Global trade

Global trade

The liberal economic order which Britain and America did so much to bring together after the second world war is under attack everywhere. Nowhere is this truer than in the lack of support for free trade and free markets.  In the area of trade, we have seen a collapse of the global consensus since the…

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Evolution sometimes leads up blind alleys

Evolution sometimes leads up blind alleys

This picture is of an Edith’s checkerspot butterfly laying her eggs on some blue-eyed Mary, the plant usually eaten by its caterpillars. This week’s Nature, however, describes the fate of a population of the insect in Nevada that evolved to prefer ribwort plantain, a weed introduced from Europe that is common in American cattle pastures.…

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Walmart takes a second shot at the Indian market

Walmart takes a second shot at the Indian market

BUSINESS news does not repeat itself but it sometimes rhymes. In 2007 Walmart, America’s biggest grocer, crowed that it would crack the coveted Indian market by being the first global retailer to set up shop there, pipping envious rivals in the process. On May 9th it announced much the same thing: its time in India…

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Spain’s ETA Basque terrorists disband

Spain’s ETA Basque terrorists disband

LAGUN, a bookshop in San Sebastián, opened 50 years ago in March, just weeks before ETA, a Basque terrorist group, carried out its first killing, of a policeman. Lagun’s owners were socialists and were fined for closing their shop during a strike against General Franco, Spain’s dictator of 1939-1975. But it was ETA that made…

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A trade war will inevitably hurt America’s companies

A trade war will inevitably hurt America’s companies

OPEN markets have lowered prices and raised living standards for millions of people but a new tit-for-tat trade war now threatens that progress. After America said on March 8th it would impose 25% tariffs on imported steel, China retaliated with tariffs on dozens of American goods, from pork to wine. America’s president, Donald Trump, and…

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The parties’ preferred primary candidates prevail

The parties’ preferred primary candidates prevail

MARY TAYLOR has been John Kasich’s lieutenant-governor since he was elected governor of Ohio in 2010. She backed all of his policies loyally, including the expansion of Medicaid and health insurance for the poor, and did not criticise Mr Kasich’s “Never Trump” campaign during his presidential candidacy. Yet when she campaigned to be the GOP…

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City parks belong to everyone. Right?

City parks belong to everyone. Right?

IT IS springtime in New York, and spring happens mostly in the parks. There are cherry blossoms, suddenly, and purple tulips. Cooped-up kids are back on their bikes. There’s the haze of barbecue smoke and the smell of mulch and the sounds of birdsong and drums. It happened overnight, and it will pass just as…

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