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A prime minister with no proven respect for institutions

Britons will elect a new parliament on Thursday, and I find it strange, that the public hardly seems to be aware of what is probably the greatest risk of Boris Johnson's Conservatives winning a majority in parliament: He seems to be the kind of prime minister you can only vote for once because he'll do whatever he can in his first term to change the rules in ways to entrench himself in power for decades to come.
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Central banks should pay attention to environmental hazards

As I argued in a blog post last week, the climate crisis is increasingly marking economies around the world. Least developed countries, such as Mozambique or Bangladesh, are probably most exposed, but California with its wildfires is increasingly becoming symbolic. Yes, I agree, people in poor countries deserve more attention for their suffering than they are getting, and global media have a tendency of paying too much attention to rich nations. What may be more important, however, is that central banks and other policymaking bodies must pay attention to growing environmental hazards.
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Narendra Modi is a Hindu supremacist, not a reformer

The London-based magazine The Economist still believes there are two different Narendra Modis, and hopes that India’s prime minister will finally live up to his reformer image, backing away from authoritarian Hindu supremacism. The depressing truth is that his track record already reveals who he really is: a divisive right-wing populist. The Economist is guilty of wishful thinking because it fails to consider properly the aggressive ideology that marks the political network that created Modi.
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Unser Korrespondent wurde tot aufgefunden

Wir trauern um unseren Kollegen Humphrey Nkonde. Wer regelmäßig unsere Heutzutage-Kolumne online liest, wird sich an ihn erinnern. Seine Berichte aus der sambischen Stadt Ndola vermittelten ein lebendiges Bild der alltäglichen Realität in der Region.
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Why it is so difficult to leave the EU

The current Brexit drama is a good reason to consider how the EU became what it is. Closer scrutiny shows that its history is more complex than generally believed. Accordingly, the British government is finding it more difficult to leave the EU than was anticipated in the Brexit referendum in 2016.
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Nobel prize's focus on poverty is welcome, but incomplete

It was announced yesterday that Esther Duflo, Abhijit Banerjee and Michael Kremer will win this year's economics Nobel Prize. The three scholars are brilliant intellectuals and have pioneered important research on poverty. Nonetheless, I am afraid that their work is actually less helpful than generally assumed. The elegance of their microeconomic research must not distract us from the fact that we need macro-level action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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Researchers' overwhelming evidence

A journalist's comment on the politics of the climate crisis stated yesterday on German public radio (Deutschlandfunk – DLF) that Greta Thunberg was painting an apocalyptic picture of the future. That was not entirely wrong, but not quite accurate either. The young Swedish activist is not painting that picture. Scientists are, and Thunberg merely has the habit of pointing that out.
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Self-declared "patriot" wants "globalist" help

Today's Financial Times includes a short item dealing with the United Nations General Assembly. The absurdity of what US President Trump said in that context is worth pointing out. It has worldwide repercussions, but is also peculiar in regard to his domestic problems.
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