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The Economist Essentials: Public Debt | The Economist

15 days ago

The covid-19 pandemic is set to increase public debt to levels last seen after the second world war. But is rising public debt a cause for concern? New economic thinking suggests perhaps not, at least for now.Further reading:Find The Economist’s most recent coverage of covid-19 here: https://econ.st/31E02VY Sign up to The Economist’s daily newsletter to keep up to date with our latest covid-19 coverage: https://econ.st/3ghRh7W Why economics sometimes changes its mind: https://econ.st/3hXRP41 Read more about the debt after covid-19: https://econ.st/2DtpX92 Why governments must beware the lure of free money: https://econ.st/2GufJXf Read about the Fed’s biggest inflation-policy change in decades: https://econ.st/31VyJG0 Why covid-19 could eventually lead to

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China v America: why universities are on the front line | The Economist

19 days ago

The covid-19 pandemic could cause a massive drop in the number of Chinese students travelling abroad. That would be disastrous for many Western universities—but for the Chinese government, it is a geopolitical opportunity. Read more here: https://econ.st/3557PxzFurther reading:Find The Economist’s most recent coverage of covid-19: https://econ.st/2CQRUr2 Sign up to The Economist’s daily newsletter to keep up to date with our latest covid-19 coverage: https://econ.st/3l79OHi Read about China’s college-entrance exam scandal: https://econ.st/3hNdUT3 Only five blind people sat China’s university entrance exam this year: https://econ.st/3gGvsPm Why Australian universities were accused of trading free speech for cash: https://econ.st/3gDAUlQ How China is killing

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Covid-19: When will a vaccine be ready? | The Economist

August 14, 2020

Around $10bn is being spent on finding a vaccine for coronavirus—it’s not nearly enough. And even when a covid-19 vaccine is found how should it be distributed fairly? Our experts answer your questions.00:50 – Will there ever be a “silver-bullet” vaccine?
01:41 – How long would it take for the whole world to be vaccinated?
02:25 – Who benefits financially from the vaccine?
03:54 – How much will each vaccine cost?
05:10 – What percentage of Americans do you estimate will choose not to get vaccinated, and how much of an issue will this be?
06:44 – In an ideal world, how should a vaccine be optimally distributed?
07:21 – Will new versions of the vaccine be required periodically?
07:54 – Will developing countries receive equal access to the vaccine, or will

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Election 2020: what a Biden victory could mean for America | The Economist

August 7, 2020

Joe Biden currently stands a good chance of winning the presidency. He is a lifelong centrist, but could turn out to be the most ambitious Democratic president in generations. Read more here: https://econ.st/31Ammy6Find The Economist’s most recent coverage of the 2020 US election here: https://econ.st/3a2ptCN Sign up to “Checks and Balance”, our weekly newsletter on American politics: https://econ.st/3grrESz Listen to the “Checks and Balance” podcast here: https://econ.st/2Pm1IvU Read about Biden’s campaign during the pandemic: https://econ.st/30nZfr5 Daily chart: many Americans are ready to question the result of the presidential election: https://econ.st/3gpZjMm How the postal service has become vital to America’s elections: https://econ.st/3a5fV9T Would

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Olympic champion Edwin Moses on covid-19, race and trans athletes | The Economist Podcasts

July 31, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has derailed the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, but that’s not the only problem facing world sport. The Economist Asks podcast spoke to Edwin Moses, former hurdling gold medalist, about doping, race relations and the inclusion of transgender athletes in the Olympics.Further reading:Listen to the full podcast with Edwin Moses here: https://econ.st/2P8SrHp Find The Economist’s most recent coverage of covid-19 here: https://econ.st/33cGoRH Sign up to The Economist’s daily newsletter to keep up to date with our latest covid-19 coverage: https://econ.st/3f7N6ul Read more about covid-19’s impact on sport: https://econ.st/2P8Qcno Can sport survive the covid-19 pandemic without spectators? https://econ.st/3fckksK Why the Olympics should include

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Stockmarket v economy: the impact of covid-19 | The Economist

