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April 9, 2020
Wall Street banks are warning investors to brace for a new wave of stock market declines despite the recent relief rally, and eurozone finance ministers will reconvene today to work toward a deal on emergency lending to tackle the Covid-19 outbreak. The FT’s Mehreen Khan will explain the dispute between the Netherlands and Italy over the terms. Plus, Stefania Palma in Singapore explains how the country is handling its third wave of coronavirus infections. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
April 8, 2020
The Trump administration is in talks with Congress to secure an additional $250bn to fund loans for small businesses hit by the coronavirus pandemic, and a special committee of WeWork board members issued a legal challenge on Tuesday over SoftBank’s withdrawal from a $3bn deal. Plus, the FT’s capital market’s correspondent Rob Smith explains how Carnival Corporation managed to persuade investors to put their money into the ailing cruise company. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
April 7, 2020
US stocks and global equities surged on Monday as investors took heart from signs that the coronavirus outbreak may be stabilising in some of the worst-affected countries. Plus, with a death count of more than 16,000 people and its economy on course to suffer the deepest recession in its modern history, Italy is wrestling with a lack of assistance from its European neighbours. The FT’s Miles Johnson explains that Italians are feeling betrayed by how some countries are responding to their plight..   Plus, the FT’s global business columnist, Rana Foroohar argues that private and public - but mostly private - sectors need to invest in broadband improvements as lockdowns cause internet usage to rise. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
April 6, 2020
Emerging markets are scrambling to keep their economies afloat as the coronavirus pandemic deepens. The FT’s David Pilling will have more. Plus, America’s biggest banks will defend their plans to continue paying dividends in submissions to regulators today, and oil producers push back against the price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
April 3, 2020
Oil soared nearly 50 per cent at one point on Thursday in its biggest ever one-day rally after US president Donald Trump stoked hopes of a supply cut deal, German biotech groups are urging regulators to ease restrictions when it comes to testing a coronavirus vaccine, and bankers are raising doubts about whether the US government’s small business loan programme will begin today, as scheduled. Plus, banks were admonished over their role in causing the 2008 financial crisis. The FT’s David Crow explains how banks can rehabilitate themselves in the coronavirus crisis by distributing unprecedented amounts of stimulus. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
April 2, 2020
France is pushing for a common EU fund to help Europe through the coronavirus crisis. The FT’s Paris bureau chief, Victor Mallet, explains what the plan entails. Then, the rapid spread of the outbreak has pushed commercial landlords and their tenants to breaking point. FT property reporter George Hammond unpacks the brewing conflict between landlords and the tenants that are unable to pay rent. Plus, Amazon has said it is urgently investigating claims of “subhuman” conditions at a Philippines call centre, and SoftBank has pulled out of a $3bn purchase of WeWork stock.   For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
April 1, 2020
The FT’s Gillian Tett unpacks the Federal Reserve’s latest move to meet the global demand for dollars, and science editor Clive Cookson explains how different countries are handling coronavirus testing and how the private sector could step in. Plus, Donald Trump is set to suspend some tariffs for 90 days as he tries blunt the economic damage from the pandemic, the UK’s six biggest banks have bowed to pressure from Britain’s top financial regulator to suspend dividend payments, and as coronavirus reaches the developing world, a record 85 countries have approached the IMF for short-term relief in recent weeks. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
March 31, 2020
Amazon has pitched itself as an essential business to provide those sheltering in place with needed products. The FT’s Dave Lee reports on how the e-commerce group could emerge as a hero if deliveries remain on track, but only if it does so without pushing employees to take excessive health risks. Meanwhile, insurers are tightening the terms of their business coverage to make sure anything related to the pandemic is explicitly excluded. Plus, Rana Foroohar argues that 50 years of US policy in favour of private sector interests have come home to roost as the economy copes with coronavirus. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
March 30, 2020
Manufacturers are working to produce the ventilators needed to help severely ill coronavirus patients breathe. The question is whether those inexperienced in the field can overcome the logistical and regulatory hurdles in time to deliver the life-saving machines. Plus, US companies have questions about how to access the $454bn of government funds set aside in the $2tn stimulus legislation, and Italy’s shadow workers are left out of the country’s safety net. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
March 27, 2020
US stocks were up for a third straight day after the Senate agreed to a $2.2tn stimulus package Wednesday. The bill comes as a report on Thursday showed that a record 3.3m Americans filed for unemployment last week from the coronavirus shutdown. Plus, the European Central Bank is giving itself a tremendous amount of flexibility in its plan to buy €750bn in additional bonds to contain the fallout from the virus. And, WeWork burnt through $1.4bn last quarter, almost all the cash injection its principal backer SoftBank had most recently provided. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
March 26, 2020
The US Senate has approved fiscal stimulus legislation worth $2tn after a week of intense negotiations, Ford suffers the biggest credit rating downgrade since 2005, and the FT’s James Kynge tells us how China could become an example of growth while the rest of the world deals with the coronavirus crisis. Plus, the US has raised the pressure on Saudi Arabia to end its oil price war with Russia as the shale industry faces a collapse. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
March 25, 2020
As traditional capital markets seize up, businesses are turning to emergency sources of funding. An FT analysis shows that more than 130 companies drew at least $124bn from their lenders in the past three weeks. Plus, Europe is facing a dilemma over whether to allow certain businesses to operate or shut the economy entirely to slow the spread of the coronavirus, and SoftBank explored an attempt to take the conglomerate private before deciding to sell some of its assets this week. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
March 24, 2020
The Federal Reserve announced a plan to buy corporate debt and unlimited amounts of government debt on Monday. But investors on Wall Street continue to wait for fiscal stimulus from the US government. Plus, The FT’s global business columnist, Rana Foroohar, argues that, when a bailout plan is agreed, small businesses and individuals should be first in line for the help. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
