Monthly Archives: March 2019

Vienna waltzes to quality of living win for 10th year

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The Austrian capital Vienna has topped Mercer’s index of most liveable cities for the 10th year in a row.Known by tourists for its imperial past, gilded palaces and classical music, the city of 1.9 million is also nicknamed “red Vienna” for having long been run by the political left, with cheap public services and abundant
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May fails to win over her party ahead of Brexit vote

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Britain’s exit from the European Union hung in the balance on Tuesday after Prime Minister Theresa May’s newly won assurances on her divorce deal failed to win over the main Brexit faction in her Conservative Party hours before a vote in parliament. more

EU ditches digital tax plan, to work for global reform

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European Union governments on Tuesday scrapped a plan to introduce an EU-wide digital tax as some states opposed it, the Romanian presidency of the EU said.The move is likely to be welcomed by digital giants such as Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook who would have fallen under the scope of the envisaged 3 percent levy.
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Italy’s Salvini urges La Scala to snub Saudi cash

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Italy’s deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini, urged Milan’s La Scala opera house on Monday to reject an offer from Saudi Arabia to pump funds into the theatre.The Saudi culture ministry has offered a five-year partnership deal with La Scala worth 15 million euros (£12.8 million). more