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Are you reading this on a smartphone? Are you itching to swipe to something else after this sentence? (Please don’t.) We know the feeling, and so does the American Psychological Association, which released findings today on social media and stress. “Constant checkers” reported notably higher stress levels. So watch for the symptoms, and take a word of advice: Don't lie in bed for hours “with the screen in your face.” — Adam Blenford
Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Can a small country like Britain retake complete control of its destiny after Brexit? ECB chief economist Peter Praet doubts it. “It’s an illusion,” he said in London today. What’s more, Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern thinks getting out is “going to be costly.” Some estimates say it could cost as much as €60 billion ($63.5 billion).
About those job-hopping millennials... It turns out that young people in the U.K. are switching employers at half the rate of the Gen-Xers who preceded them. Ironically, that’s not helping their compensation. They’re missing out on the double-digit salary increases that often come along with changing jobs.
Recovering momentum. Emmanuel Macron’s success snagging two significant endorsements in one week is irritating his rivals for the French presidency. The 39-year-old now has the backing of centrist Francois Bayrou, with two months to go until the first round of voting.
Social harmony is at risk in the land of egalitarianism. More Norwegians are pulling out of the labor force entirely, burned by the recent oil glut. Left unchecked, the shift could be detrimental for one of the world’s most generous welfare states.
Are the Olympics in crisis? Crumbling, empty, purpose-built stadiums and soaring costs are putting cities off the summer games. Budapest’s decision yesterday to withdraw its bid for 2024 leaves the Olympic movement at crossroads, with just two cities — Los Angeles and Paris — competing to play host to sport’s biggest event.
How low would you go? Norwegian Air International plans to start flights in June from Edinburgh to smaller airports in the Northeast U.S. They’ll sell for as little as $65, using Boeing’s new 737 Max single-aisle jet. The service will expand to Irish cities in July.
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