Selections From The Economist News

On edge

The army is battling a Taliban insurgency in the tribal areas of the Afghan border, in which hundred...

Beware the Trojan panda
The West’s military and government computers are attacked every millisecond. America’s State Departm...

The bear necessities

Hurricanes, volcanic eruptions and tornadoes have a savage beauty that takes the breath away, even a...

Almost there

Financial reform is coming to America. On May 20th, after more than three weeks of often rancorous d...

Terror in the sky

Eyewitnesses on the Northwest Airlines flight 253 between Amsterdam and Detroit on Christmas day spo...

Lessons for the G20

Even on an overcast day, the view from Jeffrey Romoff’s office is spectacular. Across the river are ...
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Saving the euro
Here we go again. Barely six months since Greece was bailed out, a familiar story is emerging. Inves...
Speak softly and carry a big chainsaw
Last week Asia, this week Europe: no wonder Barack Obama has been to so many foreign summits since h...
Tax from scratch
There’s never any convenient time for any of them,” wrote Margaret Mitchell in Gone With the Wind. T...
Living in lean times
Dan Akerson, the boss of General Motors, will be spending plenty of time on the road over the next f...
Cold comfort
After a summer of idling, America’s job-creation machine spluttered back into life in October. The e...
Go east, young men
Lancashire’s mills have been quiet for decades, but the general idea survives. Like their counterpar...
Power to the European market
Oil and gas are being drained from under the North Sea. But its time as Europe’s energy reservoir is...
China buys up the world
From Japanese firms’ wave of purchases in America in the 1980s and Vodafone’s takeover of Germany’s ...
Continental shift
The subtle gravitational influence of the moon is imperceptible to humans yet is able to move oceans...
Mutiny over the bounty
Investment banks have cut pay a bit but shareholders are still getting a raw deal
Down the slipway
Even before the Federal Reserve unveiled its second round of quantitative easing on November 3, crit...
War on new fronts
As Defence budgets come under fire, defence companies are deploying new tactics to protect their pro...
End of the silicon honeymoon
Passing through California on a mid-term campaign swing, Barack Obama made a point of stopping off t...
And now for the good news
Announcing the fiercest public-spending cuts in decades in the House of Commons on October 20th, Geo...
Level worship
Ever since Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, signalled in the summer that he stood ...
Grounded
Michael Porter, a management guru, warned businesses not to be “stuck in the middle.” Firms that use...
The indispensable economy?
The town of Alpha in Queensland, Australia, has only 400 residents, including one part-time ambulanc...
The treat of treaties
It was supposed to be a final act. The Lisbon treaty, successor to the ill-fated European Union cons...
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