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Marine Le Pen takes poll lead in race for next French presidential election

ft.com — The growing threat to France's mainstream political leaders posed by Marine Le Pen, head of France's far-right National Front, has been underscored by an opinion poll putting her in the lead for the first time in the race for the next presidential
Jul 31, 2014

Marine Le Pen takes poll lead in race for next French presidential election - FT.com on.ft.com/1zziM1T via @FT

Jul 31, 2014

RT @hughcarnegy: Poll puts Marine Le Pen ahead of @NicolasSarkozy and @fhollande in French presidential election stakes ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/6…

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News Corp revisits news app idea

ft.com — News Corp is working on a new app-based news service aimed at "millennial" readers, suggesting that Rupert Murdoch's enthusiasm for digital journalism is undimmed two years after he closed The Daily, the company's tablet-based newspaper. The new service would blend original reporting with repurposed content from News Corp properties such as the Wall Street Journal, said people familiar with the situation.
Jul 31, 2014

News Corp revisits news app idea on.ft.com/UBIa7Y --> Rupert wants a news app for "Millenials". Daily part 2?

Jul 31, 2014

News Corp working on app-based news service aimed at 'millennial' readers on.ft.com/1pFWggJ ($)

Jul 30, 2014

FT story abt new News Corp app for millennials: ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/9… doesn’t mention any of the many details here: americanpressinstitute.org/publications/d…

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Germany: Bank balance

ft.com — The deputy finance minister for Schleswig-Holstein sighs and gets to his feet. On a whiteboard in his office, he draws a diagram explaining the state's complex bailout of what is probably Germany's most distressed bank, the publicly owned HSH
Jul 31, 2014

RT @aliceemross: Analysis: as ECB stress tests loom, Germany’s state-owned Landesbanks are facing an identity crisis. ft.com/cms/s/0/92a949…

Jul 31, 2014

Germany: the slow but inevitable death of the Landesbanks - FT.com on.ft.com/1k7FBpZ via @FT

Jul 31, 2014

Further evidence of FT readers' wonkiness. This German landesbank piece is fourth most-read ft.com/cms/s/0/92a949…

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Asset managers may escape systemic label

ft.com — US regulators are considering lifting the threat that large asset managers, including BlackRock and Fidelity, could be labelled "systemically important" in what would be a victory for an industry wary of the extra supervision this would entail. But

Most hedge funds fail

ftalphaville.ft.com — That conclusion, and its consequence -- picking good hedge funds that will survive is beyond the ability of big investors like pension funds -- has been the central point of this series about hedge fund zombies.

High cocoa prices no match for a sweet tooth

ft.com — Sales of chocolates and sweets are set to hit a record this year as the burgeoning middle class consumers in countries like India, China and Brazil indulge their sweet tooth. Retail sales of confectionery is forecast to reach $198bn in 2014, up 5.4
Jul 31, 2014

At least, good news for #Africa famers: High #cocoa prices fail to dent sales of chocolates and sweets @EmikoTerazono on.ft.com/Xk094l

Jul 31, 2014

MT @EmikoTerazono: Sales of confectionery set to hit record as burgeoning EM middle classes indulge sweet tooth ft.com/cms/s/0/63bbcf…

Gaza: four end-game scenarios

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Jul 31, 2014

RT @ftcomment: On day 24 of Israel's Operation Protective Edge, @johninjerusalem considers four end-game scenarios on.ft.com/1qMVpBl #Gaza

Jul 31, 2014

RT @b_judah: Very interesting piece by @JohninJerusalem on what scenarios are next for Gaza and how likely they are to come about. on.ft.com/UNoP3i

US/Africa summit: is Obama too late?

video.ft.com — US/Africa summit: is Obama too late? Jul 31, 2014 : Barack Obama is hosting the first US-Africa summit in the hope of tapping into the region's economic resurgence. But is the US too far behind the EU and China? Javier Blas asks Ed Luce, chief US columnist and Katrina Manson, east Africa bureau chief.

Key dates in 400-year history between US and Africa

ft.com — It is in recognition of the changing times that the White House has invited 50 African heads of state, alongside hundreds of diplomats and business leaders, to Washington next week for the first summit between the US and Africa. With Africa's

A swing to the left for the UK?

blogs.ft.com — Andrew Smithers Economics and markets Hello! I'm Andrew Smithers; I studied economics at Cambridge and used to run the fund management business at S G Warburg which became Mercury Asset Management and is now BlackRock. I set up Smithers & Co in 1989 as an economics consultancy.
Jul 31, 2014

Stop what you are doing. And read this: A swing to the left for the UK? blogs.ft.com/andrew-smither…

Jul 31, 2014

Cogent piece on UK productivity puzzle and probs of rebalancing economy on.ft.com/1zyEl2Q

Jul 31, 2014

"Rebalancing the economy requires a redistribution of incomes." - Andrew Smithers on.ft.com/XdHWFu

Kurds struggle for energy autonomy

ft.com — A tanker carrying $100m of crude, anchored 60 miles off the coast of Texas, is at the centre of the latest war of words between Iraq's central government and the Kurdistan Regional Government over the latter's right to produce and market its natural
Jul 31, 2014

You do one convoluted sovereign saga, you start seeing them everywhere. @AnjliRaval on Texas courts, oil & Kurdistan: on.ft.com/1zyTdhs

Jul 31, 2014

To-fro over tanker carrying #Iraqi #Kurdish oil has again raised questions over legitimacy of KRG as an energy power on.ft.com/1nVO0hf

Afren suspends executives after investigation into payments

ft.com — Shares in oil services group Afren lost a third of their value on Thursday morning after the company confirmed it had suspended its chief executive and chief operating officer as it investigated allegations of "unauthorised payments". In a statement
Jul 31, 2014

RT @JavierBlas2: #Afren suspends CEO and other executive over payments - This is a big setback for independent #oil groups in #Africa ft.com/cms/s/0/aefeae…

Jul 31, 2014

#Afren suspends CEO and other executive over payments - This is a big setback for independent #oil groups in #Africa ft.com/cms/s/0/aefeae…

Shell earnings hit by $2bn writedown

ft.com — Royal Dutch Shell has been hit by a further $2bn writedown at its struggling North American businesses, as souring investments in the country's shale revolution continued to weigh on earnings. The Anglo-Dutch oil major said on Thursday it had booked
Jul 31, 2014

RT @Profiainstewart: FT reports that Shell hit by a further $2bn writedown as souring investments in US shale gas weighs down earnings. ft.com/cms/s/339c302c…

Post-Argentine default calm will fade

ft.com — Argentina's latest default is easy for financial markets to dismiss as an aberration. There was much about the legal clashes in US courts, in the country's politics and record as a repeat defaulter to make it possible to ignore. More than a Latin

European history lesson gives Cameron a headache

Jul 31, 2014

Plus ca change: FCO memo on 1975 renegotiation: “Nor did French show any disposition to understand British thinking.” ft.com/cms/s/0/213c90…

Jul 31, 2014

FCO on 1975 EEC renegotiation: “Good luck was required” it says. (For example...) "The death of President Pompidou" ft.com/cms/s/0/213c90…

Jul 31, 2014

Echoes from 1975: confidential FCO account of attempt to persuade a sceptical public that renegotiation could be done ft.com/cms/s/0/213c90…

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