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Flying long-haul just got a little more inconvenient. Hours after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security banned large electronic devices from hand luggage on flights starting in 10 airports around the Mideast and North Africa, U.K. aviation authorities announced their own restrictions, albeit to a different range of countries. Travelers grumbled, citing disruption to their work schedules and concerns over theft from checked baggage. — Andy Reinhardt
Macron on top. In the first televised debate between France’s main presidential contenders, centrist front-runner Emmanuel Macron emerged with his lead intact. Two snap polls judged the rookie the most convincing after he, nationalist Marine Le Pen and three others locked horns for 3 1/2 hours before an audience of nearly 10 million viewers.
On the cusp. London’s biggest banks plan to start moving some operations into new EU hubs weeks after Theresa May triggers Brexit on March 29. Frankfurt and Dublin are emerging as the biggest winners. But cities further afield, such as Budapest, Prague and Wroclaw, also have their eyes on luring London workers.
Pedal to the metal. BMW is planning the biggest rollout of new and revamped models in its history—some 40 vehicles over the next two years—as it fights back against rival Mercedes-Benz, which grabbed the global luxury-car maker sales crown last year. At the same time, the German company may move production of the iconically English Mini car to mainland Europe due to Brexit.
Eyes across the Atlantic. Edinburgh-based Kames Capital, which now has about 80 percent of its assets in Britain, sees “mind-blowing” opportunities in the U.S. The $60 billion fund manager, owned by Dutch insurance giant Aegon, shrugs off talk of a rise in protectionism under President Trump. “We’ve got to see what measures he manages to pull off,” says CEO Martin Davis.
Showered with money. The Jewish settlement of Beit El on the West Bank has long been a religious touchstone for Jews and a source of anger for Palestinians. Wealthy Americans, many allied with Trump, have poured millions into the community. But the president could still end up supporting a two-state solution for the Palestinian question, which would put Beit El at risk.
Everything a Lambo should do. Bloomberg’s Hannah Elliott spent a week with the “unapologetic, unpredictable” 2017 Lamborghini Huracán RWD Spyder (aka Huracán LP 580-2 Spyder) and says it embodies what a modern Lamborghini should be—visually arresting, massively powerful, a little dangerous, and uniquely exhilarating to drive.