May 23rd 2019

Politics this week

Politics this week

Early results from India’s election, which was carried out in seven stages from mid-April, showed that the Bharatiya Janata Party led by Narendra Modi would remain in power. During the campaign, Mr Modi had stressed Hindu nationalism more than economic development. Pollsters swooned after Australia’s centre-right Liberal Party narrowly won another term in office at a general …

Business this week

Business this week

America’s Commerce Department issued three-month licences to allow American firms to keep doing limited business with Huawei, which has been placed on a security blacklist by the Trump administration. The ripples of the ban are spreading. Google is suspending the provision of Android software and technical services to Huawei, which runs its mobile phones on the …

Circuit breaker Big tech and the trade war

Circuit breaker Big tech and the trade war

As the fight spreads, it is becoming a danger to investors, consumers and American interests WHEN TRADE talks between America and China fell apart on May 10th, the effect on financial markets was muted. Most firms and investors are betting on a long struggle between the superpowers but not a sudden crisis or a financial panic. …

Working it Across the rich world, an extraordinary jobs boom is under way

Working it Across the rich world, an extraordinary jobs boom is under way

Many popular perceptions about the modern labour market are wrong THE SECOND volume of “My Struggle”, Karl Ove Knausgaard’s enormous, maddening, brilliant autobiographical novels, contains some depressing life advice. “If I have learned one thing,” he sighs, “it is the following: don’t believe you are anybody. Don’t bloody believe you are somebody…Do not believe that you’re …