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The Economist Continental Europe Edition

The Economist Continental Europe Edition 05/06/2017

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8 мин.
the world this week

Politics The president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, visited the White House to meet Donald Trump. On peace between Israel and the Palestinians, Mr Trump said “we will get it done”, but offered no specifics. Russia announced a proposal to create “safe zones” in Syria. But it reserves the right to attack “terrorists” in them. Members of South Africa’s main federation of trades unions booed President Jacob Zuma off a stage when he tried to speak at a rally, a sign of his growing unpopularity. Several other senior figures in the ruling African National Congress were similarly denied the opportunity to speak at other meetings of union members around the country. The number of pirate attacks off the west coast of Africa almost doubled in 2016, according to a new report by Oceans…

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the world’s most valuable resource

A NEW commodity spawns a lucrative, fast-growing industry, prompting antitrust regulators to step in to restrain those who control its flow. A century ago, the resource in question was oil. Now similar concerns are being raised by the giants that deal in data, the oil of the digital era. These titans—Alphabet (Google’s parent company), Amazon, Apple, Face-book and Microsoft—look unstoppable. They are the five most valuable listed firms in the world. Their profits are surging: they collectively racked up over $25bn in net profit in the first quarter of 2017. Amazon captures half of all dollars spent online in America. Google and Facebook accounted for almost all the revenue growth in digital advertising in America last year. Such dominance has prompted calls for the tech giants to be broken up, as…

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strong, stable—and short on detail

ON MAY 3rd Theresa May gave what began as a speech to mark the start of the general-election campaign and ended up sounding more like a declaration of war. “Threats against Britain have been issued by European politicians and officials,” she warned. “All of these acts have been deliberately timed to affect the result of the general election.” That is doubtful. But if this week’s war of words between Britain’s prime minister and the European Union does affect the vote, it will be in her favour. Mrs May’s Conservatives were already the racing favourites to win a big majority against a feeble Labour opposition. A frosty exchange with foreigners over Brexit will only reinforce the image of strength that she has been trying to project to voters. The snag, for Britain…

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don’t discount marine le pen

PUNDITS are already looking beyond the French presidential run-off that will take place on May 7th. Emmanuel Macron, the young liberal favourite, is 20 points ahead in the polls. Talk has turned to the obstacles he might face in office. The party he founded, En Marche! (“On the Move!”), will probably not win a majority in the legislature. How, they ask, will he handle the delicate task of coalition-building in a country where old certainties are going up in flames like rum on a banane flambée? Steady on. Mr Macron has not won yet. And if voters take it for granted that he will, he might not. Betting on politics is banned in France, but foreign bookmakers give his populist, nationalist opponent, Marine Le Pen, a one-in-six chance of victory—the same…

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moon mission?

LAST year millions of South Koreans took to the streets to secure the impeachment of Park Geun-hye, their conservative president. She is now behind bars; her trial, on charges of corruption and abuse of power, began this week. On May 9th the country will pick a new president in a snap election. The winner looks almost certain to be Moon Jae-in, the liberal whom Ms Park defeated at the last election in 2012. The scandal tested South Korea’s young, raucous democracy—and it passed. No one was killed. The often cautious press vigorously pursued the allegations that Ms Park had divulged state secrets to a confidante and colluded with her in extorting large sums from private firms. Legislators, including many from Ms Park’s own party, voted convincingly to impeach her. The constitutional…

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breaking free from cells

LIVING creatures are jolly useful. Farmers rear animals and then harvest their flesh, eggs and milk for humans to eat. Drug companies genetically engineer animal cells and grow them in vats, so they can churn out drugs to treat disease. There is a catch, however. It is hard work to corral cells and higher organisms to do humans’ bidding. There may be a better way. Cell-free biology, an idea first proposed about a century ago, is at last having its coming-out party. The technique involves extracting the protein-making machinery from living cells. Cell walls, useless molecules and the organism’s own DNA are all thrown away. By adding doses of new DNA to the resultant gloop, proteins can then be made to order (see page 64). This month, in California, a 1,000-litre…