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#MoneyBeat Brexit & Beyond:Dutch Reconsider Referendums, Italian Government Talks Fail, U.S. Targets Russian Oligarchs

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Brexit & Beyond: Europe in Flux is The Wall Street Journal’s round-up of news and analysis of how Brexit will affect global business, economies and finance. You can sign up here.


A woman walks in a flooded street in front of the ancient Colosseum.
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Initial Talks on Formation of New Italian Government Fail: A first round of consultations to form a new Italian government failed as the main parties remained at loggerheads, meaning more negotiations will be necessary next week.

 As Referendums Roil Europe, the Dutch Reconsider: European Union governments have a fraught history with referendums, illustrated by the UK’s 2016 vote to leave the bloc. Now referendum remorse among politicians is leading to action in the Netherlands, writes Valentina Pop.

U.S. Targets Russian Oligarchs in New SanctionsThe U.S. sanctioned seven Russian oligarchs and 12 companies they own as well as 17 senior Russian government officials.

ECB to Challenge Latvia Over Decision to Bar Central Bank Governor Rimsevics: The European Central Bank said it will challenge Latvia’s decision to bar its central-bank governor Ilmars Rimsevics from attending ECB meetings, and seek “interim measures” that allow its decision-making to function as normal.

Swiss Central Banker Warns of Cryptocurrency Risks: A top official of Switzerland’s central bank warned that cryptocurrencies should not be seen as a substitute to traditional currencies, despite some of the potential benefits that the underlying blockchain technology has for the financial system.

German Court Opens Path for Extradition of Catalan Separatist Leader: A German court ruled to allow Catalonian separatist leader Carles Puigdemont free on bail, paving the way for his extradition to Spain to stand trial for his role in last autumn’s independence drive.

The Battle for PrivatBank: Can Ukraine Bring Its Oligarchs to Heel?: When Ukraine’s finance minister went to oversee the nationalization of the country’s biggest bank in December 2016, he took with him a team of bankers — and a security detail of special-forces operatives.


EU, Facebook Plan High-Level Contacts Over Data Scandal  Bloomberg

UK Universities Face Uncertainty as Brexit Looms   New York Times

Trump Slams EU as Being ‘Solidly Against Us’ on Trade   Politico

Salisbury Poison ‘Made at Russia’s Porton Down’   The Times

Russia Steps Up War of Words with Britain Over Poison Attack  Financial Times

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