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The Economist Continental Europe Edition

The Economist Continental Europe Edition 03/18/2017

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8 мин.
the world this week

Politics A general election in the Netherlands saw Mark Rutte returned to office as prime minister. His centre-right party handily defeated an insurgent campaign from the anti-immigration party led by Geert Wilders. Mr Rutte said the Dutch had rejected the “bad sort of populism”. A few days before the election the Dutch government barred Turkey’s foreign minister from speaking at a rally of Turkish expats in Rotterdam that was being held in support of the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In the ensuing diplomatic row, Mr Erdogan accused the Dutch of acting like “Nazi remnants”. The European Court of Justice ruled, in two cases in France and Belgium where Muslim women had been fired for wearing headscarves by their employers, that in certain circumstances it is permissible to limit visible religious symbols…

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on the rise

ECONOMIC and political cycles have a habit of being out of sync. Just ask George Bush senior, who lost the presidential election in 1992 because voters blamed him for the recent recession. Or Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, booted out by German voters in 2005 after imposing painful reforms, only to see Angela Merkel reap the rewards. Today, almost ten years after the most severe financial crisis since the Depression, a broad-based economic upswing is at last under way (see pages 18-20). In America, Europe, Asia and the emerging markets, for the first time since a brief rebound in 2010, all the burners are firing at once. But the political mood is sour. A populist rebellion, nurtured by years of sluggish growth, is still spreading. Globalisation is out of favour. An economic nationalist sits…

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uttar hegemony

THREE years ago Narendra Modi led his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to the most resounding victory in a national election in India since the 1980s. This week, in India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, the BJP capped that by chalking up the biggest majority in the state assembly since 1977 (see page 45). The result leaves Mr Modi and his party utterly dominant—and almost certain to win the national elections in 2019. It is also a test. Mr Modi could use his growing power to reignite India’s culture wars, as some of his supporters wish. Instead, he ought to use it to unshackle India’s economy. Lucknow and for a long time to come Until the 1970s India was virtually a one-party state, with Congress, the party of independence, ruling over politics—including in…

3 мин.
domino theory

IN THE run-up to its election on March 15th the international media descended on the Netherlands, speculating that the country might become the third “domino” to fall to nationalist populism, following the vote for Brexit and the election of Donald Trump in America. The Dutch themselves, excited by the unaccustomed attention, seem to have taken the idea to heart. The performance of Geert Wilders and his far-right Freedom Party (PVV), it was said, would be a portent of Marine Le Pen’s chances in France’s presidential election and of the prospects for populism right across Europe. On the night, Mr Wilders came a poor second, winning just 13% of the vote and 20 seats—far behind the Liberals, led by the prime minister, Mark Rutte, who won 21% of the vote and 33…

4 мин.
leave one union, lose another

THIS was meant to be the week when a proud, sovereign nation served notice that it wanted to leave the overbearing, unrepresentative union to which it had long been shackled. And so it was—but not in quite the way that Theresa May had imagined. Britain’s prime minister had planned to trigger Article 50 of the European Union treaty, beginning the two-year process of Britain’s exit from the EU. But she was forced to delay her plans when Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, upstaged her by announcing that she would seek a new referendum on Scottish independence. The threat of a second constitutional earthquake in as many years is the latest reminder of Brexit’s unintended consequences (see page 27). The English-led move to leave a 40-year-old union with Europe is pulling at…

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the central african conundrum

DAVID CAMERON lost his job as prime minister because he could not reconcile Britons to Europe. He might have sulked on the backbenches. Instead, Mr Cameron has a new (unpaid) job as the chairman of a commission on fragile states. Having failed to persuade Britons to stick with countries where they like to holiday, whose wine they happily imbibe and where many own homes, he will now try to convince them to send more money to some of the world’s poorest, most corrupt and most violent places. If Mr Cameron has lost his mind, he is not the only one. Britain’s Department for International Development (DfID) plans to spend half its budget on fragile states and regions. It is nagging others to do the same, with some success. The World Bank…