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Mark John

Daily Briefing: Spain set to try again for workable government

Feb 15 2019

LONDON Spain may well be entering a new period of political uncertainty from today if, as widely expected, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez calls a snap general election later this morning.

Daily Briefing: Parliament in restive mood over Brexit stalemate

Feb 14 2019

LONDON Tonight's Brexit voting in the UK parliament will at most serve as a guide to the mood in the restive assembly after PM Theresa May's move to once again delay the real moment of truth until the end of the month.

Daily Briefing: Spain - a spring election beckons

Feb 13 2019

LONDON Spain's minority government is dropping hints that it will call an early general election if, as expected, it loses a vote on the budget due today.

Daily Briefing: Catalonia - still troubled terrain for Spain

Feb 12 2019

LONDON Spanish politics resemble a minefield these days. A soon-to-be-confirmed government plan to remove the remains of fascist dictator Francisco Franco to a less monumental resting place raises passions over 40 years after his death.

Daily Briefing: Washington rediscovers central Europe

Feb 11 2019

LONDON In the 2000s, Washington was sending top diplomats to central Europe on almost a monthly basis as it avidly promoted the region's aspirations to mould itself into European Union and NATO structures after the collapse of communism. But a sense of "job done" took over after NATO's expansion eastwards was completed and the United States turned its foreign policy attention to Asia.

Daily Briefing: A way out for May - dare she take it?

Feb 08 2019

LONDON Between them, the European Union and Labour's Jeremy Corbyn have essentially shown Theresa May a way out of the Brexit deadlock. All she has to do is take on board the elements of a softer exit as set out in Corbyn's letter this week.

Daily Briefing: May's Brexit dash - not a hope in hell?

Feb 07 2019

LONDON If Donald Tusk's "special place in hell" tirade reflects the frustration felt in Brussels with Britain's Brexit planning, that does not bode well for Theresa May's trip there today to seek changes to the Irish backstop.

Daily Briefing: May takes Brexit quandary to Belfast

Feb 05 2019

LONDON Britain's Theresa May heads to Northern Ireland today for a two-day tightrope walk over the infamous backstop, the deal under which the UK must remain in a customs union with the European Union until new arrangements are found ensuring there is no north-south Irish border post-Brexit.

Daily Briefing: Factories battling economic headwinds

Feb 01 2019

LONDON Manufacturing read-outs from key economies around the region this morning will show how factories fared in January under the clouds of trade tensions, Brexit uncertainty and volatile markets.

Daily Briefing: UK auto sector feels cold from Brexit fears

Jan 31 2019

LONDON Anyone in any doubt about the impact of all the Brexit uncertainty need only look at this morning's UK car data, which showed output down 9 percent last year - the biggest drop since the 2008-9 recession - and investment slashed by nearly half.

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