EU is losing patience with Britain, warns Dutch minister

Sigrid Kaag throws further doubt on Boris Johnsons claim he is seeking new deal with Brussels Boris Johnsons claims to be conducting a Brexit renegotiation have come under fresh doubt as the UKs closest EU ally expressed alarm at the breathtaking developments in Westminster and the governments failure to table alternatives to the Irish backstop. The Dutch minister for trade, Sigrid Kaag, described the scenes being played out in London as unbelievable and warned of the EUs waning patience given the impact on European businesses of the continued uncertainty. Johnson committed in early August in discussions with EU leaders to swiftly tabling an alternative solution to the Irish backstop, which would temporarily keep Northern Ireland in the single market and …

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow to stand down

London (CNN)John Bercow has announced that he will stand down as Speaker of the UK’s House of Commons by October 31 — the day Britain is set to leave the European Union — after a decade in the position. Opposition parties have said they will not back Johnson’s second bid for an election Monday, in order to avoid a no-deal Brexit, so it is likely Bercow will leave at the end of October. “Throughout my time as speaker I have sought to increase the relative authority of this legislature, for which I will make absolutely no apology to anyone, anywhere, at any time,” Bercow told MPs. “To deploy a perhaps dangerous phrase, I have also sought to be the backbenchers’ …

Deutsche Bank CEO Investing 15% of Monthly Pay in Bet on Shares

Photographer: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg where his mouth is. The chief executive officer will invest 15% of his monthly net salary in the lender’s shares, starting with a 22,144 euro ($24,303) investment on Aug. 30, Deutsche Bank filings show. That goes beyond standard practice at German companies, where senior executives are frequently awarded stock as part of their bonuses. Sewing kicked off Deutsche Bank’s biggest overhaul in recent memory earlier this year after attempts by his predecessors failed to restore the globally-important lender to profitability. The bank has yet to convince investors that it can meet goals for raising revenue in businesses it wants to keep, while exiting stock trading and firing staff across the firm. The stock purchase program runs from …

In Belgium, a 21-Year-Old Is Making$50,000 Watches

Source: Hodinkee The "Old Mind" series consists of two prototypes, each featuring a different style of hand- pattern on the dial, and a 60-second tourbillon movement. This is the break-out model from Van Bricht, a fledgeling high horology out of Belgium. Two young watchmakers teamed up to form the brand, and they plan to make 25 examples of these watches.  Source: Hodinkee Bernard, at 21 years old, hasn't wasted any time making his name as a top  around Europe. While he's trained in watchmaking, it's the old art of hand engraving and engine turning that's guided his budding career. He trained under the engraver  Source: Hodinkee The tourbillon movement features hand-chamfering, and a complete architectural overhaul and reworking in order to blend with …

U.S. Stock Futures Drop as Trade-Talk Doubts Swirl: Markets Wrap

U.S. equity futures fell as Chinese and American officials struggled to schedule a planned meeting this month to continue trade talks. The pound slumped with the U.K. facing a showdown in Parliament over delaying Brexit again. Contracts on the three main U.S. indexes extended their declines after Bloomberg reported the difficulties the two countries were having in support liquidity and growth. Elsewhere in Asia, equities in Japan, Hong Kong and Australia declined in thin volumes. The Stoxx Europe 600 advanced for a third straight session, led by financial services shares. Cash markets for both U.S. stocks and bonds are closed for the Labor Day holiday. Treasury 10-year futures erased a decline while a gauge of the dollar increased for the …

German soldiers won’t get new combat boots until 2022

(CNN)German soldiers will have to wait until 2022 to get new combat boots, in a setback that has angered politicians and raised questions about the readiness of the country’s military. The first pair of heavy combat boots had been given to 160,000 of 183,000 soldiers, the ministry added in a response to an inquiry by opposition parliamentarian Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann. The delay was heavily criticized by a number of opposition lawmakers, who said the government had failed to adequately prepare the key NATO member’s military for combat — a charge that has frequently been levied against the defense ministry in recent years. “Boots are the key to everything,” Strack-Zimmermann told CNN. “You don’t go skiing with a pair of trainers and …

John Bolton in UK to meet Johnson and Brexit hardliners

US security adviser expected to urge tougher line on Tehran and Chinese tech firm Huawei John Bolton, the hawkish US national security adviser, has started two days of meetings in London with key figures in Boris Johnsons government as the US pitches to steer a post-Brexit UK further away from Europe on a range of issues including trade, the role of the Chinese technology firm Huawei. Bolton is the most senior Trump official to visit since Johnson became prime minister, and the move is seen to have increased the chances of the UK leaving the EU on 31 October without a withdrawal agreement a position more in line with the Brexit policy favoured by the US president. Bolton will be …

Robot, heal thyself: scientists develop self-repairing machines

EU project creates robotic hands that can sense and fix damage without human intervention From picking fruit to carrying out minor surgery, soft robotic hands made from jelly-like plastic are thought by scientists to be the future solution to many human needs. But being robots prone to damage and left them largely impractical for use in the real world until now. A European commission-funded project, led by scientists at the Free University of Brussels and the University of Cambridge, aims to create self-healing robots that can feel pain, or sense damage, before swiftly patching themselves up without human intervention. The researchers have already successfully developed polymers that can heal themselves by creating new bonds after about 40 minutes. The next …

