Good morning, here’s your Friday morning briefing to set you up for the day ahead. Look out for these three things happening around the world today.

Angela Merkel to host rare press conference

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is to host a rare stand-alone press conference in which she will discuss both domestic and foreign affairs.

The press conference will commence at 10:20am BST.

Merkel has had a challenging time of late, with significant domestic tensions within her coalition government.

She has also experienced considerable criticism from US President Donald Trump, particularly at the recent gathering of NATO leaders.

It is likely that she will address these issues within the press conference.

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General Electric releases post-strategic review results

General Electric will today announce its second quarter 2018 earnings via a webcast.

The webcast, which will commence at 8:30am EDT will be hosted by chairman and CEO John Flannery and CFO Jamie Miller.

The results will be closely watched by investors the business community, as they follow a strategic review that saw the company significantly streamline its operations.

The company is now focusing on aviation, power and renewable energy.

General Electric is part of the S&P 100 stock market index.

Michel Barnier to update European Council on Brexit

Michel Barnier, the European Commission’s chief negotiator for Brexit, will today update the European Council on the EU’s talks with the UK.

The update, which will commence at 11:00am CET with a press conference at 1:00pm CET, will form part of a meeting of the General Affairs Council.

Barnier will discuss the current state of negotiations, including the completion of work on withdrawal issues.

The contentious Ireland/Northern Ireland border issue will also be discussed, as will the framework for the future relationship between the EU and UK.

The UK’s white paper, which led to the resignation of several key Cabinet members, will be a central focus of discussion.

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