського лобіювання України для розслідування діяльності Гантера Байдена в раді правління української газової компанії Burisma.   Його батько, Джо Байден, є головним суперником Трампа від Демократичної партії США на президентських виборах 2020 року, і він же був спеціальним уповноваженим з українських питань у колишнього президента США, Барака Обами.   ОЛІГАРХИ   Схему з отримання мільйонів доларів зі заморожених банківських рахунків вперше викрила Команда Розслідувань Al Jazeera у 2018, а тепер Al Jazeera може висвітлити роль Кісліна у схожій схемі.   83-річний Кіслін придбав кіпрську фіктивну компанію, що зберігала частину з $1,500,000,000 у вигляді готівки та облігацій, які за вироком українського суду від 2015 року визнали вкраденими колишнім президентом-злочинцем Віктором Януковичем (ще до його втечі з України у 2014 році).   Розслідування Al
2019 October 14 Monday, 07:27