Guardiola: I hope Lionel Messi ends career at Barcelona

Guardiola: I hope Lionel Messi ends career at Barcelona

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he is unsure what the future holds for Lionel Messi but hopes as a Barcelona fan that the Argentine forward will remain at the La Liga club until the end of his career. Guardiola, who has guided City to two Premier League titles, three League Cups and the FA Cup following his arrival in 2016, signed a new two-year deal on Thursday that will keep him in charge until the end of the 2022-23 season. The former Barca manager’s extension at City has opened…

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The EU’s green finance taxonomy: an Orwellian mechanism

The EU’s green finance taxonomy: an Orwellian mechanism

The European Commission’s sustainable finance taxonomy bears all the hallmarks of failed governance: opacity, imprecision, and subjectivity with a punitive approach albeit not assumed, writes Daniel Guéguen. In short, it’s an Orwellian mechanism, he argues. Daniel Guéguen is professor at the College of Europe and associate partner at EPPA, a specialist management consultancy. The word “taxonomy” has the whiff of authority and makes one think of a kind of economic statism. Regulation 2020/852 of 18 June 2020, adopted via co-decision, sets a “framework for sustainable investment”, i.e. investment that contributes…

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Belgium’s biggest Lego store to open in Brussels

Belgium’s biggest Lego store to open in Brussels

Belgium’s biggest Lego store will open in Brussels next year, with the news that the toy giant will open a new store on Rue Neuve in Spring 2021. The 270 square metre store is the latest opening of the Lego brand, known for its toy bricks, which have been named “toy of the century” twice. First started in 1932, the brand has grown eponentially, with stores in over 40 countries. The new store will be the second in Belgium. “We are very excited that after the Lego Store in Wijnegem,…

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EU failed to properly assess climate risk of gas projects, watchdog says

EU failed to properly assess climate risk of gas projects, watchdog says

The European Commission granted priority status to natural gas projects without properly assessing their impact on climate change, the European Union’s Ombudsman said in a decision on Tuesday. The EU Ombudsman launched an inquiry in February into the Commission’s process for approving fossil fuel projects as “Projects of Common Interest” (PCI) – a label that means they can receive funding from the bloc and fast-tracked permits. In the conclusion of its inquiry, the Ombudsman said the Commission’s sustainability assessments of gas projects had been “suboptimal”. The Commission acknowledged a lack…

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