IN PHILIP ROTH’S “The Human Stain”, a university professor finds himself accused of racial harassment after he jokingly asks whether two black students who fail to attend class are “spooks”. (He means “ghosts”; they hear a 1950s-era derogatory term for African-Americans.) It seems like a ludicrous case of political correctness run amok, until the reader discovers that the professor is himself a black man who is passing as white, and is racked by racial anxiety and guilt. His unfort...
THE European Union may be a Franco-German construction, but when the project needs a dose of grandiosity it invariably turns to Italy. This weekend the leaders of 27 EU countries (all bar Britain) will convene in Rome’s glorious Palazzo dei Conservatori, beneath 17th-century frescoes and flanked by sculptures of sundry popes, to proclaim their unity—60 years after their forefathers signed the Treaty of Rome, the EU’s founding document, in the same room. In today’s fractious union the sym...
AMERICA may be the world’s largest economy, but these days its government pays more than many others to borrow money. Its ten-year bond yields are higher than those in Britain, France, Singapore and even Italy.The gap between American and German ten-year yields has been above two percentage points. For much of the past 25 years, it was very rare for the difference to exceed a single percentage point. On occasions, American yields fell below German levels (see chart).Go back a generation and yo...
IN BRITAIN alone millions of people make formal complaints each year about their banks. For them, Sebastian Siemiatkowski, founder of Klarna, a Swedish payments startup, brings good news. New European rules, he says, will open the door to a host of innovative services that analyse transactions, so “an app could tell you there’s a cheaper mortgage available and start the switching process for you.” Apps could warn account-holders if they spend more than a predetermined amount or are about t...
European nations will meet Monday to decide the fate of a possible new border wall between Greece and Hungary. In this February 8, 2016 file photo, Macedonian Army soldiers erect a second fence on the border line with Greece, near the southern Macedonia's town of Gevgelija. Boris Grdanoski / Associated PressSkift Take: Right-wing leaders are chipping away at German chancellor Angela Merkel's effort to preserve open borders in the European Union. — Andrew SheivachmanSo where should the n...
Passengers push luggage at Warsaw’s Frederic Chopin airport in March 2016. European airports may soon loosen restrictions on carry-on liquids. Czarek Sokolowski / Associated PressSkift Take: The ban on liquids greater than 100 milliliters has been around so long most travelers are used to it, and many have developed strategies to ease the burden. Still, passengers will probably cheer if the ban is curbed. It'll make it easier to pack toiletries. — Brian SumersWhile travelers face the...
Oliver Heckmann, who oversees Google's travel product, will discuss progress in Europe and the changing ways consumers are using Google on desktop and mobile. SkiftSkift Take: Companies often chase and vie to sign on influencers for marketing purposes, but all can agree that Google is one of the most powerful forces in travel. Despite Facebook's inroads, Google travel products are ascending and Heckmann will shed light on their trajectory. — Dennis Schaal On April 4 in London, hundreds o...
On March 9, 2017, British and EU flags were displayed during an EU summit in Brussels. Negotiations between the two parties are about to launch. Virginia Mayo / Associated PressSkift Take: For its divorce proceedings with Brussels, London comes to the table with strong cards. It is a business and tourism hub. Anything that damages outbound demand from the United Kingdom will diminish inbound benefits to the European Union, as well. — Sean O'NeillBritain will begin divorce proceedings from the...
With Nike's Air Max Day 2017 just a couple of days away, Foot Locker Europe gives us a look at its exclusive Air Max collection. Centered around the Nike Air Max TN Ultra and the Nike Air VaporMax models, the Foot Locker lineup brings a '90s classic together with the latest Air innovation in celebration of Nike's storied technology. The Air VaporMax represents the future of the Nike Air line with changes to the air unit that allows designers to place more cushion directly beneath the wearer's f...
Skift Take: Is your company missing from this list? Less than 2 weeks left to register for the hottest conference in travel. — Rafat AliThere are less than 2 weeks left to register for Skift Forum Europe and trust us, you are not going to want to miss our inaugural European event! Nearly 200 of the leading companies in travel and technology will be joining us, along with 29+ speakers discussing the trends in marketing, strategy, tech, and creative sectors of the travel industry. We have co...
