Debate: Labour wants a second Brexit referendum

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has demanded a second Brexit referendum and says he will campaign to remain in the EU. Both opponents and supporters have repeatedly accused the party of not adopting a clear position on Brexit for fear of alienating voters. But in the elections to the European parliament Labour lost votes to parties…

Debate: France’s eco-tax on flights: at best well-meant?

With effect from next year France will introduce an eco-tax on flights out of the country ranging from 1.50 to 18 euros on the ticket price, depending on the distance flown. Flights to France’s overseas territories are to be exempt from the tax. The revenue of around 180 million euros thus generated is to be…

Debate: TV duel over who will succeed May

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are the two last remaining candidates in the contest to succeed Theresa May. In a TV debate Hunt accused Johnson of showing ‘blind optimism’ with respect to Brexit. Johnson countered by saying his rival wanted to delay leaving the EU. How will the debate effect the decision of the 160,000…

Debate: What can France’s eco-tax achieve?

With effect from the coming year France will introduce an eco-tax on flights. It will range from 1.50 to 18 euros on the ticket price, depending on the distance flown. Flights to France’s overseas territories are to be exempt from the tax. The revenue of around 180 million euros thus generated is to be used…

Debate: Denmark: suicide note on Instagram

The Danish influencer Fie Laursen posted a suicide note on Instagram at the weekend. The 23-year-old was found in time to prevent her death but the note, which received more than 30,000 likes and 8,000 comments, was left online for several days until Laursen herself removed it. Denmark’s government and the media are discussing appropriate…

Debate: Will resuscitation of Deutsche Bank succeed?

A major overhaul is to lead Deutsche Bank out of its crisis. By 2022, 18,000 jobs are to be cut and the bank will also withdraw from the equities business. CEO Christian Sewing spoke of a ‘reboot’, saying that the bank would return to its roots. Some commentators praise the strategy, others see little hope…

Debate: E-scooters: major innovation or hazard?

Germany gave scooters powered by electric batteries the green light in mid-June and in many other European countries they have been circulating for some time now. They have become a popular means of transport not just for tourists. But reports of serious accidents are fueling fears that they could have a negative impact on traffic,…

Debate: Drastischer Stellenabbau bei der Deutschen Bank

Ein umfassender Konzernumbau soll die Deutsche Bank aus der Krise führen. Bis 2022 sollen 18.000 Stellen gestrichen werden, das Geldhaus steigt außerdem aus dem Aktiengeschäft aus. Vorstandschef Christian Sewing sprach von einem “Neustart” und sagte, die Bank kehre zu ihren Wurzeln zurück. Einige Kommentatoren loben das, andere sehen kaum noch Chancen für eine Rettung. source…