Esports was already a fast-growing market in Europe, expanding at about 23 per cent a year since 2016, but now COVID-19 is pushing virtual gaming properly into the mainstream.
In the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall, many of East Germany’s consumer businesses collapsed as citizens flocked to previously unattainable western products, with their high-quality branding and sharp designs.
Poland’s ruling Law and Justice Party is winning hearts and minds with its election-spending pledges, seeking to redistribute wealth after almost three decades of growth have created one of the strongest economies in Europe.
For many years London has been Europe’s start-up capital, attracting the best and the brightest and spawning success stories, such as kids’ website Moshi Monsters and home delivery service, Deliveroo. Access to finance, a vibrant multi-cultural scene and solid regulatory framework have helped the city to become one of the global favourites for entrepreneurs. But
Anyone who has tried to cross St Mark’s Square in Venice during the summer months will share the often-voiced frustration of the city’s populace when it comes to tourism overcrowding.
Marijuana’s hazy legal status in Europe has made cannabis strictly a niche industry until now. Tolerated though not strictly allowed in many countries, and of course traditionally associated with drop-outs, the drug hasn’t featured in too many mainstream economic forecasts.
Imagine a robot that knows when a strawberry is ripe and can pick it without bruising, or a drone that can shoot asparagus seeds into the soil at exactly the right depth.
The corks are popping in France’s Champagne region this year after a wet winter and an exceptionally hot summer produced a bumper crop.
In those heady cryptocurrency bubble days a few months ago, the home of private banking spoke. Switzerland, its Economics Minister Johann Schneider-Ammann said, wanted to be a “crypto nation”.
We are all seeing the images of plastic debris cluttering the world’s oceans, turtles choking on fishing nets and poisoned whales on beaches. But it’s only lately, it seems, that governments are seeking comprehensive ways to resolve these ecological disasters.
From tapas to tech and cerveza to software, Spain is tackling a backlash from residents against the annual tide of sunseeking tourists by turning to new ways of tapping different markets, hopefully resulting in more money from fewer visitors.
As in the UK, France’s capital and surrounding areas have enjoyed a disproportionate share of the country’s wealth, accounting for just over 30 per cent of the nation’s gross domestic product and 18.2 per cent of its population. And as in the UK, the politicians are always talking about regional development and spreading the wealth,