Global markets take fright at cocktail of geopolitical risks

US/China trade dispute, US interest rates, Brexit and Italy’s budget spook investorsWall Street and European stock markets followed Asian shares lower on Tuesday, as investors around the world took fright at the increasingly fractious global geopolitic…

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EU and Italy face off over populist government’s budget

Brussels’ unprecedented rejection of spending plan brushed off by deputy PM Matteo SalviniThe European commission is at loggerheads with Rome after taking the unprecedented step of rejecting the Italian government’s draft budget in a move designed to f…

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May’s knotty Brexit backstop problem and how it might be solved

Brussels and Whitehall appear to be adding more tangles to an already complex situationDonald Tusk, the president of the European council, described the problem of the Irish border after Brexit as the Gordian knot of the negotiations. Alexander the Gre…

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Hard Brexit could cripple UK science, say Nobel prizewinners

Dozens of scientists write letter to May and Juncker setting out their concernsA coalition of Nobel laureates has said a hard Brexit could cripple UK science, in a letter to Theresa May and the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker.The let…

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Dyson to build electric cars in Singapore, with launch planned for 2021

British firm chose site of plant because of proximity to ‘high-growth markets’ in AsiaDyson will build its new electric car in Singapore, the manufacturer announced on Tuesday, as it steps up plans to take on big US rivals in automotive technology.The …

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