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The German Car, Europe's Last Stand Against U.S. Corporate Hegemony

In 2015, Apple earned more than the five most profitable companies in Europe combined.

Apple Store, Regent Street, London
Apple Store, Regent Street, London
Stefan Beutelsbacher

BERLIN — Save any last-minute delays, Apple will open an outlet next month on Orchard Road, Singapore's glittering shopping mile. It will be the California company's first foray into the Asian city-state, which earns as much in annual tax revenue, $38 billion, as Apple did on sales — in just the past six months.

Apple, as the number suggests, is in a league of its own as far as global corporations are concerned. It's the yardstick of all things commercial. It's also a reminder that Europe is lagging well behind, and not just where smartphones or technology are concerned. In 2015, Apple earned more than the five most profitable companies in Europe combined.

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End Of Roe v. Wade: Will It Spark Anti-Abortion Momentum Around The World?

Pro-life activists celebrated the end of the U.S. right to abortion, hoping it will trigger a new debate on a topic that in some places had largely been settled: in favor a woman’s right to choose. But it could also boomerang.

Thousands of people demonstrate against abortion in Madrid

Lisa Berdet, Lila Paulou and Shaun Lavelle

The Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling establishing a constitutional right to abortion put the United States at the forefront of abortion rights in the world.

Other countries would follow suit in the succeeding years, with France legalizing abortion in 1975, Italy in 1978, and Ireland finally joining most of the rest of Europe with a landslide 2018 referendum victory for women’s right to choose. Elsewhere, parts of Asia and Africa have made incremental steps toward legalizing abortion, while a growing number of Latin American countries have joined what has now been a decades-long worldwide shift toward more access to abortion rights.

But now, 49 years later, with last Friday’s landmark overturning of Roe v. Wade, will the U.S. once again prove to be ahead of the curve? Will American cultural and political influence carry across borders on the abortion issue, reversing the momentum of recent years?

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