Friday, September 22, 2017
David Cameron at the House of Commons following the EU referendum.
The referendum is not legally binding, so the leaving EU process does not initiate until the prime minister invokes Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty. The Lisbon treaty is an international agreement which establishes the constitutional basis of the EU. Today, at the House of Commons, David Cameron made it clear he will not trigger the Article 50, leaving that...
Portuguese new legislation for short term property rentals.
More rigorous legislation was approved in Portugal to regulate short-term rental properties. From July 1, 2017, properties posted on Airbnb, Booking, Homeaway and other platforms will need to be enrolled on the national tourism register. To be allowed to advertise on such platforms, property owners will have to fill in a required field with the registration number of their accommodation....
From left to right: Branislav Nedimovic, Ana Brnabic, Igor Mirovic. Photo by:mediaportal.vojvodina.gov.rs.
Two months ago, newly elected Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic appointed Ana Brnabic to succeed him as Prime Minister. Many were surprised, and some had great expectations. Serbia got its first female PM in post-communist history, and even more interesting, its first openly gay PM. In a small and conservative country, liberal circles of Serbian society saw this as a success....
London Eye - How the OECD sees the UK leaving the EU.
April 27 - the OECD published a report analyzing the economic consequences of the United Kingdom exiting the European Union. According to the OECD Policy Paper, the outcome of the referendum to be held on 23 June "would be a major negative shock to the UK economy, with economic fallout in the rest of the OECD, particularly other European countries."...
Euro - Image credits Mick Carvalho
This year's European state of the union was mostly about the migrant crisis. Juncker made it clear Europe will keep accepting and relocating refugees. The European state of the union started in 2009, following the United States state of the union tradition. This year was Juncker's first state of the Union speech which got monopolized by the migrant crisis in...
Marine Le Pen VS Macron in French elections second round.
Emmanuel Macron, the centrist candidate who appeals to both left and right voters won the first round with about 23 percent of the votes. Following him is Marine Le Pen, the leader of the far-right National Front (FN) who secured about 21 percent in the voting poll. Le Pen will now face Emmanuel Macron, the former Socialist minister, in...
United Kingdom and Euro flag.
The Daily Mail praised it as a “historic” referendum, which frees “Britain from the chains that have bound us to an unelected, unaccountable Brussels for 45 years”, in February of this year. Allister Heath, from The Telegraph, in turn, called on the British government to “believe passionately” in Brexit, saying that the “Battle for Brexit must begin now”....
Police perimeter in "Las Ramblas", Barcelona. Photo by: Evan McCaffrey.
Live Updates 2017-07-18 04:02 GMT A second vehicle attack to the one in Barcelona took place in the coastal town of Cambrils, south of Barcelona. A car hit pedestrians near the port area. Some pedestrians and a police officer were injured. The attackers exited the car and were shot by police as they attempted to leave the scene. Five suspects have been killed...
Smoke plume from the fire near Aix en Provence. Taken by Max Kaczor in Vinon sur Verdon.
The South of France is known for its beautiful summer weather, beaches along the Mediterranean Sea and a playground for those who have holiday time. Along the beaches in the Provence-Alpes Côte d’Azur Region and a few hours north, you have an arid and dry climate that is a tinderbox during the warm summer months. Over the warmer months of...
Police in Manchester has responded to reports of an "explosion" at the city’s arena. Greater Manchester police warned people to stay away from Manchester Arena after reporting fatalities in an "incident" at around 10:35PM. According to SKY correspondent Mark White, in statements to SKY News, this a "significant incident" and nothing yet points out to "terrorist attack." So far, 19 people...
Sorrow in Las Ramblas Memorial
Today, in the same location where a terrorist's van killed 13 pedestrians, thousands of people marched in defiance against terrorism. Las Ramblas Streets were packed full of people chanting and waving banners and flags. Makeshift memorials were made in the spots where the dead had previously laid. Many of these spots were formed by family members of the deceased,...
Theresa May.
The UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, is heading into deep water as she faces making two speeches on Brexit which will require very sensitive handling. Firstly, she will speak to the European Union itself in an attempt to get negotiations back on track. Then, at the Tory Party Conference at the beginning of October, a very different audience will be...

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Rally for hunger striking editor-in-chief of the Vranjske newspaper.

Hospitalized Serbian Journalists Get Unequal Treatment From Government

Serbian journalist Vukasin Obradovic, owner and editor-in-chief of “Vranjske” weekly started a hunger strike on Monday, after he was forced to shut down his newspaper. “Vranjske” is a prominent weekly in Southern Serbia, famous...
Serbia gay parade, 2017.

