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Data out of Europe has gotten worse and worse as the year has gone on, but a pick-up in Chinese trade numbers and first quarter GDP appear to have steadied the eurozone as well.

The big picture: Consumer prices in the euro area rose 1.7% last month, the strongest since November, Bloomberg reports, with core inflation, rising to 1.2%. Both readings beat economists estimates, and put an exclamation point on the economic bloc's stronger-than-expected 0.4% increase in GDP during the first quarter. It was twice the pace of Q4's growth and also beat economists' expectations.

  • Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann said in a speech ahead of Friday's consumer price numbers that "much suggests that the economy is only experiencing a temporary weak phase and will pick up speed again after its soft patch."

Go deeper: Germany is Europe's most economically dangerous country

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United CEO is confident people will feel safe traveling again by 2022

Axios' Joann Muller and United CEO Scott Kirby. Photo: Axios

United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby believes that people will feel safe traveling again by this time next year, depending on the pace of vaccinations and the government's ongoing response to the pandemic, he said at an Axios virtual event.

Why it matters: Misery for global aviation is likely to continue and hold back a broader economic recovery if nothing changes, especially with new restrictions on international border crossings. U.S. airlines carried about 60% fewer passengers in 2020 compared with 2019.

The risks and rewards of charging state-backed hackers

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Last week’s stunning indictment of three North Korean hackers laid bare both the advantages and drawbacks of the U.S. government’s evolving strategy of using high-profile prosecutions to publicize hostile nation-state cyber activities.

Why it matters: Criminal charges can help the U.S. establish clear norms in a murky and rapidly changing environment, but they may not deter future bad behavior and could even invite retaliation against U.S. intelligence officials.

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Scoop: Netanyahu asked Biden to keep Trump's sanctions on International Criminal Court

ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. Photo: Bas Czerwinski/ANP/AFP via Getty

Netanyahu asked Biden in their first phone call last week to keep sanctions imposed by the Trump administration on the International Criminal Court (ICC) in place, Israeli officials tell me.

Why it matters: Israeli officials are concerned that removing the sanctions would hamper Israel's efforts to stop a potential war crimes investigation into Israel, and that the court's prosecutor could see it as a signal that the U.S. isn't firmly opposed to that investigation.