An Italian gossip show has been pulled off the air after its host came under attack for presenting viewers with a list of reasons to date Eastern European women that included their willingness to more easily forgive cheaters. A graphic for show, called “Let’s talk about it… Saturday,” or “Parliamone… Sabato,” presented viewers with six reasons for Italian men to pursue relationships with Eastern European women instead of Italians. The female host spoke to a panel of celebrities t...
This isn’t a very comprehensive build. While the Silverstone Metallic BMW F86 X6 M featured here is only lowered, this project is a clear-cut example how even a small aftermarket upgrade can add so much visual drama. All of the work was done by the professionals at European Auto Source, giving the owner a peace of mind due to the high-quality of work they provide. Additionally, there aren’t many owners that wont return to the tuner for some additional aftermarket touches later on. ...
JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes walks through the aisle of a JetBlue plane at JFK airport in New York. JetBlue is evaluating its fleet mix as it considers whether to fly to Europe. Kathy Willens / Associated PressSkift Take: These are the aviation trends we were talking about this week. — Sarah EnelowThroughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all up. This weekend roundup examines aviation. For all of our weekend...
BUSINESS travellers face several uncertainties after Brexit. Will travelling to the European Union in future require a visa? Given the state of the pound, will companies start to crack down on expenses? And what happens if you get ill abroad?This last question has perhaps been farthest from the front of road warriors’ minds—until this week. On March 15th, David Davis, the minister in charge of Brexit, told a parliamentary committee that it was “probably right” that once Britain leaves th...
It’s been a big week for Europe; so big that it has the potential to shape the trajectory of the continent for years to come. Here are the stories you need to know. UK Rumors swirled that this was the week Prime Minister Theresa May would finally pull the Brexit trigger, kicking off the two-year countdown till the UK formally departs the EU. And it looked like the major hurdle to the decision had been cleared: the British House of Lords voted down two amendments to the Brexit bill on Mo...
There was a collective sigh of relief from E.U. supporters this week, when it became clear that incumbent Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte had fended off a populist challenge and will almost certainly form the Netherlands’ next government. But, even though Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders won fewer seats than expected in Wednesday’s parliamentary elections, the threat of far-right populism still looms over Europe. The Dutch election were widely seen as a precursor to upcoming el...
In a resolution passed Thursday, the European Parliament in Strasbourg called “for the immediate release of Senator Leila M. De Lima” — the most vocal critic of Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte — and asked that she be provided with “adequate security whilst in detention.” The resolution also called on Philippine authorities “to ensure a fair trial, recalling the right to the presumption of innocence, to drop all politically motivated charges against...
(THE HAGUE, Netherlands) — Dutch voters showed Europe that populism isn’t always inevitable. The disappointing showing by firebrand Geert Wilders in the Netherlands election has energized traditional parties across Europe from left and right. But it’s unlikely to extinguish the anti-immigrant, anti-establishment sentiment that has been blazing around Europe. Mark Rutte, the Dutch prime minister who had pushed the electorate through five years of tough economic measures, emerg...
DONALD TUSK’S appointment as president of the European Council in 2014 seemed to complete Poland’s journey to the heart of the European Union. A decade after Poland led the accession of eight former Soviet-bloc countries, its prime minister was elevated to one of the most senior posts in Brussels. The job involves chairing summits of European leaders and forging compromise from their debates. At first some thought Mr Tusk operated more like a Polish prime minister than a consensus-seeking Eu...
Learning the hard wayLOUNGING in a smoky café in Aksaray, a rundown part of Istanbul, Ahmed, a 23-year-old Palestinian people-smuggler, expresses confidence in the future of his industry. “People come here, they have sold everything, they will find a way to get smuggled,” he shrugs. Business has got harder since March 18th 2016, when the European Union struck a deal with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president, to send asylum-seekers back from Europe. But people are still trying to make ...