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    • New Open Europe Report: No Deal – The economic consequences & how they could be mitigated October 15, 2018
      In a new macroeconomic study, ‘No Deal: The economic consequences & how they could be mitigated’, Open Europe finds that a UK withdrawal from the European Union without a preferential trade deal would be sub-optimal and would entail material costs. However, this medium-term cost would be limited in absolute terms, but also relative to other […]
    • Several Cabinet members object to PM’s new backstop proposal October 12, 2018
      Prime Minister Theresa May faces objections from several Eurosceptic members of the Cabinet over her new proposal for a backstop to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland. The Daily Telegraph reports that at least three ministers are prepared to resign over the plan, which involves the UK staying in a customs union with the […]
    • Sobering Results in the Land of Oktoberfest? A Primer on the 2018 Bavarian Elections. October 11, 2018
      As the German state of Bavaria goes to the polls on Sunday, the results of the vote are likely to have wider repercussions. Open Europe’s Leopold Traugott explains what is at stake. The post Sobering Results in the Land of Oktoberfest? A Primer on the 2018 Bavarian Elections. appeared first on Open Europe.
    • DUP could vote down the Budget over Brexit deal October 11, 2018
      Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), on whose 10 MPs the Government relies upon for its majority, could vote down the Budget in Parliament later this month if the Government’s Brexit plans cross their red lines, according to the BBC and Sky. One DUP source told BBC Newsnight: "If we are not happy with what […]
    • Event summary: After Salzburg what next? October 10, 2018
      Open Europe held an event on October 9 in the House of Commons to discuss the next steps in Brexit negotiations after the Salzburg EU leaders informal summit. Below is an overview of the discussion.The post Event summary: After Salzburg what next? appeared first on Open Europe.
    • Brexit Secretary: Any extension to customs union membership must be temporary October 10, 2018
      Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday, the Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab told MPs that any extension of Britain’s participation in the customs union beyond the end of the transition period would have to be “temporary, limited and finite.” Raab added that any divorce deal would have to include clarity on the future UK-EU relationship, […]
    • UK Government downplays rumours of breakthrough in Brexit talks October 9, 2018
      The UK Government yesterday downplayed rumours of an imminent breakthrough in Brexit negotiations with the EU. A Government spokesperson said, “There is a difference between people talking optimistically about a deal and a deal being done,” adding, “There can be no withdrawal deal without a precise future framework.” He said that the government was “working […]
    • SNP would oppose Brexit deal based on Chequers proposal, says Scottish First Minister October 8, 2018
      Speaking ahead of the Scottish National Party (SNP) Conference in Glasgow, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that the SNP MPs in the House of Commons would not vote for a Brexit deal based on the Government’s Chequers proposal, telling the BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show, “We’ve always said our bottom line is membership of […]
    • Donald Tusk: EU offers UK a “Canada+++” deal October 5, 2018
      Speaking in Brussels yesterday, European Council President Donald Tusk said, "The EU wants a relationship with the UK that is as close and special as possible. From the very beginning, the EU offer [for a Brexit deal] has been not just a Canada deal, but a Canada+++ deal. Much further-reaching on trade, on internal security and […]
    • Why is the EU Irish backstop proposal unacceptable to the UK Government? October 4, 2018
      Open Europe's David Shiels appeared on TRT World News on October 4 to discuss progress on the Irish backstop in Brexit negotiations.The post Why is the EU Irish backstop proposal unacceptable to the UK Government? appeared first on Open Europe.

Google Duo Lets You Call People Without the App

Google has quietly updated Duo to allow users to call people who don’t even have the Duo app installed. This means that Google Duo users can make voice calls or video calls to their contacts using Duo even if the other person has never even heard of this particular messaging app. The number of messaging apps Google offers has been well documented. There’s Allo and Duo (which can now make voice calls) and Hangouts (which has been split into Chat and Meet). And all of them do pretty much the same thing. However, Duo does have a cool new trick…

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