Belgrade Pride: Serbia Embraces Change as the Country’s Prime Minister Attends Gay Parade For...

Colors, balloons, and cheerful smiles were spotted a few days ago on the streets of Belgrade, as the 4th Pride Parade took place. Marching under the slogan “We want change", the partakers of the...
Nick and Sally Rowe in an interview for "Cristian Concern".

Parents’ Reaction to Gender Fluid Pupil Causes Controversy

An Isle of Wight couple are taking their son’s school to court over a decision to allow another pupil to attend classes dressed as either a boy or a girl. Nick and Sally Rowe, who...
Theresa May.

Theresa May Faces Further Problems After Juncker’s Speech

The UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, is heading into deep water as she faces making two speeches on Brexit which will require very sensitive handling. Firstly, she will speak to the European Union itself in...
Independence square in Kiev, Ukraine.

The growing IT-Sector in Kyiv, Ukraine

For the last decade, the IT industry in Ukraine reached its heyday. Currently, 100 000 IT specialists are employed in Ukraine, and 13 national IT companies were included in the list of TOP-100 best...
EU and UK flag.

Brexit: An Unbiased Analysis

On the 23rd of June 2016, the British public walked down to their local polling stations and cast their vote in a simple question: “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European...

Politics

RSI Office in Paris, france.

President Macron Cuddles the Self-Employed

After many years of a love/hate relationship, millions of French entrepreneurs are on the verge of witnessing a reformed RSI, the social regime of the self-employed. National widespread debate continues about the impact of...
From left to right: Branislav Nedimovic, Ana Brnabic, Igor Mirovic. Photo by:mediaportal.vojvodina.gov.rs.

Is Serbian First Female Premier a Disappointment?

Two months ago, newly elected Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic appointed Ana Brnabic to succeed him as Prime Minister. Many were surprised, and some had great expectations. Serbia got its first female PM in post-communist...
Chavista allegedly by Guarimberos.

Understanding Venezuela Today: From US Best Provider to National Threat

On the 18th of August, United States President, Donald Trump, threatened to impose sanctions against several members of President Nicolás Maduro’s office. In 2016, his predecessor, President Barack Obama, had issued an executive order...
Kenyatta wins Kenyan elections.

Wave of uncertainty as President Kenyatta wins heated Kenyan elections

There has been widespread unrest in some parts of Kenya following the announcement of the presidential election results, by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), which essentially granted Uhuru Kenyatta a second term...
Nawaz Sharif

Prime Minister of Pakistan Ousted From Office Based on Corruption Charges

The 18th Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, resigned, following a decision from the supreme court disqualifying him from office. Mr. Sharif was just a few months away from becoming the first prime minister...
McCain Health Care vote

McCain’s Dramatic Vote Kills ‘Repeal and Replace’

The floor of the United States Senate is not known for riveting drama. Typically the outcome is already known before Senators vote for any given bill. Recently, with the exception of rare cases, most...

Business

Independence square in Kiev, Ukraine.

The growing IT-Sector in Kyiv, Ukraine

For the last decade, the IT industry in Ukraine reached its heyday. Currently, 100 000 IT specialists are employed in Ukraine, and 13 national IT companies were included in the list of TOP-100 best...
RSI Office in Paris, france.

President Macron Cuddles the Self-Employed

After many years of a love/hate relationship, millions of French entrepreneurs are on the verge of witnessing a reformed RSI, the social regime of the self-employed. National widespread debate continues about the impact of...
Great Hall of the People. Photo by: Thomas Fanghaenel.

Blockchain Loses a Link: What the Chinese Crackdown Means for Cryptocurrencies and ICOs

For years, China has had a famously tight grasp on the value of its currency. In 1994, the Chinese government pegged the yuan to an $8.28 exchange with the US dollar and have since...
Kenya election riots.

Business Slow After Elections in Kenya

This year's elections have been peaceful, but there are claims and counter claims regarding the results. From the day leading up to elections, companies reduced operations or shut down temporarily to allow staff to go...
Brett King Via.news interview

“Does Banking have a Future?” Brett King, CEO of Moven, explains

Brett King hosts one of the most popular FinTech Radio Show in the world, "Breaking Banks," and founded the New-York based start-up called "Moven" with its concept of a downloadable bank account. Mr. King...
Invest HK Deputy Head of Fintech, Thorsten Terweiden, at Money Conf in Madrid.

“We want companies to grow, expand and be successful in Asia via Hong Kong.”...

Right at the heart of the Money Conf in Madrid we met with Mr. Thorsten Terweiden, the Deputy Head of Fintech for InvestHK. InvestHK is the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government department responsible for...