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The Economist Continental Europe Edition The Economist Continental Europe Edition

The Economist Continental Europe Edition

February 16, 2019

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 Thailand stepped back from the brink of a constitutional crisis when the Election Commission rejected the candidacy of Princess Ubolratana Mahidol for prime minister in next month’s election. The princess had been nominated by a party tied to Thaksin Shinawatra, a populist prime minister who was ousted by the army in 2006 amid clashes between his “red shirt” supporters and “yellow shirt” backers of the elites. Maria Ressa, a journalist in the Philippines and forceful critic of Rodrigo Duterte, the president, was arrested under the country’s “cyber-libel” law over an article that was published on Rappler, the online news site she manages, before the law in question was passed. South Korea agreed to increase how much it pays to keep American troops in the country,…

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a bold new step

Tender leaves sprouting from cotton seeds in a container aboard the Chang’e-4 probe to the far side of the Moon add vitality to the otherwise desolate celestial body.“These are the first biological experiments on the Moon. Scientists have done biological experiments on space stations and other spacecraft before, but never on the Moon,” said Xie Gengxin, chief designer of Chang’e-4’s biological experiment payload and Dean of the Institute of Advanced Technology at Chongqing University.The tests are of great significance for future research and the establishment of a lunar base for human beings, Xie said at a press conference in southwest China’s Chongqing on January 15.Fruit fly pupae, yeast, potato seeds, Arabidopsis and rape-seeds were also carried to the Moon to create a mini lunar biosphere, according to Xie. The…

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millennial socialism

AFTER THE collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the 20th century’s ideological contest seemed over. Capitalism had won and socialism became a byword for economic failure and political oppression. It limped on in fringe meetings, failing states and the turgid liturgy of the Chinese Communist Party. Today, 30 years on, socialism is back in fashion. In America Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a newly elected congresswoman who calls herself a democratic socialist, has become a sensation even as the growing field of Democratic presidential candidates for 2020 veers left. In Britain Jeremy Corbyn, the hardline leader of the Labour Party, could yet win the keys to 10 Downing Street.Socialism is storming back because it has formed an incisive critique of what has gone wrong in Western societies. Whereas politicians on the…

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putin’s pipeline

WHEN A MEGAPROJECT makes no commercial sense, there are two possibilities. Either its sponsors are fools, or they have other motives. Since Vladimir Putin is no fool, one must assume that his pet pipeline is not really a business venture—and that the fools are the Europeans, in particular the Germans.This week, after sustained German pressure, the European Union agreed how its energy rules should apply to Nord Stream 2, an $11bn, 1,200km (750 mile) gas pipeline. As a result it is all but certain that the project will go ahead, though perhaps with delays (see Europe section). It runs from Vyborg in western Russia through the Baltic Sea to Greifswald in north-eastern Germany. Work on it began last year, and it could be finished by the end of this…

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light-bulb moment

ESKOM, SOUTH AFRICA’S state-owned electricity monopoly, is in crisis. So said Cyril Ramaphosa, the country’s president, in his annual “state of the nation” speech on February 7th. He was not exaggerating. Four days later cities were plunged into darkness as South Africa endured its biggest blackout ever. Some 40% of its total capacity was switched off, forcing mines and factories to close and all but the wealthiest to reach for candles. It was an undignified end to Mr Ramaphosa’s first year in office (see Middle East & Africa section).South Africans had grown used to power cuts under his predecessor, Jacob Zuma, whose cronies looted and mismanaged nearly everything the state controls. Mr Zuma hollowed out institutions, appointed crooks and liars to senior jobs and ensured that the watchdogs who…

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don’t put work requirements on medicaid

ONE THURSDAY in January 2018, while cable-news shows were scandalised by the latest leak from the White House, the Trump administration made a change to America’s safety-net. The new rule lets states experiment with forcing recipients of Medicaid to work, volunteer or study in exchange for their government-funded health insurance (see United States section). It attracted little attention at the time. Yet because about 75m poor Americans rely on Medicaid for their health care, this decision has the potential to affect an awful lot of people.So far, only one state—Arkansas—has imposed extensive work requirements on Medicaid. Fourteen other states have applied to follow its example. They should look at what has happened in Arkansas and think again.The theory behind tying cash benefits to work requirements is sound. Asking people…

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