Pressure grows on social media companies, the economy slows in South Korea, France and Italy fall out, while Alphabet and Shell go fly a kite.
Economy — South Korea
Unemployment in South Korean hit a nine-year high of 4.4% in January, offering more bad news as the economy slows. Manufacturing and retail have seen the worst of the job losses, while shipbuilders have been letting workers go in their thousands over recent years. The third quarter of 2018 saw the slowest GDP growth in nine years, while November saw the country’s central bank raise interest rates for the first time in a year.
Politics — Romania & EU
The front runner to head the EU’s new public prosecutor’s offi
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