A$AP Rocky pleads not guilty to assault at start of trial in Stockholm

US rapper and two members of entourage accused of attack in Swedish capital on 30 June A$AP Rocky has pleaded not guilty to assault at the start of his trial in Sweden in a case that has strained international relations after celebrity entertainers rallied to the US rappers cause and Donald Trump on 30 June. The men, who say they were responding to harassment and provocations, have been in custody since 3 July and face up to two years in prison if the charges, for his 2013 debut album, Long.Live.A$AP debuted at No 1 on the US Billboard 200. Follow-up At.Long.Last.A$AP was also a No 1 album in the US, certified as a platinum seller, and featured A$AP Yams (Steven …

Cambridge Analytica did work for Leave.EU, emails show

Government committee told work went beyond exploring potential future collaboration Cambridge Analytica did work for Leave.EU on the EU referendum, according to emails published by a House of Commons committee, even though the company never received payment for it. Brittany Kaiser, the former director of business development at the shuttered political consultancy, supplied the emails to the digital, culture, media and sport committee. She argued that they showed that, despite claims to the contrary, the partnership between the two organisations went beyond exploring the potential for future collaboration. Chargeable work was completed for Ukip and Leave.EU, and I have strong reasons to believe that those data sets and analysed data processed by Cambridge Analytica were later used by the Leave.EU …

Air France could face trial over 2009 crash of Rio-Paris flight

Prosecutors say airline knew of problems with Airbus A330 plane that crashed, killing 228 people French prosecutors have recommended that Air France face trial for manslaughter and negligence over the 2009 The pilots were confused and unaware they had stalled the plane which was plummeting until seconds before it plunged into the ocean at around 200km/h.

Dutch council forces playground to close over noise complaints

More than 4,000 sign petition to overturn decision, which aimed to appease neighbours A national debate has been sparked in the Netherlands after a council ordered a primary school playground to be shut for being too noisy. Questions have been raised in the Dutch parliament and a campaign has been launched to save the playground in the wake of the decision by Nijmegen council. Residents in apartments near De Buut primary school had complained that its pupils regularly exceeded a 70-decibel limit, which applies across the country for residential areas and is enforced by local councils. Official readings reached 88 decibels. The schools director, Janneke Colsen, said the school had been told to close the playground by the end of …

Greek elections: Victory for New Democracy party signals end of left-wing populism

Athens, Greece (CNN)With 75% of the vote counted, the center-right New Democracy party was on track to win the first national elections since Greece exited a bailout regime a year ago, signaling a clean break with years of firebrand populism and a return to mainstream politics. Mitsotakis will be sworn in as prime minister at 1 p.m. Monday (6 a.m. ET). The results suggest a complete reversal of fortunes in Greece, with a return to a party that has been a pillar of Greece’s pre-bailout establishment. Initial projections for the ruling Syriza, Coalition of the Radical Left party, give it 31.6% of the vote. In May, Syriza called a snap election after suffering a major blow in European Parliament elections. …

Salvini has been ‘following’ Trump’s immigration policies, but he will not separate children

(CNN)Migration will be top of the agenda when Italy’s hard-line Interior Minister Matteo Salvini meets US Vice President Mike Pence during a trip to Washington. Salvini shares Trump’s concerns about Iran, saying Italy has stopped working on an economic basis with the Middle Eastern country. “This is a country that believes that they can erase another country (Israel) from the face of the earth,” Salvini said. “This cannot be someone we can have a dialogue with,” adding that the Iran nuclear deal, from which the US is partially withdrawing from, should “be reconsidered.” Salvini told CNN he hopes to also speak to Pence about the “political situation in Libya, Iran, Venezuela” and potential partnerships between both countries. Single focus Since …

Goodbye to Gomorrah: the end of Italy’s most notorious housing estate

Famous as the setting for the hit Italian film and TV series Gomorrah, the towers of Le Vele became synonymous with poverty and organised crime until residents took charge When I think of my life in Le Vele, my skin crawls with rage, says Omero Benfenati. He looks out from a dark, narrow passageway framed by suspended steel stairways that block the natural light and lead up to abandoned apartments. Most of the windows are bricked up, and liquid leaks from split pipes on to the sewage and refuse-strewn asphalt several storeys below. We used to play down there, says Benfenati, now a housing activist. The uncollected rubbish bags make ideal goalposts for five-a-side football. Just a few years ago, …

Prague TV tower under fire as dark reminder of citys antisemitic past

Memorial should be built at site of tourist attraction erected over Jewish cemetery, say campaigners It has been called one of the worlds ugliest structures, pointing above Prague like a jabbing metallic finger while offering visitors panoramic views of the Czech capitals more aesthetically pleasing sites. Now the citys looming Prague Jewish community, which says it is a brooding reminder of the antisemitism of the regime that ruled the former Czechoslovakia for more than 40 years and whose dark history needs to be officially recognised. Part of our community is still present under the ground here and people should know about it, said Pavel Vesely, a history and tourism coordinator with Czech artist, David ern, copies of which were refitted …