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US VP Seeks to Calm European Nerves

February 20th, 2017

Episode 959 of 1091 episodes

Mike Pence has sought to reassure Europe about relations with the US under President Trump. We ask Karel de Gucht, former trade commissioner for the European Union, how the strong trading relationship between Europe and the US might be affected. Also in the programme, Kraft Heinz has abandoned its bid to buy the Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant Unilever. We find out why from Corne van Zeij, who is an analyst at the Dutch asset manangement company ACTIAM. All this week, the BBC is looking at how easy it is for people with disabilities to move up the career ladder. Today we talk to Louise Dyson, who set up a talent agency dedicated to linking up disabled actors, presenters and models with television, film and advertising companies. Search engines like Google and Bing have signed up to a code of conduct in the UK to reduce the prominence of search results linking to illegal downloads of music and movies. We ask Rhiannon Williams, technology correspondent for the I newspaper what impact the move is likely to have. Plus Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times tells us why she thinks companies who fixate on their employees' happiness end up making their workforce more miserable.

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