March 23, 2020
US lawmakers argue over a fiscal stimulus legislation worth nearly $2tn to help America weather the coronavirus pandemic. Plus, it could be weeks before official data reveals the full impact of the outbreak on the global economy. FT data journalists have compiled a set of alternative measures of economic activity, from restaurant bookings to traffic patterns, to give an early indication of what to expect. And, Occidental Petroleum chief executive Vicki Hollub looks set to keep her job as the embattled oil producer finalises a truce with activist investor Carl Icahn. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
March 20, 2020
Republicans in the US Senate have introduced legislation to inject more than $1tn of fiscal stimulus into the economy as it grapples with the coronavirus outbreak. Sir Paul Tucker, the former deputy governor of the Bank of England and current chair of the Systemic Risk Council, says it’s time for policymakers and bankers to prepare for a wartime setting if conditions deteriorate. Plus, the only US drugmaker that makes a potential treatment for the coronavirus raised the price nearly 100 per cent in January as the outbreak wreaked havoc in China. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
March 19, 2020
The European Central Bank will buy an additional €750bn in bonds in response to the economic and financial upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Gillian Tett and Anjli Raval explain the dramatic market swings in markets that preceded the ECB’s emergency move. Plus, we will look at the bottlenecks in the healthcare supply chain as demand grows for testing and critical care equipment. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
March 18, 2020
Western governments pledged trillions of dollars in stimulus measures to limit the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday. The FT’s global business columnist Rana Foroohar explains what it could mean for Wall Street and Main Street. Plus, Impossible Foods raises $500m in a round that will help the US-plant based burger group to see through the economic upheaval caused by the current crisis, and Joe Biden solidifies his status as the frontrunner to take on Donald Trump in November. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
March 17, 2020
Governments in all large western economies took drastic measures to limit public movement on Monday in an urgent effort to arrest the spreading coronavirus pandemic while US stocks plunged despite a set of emergency measures laid out by the Federal Reserve on Sunday. Plus, an analysis by the Financial Times finds that the UK and the US have key weaknesses in their healthcare systems which could trigger a collapse if put to the test by the outbreak. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
March 16, 2020
The Federal Reserve cut interest rates to zero and joined forces with other central banks in a bid to prevent a severe economic downturn caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The FT’s Gillian Tett unpacks the sweeping measures. Plus, the rapid spread of the coronavirus and the ensuing travel restrictions have led to one of the worst months on record for the airport industry, and French industrials group Air Liquide is asking would-be buyers of its hand sanitiser unit to offer a higher sum in the wake of the outbreak. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
March 13, 2020
US stocks fell almost 10 per cent in their worst day since the 1987 market crash despite emergency action by the Federal Reserve. Meanwhile, following the US ban on travellers from Europe, airlines are demanding immediate government action to alleviate the industry’s deepening crisis. Plus, companies took on vast amounts of debt in the era of low interest rates. The FT’s US business editor, Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson, explains the risk this debt poses now. We want to hear from you. Please go to FT.com/briefingsurvey, and fill out our survey for a chance to win a pair of Bose headphones.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
March 12, 2020
The Trump administration will suspend non-US citizens travelling from Europe for the next 30 days to reduce the spread of the coronavirus in America. This announcement came on the same day the World Health Organization labelled the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic for the first time, and the blue-chip Dow Jones Industrial Average tipped into bear market territory. Plus, Boeing lost close to a fifth of its market value on after news that it had tapped the full amount of a $13.8bn loan to deal with the financial effects of the coronavirus. Then, we will look at what to expect from Christine Lagarde and the European Central Bank today, now that the Federal Reserve and the Bank of England have made emergency rate cuts.  We want to hear from you. Please go to FT.com/briefingsurvey, and fill out our survey for a chance to win a pair of Bose headphones. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
March 11, 2020
Joe Biden cemented his lead as the frontrunner in the Democratic presidential race, winning several states including the battleground of Michigan. Plus, airlines cancel flights, withdraw earnings guidance and implement austerity measures to cope with the travel slump caused by the coronavirus outbreak, and the head of the International Energy Agency warns Russia and Saudi Arabia risk hurting efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus if they insist on continuing an oil price war. Then, the FT’s Chris Giles explains how the UK budget, to be unveiled today, is expected to set some money aside to deal with the outbreak. We want to hear from you. Please go to FT.com/briefingsurvey, and fill out our survey for a chance to win a pair of Bose headphones. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
March 10, 2020
A crash in the price of oil rocked financial markets that were already reeling from the effects of the coronavirus. Meanwhile, Italy extended its quarantine to the entire country, two of the world’s largest medical research foundations are teaming up with a Mastercard-backed charity to commit $125m in “seed funding” to develop treatments for Covid-19, and US president Donald Trump says his administration will propose a relief package today to reduce the negative economic effects of the outbreak. Plus, EU leaders have vowed to work with Turkey to prevent renewed tensions at their shared border and revive a 2016 migration deal. And, the FT’s Derek Brower will explain how the oil price war has left US shale producers hanging on for survival. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
March 9, 2020
Saudi Arabia has launched an aggressive oil price war after Russia refused to join production cuts with Opec, Italy locks down a huge swath of its wealthy northern area that is home to 16m people in order to contain the spread of coronavirus, and Citigroup confirmed that it is severing nearly two-thirds of the platforms it uses for currency trading as part of an effort to cut costs. Plus, Turkey is threatening to allow migrants to flow into Europe unless it gets more funding from the European Union. The FT’s Mehreen Khan and Laura Pitel explain the human tug-of-war.   We want to hear from you! Please go to FT.com/briefingsurvey, and fill out our survey for a chance to win a pair of Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling headphones.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
