Is it time for Europe to declare a war economy?

The next step in the conflict between the West and Russian President Vladimir Putin was supposed to be a European boycott on Russian coal, oil and natural gas. It may instead be a gas embargo by Putin on Europe. It comes to much the same. The countries of the European Union (EU) must accept what some of them — notably ...

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Faster progress a must for long Covid

Long Covid is making it hard for millions of Americans to return to normal life, pushing some out of the workforce altogether, sometimes permanently. Yet medical efforts to figure out how best to help these patients are proceeding only slowly. Research has zeroed in on a few probable causes of long Covid, perhaps the most intriguing of which is the ...

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Are we living in a 1970s economy once again?

The 1990s are having a moment in consumer culture. But with the world in the grip of rampant inflation, and Britain enduring a summer of discontent, it feels like we’re living in a 1970s economy. Nineties nostalgia has been building for some time. Bold logos, which disappeared after the financial crisis, have made a splashy comeback. Burberry Group Plc has ...

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Why many of Trump’s people can’t resist him

  Each episode of the true-crime drama currently airing from Room 390 of the Cannon House Office Building in Washington has offered variations on a theme: Former President Donald Trump used the powers of his office, and blunt force, to foment a coup after losing the 2020 presidential election. The plot twists have largely involved how individuals or institutions responded ...

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Tap sees uncertain market driving key investor search

  Bloomberg Portugal’s state-owned airline Tap SA said a new investor would put it on a more solid footing as it pushes ahead with a restructuring program amid higher fuel costs and increasing geopolitical uncertainty. “It’s a very difficult market,” Chief Executive Officer Christine Ourmieres-Widener said. “Fuel costs are increasing. We could have wars, we could have pandemics, so being ...

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Lufthansa slashes 2,200 flights over staff shortages

Bloomberg Deutsche Lufthansa AG cancelled 2,200 flights after a wave of coronavirus infections worsened staffing shortages, adding to Europe’s travel chaos as the crucial summer vacation period gets under way. Germany’s flagship airline scrapped both domestic and European routes for July and August, a spokesman said. That follows 900 cancellations announced earlier this month. Lufthansa fell as much as 3.3% ...

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South Africa sued over $3 sale of troubled national airline

Bloomberg South Africa’s government and national airline are being sued by a little-known investment firm, which wants the sale of a majority stake in the carrier scrapped and re-run due to a lack of transparency. This year’s acquisition of 51% of South African Airways (SAA) by the Takatso Consortium — made up of a local jet-leasing company and a private-equity ...

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British Airways staff at Heathrow vote to strike over pay

Bloomberg British Airways (BA) workers at London Heathrow airport are set to strike in a dispute over pay, adding to a wave of industrial action across Europe that threatens to unleash travel chaos in the region this summer. The GMB and Unite unions said hundreds of BA check-in staff backed walkouts during the peak vacation period after the carrier refused ...

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Tesco CEO says shoppers are ‘terrified’ of inflation

  Bloomberg More than 75% of people are “terrified” of the effect the cost-of-living crisis will have on their families, according to the head of UK’s largest supermarket. Tesco Plc Chief Executive Officer Ken Murphy said the grocer has done a lot of research about how people are feeling right now as they battle the worst inflation to hit Britain ...

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TUI CEO to quit after handling Covid crisis

  Bloomberg TUI AG Chief Executive Officer Fritz Joussen is set to leave after almost 10 years at the helm of the world’s biggest tour operator, having steered the company through the Covid-19 crisis. Joussen, 59, will step down at the end of September, according to a statement. Chief Financial Officer Sebastian Ebel will replace him and Mathias Kiep, the ...

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