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CBI: Time to stop ‘soap opera’

Current Brexit negotiations resemble “a prime-time soap opera”, the president of the CBI will say on Monday. Paul Drechsler will tell the lobby group’s annual conference it is time for government and business to unite behind “a clear strategy”. This new approach is needed to protect the UK’s economy, he …

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Deripaska float funds blacklisted bank

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption En+ is controlled by Oleg Deripaska Tensions between Russia and the West are running high. In the US, the Senate intelligence committee has said it is confident that Russia intervened in the US election. In the UK, Damian Collins, the chair of the digital, culture, media …

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Safety net

Image copyrightGetty Images Women in politics are sometimes accused of consciously exploiting their femininity to get ahead in a male-dominated world. Frances Perkins did that, but in an unusual way: she tried to remind men of their mothers. She dressed in a plain, three-cornered hat, and she refined the way …

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Passion for fashion

Image copyrightCBC Soft-spoken, gentle, with a broad smile, and generous with his time and advice; they’re not the typical attributes of a dragon. But when Joe Mimran appears on Canada’s version of the popular television show, Dragons’ Den, showcasing budding entrepreneurs, he’s not the kind to breathe fire at you, …

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May to meet EU business leaders

Image copyrightAFP European business leaders will meet Prime Minister Theresa May later on Monday to voice concerns about the future of UK-EU trade. Experts from groups including the CBI and BusinessEurope will stress the need for a transitional deal that preserves the status quo after Brexit. They will urge the …

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EU preparing in case talks fail

Image copyrightAFPImage caption Michel Barnier says “everyone needs to plan” for the possible collapse of Brexit negotiations The EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, says he is planning for the possible collapse of Brexit negotiations with the UK. Mr Barnier was talking to French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche days after …

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Bombardier tries to reassure UK workers

Image copyrightPAImage caption A US import tax on Bombardier jets sparked fears about job losses at the firm’s Belfast factory Bombardier’s sales chief has sought to reassure UK staff over the Canadian planemaker’s alliance with Airbus. Fred Cromer said last month’s surprise announcement that Airbus would take control of its …

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EU ‘preparing for possible talks collapse’

Image copyrightAFPImage caption Michel Barnier says “everyone needs to plan” for the possible collapse of Brexit negotiations The EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, says he is planning for the possible collapse of Brexit negotiations with the UK. Mr Barnier was talking to French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche days after …

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What is Singles’ Day?

Image copyrightReuters Online shopping sales are expected to reach record levels as Chinese consumers flock to “Singles’ Day” discounts. How did a marketing ploy by China’s Alibaba become the world’s biggest online retail event? As the name suggests, Singles’ Day began as a day for single people – apparently a …

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What Singles Day says about modern China

Image copyrightAFP/GettyImage caption This year’s Singles Day sales amounted to $25.3bn (£19bn), a 42% increase on last year I still remember growing up in communist China in the 1970s, when my mother and neighbours would use their ration tickets to buy meat at a state-run store. Very little thought went …

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