What I learned about Berlin after a day of Meetups

It’s 8:30 a.m. and I’m riding the U-Bahn. It’s crowded – at least, as crowded as it gets in Berlin. Everyone is able to hang on to a few inches of personal space as well as their dignity. Still, their rush hour demeanours are familiar: harassed, grim, preoccupied with smart phones and tablets.  I feel smug in my yoga pants, ...

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Leaving London post-Brexit will be 'too impractical' for many companies, new research shows

London’s location, infrastructure and a constantly growing pool of highly skilled university graduates, means that for many companies it will simply be “too impractical” to move talent elsewhere after Brexit, according to one of the world’s biggest commercial real estate companies. Colliers International, which operates in 68 countries, compiled a report in which 20 major cities were ranked in terms ...

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Donald Trump behaviour 'showing a lot of signs' of dangerous mental illness, says leading Yale psychiatrist

Donald Trump is “showing a lot of signs” of dangerous mental impairment and may be a threat to the survival of American society, a leading Yale psychiatrist has claimed. In an exclusive interview with The Independent, Yale University’s Dr Bandy Lee said she had seen a “marked surge” in violence among her own patients since the day of Mr Trump’s election, blaming his strong ...

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Drinking four cups of coffee a day has no health risks, say experts

How much caffeine we consume and whether or not coffee is good or bad for our health is an area of much contention.  But finally, one group of experts have concluded that our caffeine addiction might not be as bad for us as we once thought.  After reviewing more than 740 studies, scientists from the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) ...

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Labour to guarantee EU citizens rights if wins election

By Kylie MacLellan | LONDON LONDON Britain’s opposition Labour Party will immediately guarantee the rights of millions of EU citizens living in the UK if it wins a June election, it said on Tuesday, setting out a Brexit strategy aimed at eating into Prime Minister Theresa May’s runaway lead. May’s surprise decision to hold an early election on June 8 ...

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FTSE edges up, Whitbread sinks on deteriorating consumer outlook

By Helen Reid | LONDON LONDON British shares edged up on Tuesday as a strong Europe-wide market rally after the first round of the French election dissipated, with investors’ focus back on corporate results which indicated tougher times ahead for consumer goods stocks. The blue-chip FTSE 100 index was up 0.2 percent, with energy and healthcare stocks supporting gains while ...

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Hammond hits budget deficit target helped by resilient economy since Brexit

LONDON, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond met his budget deficit target in the 2016/17 financial year, avoiding another fiscal slip-up after he was forced into a tax policy u-turn last month. The shortfall in the public accounts in the 12 months to the end of March stood at 52.0 billion pounds, down nearly 28 percent from the previous year ...

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Le Pen's father criticises her presidential campaign as she steps back from party

By Michel Rose | PARIS PARIS French far-right veteran Jean-Marie Le Pen said on Tuesday his daughter Marine, who faces centrist Emmanuel Macron in a May 7 presidential runoff, should have campaigned more aggressively for Sunday’s first round, following the example of Donald Trump. With 7.5 million votes, Marine Le Pen beat the National Front party’s previous election record on ...

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Spain arrests Moroccans suspected of links to Belgian Islamist attacks

MADRID Spanish police arrested eight people and raided 12 properties in Barcelona, in an operation against suspected Islamist militants carried out in conjunction with Belgian police, police said on Tuesday. Some of those arrested were suspected of links to the Belgian suicide bombings in March of last year, which killed 31 people at the Brussels airport and on a metro ...

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UK public inflation expectations stable in April – Citi-YouGov

LONDON The British public’s expectations for inflation over the coming year remained steady in April, despite previous sharp rises in the country’s most closely watched measures of price growth, a monthly survey by bank Citi and polling firm YouGov showed. Expectations for inflation in a year’s time held at 2.5 percent in April, unchanged from March. Britain’s consumer price inflation ...

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