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The Economist Continental Europe Edition

The Economist Continental Europe Edition 01/13/2018

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the world this week

Politics Donald Trump reacted angrily to a fly-on-the-wall account of his first nine months in the White House. The president’s lawyers tried, but failed, to stop publication of “Fire and Fury” (the book submits that some of Mr Trump’s aides question his mental capacity). Stephen Bannon, Mr Trump’s former right-hand man, in particular earned the president’s wrath for divulging all to the book’s author. Mr Trump indicated a willingness to work with Democrats on immigration reform. His overtures came shortly before a judge blocked the president’s attempt to end protections for immigrants who came to America illegally as young children. Meanwhile, the government revoked the special status afforded to 200,000 people from El Salvador that allows them to live and work in America. At least 17 people were killed in southern California by…

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one year old

ALMOST one year into Donald Trump’s presidency, you have to pinch yourself to make sense of it all. In “Fire and Fury”, Michael Wolff’s gossipy tale of the White House, which did not welcome Mr Trump’s anniversary so much as punch it in the face, the leader of the free world is portrayed as a monstrously selfish toddler-emperor seen by his own staff as unfit for office (see our review on page 70). America is caught up in a debate about the president’s sanity. Seemingly unable to contain himself, Mr Trump fans the flames by taking to Twitter to crow about his “very stable genius” and, in a threat to North Korea, to boast about the impressive size of his nuclear button. Trump-watching is compulsive—who hasn’t waited guiltily for the next…

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time for a fix

ELENA AGUILAR came to America illegally from El Salvador in 1996 to escape her children’s violent father. Earthquakes in her home country in 2001 brought her good fortune of a sort: she was among 290,000 Salvadoreans who received “temporary protected status” (TPS) from the American government. That allowed her to live and work in America—in York, Pennsylvania, renovating and renting out houses—while El Salvador recovered. The American government has renewed Salvadoreans’ protected status periodically ever since. Ms Aguilar’s children have grown up in the country. On January 8th the Trump administration said enough was enough. From September 2019 the 200,000 or so Salvadoreans who still have TPS will have to leave if they cannot find a legal way to remain (see page 39). The Salvadoreans share their plight with 46,000 Haitians,…

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lord of the rings

ON JULY 4th 2012 news of the discovery of the Higgs boson by researchers at CERN, Europe’s particle-physics laboratory, electrified science and the wider public. This particle, generated inside the lab’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC), was the last missing piece of the Standard Model, one of the most successful theories physicists have devised. Since its inception in the 1970s, the Standard Model has correctly predicted the existence of a range of particles—including the Higgs itself. Yet it cannot explain everything. It cannot say why the Higgs has the mass it does. Nor does it have anything to say about dark matter, the mysterious stuff thought to make up almost 85% of the mass of the universe (see page 67). Physicists have wrestled with these and other problems for years. Many of their…

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teens and screens

FIRST they went for tobacco, coal and sugar. Now they are targeting smartphones and social media. On January 6th two large investors in Apple demanded that the technology company must help parents curtail their children’s iPhone use, citing research into the links between adolescent social-media habits and risk factors for suicide, such as depression. Old and new media abound with reports about phones’ addictive, mind-warping properties. On the school run, parents compare tactics for limiting screen time. Something has made today’s teenagers different from teenagers in the past. As well as being far more temperate and better-behaved, they seem more anxious and unhappy (see page 50). School surveys by the OECD, a club of mostly rich countries, suggest that 15-year-olds find it harder to make friends. In America—though, phone-bashers should note,…

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the missing middle class

AFTER China, where next? Over the past two decades, the world’s most populous country has become the market qua non of just about every global company seeking growth. As its economy slows, businesses are looking for the next set of consumers to keep the tills ringing. To many, India feels like the heir apparent. Its population will soon overtake its Asian rival’s. It occasionally grows at the kind of pace that propelled China to the status of economic superpower. And its middle class is thought by many to be in the early stages of the journey to prosperity that created hundreds of millions of Chinese consumers. Exuberant management consultants speak of a 300m-400m horde of potential frapuccino-sippers, Fiesta-drivers and globe-trotters. Rare is the chief executive who, upon visiting India, does not…