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Brussels is about to delay plans for its controversial digital levy till the autumn in an effort to spice up the prospects of a worldwide company tax reform deal.

The transfer adopted the endorsement by G20 finance ministers in Venice over the weekend of a landmark international tax deal reached by G7 nations final month to set a worldwide minimal charge and to overtake taxing rights.

The European Fee had come underneath intense stress from US Treasury secretary Janet Yellen to shelve its digital tax proposal, in accordance with folks acquainted with the discussions.

Brussels was on account of put ahead its proposals for the digital levy this week, however had pushed them again to July 20.

  • Extra G20 information: G20 finance ministers have collectively endorsed carbon pricing for the primary time, describing the as soon as contentious concept as one among “a large set of instruments” to deal with local weather change.

5 extra tales within the information

1. Brussels targets aviation gas tax The European Fee will suggest a revamp of its 15-year-old rule guide on carbon taxes to offer an incentive for low-emissions gas and impose levies on closely polluting power used within the airline and delivery business to scale back carbon emissions. 

2. Richard Branson touches the sting of house The Virgin founder touched the sting of house on Sunday morning, fulfilling a life-long ambition and grabbing bragging rights from rival Jeff Bezos within the race to open suborbital house to industrial tourism. Here’s a have a look at how Branson and Bezos’s rocket ships evaluate.

3. China to impose safety checks on abroad listings Chinese language corporations which have the info of greater than 1m customers might want to move a safety assessment earlier than issuing shares on abroad inventory exchanges, the nation’s web regulator stated on Saturday.

4. SoftBank’s second Imaginative and prescient Fund hastens tempo of funding The fund poured about $13bn into greater than 50 corporations through the second quarter, in accordance with two folks briefed on the numbers, marking a pointy improve within the tempo of its investments. In the course of the first three months of the 12 months, the second Imaginative and prescient Fund invested lower than $2bn in fewer than two dozen corporations.

5. Haiti president’s widow says home opponents plotted assassination President Jovenel Moïse’s widow has accused the Haitian chief’s home opponents of organising his assassination, as prosecutors summoned main enterprise and political figures to face questioning. Haiti police stated that they had recognized the boys who assassinated Moïse and that almost all of them have been Colombian mercenaries.

  • Learn extra: Haiti’s “descent into hell” looms nearer after dying of president. “Whether or not you really liked Moïse or hated him, it’s the identical response: a deep state of shock,” stated one resident of Port-au-Prince.

Coronavirus digest

  • Governments throughout the Asia-Pacific area are imposing more durable lockdown measures to fight the unfold of the extremely infectious Covid-19 Delta variant.

  • Indian authorities worry a rush of vacationers to Himalayan mountain cities dangers fuelling new Covid-19 outbreaks.

  • A high Federal Reserve official has warned the unfold of the Delta coronavirus variant and low vaccination charges in some components of the world pose a risk to the worldwide restoration.

  • Scientists are racing to reply the query: how properly do jabs defend towards the variant?

Chart showing how vaccine efficacy compares against the Alpha and Delta variants

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The times forward

India financial figures Client value index figures and month-to-month industrial manufacturing figures shall be launched right this moment.

Janet Yellen meets eurozone finance ministers Brussels’ digital levy would be the principal subject of dialogue when the US Treasury secretary meets with fee president Ursula von der Leyen and her European colleagues right this moment.

Musk to testify over Tesla’s SolarCity acquisition Elon Musk has embodied Tesla for greater than a decade, making himself the corporate’s flamboyant ambassador for the electrical automotive revolution. On Monday, the showman chief govt will attempt to reveal to a Delaware choose that, no matter his prominence, he doesn’t management the corporate.

Be a part of “Constructing new pathways to success for African soccer”, a dialog with sports activities leaders on the alternatives for growing African soccer expertise on July 15.

What else we’re studying

China risk tempers Taiwan’s welcome of Hong Kong exiles Final 12 months, Taiwan’s president supplied refuge to a wave of fleeing Hong Kongers after Beijing moved to crush dissent within the former British colony. However these in search of refuge have grow to be entangled in a internet of restrictions designed to guard Taiwan from an more and more assertive China.

Melinda French Gates’s political awakening French Gates has progressed from an intensely personal, behind-the-scenes determine to a pacesetter comfy within the highlight and more and more possessed by a singular trigger. She additionally joins an uncommon membership: tech billionaires’ former spouses who’re instantly unbound and free to chart their very own philanthropic course.

Florida’s condominium politics within the highlight Debates over tips on how to pay for important repairs typically result in infighting amongst residents. There are parallels to the crippling payments that some condominium house owners are being pressured to pay as landlords improve the cladding on their buildings in response to the lethal Grenfell fireplace in London 4 years in the past.

Xi Jinping and US China hawks unite The Didi debacle alerts the tip of the regular stream of New York listings for Chinese language corporations, writes FT’s Tom Mitchell. It’s additionally made President Xi Jinping and Washington’s main China hawks like Senator Marco Rubio into unusual bedfellows.

Isabella Tree: ‘Sooner or later we received’t want nature reserves’ The conservationist and her husband Charlie Burrell developed Knepp Fortress Property, one of many world’s most daring and controversial rewilding initiatives. Over Lunch with the FT, Tree weighed in on bringing again biodiversity, the issue with veganism — and why cloning mammoths is a foul concept.

Work and careers

The uneven state of vaccinations, plus wildly divergent views about what protected behaviour appears to be like like, has divided us into an ungainly mixture of shakers, bumpers and fist titties, writes Pilita Clark.

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