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Sep 28, 2013

The Economist Group | Management Thinking Digest: European M&A market








Germany offers the best M&A opportunities in western Europe, according to a new global EIU survey commissioned by Clifford Chance. In European M&A: on the road to recovery? we measure appetite for M&A in Europe; we identify the underlying strengths and weaknesses of the Europe; and we assess the prospects for a recovery in the European M&A market.

Australia’s strong growth, healthy consumer spending, investment opportunities and relatively high interest rates have encouraged large inflows of capital. However, mining investment are now peaking, leaving investors wondering if Australia has more than one trick up its sleeve. Our new report Australia – Riding the Boom looks at the factors driving Australia’s growth in recent years and considers whether other sectors such as agriculture will lead to new growth opportunities.

Finally, on our blog site Mike Kapur, chairman of the Confederation of British Industry Small Business Forum, examines why businesses will have to run faster to stay competitive in an ever more interconnected world.

Denis McCauley
Editorial Director, EMEA
EIU

NYT | Global Update September 28, 2013: N.S.A. Gathers Data on Social Connections of U.S. Citizens.

The New York Times International Herald Tribune
September 28, 2013
Compiled 20:57 GMT

Global Update


TOP NEWS

N.S.A. Gathers Data on Social Connections of U.S. Citizens

By JAMES RISEN and LAURA POITRAS
The analysis of phone call and e-mail logs for foreign intelligence purposes adds to the growing body of knowledge about the agency's access to private information, prompting concern from lawmakers.

Israel and Others in Mideast View Overtures of U.S. and Iran With Suspicion

By JODI RUDOREN
Iran's rivals worry about its sincerity, and fear that President Obama's desire for a diplomatic deal will only buy Iran time to continue its march toward building a nuclear weapon.

In Collapse in Mumbai, Hopes Fade on Rescues

By NEHA THIRANI BAGRI and GARDINER HARRIS
After rescuing 33 people, disaster officials said that they did not expect to find any more survivors in the rubble of a five-story building that collapsed early on Friday morning.
World

Video: Rouhani Returns to Iran

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran was greeted upon his arrival in Tehran on Saturday by supporters cheering for him and opponents who protested by throwing eggs and a shoe.
Opinion

Opinionator | The Stone

The Enigma of Chinese Medicine

By STEPHEN T. ASMA
If a system of medical treatment practiced for thousands of years can't meet Western scientific standards, should it be dismissed?
WORLD

South Sudan's Army Faces Accusations of Civilian Abuse

By NICHOLAS KULISH
Witnesses have described soldiers from the Sudan People's Liberation Army indiscriminately firing on market squares, beating people and raping women.

U.S. and Iran Agree to Speed Talks to Defuse Nuclear Issue

By PETER BAKER
President Obama said he saw the basis for a deal after speaking on the phone with President Hassan Rouhani of Iran, the first discussion between leaders of the two countries since 1979.

Greece Arrests Senior Members of Far-Right Party

By LIZ ALDERMAN
The arrests of Golden Dawn members, including the leader of the party and top members in Parliament, are part of a widening Greek crackdown on extremism.
BUSINESS
Datapoints

Why Verizon Wanted It All

By ANNA BERNASEK
Verizon Communications' move to buy the remainder of Verizon Wireless reflects the extraordinary profit advantage of wireless over landline service.

U.S. Watchdog Allows Delay to Smooth Transition to Swaps Trading

By REUTERS
The U.S. derivatives regulator late on Friday gave a new and untested type of trading platform a bit more time to comply with some of its rules, to smooth the transition to regulated trading next week.

EU Watchdog Wants to Charge Foreign Clearing Houses

By REUTERS
The European Union's markets watchdog wants to charge foreign clearing houses seeking to cash in on new derivatives rules being introduced across the 28-country bloc, an EU document showed on Saturday.
TECHNOLOGY

BlackBerry's Future in Doubt, Keyboard Lovers Bemoan Their Own

By IAN AUSTEN
BlackBerry could soon be leaving the phone business, which is worrying its loyal users who have refused to give up its devices and their tiny buttons for touch-screen models.
Prototype

Helping Bands Play to the Crowd, Long Before the Show

By CLAIRE MARTIN
For musicians, crowd-sourced fund-raising is lessening the financial risk of performing in new markets.

F.T.C. Votes for Inquiry Into Patent Businesses

By EDWARD WYATT
Edith Ramirez, the chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission, said it would seek information on businesses whose main purpose was to sue other companies to collect patent royalties.
SPORTS

Clough Sacked as Derby Manager

By REUTERS
Former England striker Nigel Clough was sacked as manager of Derby County after they lost 1-0 at local rivals Nottingham Forest in the English Championship on Saturday.

Hype Machine in Overdrive, N.F.L. Pops Back to London

By KEN BELSON
The N.F.L., whose efforts to build an international following have been modestly successful, is back in London, with two games this season.

Premier League Coverage Pays Off for NBC

By RICHARD SANDOMIR
NBC Sports Group has gone big with covering Premier League soccer games as part of a three-year deal. The viewership numbers have shown that the formula for full-blown coverage has been working.
U.S. NEWS

House Plans Funding Bill, With Conditions

By JONATHAN WEISMAN and JEREMY W. PETERS
The G.O.P. chose a hard line in their attack on President Obama's health care law, setting up a vote to attach a delay of the health care law to a bill that would avoid a shutdown.

Last Shutdown a Lesson Lost on Capitol Hill

By JENNIFER STEINHAUER
Even those who lived through past government shutdowns, including in 1995-96, have varied recollections, or none at all, about how and why they happened.

Somali Community in U.S. Fears New Wave of Stigma After Kenya Attack

By MONICA DAVEY
People of Somali descent in Minneapolis braced for revelations that some Shabab attackers could have come from their neighborhoods.
OPINION
Op-Ed Columnist

Hassan Does Manhattan

By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
What is the significance of the new leadership in Tehran?
Opinion

London Is Special, but Not That Special

By KENAN MALIK
For London to have its own exclusive immigration policy would exacerbate the sense that immigration benefits only certain groups and disadvantages the rest.
Op-Ed Contributor

The True Face of Iran

By NASSRINE AZIMI
One must hope President Hassan Rouhani will convey the diversity of Iran and its peoples, including the four million who form the Iranian diaspora.