March 6, 2020
US stocks dropped as Treasury yields touched records lows on Thursday and bank share price falls led the way, struggling Chinese ride-hailing group Didi Chuxing is suffering a further blow due to the coronavirus, and ExxonMobil says it will avoid a “beauty match” on carbon emissions as rivals set out targets. Plus, the world’s biggest oil traders slashed global demand forecasts with growth falling to the weakest levels since the financial crisis. The FT’s Anjli Raval explains how this adds pressure on Opec to cut output. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
March 5, 2020
US stocks recovered more than 4 per cent on Wednesday, a day after the Federal Reserve cut interest rates by 50 basis points and spooked investors, Rupert Murdoch’s youngest son, James, is making a seven-figure investment in start-ups aimed at combating fake news, and the US is ready to invest $5bn in Ethiopia in an effort to counter China’s influence in one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies. Plus, banks are gearing up in the event that the coronavirus outbreak forces traders to work offsite. The FT’s Laura Noonan explains why it is not as simple as bringing home your laptop. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
March 4, 2020
Joe Biden emerged as a major contender in Super Tuesday voting, despite Bernie Sanders winning in California. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve failed to ease recession fears on Tuesday when it made an emergency interest rate cut. The FT’s Gillian Tett explains why. Plus, Tesla short sellers have reaped $2.8bn as US stocks tumbled, and Airbus is reviewing its 2020 delivery targets as the global spread of coronavirus hits demand from airlines. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
March 3, 2020
US stocks ended a seven-day losing streak on Monday on expectations that central banks will soften the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak and driverless car company Waymo raises $2.3bn from a group of outside investors. Plus, the FT’s George Parker explains the expectations of both the United Kingdom and the European Union as their trade talks begin. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
March 2, 2020
Disruptions caused by the coronavirus are driving the global economy closer to a recession and triggering calls for fiscal and monetary intervention, activist hedge fund Elliott Management is pushing for big changes at Twitter after taking a $1bn stake, and the US state of Wyoming is in talks to buy millions of acres of land from Occidental Petroleum. Plus, if Bernie Sanders is elected US president, his policies have the potential to radically change the US financial system. The FT’s Robert Armstrong explains how Wall Street is weighing up the idea of a socialist in the White House. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
February 28, 2020
US equities closed in correction territory on Thursday on coronavirus concerns, while Saudi Arabia is asking its Opec allies to agree to a substantial cut in oil production to deal with crippling demand. Plus, a report from Beijing on how China is trying to get its factories back to work, and the FT’s Gillian Tett unpacks how the outbreak is affecting the global economy.   For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
February 27, 2020
Donald Trump sought to defuse criticism of his handling of the coronavirus and predicted stock markets would be booming again, while investors are betting that central banks will respond to the financial fallout from the outbreak with stimulus, and Microsoft has warned that supply chain disruption due to the virus will cause the company to miss its revenue guidance for its Windows and Surface products. Plus, Walmart is exploring the sale of a stake in the UK supermarket chain Asda. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
February 26, 2020
A fresh wave of selling pressure rippled across global markets on Tuesday as public health officials warned Americans to prepare for the spread of the coronavirus, Bob Iger has stepped down as chief executive of Walt Disney a year after extending his contract, and Virgin Galactic shares fall after the space tourism company reports that losses widened in the fourth quarter. Plus, there has been a wave of leadership change at European banks in the past few months. The FT’s David Crow explains why the lenders are scrambling to find a new generation of chief executives. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
February 25, 2020
Global stocks had their worst day in two years on Monday as new coronavirus cases outside China dashed hopes that the outbreak had been contained, US energy stocks are now underperforming the main US stock market index by the biggest margin since 1941, disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein was found guilty by a jury in New York of sex crimes including rape, and HP announced a $16bn buyback plan as it claims to be engaging with printer rival Xerox in deal talks. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
February 24, 2020
Barclays is preparing to start a search for a new chief executive to replace Jes Staley, European buyout firm CVC Capital Partners is plotting an ambitious reshaping of one of the world’s most popular sports - rugby, and Italy has imposed a strict quarantine across at least 10 towns to contain the largest outbreak of coronavirus outside of Asia. Plus, the FT’s Benjamin Parkin previews Donald Trump’s visit to India. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
February 21, 2020
EU leaders are deadlocked over how to finance the bloc’s next multi-annual budget, a judge handed down a 40 year sentence to Roger Stone on Thursday, saying the Republican political operative was prosecuted for covering up for President Donald Trump, and the luxury industry faces its biggest threat since the 2008 financial crisis with the coronavirus outbreak. Plus, wealthy Arab states have been pouring money into football as part of their effort to diversify the oil-dependent economies. But that money has caught the attention of one of football’s main governing bodies. The FT’s sports correspondent, Murad Ahmed, explains. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
February 20, 2020
UBS names Ralph Hamers from ING as its next chief executive, Boeing asks for a $100m a year tax break from Washington state to be suspended in order to avert retaliatory tariffs this summer, and the UN has teamed up with a New York start-up to develop technology that will attempt to gauge how people living in war zones feel about peace negotiations. Plus, billionaire Michael Bloomberg has made up for his late entry into the Democratic presidential race with an advertising spending spree of nearly half a billion dollars. The FT’s Brooke Fox and Anna Nicolaou report on the strategy that has caught the other campaigns off-guard. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
February 19, 2020
