Jan 5th 2019

The world this week

The Trump show, Season Two

James Mattis spent his last day in office as America’s defence secretary. Mr Mattis decided to step down after Donald Trump unilaterally announced the withdrawal of American troops from Syria. (Mr Trump also said he would downsize America’s deployment to Afghanistan, but he appears to have changed his mind.) Mr Mattis had wanted to stay until …

The Trump Show, season two What to expect from the second half of Donald Trump’s first term

The Trump Show, season two What to expect from the second half of Donald Trump’s first term

Thus far the president has been lucky. It may not last DONALD TRUMP’S nerve-jangling presidential term began its second half with a federal-government shut down, seesawing markets and the ejection of reassuring cabinet members like Generals John Kelly and James Mattis. As Mr Trump’s opponents called this a disaster, his supporters lambasted their criticism as hysterical—wasn’t …

EUR not safe yet The euro still needs fixing

EUR not safe yet The euro still needs fixing

How to make the single currency’s next 20 years better than the first 20 THE BIRTH of the euro on January 1st 1999 was at once unifying and divisive. It united Europe’s leaders, who hailed a new era of tighter integration, easier trade and faster growth, thinking they were building a currency to rival the dollar. …

Grad inflation The rise in American high-school graduation rates looks puffed-up

Grad inflation The rise in American high-school graduation rates looks puffed-up

Online credit-recovery classes have been implicated in many school scandals THE PUBLIC high schools in Washington, DC, were once looked on with wonder. Overcoming deep-seated poverty (three in four pupils are classified as poor) and racial segregation, the district dramatically increased its graduation rate. In 2012 only 56% of high-school students graduated. By 2017 that rate had …