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Now that the U.K. election’s over, it’s time to talk about jobs. Banking jobs. In speeches today at London’s Mansion House, the chief stewards of the British economy—Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond and Bank of England Governor Mark Carney—gave emphatic arguments for why the European Union should want to keep financial-services jobs safe in London, even after Brexit. Meanwhile, George Soros says that the economic reality of Brexit is catching up with the U.K. — Andy Reinhardt
Questions over fees. Barclays and four former executives were charged with conspiracy to commit fraud when the bank raised capital in 2008 from Qatar. The charges from the U.K. Serious Fraud Office pertain to fees and side deals negotiated as Barclays scrambled to raise £12 billion to avoid a bailout.
Macron drags France Inc. into the daylight. The young French president, fresh off a legislative victory that gave his party a comfortable majority in the National Assembly, faces huge pressure to deliver on his reform promises. As French stocks soar, Macron is already attracting worshippers among French CEOs desperate to loosen the shackles of worker protections.
Vladimir Putin’s not laughing. Some of Russia’s popular young YouTube bloggers, whose videos usually feature expletives and topics like teen angst, have lately turned to politics. As more Russian youths find their political voice, it turns out they’re not as wedded to the occupant of the Kremlin as their elders. The 15 million Russians aged 15 to 24 could prove an added headache for Putin ahead of next year’s presidential election.
The biggest art heist in history. Some $500 million of art was stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990, including works from Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas, and Manet. Nearly three decades and many fake tipsters later, hope is fading that it’ll ever be recovered. But one Dutch private investigator says not only are the artworks still intact, he can bring them home.
Dangerous roads. Low- and middle-income countries have much riskier roads, according to data from the World Health Organization. In Thailand, the rate of traffic deaths is 36.2 per 100,000 people, while the average for developed nations is 9.3 deaths per 100,000. In Europe, four countries make the top 20.
Late-night room service. If you’ve ever been stuck ordering food to your room after dinner hours, you’ve likely had to choose between bad and worse. At night, hotel kitchens gets whittled down to a skeleton crew, leaving guests to choose from little more than cheeseburgers and club sandwiches. Here are some hotels that haven’t given up on feeding you well after hours.
Compiled by Andy Reinhardt and Leila Taha