The EU’s richest states have dug in their heels over the region’s budget as European Council president Charles Michel seeks to ease the blow of spending cuts on poorer countries, Donald Trump extended clemency to several high-profile white-collar criminals on Tuesday, including former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich and financier Michael Milken, and US asset manager Franklin Templeton has agreed to buy rival Legg Mason for $6.5bn including debt. Plus, the FT’s David Crow reports on HSBC’s radical plan to downsize. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
February 18, 2020
Apple has warned that disruption in China from the coronavirus will cause its revenues to fall short in the current quarter, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has announced a $10bn fund to help fight climate change following intense criticism over the e-commerce group’s own environmental impact, and a start-up touted as the “Uber of dry cleaning” collapsed into administration on Friday, wiping out all of its investors, including British businessman Michael Spencer. Plus, the EU has rejected Facebook’s latest vision of how online content should be regulated. The FT’s Javier Espinoza reports on chief executive Mark Zuckerberg’s day in Brussels. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
February 17, 2020
The head of SoftBank’s $100bn Vision Fund has lined up billions of dollars of outside investment for a new hedge fund-style vehicle, Goldman Sachs and a research boutique have constructed a “synthetic” way for investors to bet more cheaply against Chinese stocks, and Samsung has begun flying electronic components for its latest Galaxy phones from China to its factories in Vietnam as it grapples with sweeping supply chain disruptions caused by coronavirus. Plus, parts of the Middle East and Africa have some of the world’s youngest populations as well as its highest rates of youth unemployment. The FT’s Adrienne Klasa reports on the demographic pressures experts warn will only increase. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
February 14, 2020
US attorney-general William Barr publicly rebuked Donald Trump, saying the president’s tweets about ongoing criminal cases had made it “impossible” to do his job, while the US Senate voted to limit Mr Trump’s military authority in Iran. Plus, US prosecutors accuse Huawei of stealing technology from several American companies and Amazon wins its request to temporarily block a $10bn US defence contract awarded to Microsoft. Plus, Sajid Javid abruptly quit as UK chancellor on Thursday after a brutal power struggle with prime minister Boris Johnson. The FT’s Robert Shrimsley explains what happened. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
February 13, 2020
Democrats in the US House of Representatives call on attorney-general William Barr to testify over claims of political influence in a case involving a friend of the president, Berkshire Hathaway vice-chairman Charlie Munger shares his pessimistic view of the future, and Europe’s largest telecoms conference has been forced to cancel this year’s event over fears of the spread of coronavirus. Plus, the US Department of Justice is backing Qualcomm as the chipmaker appeals against an antitrust fine from the Federal Trade Commission. The FT’s Kadhim Shubber explains how this complicates the relationship between the US regulators.   For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
February 12, 2020
US senator Bernie Sanders declared victory in the New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary on Tuesday night, ride-sharing service Lyft disappointed investors who were looking for signs of an end to the losses, and electric scooter companies operating in Germany are braced for a setback on the streets as authorities push for a regulatory crackdown. Plus, the FT’s Hannah Kuchler explains why investors are bidding up companies that are working to alleviate the effects of the coronavirus. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
February 11, 2020
A federal judge is poised to approve T-Mobile’s takeover of Sprint, according to sources briefed on the matter, Donald Trump has put forward a budget proposal that slashes key planks of the US social safety net while preserving his tax cut, and the woman who was long seen as Angela Merkel’s successor, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, said she would not run for German chancellor. Plus, nearly 150m Americans were compromised in the 2017 Equifax data breach. The FT’s Kadhim Shubber reports on why the US has blamed China. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
February 10, 2020
Google has been accused of unfairly promoting its own holiday rental search by more than 30 of its rivals, France’s Covéa is in exclusive talks to buy the Agnelli-owned PartnerRe for $9bn, and the result of Ireland’s general election was tied three ways on Sunday night. Plus, the FT’s San Francisco correspondent, Dave Lee, explains a new pilot programme from Airbnb after a series of shootings at its rentals. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
February 7, 2020
Uber shares traded higher after hours on Thursday after the ride-hailing company promised profitability in the final quarter of this year, officials in London and Washington told the FT that Donald Trump vented in “apoplectic” fury at Boris Johnson over Britain’s decision to allow China’s Huawei a role in its 5G mobile networks, and activist hedge fund Elliott Management has built a stake worth $2.5bn in SoftBank Group and is pressing for changes. Plus, the FT’s Tom Hancock has been quarantined after reporting on the coronavirus in Wuhan. He explains how a crackdown on information about the virus in Wuhan allowed the disease to spread more widely. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
February 6, 2020
Donald Trump was acquitted on impeachment charges by the Senate on Wednesday, HSBC has decided to hold off on naming a permanent chief executive until after it unveils a strategy shake-up, and Chinese energy executives are projecting a 25 per cent fall in the country’s oil consumption this month due the effects of the coronavirus on demand. Plus, the FT’s Anna Nicolaou explains Spotify’s push into podcasts and what it means for the streaming giant’s music business. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
February 5, 2020
US president Donald Trump claimed “incredible results in boosting the US economy in a State of the Union address to Congress and Pete Buttigieg took a narrow lead in the Iowa Democratic presidential caucuses based on partial results. Plus, sources tell the FT that New York Stock Exchange owner Intercontinental Exchange had held takeover talks with eBay, a top US executive at SoftBank’s $100bn Vision Fund is leaving after expressing concerns about “issues” at the technology conglomerate and Ford shares fell almost 10 per cent on Tuesday as it delivered a disappointing 2020 outlook. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
February 4, 2020
