13 July: Your round-up of the issues leading today's agenda
- Only one-quarter of business leaders say their organizations are fully ready for the end of the Brexit transition period, according to a survey by the Institute of Directors. Bloomberg reports that nearly half of the 978 company directors polled late last month said they weren’t able to prepare for a transition now, and one in seven said they were focused on the coronavirus pandemic, the survey said. Almost a third said they need more clarity about forthcoming changes before they make any adjustments.
- Prostitutes in Germany are demanding the right to get back to work as the country’s brothels remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, says CNBC. Approximately 400 prostitutes and brothel operators from across Germany demonstrated in the red light district of Hamburg on Saturday, Germany news agency Deutsche Welle reported on Sunday. Prostitution is legal and regulated in Germany but the country’s brothels have been closed for almost four months due to the outbreak.
- A financier embroiled in a £1.6bn court battle with Barclays was referred to as a "tart" and "that dolly bird" by bank executives, a court has heard, according to the BBC. The comments about Amanda Staveley were made in phone calls in 2008 when the bank was trying to raise billions of pounds from Gulf states. Ms Staveley was involved in talks with investors to help broker the deal. Ms Staveley, 47, has made complaints about the behaviour of Barclays bosses when negotiating investment deals during the crisis 12 years ago.
- Poland’s President Andrzej Duda is poised to win a highly-charged election after a bitter battle that pitted the conservative incumbent against a pro-European challenger, Bloomberg says. Results from more than 99% of the constituencies reporting showed Duda leading his rival, Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski. Both men declared victory and the challenger’s campaign is talking of “irregularities” in voting and planning protests. The highest turnout since the fall of communism shows that Poles are hugely invested in the vote.