Brexit divorce bill will surpass £39bn, warns Whitehall watchdog

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The guardian Extra £3bn budget payout and $2.9bn overseas aid fund will raise May’s estimate says NAO The cost of the Brexit divorce bill for the UK could be billions higher than the £35bn-£39bn figure put forward by Theresa May, a report Läs mer…

French MPs force vegetarian food producers to mince their words

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The guardian Manufacturers of ‘vegetarian sausages’ and similar will no longer be able to call them sausages after new ruling French MPs have voted to ban producers of vegetarian meat substitutes from using words such as “steak”, “bacon” or “sausage” to describe Läs mer…

Maltese politicians face pressure over $1.6m paid to offshore firms

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The guardian Email links Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri’s Panama firms to plan for pair of Dubai entities Two leading Maltese politicians are facing mounting pressure amid revelations that $1.6m was paid to an anonymous Dubai company identified as one of two Läs mer…

Grubs up: Carrefour offers Spanish shoppers insect-based snacks

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The guardian Carrefour chain’s new range includes spicy chilli buffalo worms and smoked crickets Despite being a country that guards its culinary traditions more jealously than most – the recipe for the perfect tortilla proves enduringly divisive, and woe betide the anglosajón Läs mer…

Berlin’s famous Berghain nightclub should lose licence, says AfD

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The guardian German rightwing populist party says club’s continuous opening hours ‘provoke’ drug use Berlin’s most famous nightclub, Berghain, should be stripped of its trading licence, according to a formal request submitted to a district office in the German capital on behalf Läs mer…

UK drives into e-vehicle fast lane with 11% sales rise

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The guardian Electric vehicles’ share of new UK registrations rises to 2%, still falling far short of Norway’s 48% Sales of electric cars in the UK have risen 11% on last year, putting the country in the premier league of those ditching Läs mer…

MPs from UK, France and Germany urge US not to scrap Iran deal

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The guardian Joint statement published in Guardian calls for rethink before 12 May deadline set by Trump An open letter to the US Congress: don’t let Trump rip up the Iran deal More than 500 parliamentarians from France, Germany and the UK Läs mer…

Backbench MPs table motion to force vote on EU customs union

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The guardian Three Tories among signatories demanding option of customs union be kept on table after Brexit Theresa May faces a show of strength by MPs fighting to keep the UK in a customs union with the EU next week, after 10 Läs mer…

Gone too Tsar: the erotic period drama that has enraged Russia

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The guardian A state-funded film about tsar Nicholas II’s affair with a ballerina, Matilda was expected to be a celebration of Russian culture – but it has outraged the Orthodox church In the midst of the frostiest relations between Russia and the Läs mer…

An open letter to the US Congress: don’t let Trump rip up the Iran deal | Richard Bacon, Omid Nouripour and Delphine O

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The guardian It was a major breakthrough, drastically reducing the risk of a nuclear arms race. Abandoning it now will do lasting damage • Signed by parliamentarians from Britain, Germany and France For more than a decade, we – Europeans, Americans, and Läs mer…

Basel in the spotlight: the city that learned to love LSD

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The guardian ‘Bicycle Day’ on 19 April is the 75th anniversary of the day Albert Hofmann accidentally discovered LSD, changing his perceptions – and the city’s future Seventy-five years ago, the Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann experienced the world’s first full-blown LSD trip Läs mer…

How Europe’s ‘breakthrough’ privacy law takes on Facebook and Google

Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation is forcing big changes at tech’s biggest firms – even if the US isn’t likely to follow suit

Despite the political theatre of Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional interrogations last week, Facebook’s business model isn’t at any real risk from regulators in the US. In Europe, however, the looming General Data Protection Regulation will give people better privacy protections and force companies including Facebook to make sweeping changes to the way they collect data and consent from users – with huge fines for those who don’t comply.

“It’s changing the balance of power from the giant digital marketing companies to focus on the needs of individuals and democratic society,” said Jeffrey Chester, founder of the Center for Digital Democracy. “That’s an incredible breakthrough.”

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Don’t be fooled by Emmanuel Macron the ‘moderate’ | Owen Jones

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The guardian The French president is hailed as a centrist saviour, a bulwark against extremes – even as he taxes the wealthy, attacks workers’ rights and demonises refugees The world has gone mad, the fanatics of left and right are on the Läs mer…

‘Taste the difference’: Farm-to-fork movement takes off in urban Flanders

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The guardian The densely populated area of Belgium is seeing a mini-boom in model of farming where growers sell direct to consumers Continue reading…

UK and India ‘lay ground’ for free trade deal with bilateral agreement

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The guardian Countries sign bilateral agreement before Thursday’s Commonwealth summit in London Britain and India have laid the ground for a possible post-Brexit bilateral free trade deal and signed off on a series of commercial agreements worth up to £1bn, according to Läs mer…