Germany’s Merkel faces decisive week on climate protection
Sep14

Germany’s Merkel faces decisive week on climate protection

Germany faces a decisive week in its efforts to combat climate change, with Chancellor Angela Merkel pledging Saturday that Europe’s biggest economy will find good solutions but her governing coalition still haggling over a long-promised policy package. Merkel’s government has said for months that it will unveil a package of measures on Friday to ensure that Germany cuts its greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030 compared...

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Estonia plans to restrict govt use of Huawei 5G technology
Sep14

Estonia plans to restrict govt use of Huawei 5G technology

Estonia, which is among Europe’s most wired and technologically advanced nations, is set to restrict the use of equipment and technology from Chinese telecom giant Huawei in its government sector, citing security concerns and recommendations by the U.S., a key NATO ally. The Estonian news site Delfi reported Friday that Foreign Trade and Technology Minister Kert Kingo began an expert group in June with the aim of setting...

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Climate change protests hit Frankfurt as auto show opens
Sep14

Climate change protests hit Frankfurt as auto show opens

Thousands of people are demonstrating in Frankfurt to demand more action against climate change as the German city’s auto show opens to the public, with some cycling into the city along highways that were temporarily closed for the occasion. Demands raised by the organizers of Saturday’s protests include an end to the combustion engine, climate-neutral transport by 2035, a speed limit on the autobahn and a strong German...

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WeWork to list shares on Nasdaq, reduce CEO’s voting power
Sep13

WeWork to list shares on Nasdaq, reduce CEO’s voting power

WeWork’s parent company announced major changes in its corporate governance practices Friday as it revealed plans to list shares on the Nasdaq. The office-sharing company is pressing on with its highly anticipated stock market debut — expected later this month — despite doubts about its ability to make money and decisions that have raised commitment and conflict of interest concerns about CEO Adam Neumann. WeWork’s parent...

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Whole Foods to cut health care for part-time workers
Sep13

Whole Foods to cut health care for part-time workers

Whole Foods, the grocery chain owned by Amazon, is cutting health care benefits for its part-time workers, a move that could leave about 1,900 of its employees without medical coverage. Starting next year, Whole Foods employees have to work at least 30 hours a week to qualify for its health care benefits, up from the 20 hours a week it currently requires. The grocer, which has about 95,000 workers, says it’s making the change...

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