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Russian president Vladimir Putin sat down with FT editor Lionel Barber to debate the tip of liberal ideology, the prospect of improved relations with the UK and essentially the most intently guarded secret in Russia — who will succeed him?

Vladimir Putin has trumpeted the expansion of nationwide populist actions in Europe and America, crowing that liberalism is spent as an ideological power.

In an FT interview within the Kremlin on the eve of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, the Russian president mentioned “the liberal concept” had “outlived its function” as the general public turned in opposition to immigration, open borders and multiculturalism.

Mr Putin’s evisceration of liberalism — the dominant western ideology because the finish of the second world struggle in 1945 — chimes with anti-establishment leaders from US president Donald Trump to Hungary’s Viktor Orban, Matteo Salvini in Italy, and the Brexit insurgency within the UK.

“[Liberals] can’t merely dictate something to anybody identical to they’ve been trying to do over the current many years,” he mentioned. (FT)

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Within the information

Don’t name it a break-up Jony Ive, the creator of revolutionary designs for the Mac, iPod and iPhone, will not be an Apple worker. In an unique interview with the FT, the world’s most well-known designer tells us why he’s leaving Apple after greater than 20 years. However the relationship with Apple will not be over, Sir Jonathan’s new enterprise is named LoveFrom, and Apple shall be his first shopper. Although he nonetheless hopes to remain “very concerned” in Apple’s product growth for “many, a few years to return”, his departure later this 12 months will mark the tip of an period for Apple. However his departure raises questions in regards to the tech large’s future. And listed here are Sir Jonathan’s six biggest hits (and some misses). (FT)

Non-public fairness to spend a document $2.5tn Dealmaking by non-public fairness corporations has soared to its highest degree because the lead-up to the worldwide monetary disaster, with 4 $10bn-plus megadeals already reached and nearly $2.5tn in “dry powder” nonetheless unspent. Non-public fairness and low rates of interest are driving corporations and traders away from shrinking European and US inventory exchanges. (FT)

Merkel’s well being beneath scrutiny German chancellor Angela Merkel was seen shaking at a public ceremony on Thursday, the second time this month, prompting assurances from her spokesman that she stays in good well being. (FT)


Cocaine in Spain places Bolsonaro beneath pressure Spain’s nationwide police arrested a Brazilian Air Drive crew member after customs officers found 37 packets of cocaine, weighing a complete of 39kg, throughout a stopover in Seville. The 38-year-old airman was one of many crew on its method to function the advance guard for President Jair Bolsonaro, in the course of the forthcoming G20 summit in Japan. (FT)

Japan Show jumps 32% on Apple reviews Shares in Japan Show surged on Thursday on reviews that Apple is contemplating a rescue deal for its struggling provider, after Taiwan’s TPK withdrew from a deliberate bailout earlier this month. The transfer adopted a report by Japan’s Asahi newspaper that Apple, to which Japan Show is a key provider, was contemplating a $100m funding as a part of a restructuring deal to maintain the corporate afloat. (FT)

Democratic presidential debate ForEdward Luce, the earlier the Democratic celebration ejects the hopeless presidential hopefuls, the higher its probabilities of defeating Donald Trump. In immediately’s second TV debate the previous US vice-president Joe Biden will face off in opposition to Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, California senator Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, amongst others. (FT)

Wall Road tightens grip on European buying and selling New EU monetary market laws — often called Mifid II — have stretched the maintain of Wall Road corporations on buying and selling throughout Europe, as fund managers flip to specialist buying and selling outfits to execute their offers on the expense of massive European teams resembling Deutsche Financial institution and BNP Paribas. (FT)

Ford unveils cuts The Detroit-based carmaker will shed 12,000 jobs in Europe, launch new fashions and add electrical expertise to its automobiles in an try and carry the lossmaking area again to revenue. Ford can also be enterprise turnrounds in China and Latin America, because it makes an attempt to “redesign” its enterprise beneath chief govt Jim Hackett. (FT)

Did you retain up with the information this week? Take our quiz. Turkish opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu received Istanbul’s mayoral election this week with what per cent of the vote? 52 per cent, 54 per cent, 58 per cent.

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The times forward

As leaders started to reach in Osaka for the G20 summit, their nation representatives had been already locked in tough negotiations over the summit communiqué. President Trump has already attacked US allies together with India and Japan, whereas rebuking European international locations. (FT)

Huawei is trying to find new smartphone components suppliers as Washington’s restrictions on US corporations hit dwelling, in line with this Nikkei Asian Overview unique. For extra on what meaning in US-China tech tensions, take a look at this week’s Tech Scroll Asia publication and join right here.

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What else we’re studying

Meet Vietnam’s ‘cradle to grave’ provider Vingroup is Vietnam’s reply to a South Korean chaebol, a catch-all conglomerate and standard-bearer of business, resembling Hyundai or Samsung, that not solely dominates its dwelling market but in addition exports its merchandise to the broader world. The FT’s John Reed captures the rise of a company empire that indulges in “social listening” — the follow of monitoring social media. (FT)

Deal wins for Trump’s America In terms of the enterprise of dealmaking, Donald Trump’s America is successful. The record-breaking increase in international mergers and acquisitions has prolonged into the primary half of 2019. Formidable offers by giant corporations ranging, from the drugmaker AbbVie and defence contractor United Applied sciences to grease group Occidental Petroleum, have pushed US exercise. (FT)

Ladies’s World Cup The quarter-finals kicked off on Thursday with England defeating Norway to achieve a 3rd consecutive semi-final. This 12 months’s ladies’s international soccer event has marked a brand new peak in viewers curiosity, Simon Kuper writes, significantly in France, the place Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Brazil reached 10.6m viewers, the nation’s largest TV viewers in 2019. (BBC, FT)

Sky-high dwelling Skyscraper development is a trademark of property booms, and the brand new crop is the most important but. However as towers soar ever greater, prices rise and power effectivity dwindles. Learn extra in our Peak Property sequence and watch our video explainer for solutions to your questions on property costs. (FT)

LGBT+ Satisfaction: a 12 months in photos All over the world, many international locations have made vital strides in granting equal rights and protections to lesbian, homosexual, bisexual and transgender individuals. For the tip of world Satisfaction month, the annual celebration of LGBT+ identities, we check out the place rights victories have been secured and which international locations have seen them weakened this previous 12 months. (FT)

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US blocks China’s supercomputing drive Earlier this 12 months Silicon Valley-based Superior Micro Units handed over a expertise which is able to assist China within the race with the US to construct the primary next-generation supercomputer — an important instrument for superior civilian and army purposes. Washington tried to cease it and has issued an order that successfully bars a number of Chinese language entities, which incorporates AMD’s native associate, from acquiring American expertise, however it’s too late: Chinese language chips are already in manufacturing. (Wall Road Journal)

Ecommerce websites and the artwork of manipulation Internet buyers ceaselessly encounter messages informing them how a lot different clients saved. However these gross sales aren’t actual — and neither are the alleged savers. It’s only one approach utilized by retail web sites to influence customers to click on “purchase”. (NYT)

Video of the day

Jony Ive shall be leaving Apple Nobody shall be taking the job title held by the guru on the centre of 20 years of product growth at Apple when he strikes to recent pastures later this 12 months, says the FT’s expertise correspondent Tim Bradshaw, who talks about his unique interview with Jony Ive. (FT)


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