July 24, 2020

American stockmarkets have enjoyed a record-breaking streak, even though the country’s economy faces the deepest recession in living memory. Why is stockmarket performance so seemingly cut off from current events, and what does this tell us about how the economy works? Read more here: https://econ.st/2OUT5rHFurther reading:Find The Economist’s most recent coverage of covid-19 here: https://econ.st/31E02VY Sign up to The Economist’s daily newsletter to keep up to date with our latest covid-19 coverage: https://econ.st/3ghRh7W Read our leader on America’s economy and its banks: https://econ.st/32KiZH2 What Wall Street’s results tell you about America’s economy: https://econ.st/32I1SFC Americans need more guidance from the Fed: https://econ.st/3eS6DyX Read

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China v America: who is in charge? | The Economist

July 17, 2020

Global leadership has been missing during the covid-19 pandemic. While President Trump has been pulling America out of global organisations like the WHO, China is seeking to increase its international influence, creating a shift in the world order. Read more here: https://econ.st/3eD5c7nRead our special report about the United Nations here: https://econ.st/31WYjuI Listen to the full podcast with Antonio Guterres here: https://econ.st/3e72WVz Graphic detail: the world order is at risk of collapse: https://econ.st/2ChJLLo Read our leader on whether China is winning geopolitically as a result of the covid-19 pandemic: https://econ.st/2ZNg4dx Watch our film about China’s oppression of Uighurs: https://econ.st/2CjG1ta Listen to our podcast about the plight of

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Covid-19: why travel will never be the same | The Economist

July 10, 2020

Covid-19 has devastated global travel and—as the industry recovers from the effects of the pandemic—tourism will be increasingly localised and complicated. This won’t just affect foreign holidays; it could disrupt the workings of the globalised world. Read more here: https://econ.st/3gJ0O8fFurther reading:Find The Economist’s most recent coverage of covid-19 here: https://econ.st/2VVNiWW Sign up to The Economist’s daily newsletter to keep up to date with our latest covid-19 coverage: https://econ.st/38B5Q3Q Read our article on what awaits tourists as lockdowns are lifted: https://econ.st/3iEdHCf The World If: aviation doesn’t recover from covid-19: https://econ.st/3iD6Dpx Read our leader on how people will have to adapt to the covid-19 pandemic long term:

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Covid-19: what will happen to the global economy? | The Economist

July 3, 2020

The covid-19 pandemic has caused economic chaos and uncertainty. Zanny Minton Beddoes, our editor-in-chief, and Edward Carr, our deputy editor, answer your questions about the global economyFurther reading:Find The Economist’s most recent coverage of covid-19 here: https://econ.st/31E02VY Sign up to The Economist’s daily newsletter to keep up to date with our latest covid-19 coverage: https://econ.st/3ghRh7W Read our briefing on the damage covid-19 has done to world trade: https://econ.st/3gmUtPQ Article: How resilient are the banks? https://econ.st/3eVKmBb Our leader on why most investors and some firms are upbeat about the world economy: https://econ.st/2ZtvSC2 Daily Chart: America’s stockmarket just had its best quarter in 20 years:

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How to fix the United Nations | The Economist Podcasts

June 26, 2020

As the United Nations turns 75 years old, the world order it established has never been under greater strain. On “The Economist Asks” podcast, Antonio Guterres, the UN secretary-general, explains how—and why—international cooperation needs to be fixed.00:31 – Mr Guterres, the UN turns 75 at a moment of multiple crises and new challenges. You’ve said yourself that these are “dark days”. How would you define the biggest challenges?
01:51 – If we take your first point that they look at the relationship between three major powers is dysfunctional. This is hardly new for the United Nations. What makes this different from… if you take the broad sweep of 75 years of the United Nations. How has this changed?
02:57 – How much more difficult is it made by the fact

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Covid-19: is working from home really the new normal? | The Economist

June 25, 2020

The covid-19 pandemic has accelerated a shift towards remote working. This could affect not just people’s working lives, but the shape of cities, gender equality and even how we measure time. Read more here: https://econ.st/3fXZVZ7Further reading:Find The Economist’s most recent coverage of covid-19 here: https://econ.st/2Z4kI6C Sign up to The Economist’s daily newsletter to keep up to date with our latest covid-19 coverage: https://econ.st/382dtAd Read about an early analysis of furlough schemes here: https://econ.st/2YVcUUs Covid-19 is changing business in some potentially beneficial ways: https://econ.st/2V9pjTF How the pandemic has widened generational divides in the labour market: https://econ.st/3fHNgsY Read our briefing on the resilience of

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Covid-19: what you need to know about the second wave | The Economist

