‘Brexit’ Fuels Feeling in Scotland That Time Is Right for Independence – The New York Times

A demonstration in Glasgow on Monday, after the Scottish first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said she would seek permission to hold a new referendum on independence. Credit Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images LONDON — Scotland’s nationalists wasted no time: Just minutes after the country’s leader, Nicola Sturgeon, called on Monday for a new independence referendum, a website […]

Europe Is Facing 4 Existential Tests. Can It Hold Together? – The New York Times

Geert Wilders, the Dutch far-right leader, center, campaigning in Valkenburg on Saturday. Credit Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press The risk of European disintegration looks significantly more real this week. Multiple crises, each a symptom and cause of the continent’s deepest problems, are converging simultaneously. Britain took a step toward leaving the European Union, and Scotland toward independence. […]

Ban on Head Scarves at Work Is Legal, E.U. Court Rules – The New York Times

An Amsterdam shop selling Islamic dresses and head scarves. A European ruling on head scarves could have far-reaching consequences for the balance between freedom of religion and the rights of companies to implement policies requiring religious neutrality. Credit Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press LONDON — The European Union’s highest court waded into the politically explosive issue of […]

Financiers Fight Over the American Dream – The New Yorker

  Bill Ackman saw his hedge fund’s crusade against Herbalife as a moral battle with a billion-dollar payday.CreditIllustration by Mike McQuade / Photograph by Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg / Getty Barrier Status: ‘none’ One day in the summer of 2011, Christine Richard arrived at the forty-second floor of a high-rise on Fifty-seventh Street in Manhattan to visit a […]

Real Estate Is Latest Target for Would-Be Disrupters – WSJ

A real-estate startup called Compass Inc. has hired hundreds of sales agents away from older rivals, collected $225 million from marquee investors and amassed a valuation of over $1 billion, all with the pitch that its software can make brokers more efficient. Real-estate veterans say they’re baffled by how the four-year-old firm, active in only […]