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The Economist Continental Europe Edition

The Economist Continental Europe Edition 04/15/2017

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8 мин.
the world this week

Politics America’s secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, went to Moscow where he urged the Russians to drop their support for the Assad regime in Syria. The talks came after America fired a barrage of cruise missiles at the Syrian air-force base that had launched a chemical attack that killed at least 85 civilians. The swift American response to Syria’s use of chemical weapons was a surprise, signalling a shift in the Trump administration’s hitherto stand-offish approach. But a meeting of G7 foreign ministers rejected new sanctions against Russia. Two bomb attacks at Christian churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday killed at least 44 people. Islamic State claimed responsibility. Egypt’s president declared a three-month state of emergency. America may approve the sale of warplanes to Nigeria to assist it in its fight against Boko…

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the slide into dictatorship

TURKEY matters not just for its size, but also as a bellwether of the political forces shaping the world. For centuries it was the seat of a great empire. Today, as a frontier state, it must cope with the violence spewing out of war-ravaged Syria; it is a test case of whether democracy can be reconciled with political Islam; and it must navigate between Western liberalism and the authoritarian nationalism epitomised by Russia. In recent years under Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey has gone backwards. This weekend it can begin to put that right. On April 16th Turks will vote in a referendum over whether to abandon their parliamentary system for an executive presidency. A Yes is likely, but far from certain. There is nothing wrong with a strong president, but Turkey’s…

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what next?

THERE are good reasons to cheer the missile attack ordered by Donald Trump on a Syrian air base on April 6th. It sent a message to Bashar al-Assad, Syria’s despot, that America would not tolerate his use of chemical weapons. It also showed that Mr Trump, despite many indications to the contrary, was prepared to act to uphold an international norm and to do so for humanitarian reasons: he was outraged by a nerve-gas attack that killed more than 80 people in the rebel enclave of Idlib. But one barrage doesn’t make a strategy. Before Mr Trump saw television pictures of poisoned children, he had said that getting rid of Mr Assad was no longer a goal of American policy, as it had been, at least notionally, under Barack Obama. In…

4 мин.
separate and unequal

LAST year some images went viral on the internet in China. They showed children descending an 800-metre (2,600-foot) rock face on rickety ladders made of vines, wood and rusty metal. Their destination: school. The photographer was told by a local official that “seven or eight” people had died after losing their grip. Yet the children did this regularly—there is no school at the top of the mountain in Sichuan province where they live. The photographs conveyed two striking aspects of life in the Chinese countryside: a hunger for education so strong that children will risk their lives for it, and a callous lack of government attention to the needs of rural students. In many ways, education in China is improving. Since 2000 the annual tally of students graduating from university has…

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silicon pally

“BOOBER” is the nickname Travis Kalanick, the boss of Uber, used to describe the effect that the ride-hailing startup had on his attractiveness to the opposite sex. Mr Kalanick’s wisecrack seems to have been emblematic of a deeply macho culture. An investigation is under way into allegations from a former employee that Uber refuses to promote capable women or to take complaints about harassment seriously. The results are due to be released in the coming weeks. Uber is not the only technology star in the spotlight for its treatment of women. Google has been accused by America’s Department of Labour of paying female employees significantly less than male ones (see page 54). Google flatly denies the charge. But that technology in general, and Silicon Valley in particular, has a gender problem…

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per aadhaar ad astra?

WHAT would Gandhi have made of Aadhaar, the ambitious scheme to provide each of India’s 1.3bn residents with a unique, biometrically verifiable identification? There is much that might have impressed the great pacifist. Before Aadhaar’s launch in 2010, many Indians had no proof of identity that could be recognised across the sprawling, multilingual country; now 99% of adults do. A cheap, simple and accurate way to know who is who, it helps the state channel services, such as subsidies, to those who really need them, thwarting corruption and saving billions. Linked to bank accounts and mobile phones, the unique 12-digit numbers can be used for swift, easy transfers of money. In time, they should help hundreds of millions of Indians enter the formal, modern economy. Yet Gandhi might also have been…