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A week of independence days

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Hello and welcome to the working week.

Or perhaps I should welcome you to independence week. The big one — the celebration of 1776 and all that — kicks off across the US on Monday. But from Algeria to Venezuela, Argentina to South Sudan, disconnecting from former colonial powers is a strong theme — and a source for public holidays around the world — for the next seven days.

For those of us trying to get into (or on with) work, however, this is not going to be a week for celebrations.

French rail workers will begin strike action on Wednesday, days before the country’s school holidays begin.

Then there is the unfolding drama of the British summer of discontent. Barristers in England and Wales will tomorrow resume their “crime doesn’t pay for advocates” strike. On Tuesday…

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