Opec and its allies are preparing emergency cuts to oil production after the economic fallout of the coronavirus pushed the price of crude into a bear market on Monday, the pace of revenue growth at Google parent Alphabet slowed more sharply than expected in the final quarter of last year, and the German government has drafted a bill to clamp down on anti-competitive behaviour from the likes of Google and Amazon. Plus, results out of the Iowa caucus were delayed Monday night as the state Democratic party cited “quality control” issues. The FT’s Lauren Fedor reports. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
February 3, 2020
UK prime minister Boris Johnson is expected to set out his vision for future relations with the EU in a speech today, Beijing is poised to pump extra cash into China’s financial system as part of a way to shield the economy from the effects of the deadly coronavirus outbreak, and American voters in Iowa will kick off the US Democratic presidential primary race. Plus, the FT’s Patrick McGee explains why Germany fears being left behind by Silicon Valley and Big Tech. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
January 31, 2020
IBM has named Arvind Krishna as the new chief executive to take over from Ginni Rometty, Amazon’s one-day shipping delivered a bumper holiday sales season, and the World Health Organization has declared an international emergency over the new coronavirus epidemic. Plus, as the UK prepares to leave the European Union tonight, the FT’s George Parker says the British population is split between a state of vindication and of sadness. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
January 30, 2020
Shares in Facebook dropped by more than 7 per cent on Wednesday after the company posted the slowest pace of growth since 2012. Plus scientists race to develop a vaccine for the deadly coronavirus, the Federal Reserve leaves its main policy rate unchanged, and Tesla and Microsoft post better than expected quarterly revenues. Then, Claire Bushey reports on Boeing’s first annual loss in more than 20 years. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
January 29, 2020
Apple recorded new records for both revenue and income for the holiday sales period, Starbucks has closed more than half of its 4,300 outlets in China over the coronavirus, Senate Republican leaders put pressure on colleagues to block witnesses in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, and Mr Trump unveiled his long-delayed Middle East peace plan. Plus, Goldman Sachs chief executive David Solomon is taking a gamble on consumer banking. The FT’s Laura Noonan reports on the bank’s overhaul, and what has led to its first-ever investor day. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
January 28, 2020
Airbus is on the brink of settling a bribery and corruption probe with regulators in the UK, France and the US, Boris Johnson feels increasing heat over Huawei’s role in the UK mobile phone network, and Donald Trump’s lawyers tried to shift the focus of his Senate impeachment trial away from revelations from former national security adviser John Bolton. Plus, global equity markets and oil prices fell sharply on Monday over concerns that the Coronavirus would slow China’s economic growth. The FT’s Tom Hancock reports from Wuhan, the city at the centre of the outbreak. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
January 27, 2020
An internal probe showed that Deutsche Bank paid $1.1m to secure the wealth management business of a senior Saudi royal, Beijing has warned that the spread of the deadly coronavirus is expected to accelerate, and the Trump administration has warned that it would “react” with possible punitive measures against the EU for a carbon tax plan. Plus, more than three years after the Brexit referendum, the UK will leave the EU this week. The FT’s George Parker breaks down how the relationship might look after the separation.   For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
January 24, 2020
A powerful rebound in Intel’s data centre division drove a stronger than expected recovery in the final quarter of 2019, former Wells Fargo chief executive John Stumpf has agreed to pay $17.5m as part of a settlement with US regulators over the bank’s fake accounts scandal, and the European Central Bank begins its first strategic review in 16 years. Plus, the founder of the opioid maker Insys has been sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison. The FT’s Hannah Kuchler explains what this means for other US pharmaceutical executives. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
January 23, 2020
Chinese authorities have shut down Wuhan transport networks in its efforts to contain the outbreak of a deadly Sars-like virus. Plus, the stock market value of Tesla topped $100bn for the first time on Wednesday, and Boeing’s new chief executive, David Calhoun, insists the 737 Max will fly again. Plus, the FT’s Tim Bradshaw takes a look at the competitive market for food delivery apps, and which companies are fighting to take your order. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
January 22, 2020
The US Senate rejected Democratic bids to subpoena documents on the first day of the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, a slowdown in the US continues to weigh on Netflix’s subscriber growth, and the UK is set to go ahead with plans to introduce a new digital tax against US companies despite the threat of tariffs. Plus, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been implicated in a hack involving Jeff Bezos’s phone, Boeing has told customers and suppliers that the 737 Max will now stay grounded until the middle of 2020, and US health officials have confirmed the first US case of the Sars-like coronavirus. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
January 21, 2020
The US Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump begins today. Republican Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell proposed rules on Monday evening that outraged Democrats. Plus, lawyers for Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou told a Canadian courtroom that the US extradition case against the executive amounted to “fiction”, France signals a breakthrough in talks to resolve a spat over digital taxes with the US, and the UK could be fined or lose preferential access to the European market if it violates the terms of a future relationship deal with the EU. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
January 20, 2020
US government-funded technology companies have recorded an increase in the use of circumvention software in Iran in recent weeks, the UK’s pledge to diverge from EU rules after Brexit has provoked alarm in Brussels, and a successful emergency escape simulation puts SpaceX on track for a launch with Nasa astronauts. Plus, the FT’s Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson explains how climate change and Big Tech will drive the agenda at this year’s World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
January 17, 2020
Investors catapulted Alphabet’s stock market value above $1tn for the first time on Thursday, Comcast’s NBCUniversal unveils a new streaming service that will be free to many customers, and Italy’s collapsing birth rate raises alarm bells. Plus, a non-partisan government watchdog said the White House violated the law by withholding US military aid to Ukraine last year. The FT’s Kadhim Shubber explains what this means for Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
January 16, 2020
