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Google’s nemesis: meet the British couple who took on a giant, won... and cost it £2.1 billion

GGoogle was guilty. The European Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager, made that brutally clear. “Google abused its market dominance,” …

AdWords

How Americans preserved British English

American’s today pronounce some words more like Shakespeare than Brits do… but it’s in 18th-Century England where they’d really feel at home.<p>It makes for a great story: when settlers moved from England to the Americas from the 17th Century, their speech patterns stuck in place. That was …

Linguistics

$180bn investment in plastic factories feeds global packaging binge

Colossal funding in manufacturing plants by fossil fuel companies will increase plastic production by 40%, risking permanent pollution of the earth<p>The global plastic binge which is already causing widespread damage to oceans, habitats and food chains, is set to increase dramatically over the next …

Nice Brains Finish Last

We all like to think that being kind, responsible, and fair will lead to a happy life. But what if we’re wrong? What if nice guys really do finish …

This lively Greek city is known as “the city of ghosts” for its forgotten Jewish history

<i>Beloved destinations often have overlooked histories.</i> Mic <i>dives into how the past shapes what travelers see today.</i><p>Take a walk down Thessaloniki’s …

Robert Shiller wrote the book on bubbles. He says “the best example right now is bitcoin.”

Yale economics professor Robert Shiller won the Nobel prize for his work on bubbles. He wrote a seminal book on speculative manias, <i>Irrational Exuberance</i>, a deep analysis of the dramas over the centuries when otherwise sane people drove prices for tulips, stocks, and houses to inexplicable …

Cryptocurrency

Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals

Exclusive: Tests show billions of people globally are drinking water contaminated by plastic particles, with 83% of samples found to be polluted<p>We are living on a plastic planet. What does it mean for our health?<p>Microplastic contamination has been found in tap water in countries around the world, …

20 Greek islands … you may not have heard of

The dazzling colours and great food of Greece’s famous islands extend to these lesser-known sand-fringed destinations, which boast wonderful places to stay – especially for late- or out-of-season breaks<p>Despite its many crises in the past few years, tourism is booming in Greece. Most travellers, …

Helmut Kohl: leader who united Europe as well as Germany

When East Germany collapsed, the West German chancellor rose to the occasion and helped heal the cold war’s bitter divisions<p>Helmut Kohl, who died on Friday aged 87, was one of a trio of dominant western conservative politicians – along with Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher – whose determined …

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The six Brexit traps that will defeat Theresa May

Two years ago Yanis Varoufakis led Greece’s failed attempt to negotiate with the EU. He explains how the Brussels establishment will do everything to frustrate and outmanoeuvre the British prime minister, using tactics ranging from truth reversal to ‘the Penelope ruse’<p>“It’s yours against mine.” …

Brexit

Greece Needs More Official Debt Relief—But How Much and at What Price?

Europe’s Greece problem, which brought the euro area to the brink of a breakup in 2015, is back in the headlines. And so, too, is the issue of …

Europe

Let’s do a Brexit deal with the Parthenon marbles

Britain has the perfect opportunity to return the artefacts to Greece. It’s the right thing to do – and could earn concessions in fraught negotiations<p>Not yet a week since the triggering of article 50, and already hope of cordial negotiations seems optimistic. At the weekend, amid early jostling …

Greece standoff over €86bn bailout eases after Brussels deal

Government agrees to talks on reforms with European creditors in return for progress on releasing next tranche of funds<p>Greece’s bailout inspectors are returning to Athens to seek changes to the country’s tax, pensions and labour market laws in a sign that the Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, …

Tsipras warns IMF and Germany over bailout talks

Greece’s prime minister Alexis Tsipras has warned the IMF and Germany to “stop playing with fire” at the expense of the Greek people, saying he is …

Greece: Priorities for a Return to Sustainable Growth

Greece should deepen and accelerate reforms, which, together with further debt relief, are needed to allow the economy to return to a sustainable …

The IMF Staff Has It Right on Greece

Management shouldn’t have deviated from the institution’s own guidelines and practices.<p>When the International Monetary Fund’s board met Monday to discuss Greece, it was heartening to read that “most Executive Directors” agreed with the staff’s view that the country’s debt, at 179 percent of gross …

Economy

Deutsche Bank agrees $7.2bn penalty with US regulators

<b>Germany's Deutsche Bank says it has agreed a $7.2bn (£5.9bn) payment to US authorities over an investigation into mortgage-backed securities.</b><p>The sum, which needs final approval, is far lower than the $14bn the US had asked the bank to pay in September.<p>That looming fine had caused concerns that a …

Athens' emblematic concert hall struggles to keep the music playing

Fate of Greek capital’s Megaron highlights depths to which culture has been hit in country grappling with its worst financial crisis<p>It was meant to be a paean to Sir Neville Marriner, the British conductor who for a while directed the Athens Concert Hall’s resident orchestra, the Camerata. But, …

The Two Friends Who Changed How We Think About How We Think

In 2003, we reviewed “Moneyball,” Michael Lewis’s book about Billy Beane and the Oakland A’s. The book, we noted, had become a sensation, despite focussing on what would seem to be the least exciting aspect of professional sports: upper management. Beane was a failed Major League Baseball player …

EU says member states can start deporting refugees and migrants back to Greece from March

Countries in the EU will be able to return migrants to Greece from mid-March, the European Commission has announced.<p>Brussels hopes the move will help …

Aggressive design caused Samsung Galaxy Note 7 battery explosions

While we were doing the teardown, Sam wondered, “Samsung engineers are smart. Why would they design it like this?” The answer isn’t a mystery: …

Why The Fragile Stability in Greece May Not Last Much Longer

It was late November in Athens, and the city felt empty. A string of surprise thunderstorms kept people imprisoned indoors and outside the Greek …

Humanity is cosmically special. Here’s how we know.

<i>Howard A. Smith is a lecturer in the Harvard University Department of Astronomy and a senior astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.</i><p>As we give thanks for our many obvious blessings, let’s reflect on a blessing that is less well known, a gift from modern astronomy: how we …

Universe

How a Pillar of German Banking Lost Its Way

For most of its 146 years, Deutsche Bank was the embodiment of German values: reliable and safe. Now, the once-proud institution is facing the abyss. …

Don’t floss, peel veg or wash your jeans: 40 things you can stop doing right now

A group of senior doctors has released a list of 40 procedures it considers to have little or no benefit. Could we apply similar thinking to everyday life?<p>‘My ex is proven wrong!’: readers on the everyday advice to ignore<p>If you’ve ever washed out a wound with saline instead of tap water or …

Athens' unofficial community initiatives offer hope after government failures

From abandoned municipal offices to theatres and car parks, informal local movements are reclaiming public space in the Greek capital. With the city’s progressive mayor on board they could reshape politics too<p>Navarinou Park – part playground, part open-air cinema, part vegetable garden and verdant …

Seven changes needed to save the euro and the EU

Time for EU reform or divorce? Unless Brussels makes seven changes, its members will inevitably conclude they are trapped in an untenable marriage<p>To say that the eurozone has not been performing well since the 2008 crisis is an understatement. Its member countries have done more poorly than the …

Economics