Boost for Macron as he opens up 8-point lead over Le Pen

Author: Nicolas Nicolas / April 15, 2022 17:52 / Politics

Latest figures suggest incumbent president Emmanuel Macron has moved slightly ahead of his rival in second round voting intention With the race to win the French presidency reaching its final stage, the two second round candidates – Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen – are competing for every vote in what is expected to be a tight and tough contest.

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Germany’s energy woes are a fiasco of its own making

Author: Nicolas Nicolas / April 15, 2022 17:39 / Europe

MUNICH – Germany long regarded its energy transition as cutting edge, compared to other Western industrialized countries. Policymakers expected that the country would be able to secure its energy supply entirely from renewable sources, so they resolved to phase out coal and nuclear energy simultaneously. The last three of Germany’s 17 nuclear power plants are set to be shut down this year.

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Portuguese regulator grants first crypto license to a bank

Author: Nicolas Nicolas / April 15, 2022 17:18 / Cryptocurrency

Bison Bank will offer its digital asset services to high net worth individuals, becoming the first banking institution in the country authorized to do so. Португальский банк Bison Bank получил разрешение от Центрального банка Португалии (Banco de Portugal) на работу в качестве «поставщика услуг виртуальных активов» (VASP), что сделало его первым банком в стране, получившим зеленый свет от регулятора.

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Volkswagen sees impact of Ukraine war despite profit bounce

Author: Nicolas Nicolas / April 14, 2022 19:31 / Business

German auto giant Volkswagen said Thursday its first quarter operating profit increased significantly in 2022, while warning that the “first effects” of the war in Ukraine were beginning to be felt.

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Genocide: legal term source of political controversy

Author: Nicolas Nicolas / April 14, 2022 19:24 / World

The reluctance of some European states to call out Russian atrocities in Ukraine as “genocide” has sparked tensions with Kyiv, but use of the precise legal term to describe the greatest of all crimes has long been a source of political contention.

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European Natural Gas Futures Trading Hit New Highs in March on Russia, Ukraine Volatility

Author: Nicolas Nicolas / April 14, 2022 18:00 / Economy

Intercontinental Exchange Inc. (ICE) said Wednesday that natural gas futures trading in Europe set new records last month amid volatility sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the ongoing threat it has posed for the continent’s energy supplies.

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War in Ukraine raises fears over crime threat in Europe

Author: Nicolas Nicolas / April 14, 2022 17:45 / Europe

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has raised fears over a possible rise in crime and criminal activity in the EU, prompting its agencies to step up efforts. An internal EU document, recently warned of the increased risk of human trafficking and sexual abuse, cyberattacks, infiltration of criminals, and circulation of weapons, drugs and illegal cigarettes.

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Vitalik Buterin Crashed Ethereum Again

Author: Nicolas Nicolas / April 14, 2022 17:22 / Cryptocurrency

Ethereum’s co-founder Vitalik Buterin may have played a role in the May 2021 crash that sent ethereum’s price down from $4,400 at one point, to $1,800. Based on blockchain data, on or around the 15th of May, Buterin moved a cool 330,000 eth from his well known address.

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France top destination for US LNG in March amid Europe supply disruption fears

Author: Nicolas Nicolas / April 06, 2022 19:35 / Europe

France was the top destination for US LNG cargoes in March as Europe began refilling storage after inventories bottomed out and as Russia's war in Ukraine raised fears of pipeline gas disruptions.

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Top US General Says More Bases in Europe Could Be Needed Amid 'Turning Point' in Continent's History

Author: Nicolas Nicolas / April 06, 2022 19:18 / World

The U.S. military's top general on Tuesday endorsed building new permanent American bases in Eastern Europe to deter Russia, calling its invasion of Ukraine the most 'historical turning point' in the Continent's security since World War II.

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