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Germany’s coming silver age

Germany’s coming silver age

Record levels of migration to Germany over the last two years have called into question the country’s demographic projections. But Germany’s rapid shift to a more favourable profile is not a reason to postpone politically painful policy decisions about retirement and pensions.

Trump’s dangerous blank cheque

Trump’s dangerous blank cheque

The US Department of Defence’s decision to drop an 11-tonne Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb over a remote Islamic State (IS) redoubt in Afghanistan does not reflect a coherent counterterrorism policy.

Germany’s poor hold key to polls as inequality grows

Germany’s poor hold key to polls as inequality grows

For all its economic success, Germany has a growing problem with inequality and poverty, and yet Chancellor Angela Merkel seems to be deflecting the blame so far as the battlelines are drawn for elections in September.

French politics: Who is Marine Le Pen?

French politics: Who is Marine Le Pen?

Marine Le Pen has outshone her father, convincing 21.3% of French voters to choose her to succeed Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace

Sharapova will divide opinion but fans will celebrate

Sharapova will divide opinion but fans will celebrate

Maria Sharapova made a victorious return from a 15-month doping ban yesterday with tournament promoters drooling over profit margins and rivals condemning the smooth road prepared for the Russian superstar’s rehabilitation.

Water scarcity grips Gaza

Water scarcity grips Gaza

Drinkable water has become an issue in the Gaza Strip. After the economical siege, the continuous military threats from the Israeli occupation forces and with no power supply, the people of Gaza are living in tough conditions;

Cities pose big vaccination challenges: Unicef

Cities pose big vaccination challenges: Unicef

Rapid urban growth poses a big challenge for efforts to vaccinate the world’s poorest children and increases the risk of rapidly spreading disease outbreaks, the head of immunisation at the UN children’s agency said.

Can playground design help reduce bullying?

Can playground design help reduce bullying?

Playgrounds designed with risk-taking in mind may mean more pushing and shoving during recess, but they also might make kids less likely to feel bullied, a small experiment in New Zealand suggests.

Liberalism in the trenches

Liberalism in the trenches

After a dizzying few months, in which Donald Trump’s young presidency called into question the entire post-World War II global order, the geopolitical status quo appears to have reemerged. But this is no time for complacency: the liberal world order remains far from secure.

Hot flashes-cardiovascular disease puzzle

Hot flashes-cardiovascular disease puzzle

Women who start having hot flashes in their 40s and early 50s had signs of poorer blood vessel health in a recent study and may be at a higher risk of cardiovascular disease later on, researchers say.

A practical agenda for revolutionary times

A practical agenda for revolutionary times

As the world’s financial leaders gather for the International Monetary Fund and World Bank spring meetings, many working people around the world are demanding radical change, because they sense that their voices are not being heard.

View from Asia: Trump’s first 100 days

View from Asia: Trump’s first 100 days

As US President Donald Trump prepares to mark his first 100 days in office on Saturday, his foreign policy in Asia — especially China, North Korea and Japan — has assumed a central role in his young administration.

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