The US and China have signed an agreement to pause the trade war that has weighed on the global economy for nearly two years, flying taxi start-up Joby Aviation secures $590m in a new funding round led by Toyota, and legal costs from the 1MDB bribery scandal hit Goldman Sachs earnings. Plus, the FT’s Lionel Barber shares the highlights from his exclusive interview with German chancellor Angela Merkel. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
January 15, 2020
The US House of Representatives will vote today on sending articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate, Boeing has ceded the crown as the world’s biggest plane maker to rival Airbus, and investment in UK-based tech start-ups exceeded £10bn for the first time last year. Plus, JPMorgan Chase kicked off the Wall Street earnings season by posting a record profit. The FT’s Rob Armstrong will unpack the figures. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
January 14, 2020
The UK government is trying to claw back some of the £10m paid to trade organisations to prepare for a no-deal Brexit, US officials have presented the UK with new intelligence challenging the claim that Britain would be able to mitigate the risks of adopting Huawei technology in its 5G network, and the US Treasury department has dropped the designation of China as a currency manipulator.  Plus, tonight, six Democratic hopefuls will take part in the final US presidential primary debate before the crucial Iowa caucuses. The FT’s Lauren Fedor reports on how the candidates are doing in the 2020 race for the White House. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
January 13, 2020
Nissan executives have accelerated secret contingency planning for a potential split from Renault, the head of MI5 says he has “no reason to think” that the UK’s intelligence-sharing relationship with the US would be hit if Britain adopted Huawei technology in its 5G mobile phone network, and JAB Holdings-owned Panera Bread is set to reduce the proportion of meat-based items on its menu by a third. Plus, the crisis at Boeing has deepened after the release of damning internal messages. The FT’s Claire Bushey reports on what it means for the company as the new chief executive, David Calhoun, begins today. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
January 10, 2020
The US House of Representatives votes in favour of limiting president Donald Trump’s military powers against Iran, Western intelligence officials believe a plane that crashed in Iran killing 176 people was mistakenly brought down by an Iranian missile, and Britain is preparing to activate a new post-Brexit sanctions regime. Plus, the FT’s Patrick McGee breaks down both the outlandish and realistic ideas that came out of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
January 9, 2020
Donald Trump backs away from military action against Iran, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen visits London in her first meeting with UK prime minister Boris Johnson, and Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman promote their new mobile video start-up, Quibi. Plus, the FT’s Chloe Cornish reports on Carlos Ghosn’s first press conference since his escape from Japan. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
January 8, 2020
Iran fires more than a dozen missiles at bases in Iraq hosting American troops in retaliation for the US killing of Qassem Soleimani. Plus, Bank of England governor Mark Carney says central banks are running low on ammunition to fight a recession, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó reclaims his post as the head of congress, Boeing recommends simulator training for 737 Max pilots, and US Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell says Republicans have the votes to move ahead with Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. Then, Josh Chaffin reports on the Green Beret ex-con who allegedly helped Carlos Ghosn escape Japan. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
January 7, 2020
The top US military official denied that America would be pulling troops out of Iraq, blaming a leaked “draft” letter indicating otherwise. Plus, Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, John Bolton, said he is willing to testify in the president’s Senate impeachment trial if subpoenaed, and disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein faces new sexual assault charges in Los Angeles as he prepares for the start of a criminal trial in Manhattan. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
January 6, 2020
France warns the US about the repercussions of imposing tariffs in response to the digital services tax on the likes of Google and Amazon, Boris Johnson is expected to pressure the European Commission to fast-track Brexit-related trade talks, and Spain is one step closer to its first coalition government in modern times after a parliamentary vote on Sunday. Plus, the FT’s Katrina Manson reports on the fallout from the US assassination of Qassem Soleimani. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
January 3, 2020
US regulators unveil long-awaited restrictions on some flavoured e-cigarettes, Bernie Sanders notched up the biggest quarterly money haul so far of any Democratic US presidential candidate and Brussels is preparing a fresh push to create an EU-wide tax on plastic waste. Plus, the FT’s David Sheppard highlights what investors will be watching in the oil markets in 2020. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
January 2, 2020
Lebanon pressed for Carlos Ghosn’s return one week before the former Nissan chairman escaped from Tokyo and Google Health has created a system that can identify breast cancer more accurately than radiologists. Plus, the FT’s Robin Harding explains why employees are gaining more power in Japan’s changing labour market.   For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
December 31, 2019
Private equity groups spent more on deals this year than at any time since the financial crisis, investors gear up for the final day of share trading in 2019, and former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn leaves Japan, where he was on house arrest, for Beirut. Plus, the FT’s companies editor, Tom Braithwaite, breaks down the year in IPOs. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
December 30, 2019
Fraudsters are milking companies of tens of billions of dollars a year with fake responses to online ads, new documents reveal that WeWork will have to pay $17m for some executives’ golden parachutes, and the number of small businesses being created in France has surged this year. Plus, why Warren Buffett says companies cannot be moral arbiters. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
December 20, 2019
Andrew Bailey has been selected as the new governor of the Bank of England, Democrats and Republicans trade barbs over tactics in the delay to President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial and Uber’s former chief executive, Travis Kalanick, has sold the majority of his stake in the company. Plus the FT’s US markets editor, Jennifer Ablan, explains why investors have piled into some of the riskiest US debt as the year draws to a close. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
December 19, 2019
