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Diving into the future of digital finance

56 coders from 15 countries in 12 teams took up the challenge: an innovative blockchain event set up for the first time at the EIB’s headquarters in Luxembourg. The 48-hour challenge: to use blockchain technologies to redesign the transaction processing of commercial paper.

Saudi Arabia and Canada

Saudi Arabia has ordered its ambassador to Canada to come home and has expelled the Canadian ambassador, stopped Saudi flights to Canada, stated that all new commerce with Canada will now be reviewed, and told Saudi students there—there are 12,000—to study elsewhere. These are significant actions, not least for those 12,000 young Saudis who were just weeks away from the start of the new school year. How will they find new places to study in such a short time?

The neglected history of the May ’68 uprising in France

We remember the students, the generational conflict, the cultural explosion—but we forget that it was, at heart, a working-class rebellion.

The pastor, the banker, and the irresistible drama in Turkish-US relations

The Turkish-US relationship is either experiencing its first serious fissure since 1975, or just another bump in the road. No one can be sure.

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How Europe can upgrade its ‘convergence machine’ for greater equality

The European Union has had an image problem of late, as political forces from left and right, and north and south, like to portray it as a source of new and old economic and social problems.

March in London to call for Brexit deal referendum

Thousands of supporters of the European Union gathered in central London on Saturday to call on the British government to hold a final public vote on the terms of Brexit.

European bank mergers: Domestic or cross-border?

As the European economy recovers from the global financial crisis, bank mergers are back on the agenda. While cross-border mergers have been predicted before, most European bank mergers have been domestic until now. What are the odds of cross-border mergers in the upcoming bank-consolidation wave?

The Transatlantic right has Germany’s Chancellor in its sights

Angela Merkel’s hard-right opponents have a powerful ally in the Trump administration, which apparently sees itself as headquarters of a xenophobic, right-wing International.

Time for a Migration Union?

Despite the political impasse reached among certain EU member state governments in their attempts to reform EU asylum policy, this Policy Insight argues that ‘we’re in this boat together’.

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