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Jeremy Hunt on Brexit: ‘We are heading for no deal by accident’

Probability of exit without deal increasing by the day, UK foreign secretary says The Brexit process is currently heading for no deal by accident, the foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has said during talks in Austria, stepping up his warnings about a potential collapse in talks. This is not project fear, this is project reality, Hunt told a press conference in Vienna alongside his Austrian counterpart, Karin Kneissl. We have to make a decision on Britains future relationship with the EU by the end of this year and we have to…

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The Art of Melania Trumps Green Jacket

Melania Trump just gave the world a lesson in the the substance of style, and she undoubtedly knew that her back would be particularly visible as she mounted the airplane’s steps. So why, on the way to visit a shelter for migrant children separated from their parents at the Texas-Mexico border, would she wear such a thing? It’s just a jacket. Her clothing choice was completely meaningless. That was her spokeswoman’s take on it. But, as many people noted, she’s not in the habit of wearing cheap fast fashion, so…

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50 tech CEOs come to Paris to talk about tech for good

Ahead of VivaTech, 50 tech CEOs came to Paris to have lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron. Then, they all worked together on “tech for good”. The event was all about leveraging tech around three topics — education, labor and diversity. At the end of the day, French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe invited everyone for a speech in Matignon. It wasn’t a groundbreaking speech as Macron is also speaking at VivaTech tomorrow morning. “We’re trying to pivot France,” Philippe said. “Dara, Ginni and Bill, thank you for your introduction, that…

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How to Launch an Acclaimed Winery for $8 Million or Less

Even by Napa Valley’s astronomical real estate standards, the sale of Heitz Wine Cellars for a reported $180 million raised eyebrows. It’s the new normal there, though: In response, some wineries have determined that it makes fiscal sense to find a less-expensive neighborhood. Jackson Family Wines, maker of Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay (the top selling chardonnay in the country), purchased its first vineyard in southern Oregon’s Willamette Valley in 2013. Today, the company owns and operates four wineries on more than 1,300 acres in the area, Oregon wines were served at the White House state dinner…

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Donald Trump praises Syria strikes and declares: ‘Mission accomplished’

US president thanks London and Paris for their wisdom and power while Russia loses UN vote to condemn airstrikes Donald Trump hailed the strikes carried out against Syria by the US, UK and France as perfectly executed on Saturday, adding: Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished! The US president thanked London and Paris for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military in joining Washington in launching more than 100 missiles on Friday night against what they say were Syrian chemical weapons facilities. Trump added: So…

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French rail staff stage ‘Black Tuesday’ protests against overhaul

National and international services hit on first day of rolling walkouts over Macron proposals French rail workers have launched three months of rolling train strikes in what threatens to become the largest and most chaotic industrial action against Emmanuel Macrons drive to overhaul state transport and liberalise the economy. Called Black Tuesday in the media, the opening day of train strikes was expected to cause disruption for Frances 4.5 million rail passengers around 33% of all train staff and more than 75% of drivers walked out. Only one regional train…

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Emmanuel Macron Talks to WIRED About France’s AI Strategy

On Thursday, Emmanuel Macron, the president of France, gave a speech laying out a new national strategy for artificial intelligence in his country. The French government will spend €1.5 billion ($1.85 billion) over five years to support research in the field, encourage startups, and collect data that can be used, and shared, by engineers. The goal is to start catching up to the US and China and to make sure the smartest minds in AI—hello Yann LeCun—choose Paris over Palo Alto. Directly after his talk, he gave an exclusive and…

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Merkel Wins Fourth Term as Germanys SPD Backs Coalition

Germany’s Social Democrats voted to join Chancellor Angela Merkel’s next government, clearing the last hurdle to her fourth term and restoring a sense of political stability in Europe’s biggest economy. SPD members approved the coalition pact by a wider-than-expected margin, which may make it easier for the party to effectively govern with Merkel’s Christian Democrat-led bloc. The result, unsealed on Sunday morning, was 66 percent in favor to 34 percent against. Before the vote, SPD leaders had said they hoped for 60 percent support. The chancellor can expect to be…

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Julie Bishop hits back at Trump over Brigitte Macron remark but says refugee deal intact

Australias foreign affairs minister says she would be taken aback if US president made comment to her The foreign affairs minister, Julie Bishop, has assured voters that the refugee swap agreement between Australia and the United States is still intact, Australia struck its one-off refugee swap deal with the former US president Barack Obama last year to provide refuge to up to 1,250 asylum seekers but it ran into trouble earlier this year Brigitte Macron, the wife of the French president, when he was standing with her in the marbled…

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Emmanuel Macron races to train would-be MPs

Frances new president has promised to field candidates from his new party En Marche! in all but one of the countrys 577 constituencies and he is 148 short 428 people chosen to stand as candidates for Macrons La Rpublique En Marche (Republic on the Move, or La REM) party for next months parliamentary elections, 52% are new to politics and have never held elected office. They were being given a crash course on how to run an election campaign, organise and motivate a team and deal with the press at…

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Marine Le Pen defeated but France’s far right is far from finished | Angelique Chrisafis

Despite a heavy defeat in the presidential runoff, the Front Nationals chief concerns have become part of the national debate Frances far-right Front National will not disappear from the political landscape just because not met by the shock and mass street protests that greeted her fathers reaching the final in 2002. Political scientists have warned that no one should write off the French far right after Marine Le Pens presidential loss. The Front National has slowly been gaining ground for the last 45 years and its steady electoral increases must…

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French election: Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron trade insults in TV debate

Majority of French people polled feel that centrist candidate outperformed far right leader in ill-tempered clash The independent centrist Marine Le Pen traded venomous personal insults and clashed over how to fix the sluggish French economy and fight terrorism in a bruising live TV presidential debate days before the final set up his neither right nor left movement En Marche! (On the Move) a year ago. Le Pen, who took over the far-right Front National from her father six years ago, has never held a ministerial or French parliament post.…

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Leftist candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon shakes up France’s presidential race

After strong performances in two debates, several new surveys show the Communist-backed candidates popularity surging The French Communist-backed presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon is closing in on the frontrunners Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, according to new polls. A rally held by Melenchon drew tens of thousands of supporters on Sunday, underlining his surging popularity just two weeks from the election on 23 April and adding new drama to a rollercoaster campaign. After strong performances in two televised debates, several surveys at the weekend showed him climbing to third position,…

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