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The Economist Continental Europe Edition

The Economist Continental Europe Edition 02/18/2017

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the world this week

After less than a month in the job, Michael Flynn departed as Donald Trump’s national security adviser, having admitted that he had provided “incomplete information” to the White House about a conversation he had with the Russian ambassador weeks before Mr Trump was inaugurated as president. All this added to the growing sense of a disorderly Oval Office, and fuelled speculation about alleged links between the Trump campaign team and Russian officials. Mr Trump described an appeals-court’s decision to block his temporary ban on refugees and citizens from seven mainly Muslim countries as “disgraceful”. He may introduce a new, legally tight order to enact the ban. Either way, the issue seems destined for the Supreme Court. The Senate confirmed Steven Mnuchin as Mr Trump’s Treasury secretary. But Andrew Puzder withdrew his name…

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reproductive technologies

Ways of making babies without sex are multiplying. History suggests that they should be embraced IT USED to be so simple. Girl met boy. Gametes were transferred through plumbing optimised by millions of years of evolution. Then, nine months later, part of that plumbing presented the finished product to the world. Now things are becoming a lot more complicated. A report published on February 14th by America’s National Academy of Sciences gives qualified support to research into gene-editing techniques so precise that genetic diseases like haemophilia and sickle-cell anaemia can be fixed before an embryo even starts to develop. The idea of human cloning triggered a furore when, 20 years ago this week, Dolly the sheep was revealed to the world (see pages 17-20); much fuss about nothing, some would say,…

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trump’s white house

The firing of America’s national security adviser is welcome, but raises questions that won’t go away LESS than a month into Donald Trump’s presidency, it is clear this is a Wild West Wing. Mr Trump is engulfed by a scandal that this week led to the firing of his national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Dismissal will not be the end of the Flynn affair. It invites bigger questions, about both the nature of the Trump administration’s ties with Russia and the way the new president runs his administration. First, Russia. At the end of December the Obama administration imposed sanctions on Russia after the Kremlin interfered with the presidential election—an attack on American democracy (see page 33). That same day Mr Flynn spoke on the phone to the Russian ambassador to Washington.…

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the united kingdom

Britain’s exit from the EU appears to strengthen the case for Scottish independence. In fact, it weakens it LITTLE more than half a year after the vote to leave the European Union, there is talk of another referendum in Britain. This time the people who could be offered the chance to “take back control” are the Scots. They voted against independence by a clear margin less than three years ago. But Brexit, which they also opposed, has put the issue back on the table. Scotland’s nationalist government has drafted a bill for another independence vote. Polls suggest that it could have a shot at success. No wonder: the nationalists’ argument that Scotland is a different country has never looked more convincing. Regarding Brexit, the defining issue of the times, 62% of Scots…

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greece and the euro

A worrying twist in the saga of Greece’s bail-out: creditor v creditor SISYPHUS was condemned to push a boulder uphill only to watch it roll down again. Yet an eternity of boulder-shoving seems purposeful next to the unending labour of keeping Greece in the euro zone and out of default. It is nearly seven years since the first Greek bail-out. A second rescue package soon followed. In 2015 Greece came close to dropping out of the euro before its newish prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, buckled down to the task of pruning the budget as part of a third bail-out. Now a Greek disaster is looming all over again. This time the source of the trouble is a row among the two main creditors over how to assess Greece’s public debt (see page…

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china’s liberals

China’s president sometimes talks like a free-trader and a reformist. Do not set much store by it T HE words of few global leaders these days sound as pleasing to liberal ears as those of Xi Jinping. How comforting it was when, shortly before Donald Trump’s swearing-in as America’s president, Mr Xi advised the assembled elite at the World Economic Forum in Davos that blaming globalisation for the world’s problems was “inconsistent with reality” and that protectionism was “like locking oneself in a dark room”. These were not just platitudes crafted for foreigners. Back in his own country, Mr Xi has been striking a similar tone. He chaired a meeting this month that called on reluctant officials not to shilly-shally with economic and social reforms, but to “choose the heaviest burden…