G7 leaders to hold emergency talks over Amazon wildfires crisis

Brazils handling of fires to top agenda in Biarritz as France and Ireland threaten to block trade deal Leaders of the worlds major democracies are due to hold emergency talks this weekend on the wildfires engulfing the Amazon, as international efforts to force Brazil to change its deforestation policies gathered momentum. As heads of state and government were due to arrive at the G7 in Biarritz on Saturday, France and Ireland fuelled the fires. Other EU members were under pressure …

John Bolton in UK to meet Johnson and Brexit hardliners

US security adviser expected to urge tougher line on Tehran and Chinese tech firm Huawei John Bolton, the hawkish US national security adviser, has started two days of meetings in London with key figures in Boris Johnsons government as the US pitches to steer a post-Brexit UK further away from Europe on a range of issues including trade, the role of the Chinese technology firm Huawei. Bolton is the most senior Trump official to visit since Johnson became prime minister, …

Brain drain claimed 1.7 million youths. So this country is scrapping its income tax

(CNN)Being young and Polish has never been this lucrative. Poles under the age of 26 who earn less than 85,528 Polish zloty ($22,547) a year will be exempt from the country’s 18% income tax starting August 1. The allowance is generous, considering the average Polish salary stands at just below 60,000 zloty ($15,700) a year. The government said 2 million people will qualify for the benefit. When Poland and seven other central and Eastern European countries joined the European Union …

Trump’s threat to tax French wines labelled ‘completely moronic’

Retaliatory proposal follows Frances announced levy for US technology companies A threat by Donald Trump to tax French wines in retaliation to a proposed levy aimed at big US technology companies is completely moronic, Frances agriculture minister has said. French plans to place a 3% tax on the GAFAs Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple drew an angry response from the US president, who warned last week that his administration would announce substantial reciprocal action. They shouldnt have done this, Trump …

The Great Hack review searing expos of the Cambridge Analytica scandal

This chilling documentary lays bare the cynicism and chaos surrounding the data research company that harvested information from millions of Facebook users Data rights are human rights is the rallying cry of this gripping, challenging documentary by Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim, about the biggest scandal of our time: the gigantic question mark over the legality of Trump campaign, the Leave.EU campaign and many other reckless electoral adventures all over the world and their connection with Facebook users and their …

Christine Lagarde will have to confront Berlin if shes to save the euro | Yanis Varoufakis

The European Central Bank chief must call for an end to the eurozones suicidal fiscal rules, says Yanis Varoufakis, former finance minister of Greece Christine Lagarde was a key member of the infamous closure of Greeces banks. Now, four years later, Lagarde has been anointed to cut our public debt was right and proper. Lagardes priority was holding the troikas line and minimising any challenge to its collective authority. The question now is whether Lagardes skills are in tune with …

‘Wizard’ hacker charged after financial records of nearly every Bulgarian exposed

Cyber attack compromised records on incomes, tax, health insurance and loans of millions of people A 20-year-old cybersecurity worker has been arrested in Bulgaria and charged with hacking the personal and financial records of millions of taxpayers, as police continue to investigate the countrys biggest ever data breach. Bulgarias NRA tax agency is facing a fine of up to 20m ($22.43m) over the hack, which was revealed this week and is thought to have compromised the records of nearly every …

Kyriakos Mitsotakis: the new Greek PM hits the ground running

New Democracy leader appoints cabinet of established politicians, technocrats and reformers to lead first post-bailout government Its been barely a week but Greeces new prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, has hit the ground running. Assuming power on Monday, the New Democracy leader announced parliament would not be going into recess for the summer: there was no time to waste, and bills had to be drafted. By Wednesday, as his cabinet of established politicians, technocrats and ex-socialist reformers convened for the first …

France hits back at US over tax on digital giants

US has said it will investigate planned levy on firms such as Amazon and Facebook France has hit back at a US investigation into a Facebook and Amazon are able to book profits in low-tax countries no matter where the revenue originates from. Paris has pledged to drop its tax as soon as an international agreement is reached at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development to overhaul decades-old cross-border tax rules for the digital era. lyse officials have called …

Tsipras rallies faithful but Greece is set to reject his radical dream

Charismatic prime minister was once a hero of progressives but is likely to lose election after years of political compromise In Syntagma Square, all the way from the grubby marble stairs opposite the Greek parliament down to the bottom of the plaza, people have gathered. Some are holding flags the red, white and purple flags of Syriza, the once-radical leftist party whose leader they have come to hear. Hip-hop thunders from giant speakers. The air is heavy and hot. An …