The Bank of England admits that high-speed traders have been able to listen in on market-sensitive press conferences, the man who came to be a symbol of corporate corruption is granted an early release from his 25-year sentence, and the challenge faced by European carmakers from electric vehicles sees Fiat Chrysler and PSA strike a deal to create the fourth-largest automaker in the world. Plus, the US House of Representatives voted to impeach president Donald Trump. The FT’s US managing editor, Peter Spiegel, explains what this means for the upcoming Senate trial.   For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
December 18, 2019
FedEx cuts its annual earnings guidance for the second time in three months, a new report shows that Royal Dutch Shell paid no corporate income tax in the UK in 2018 and Sterling surrendered its post-election gains on Tuesday after Boris Johnson signalled he will try to push legislation that could cause a “cliff-edge” Brexit next year. Plus, like other countries in central Europe, Poland is facing a labour shortage. The FT’s James Shotter explains how some Polish manufacturers are replacing these workers. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
December 17, 2019
Global stocks hit fresh record highs on Monday as the US and China hit pause on the long-running trade war, while Mexico and the US resolve a row over the enforcement of labour provisions in the USMCA trade pact, Netflix reveals how quickly it is growing outside of the US and Boeing plans to temporarily suspend production of the 737 Max in January. Plus, the FT’s Kiran Stacey explains why US technology companies are pushing back on a call from the Trump administration to cut Huawei out of their supply chains. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
December 16, 2019
A deal to implement the new USMCA trade agreement was under threat after Mexico said it did not agree to certain provisions, Apple will face a shareholder vote next year calling for the iPhone maker to publicly commit to respecting freedom of expression as a human right and Boris Johnson plans to pour billions of pounds into the midlands and north of England after his election win. Plus, the FT’s Leslie Hook explains why UN climate delegates in Madrid could not reach a deal on the last article of the Paris climate accord. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
December 13, 2019
Boris Johnson declared a powerful mandate for Brexit after a crushing UK election victory. The FT’s Sebastian Payne breaks down the results. Plus, the US House of Representatives judiciary committee pushes a critical vote on the impeachment process into Friday, and the US and China were closing in on a limited trade deal on Thursday night. Follow live updates on the UK election at FT.com/ukelection. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
December 12, 2019
The Federal Reserve leaves its policy rate unchanged and indicates that it has no plans to make changes through 2020, and the climate summit in Madrid could stall over the question of how to create a global carbon trading market. Plus, new findings show the US Federal Aviation Administration failed to ground Boeing’s fleet of 737 Max aircraft even after its analysis showed the plane was more accident-prone than most aircraft, Israel faces its third election in a year, and Harvey Weinstein reaches a tentative $45m settlement with a group of women who accused him of sexual assault. Then, the FT’s Michael Peel explains how Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi went from human rights icon to a leader defending allegations of genocide. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
December 11, 2019
UK prime minister Boris Johnson makes a final plea to voters in the “most important election in a lifetime”, Saudi Arabia renews its push for a $2tn valuation for Saudi Aramco, Democrats in the US House of Representatives unveil two articles of impeachment against president Donald Trump and trade negotiators from the US, Canada and Mexico sign changes to the USMCA trade pact. Plus, the FT’s Alan Beattie explains why European countries are turning to green trade policy and why some critics say it has more to do with protectionism than the planet. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
December 10, 2019
Donald Trump says “a lot of strides” have been made on the USMCA trade deal, Morgan Stanley is cutting around 1,500 jobs worldwide, Amazon claims it was denied a $10bn US defence contract because of pressure from the president and SoftBank has agreed to sell its nearly 50 per cent stake in Wag back to the dog walking company. Plus, Paul Volcker has died at the age of 92. The FT’s Gillian Tett looks back on the life and legacy of the former Federal Reserve board chairman.    For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
December 9, 2019
Beijing orders all government offices and public institutions to remove foreign computer equipment and software within three years, the FBI is treating a US naval base shooting as an apparent terrorist attack, even though the White House is not and UK officials are questioning Boris Johnson’s claims that Britain will make a clean break with the EU in December in 2020. Plus, the FT’s Laura Hughes lays out Northern Ireland’s role in the UK general election in the days leading up to the vote. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
December 6, 2019
Dark money has made it way into political advertising in the UK general election, buyout group CVC Capital Partners holds talks with Fifa and Real Madrid about creating new global football tournaments and Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Uber releases its first-ever safety report and Nancy Pelosi, instructs fellow Democrats to draw up articles of impeachment against Donald Trump. Plus, the FT’s Anjli Raval breaks down Saudi Aramco’s $25.6bn IPO as Opec leaders meet in Vienna. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
December 5, 2019
Former World Bank president Robert Zoellick delivers a public rebuke of Donald Trump’s China policy, Boris Johnson vows not to involve Huawei in Britain’s 5G telecommunications networks if it compromises the country’s ability to work with security allies and the owners of the New York Mets are in talks to sell up to 80 per cent of the baseball club to hedge fund manager Steven Cohen. Plus, Saudi Arabia is pushing Opec to announce a deeper oil production cut. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
December 4, 2019
Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin step back from their day-to-day roles at Alphabet, US senator Kamala Harris drops out of the 2020 presidential race and the 70th-anniversary summit of Nato begins on a fractious note. Plus, US House Democrats have accused Donald Trump of abusing his office for political gain. The FT’s Peter Spiegel unpacks the report that will pave the way for articles of impeachment and a trial in the Senate.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
December 3, 2019
The Trump administration is on a tariff blitz, proposing levies on goods from France, the EU, Brazil and Argentina. In the UK, the Conservative party braces for what could be the most perilous week of the election campaign, and Sweden backs away from negative rates despite a weakening economy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
December 2, 2019