June 24, 2020

The world now faces the threat of a second wave of coronavirus outbreaks. Zanny Minton Beddoes, The Economist’s editor-in-chief, and Slavea Chankova, our health-care correspondent, answer your questions.Further reading:Find The Economist’s most recent coverage of covid-19 here: https://econ.st/2YU5Mrq Sign up to The Economist’s daily newsletter to keep up to date with our latest covid-19 coverage: https://econ.st/2V7o1sq The Economist explains: the science behind social distancing: https://econ.st/3fPBzAP Read about the steroid that has been found to reduce covid-19 deaths: https://econ.st/3hPw3Qq Read our article about tourism after lockdown: https://econ.st/2CyceNv Why covid-19 raises the risk of violent conflict: https://econ.st/2V7Mo9l The impact of

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The carbon cycle is key to understanding climate change | The Economist

June 19, 2020

Until a few hundred years ago there was a perfect balance of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere. Human activity has disrupted that balance. What can be done to restore it?Find our school briefings series here, including our recent climate explainers: https://econ.st/2BQkGqU Sign up to receive The Economist’s fortnightly newsletter to keep up to date with our latest coverage on climate change: https://econ.st/2APVAIj Find The Economist’s most recent climate-change coverage here: https://econ.st/3hbvD6B Read our briefing on why carbon offsetting is essential to tackling climate change: https://econ.st/3dIX7ye Read our article about new advances in solar energy: https://econ.st/37m19Kv Covid-19 presents an opportunity for countries to flatten the climate

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How to fix America’s police | The Economist

June 13, 2020

George Floyd’s killing has reignited #BlackLivesMatter and sparked calls for America to defund its police forces, with some arguing that this is the only way to overcome systemic racism. But defunding is not the only option. Read more here: https://econ.st/3cTUit7Read our obituary for George Floyd here: https://econ.st/3dTWeTK The killing of George Floyd has sparked protests around the world: https://econ.st/3dWSh0n How history is repeated in the protests at the death of George Floyd in America: https://econ.st/3dVkbK9 Read more about the racial inequalities behind America’s protests: https://econ.st/2zuSkBM Listen to “Checks and Balance”, our weekly podcast on American politics. The latest episode covers racism and police brutality: https://econ.st/2XZlAtX

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$1bn to save the ocean | The Economist

June 8, 2020

We asked Sir David Attenborough and four other leading thinkers on ocean conservation how they would invest $1bn to protect the ocean. Some of their answers may surprise you. https://www.woi.economist.com/
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$1bn to save the ocean | The Economist

June 8, 2020

We asked Sir David Attenborough and four other leading thinkers on ocean conservation how they would invest $1bn to protect the ocean. Some of their answers may surprise you. Film supported by @Blancpain https://www.woi.economist.com/Click here to subscribe to The Economist on YouTube: https://econ.st/2xvTKdy For more from Economist Films visit: http://films.economist.com/
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Covid-19: what’s really going on in Russia? | The Economist

June 5, 2020

Vladimir Putin claims Russia has covid-19 “under total control”, but whistleblowers say the official figures are fabricated. As well as leading to many more deaths, this could dent Mr Putin’s popularity for years to come. Read more here: https://econ.st/2z4BJV0
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Further reading:
Find The Economist’s most recent coverage of covid-19 here: https://econ.st/2QXX9sJ
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Read our leader on Putin’s term extension: https://econ.st/2z0jz6O
Read our article on Russia’s economy during covid-19: https://econ.st/3gUVJuw
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Covid-19: what’s really going on in Russia? | The Economist

June 5, 2020

Vladimir Putin claims Russia has covid-19 “under total control”, but whistleblowers say the official figures are fabricated. As well as leading to many more deaths, this could dent Mr Putin’s popularity for years to come. Read more here: https://econ.st/2z4BJV0Click here to subscribe to The Economist on YouTube: https://econ.st/2xvTKdy Further reading:Find The Economist’s most recent coverage of covid-19 here: https://econ.st/2QXX9sJ Sign up to The Economist’s daily newsletter to keep up to date with our latest covid-19 coverage: https://econ.trib.al/YD53WI6 Read our leader on Putin’s term extension: https://econ.st/2z0jz6O Read our article on Russia’s economy during covid-19: https://econ.st/3gUVJuw
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