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A Spanish budget dispute that’s prompted another snap election.  Theresa May’s latest Brexit setback – compounded by loose lips in Europe’s new spy capital. The toll that Donald Trump’s political success has taken on his eponymous empire. Barriers that aspiring women politicians face in Nigeria. Dig into these and other recent events with the latest edition of Weekend Reads, featuring some of Bloomberg’s top long-form stories from the past seven days.  Why not start with Helene Fouquet’s deeply reported exclusive account of the moment last December that prompted French President Emmanuel Macron to give up on trying to woo Trump? 

Trump’s Political Success Comes With a Cost for His BusinessShahien Nasiripour takes a closer look at how certain parts of the Trump Organization have languished or failed since the president took office. 

As Spain Braces for Snap Election, Here’s What You Need to KnowWith balloting planned for April 28, Charles Penty breaks down the ins and outs of Spain’s third election in four years. 

Brewing Starbucks Protest Could Hit Coffee Giant in Blue AmericaThe map of Starbucks locations in the U.S. closely follows the nation’s electoral landscape, and that could cause headaches for the coffee company if former Chief Executive Howard Schultz runs for president, John McCormick and Leslie Patton report. 

Canada’s Boy Wonder Prime Minister Keeps Tripping Over Himself With elections looming in October, the shine is coming off Justin Trudeau, the famously globe-trotting, feminist, supposedly woke 47-year-old prime minister. Josh Wingrove looks at the risk created Trudeau’s string of flubs.

Wall of Male Prejudice Stifles Women’s Rise in Nigerian PoliticsAfrica’s most populous democracy has the lowest proportion of female lawmakers on the continent, and that’s unlikely to change anytime soon as Nigeria’s two leading presidential candidates aren’t progressive on gender issues, Tope Alake and Paul Wallace report. 

How One Crash 10 Years Ago Helped Keep 90 Million Flights Safe After the fatal 2009 Colgan Air disaster in western New York State, reforms contributed to an unprecedented decade of aviation safety, Alan Levin reports. 

EU Elections; Has Populism Peaked?Andre Tartar and Hayley Warren have churned the data to produce a graphic feast that asks whether populism is past its high-water mark.

Pentagon Fails to Act on Woman Who Says Complaint Cost Her Job The Pentagon has yet to decide on any disciplinary action 13 months after its inspector general backed allegations against defense contractor Leidos Holdings for retaliating against a woman who had complained of a hostile work environment at a subcontractor, Tony Capaccio exclusively reports. 

The Lawyer Who Holds Benjamin Netanyahu’s Fate in His HandsIvan Levingston profiles Avihai Mandelblit, the Israeli attorney general handpicked by Benjamin Netanyahu who has become a potential adversary of the prime minister’s. 

And finally…After a judge favorite – the Wire Fox Terrier – took Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Dog Show, Alexis Benveniste takes a closer look at the perennial underdog breeds, many of which are popular pets.  Trump said this week that he has no plans to get a pooch himself, explaining that walking a dog on the White House lawn “feels a little phony.”


To contact the authors of this story: Kathleen Hunter in London at khunter9@bloomberg.netKarl Maier in Abuja at kmaier2@bloomberg.net

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