The Federal Reserve is considering letting inflation run above its 2 per cent target, UK politicians play a blame game after Friday’s tragedy at London Bridge and the EU’s ambitious new commission is likely to be overshadowed by a festering row over the budget. Plus, we will look at what Brussels is doing to retool industrial policy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
November 29, 2019
US political parties develop new technology that will access voters through the phone contacts of their supporters, OECD data shows the European Union is hit hard by the global trade slowdown and premium economy class overtakes business on several airline carriers as the most profitable seats. Plus, the latest on Japan South Korea tensions. The FT’s Edward White explains why South Korean forced labour victims are being lobbied to drop their claims for reparations. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
November 28, 2019
US President Donald Trump signs two bills supporting Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters, Christine Lagarde pushes for climate change to be part of a strategic review of the European Central Bank’s purpose and assets under management at Fisher Investments hit a record high of $115bn at the end of October despite lewd remarks by its founder, Ken Fisher. Plus, India’s growth numbers are due out Friday. The FT’s Benjamin Parkin explains what is behind the country’s deepening economic slowdown. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
November 27, 2019
Xerox said it would take its proposal for a $33bn takeover of HP directly to the personal computer maker’s shareholders, Nasdaq’s listings business is on course to eclipse that of bitter rival the New York Stock Exchange this year and Manchester City’s owner has agreed to sell a $500m stake to private equity firm Silver Lake in a deal that breaks a record in sports valuations. Plus, the FT’s Leslie Hook explains why China’s commitment to renewable energy has lagged in recent years, and why it’s causing alarm ahead of the annual UN climate talks. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
November 26, 2019
Companies unleash a wave of global takeovers, agreeing to more than $70bn in deals, famed investor Bill Gross warns that US stock and bond markets are set for a tougher time in 2020, a judge rules that Donald Trump cannot stop his most senior advisers testifying to Congress and revised official data show that Mexico’s economy has entered a technical recession. Plus, Uber has been stripped of its London licence. The FT’s Tim Bradshaw explains what it means for the ride-sharing company. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
November 25, 2019
Pro-democracy candidates take more than half of seats in Hong Kong’s local council elections amid record voter turnout, UK prime minister Boris Johnson launches a low-risk Conservative manifesto and Michael Bloomberg officially announces he is running for US president. Plus, LVMH is set to buy Tiffany & Co for $16.7bn. The FT’s Eric Platt breaks down the latest offer. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
November 22, 2019
Politicians and privacy campaigners call for Google’s $2.1bn deal for Fitbit to be blocked, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be hit by prosecutors on bribery, fraud and breach of trust charges, and a subsidiary of China’s largest construction group has suspended work on one of the nation’s tallest skyscrapers. Plus, the FT’s Eric Platt explains why Charles Schwab is ready to put down $25bn to acquire TD Ameritrade. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
November 21, 2019
The US ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, turns against Donald Trump in an explosive impeachment testimony, Saudi Arabia marginalises global banks in the final stage of Saudi Aramco’s flotation process and GM sues rival Fiat Chrysler, claiming FCA bribed officials of the UAW union during bargaining talks with GM. Plus, the FT’s Alistair Gray explains why Walmart is thriving once again. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
November 20, 2019
Boris Johnson narrowly beats rival Jeremy Corbyn in a high-stakes televised duel, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, a current White House official, testifies that Donald Trump made an ‘improper” demand in a July 25 phone call with the Ukrainian president, and the US National Transportation Safety Board says the main cause of a fatal accident involving a self-driving Uber was the back-up driver’s “failure” to monitor the road. Plus, the FT’s Anna Gross breaks down why the Brazilian president’s decision to allow sugarcane cultivation has become another roadblock in the way for a landmark trade deal between the EU and South America. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
November 19, 2019
Alibaba is set to raise up to $13.4bn in a secondary listing in Hong Kong even as violence in the financial centre intensifies. Many see the IPO as a critical test of confidence in both Hong Kong and Beijing. Next, Coty buys a controlling stake in Kylie Jenner’s cosmetics company and UK prime minister Boris Johnson shelves a proposed cut to corporation tax at the CBI’s annual conference on Monday. Plus, Facebook declared that it had shut down 5.4bn fake accounts in the first nine months of this year. The FT’s Lex deputy editor, Elaine Moore, dives into the social network’s fake accounts problem.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
November 18, 2019
Saudi Aramco scales back the initial public offering of its state oil giant, Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, says she will “make sure” President Donald Trump does not “intimidate” the whistleblower who sparked the impeachment inquiry, UK prime minister Boris Johnson is expected to pledge to reduce business rates and provide a series of tax breaks worth about £1bn a year and HP’s board of directors unanimously rejects a $22-a-share bid from rival Xerox. Plus, the FT’s Archie Hall explains why some yield-starved investors are piling into income share agreements with students looking to finance higher education.   For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
November 15, 2019
The US and China are struggling to complete a ‘phase one’ deal to halt their trade war, former Goldman Sachs chief executive Lloyd Blankfein takes aim at US Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, saying that “maybe tribalism is just in her DNA” and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is fighting back against the Trump administration award of the $10bn Jedi military contract to Microsoft. Plus, the FT’s Madhumita Murgia reports on Google’s plan to lock down advertisers’ access to personal user data. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
November 14, 2019
WeWork said its losses more than doubled to $1.3bn in the third quarter of 2019, researchers say a smartphone app developed by the Home Office for EU citizens has serious vulnerabilities, Google is talking to US banks about offering checking accounts to its customers and outgoing European Council president Donald Tusk takes aim at Brexiters “longing for the Empire”. Plus, the FT’s Peter Spiegel analyses the first day of public impeachment hearings on the Trump administration’s dealings with Ukraine. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
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