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The Economist Continental Europe Edition

The Economist Continental Europe Edition 10/21/2017

The Economist is the premier source for the analysis of world business and current affairs, providing authoritative insight and opinion on international news, world politics, business, finance, science and technology, as well as overviews of cultural trends and regular Special reports on industries and countries.

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the world this week

Politics Iraqi government forces seized the oil-rich city of Kirkuk from the Kurds, their supposed allies in the war against Islamic State (IS). The lightning attack followed a referendum last month in which Kurds voted to secede from Iraq. Without Kirkuk’s oil, an independent Kurdistan would be broke. IS’s so-called caliphate is now all but destroyed: the Syrian Democratic Forces, an American-backed rebel group made up mainly of Syrian Kurds, captured Raqqa, IS’s Syrian capital. But many fear that its demise will spark new clashes. In the Philippines, the government said that the city of Marawi had been liberated from IS-linked jihadists, who had captured it in May. The battle to root them out was bloody. A lorry bomb exploded in the centre of Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, killing at least 300…

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left behind

POPULISM’S wave has yet to crest. That is the sobering lesson of recent elections in Germany and Austria, where the success of anti-immigrant, anti-globalisation parties showed that a message of hostility to elites and outsiders resonates as strongly as ever among those fed up with the status quo. It is also the lesson from America, where Donald Trump is doubling down on gestures to his angry base, most recently by adopting a negotiating position on NAFTA that is more likely to wreck than remake the trade agreement (see page 69). These remedies will not work. The demise of NAFTA will disproportionately hurt the blue-collar workers who back Mr Trump. Getting tough on immigrants will do nothing to improve economic conditions in eastern Germany, where 20% of voters backed the far-right Alternative…

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breaking peronism’s spell

WHEN Mauricio Macri won Argentina’s presidential election in November 2015, his victory appeared to signal the turning of Latin America’s “pink tide” of left-wing government. The election ended eight years of rule under Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, a political heir of Juan Perón, an irresponsible populist president of the mid-20th century. In other countries, setbacks for the left followed. Venezuela’s opposition won control of the legislature from the ruling socialist party in December 2015. Brazil’s left-wing president, Dilma Rousseff, was impeached last year; her successor, Michel Temer, is a pro-business centrist. Better economic policies ensued in both Argentina and Brazil, though not in Venezuela, where the autocratic government squashed the legislature. On October 22nd Argentina’s voters will render a judgment on Mr Macri in a mid-term congressional election (see page 47).…

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the next war in iraq

THIS should be a time for rejoicing. The jihadists of Islamic State (IS), driven out of Mosul in Iraq in July, were defeated this week in their Syrian capital, Raqqa. Little remains of the “caliphate” but a few pockets and a bankrupt ideology. Alarmingly, the scramble for spoils is bringing forth old rivalries and new conflicts across the Fertile Crescent. One clash has come in Kirkuk, where explorers struck Iraq’s first oil gusher in 1927. The city is home to many groups, among them Kurds, Arabs and Turkomans. It lies outside the Kurds’ official autonomous enclave but had been held by them. On September 25th Kurdish leaders held a referendum on independence that included voters in Kirkuk. The affronted Iraqi government, led by Shia Arabs, ordered its forces to retake the…

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no respite

TO UNDERSTAND how grim things are for Myanmar’s Rohingyas, consider what passes for good news amid the Burmese army’s two-month pogrom in northern Rakhine state, where most of them live. The flood of refugees to neighbouring Bangladesh must soon dwindle, charity workers say, because the Burmese army is running out of Rohingya villages to burn. For the moment, however, terrified Rohingyas continue to pour across the border. In the week to October 14th some 18,000 arrived. In less than two months a total of at least 582,000 of them have taken refuge in Bangladesh. That makes the current crisis one of the most rapid international movements of people in modern history, eclipsing in its intensity, for example, Syrians’ flight from civil war over the past six years. Bangladesh has permitted the…

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sex and power

“I CAME of age in the 60s and 70s, when all the rules about behaviour and workplaces were different,” said Harvey Weinstein in response to allegations of sexual harassment, by now dozens of them since the New Yorker and New York Times published the first this month. The film producer is an “old dinosaur learning new ways”, said a spokeswoman. Mr Weinstein is reported to be seeking treatment for “sex addiction”. A throwback who loves women too much, then; a sly old rogue who doubtless holds doors open for women, too? Nonsense. What Mr Weinstein is accused of was never acceptable. It has never been good form to greet a woman arriving for a business meeting while wearing nothing but an open bathrobe. His accusers say he made it clear that…