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New York Times (March 13)

2020/ 03/ 15 by jd in Global News

“China bought the West time. The West squandered it.” In the U.S. and Europe, the attitude has largely “been bizarrely reactive, if not outright passive… governments in those regions have let pass their best chance to contain the virus’s spread.” Why did “so many countries watch the epidemic unfold for weeks as though it was none of their concern?”

 

Bloomberg (March 7)

2020/ 03/ 08 by jd in Global News

“A second hit could be coming for China’s economy after its initial shock from the coronavirus…. While China has seen new cases of the virus slow,” growing cases in “the U.S. and Europe…could knock a half percentage point off of China’s gross domestic product for the year as demand for Chinese goods slows.”

 

Financial Times (March 2)

2020/ 03/ 04 by jd in Global News

“Europe as a whole, the UK included, should prepare for two foreseeable material economic shocks this year: a spread in the coronavirus and a WTO Brexit.” This may help create “the perfect storm for an economy dependent on exports and global supply chains.”

 

The Times (January 21)

2020/ 01/ 22 by jd in Global News

“While China and Japan are facing increasingly acute problems of ageing societies, it is actually Europe that is grappling with a looming ‘demographic bomb.’”

 

Economist (January 11)

2020/ 01/ 13 by jd in Global News

“The industries that will suffer most from new regulatory barriers to frictionless trade are those like aerospace, cars, chemicals, food and drink, and pharmaceuticals that rely on uninterrupted supply chains across Europe. They are concentrated in the midlands and north—exactly where Mr Johnson won his new Tory majority. If his weakness in the negotiations causes him to lose favour in those areas, his new domestic strength will be at risk.”

 

New York Times (December 21)

2019/ 12/ 23 by jd in Global News

The Twenty-Teens have “been fundamentally shaped by the technological creations of the young, in the form of social media and mobile apps; by the mass migrations of the young, from Africa and the Middle East to Europe and from Latin America to the U.S.; by the diseases of the (mostly) young, notably addiction and mental illness; and by the moral convictions of the young, from the #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements in the U.S. to mass demonstrations from Cairo to Hong Kong.”

 

The Economist (December 14)

2019/ 12/ 15 by jd in Global News

“Mandatory quotas for women on company boards” are gaining traction “after softer targets failed to move the needle much.” The Netherlands was the latest country to “join seven European countries (and California) in replacing the carrot of ‘please’ with the stick of ‘or else’ to increase gender diversity.”

 

Reuters (November 29)

2019/ 12/ 01 by jd in Global News

“European investors managing assets worth more than 1 trillion pounds ($1.28 trillion) are pressing top auditors to take urgent action on climate-related risks, warning that failure to do so could do more damage than the financial crisis.” The investors assert that the Big Four audit firms “are not giving enough weight to a potentially rapid transition towards a low-carbon future as governments implement the 2015 Paris Agreement to curb climate change.”

 

Chicago Tribune (November 8)

2019/ 11/ 09 by jd in Global News

“The Berlin Wall fell in a dramatic wave of hope, openness and U.S. support 30 years ago. Now everything is different.” Back then, “Europe had a United States willing and able to help guide its future, which it did in building a Europe whole, free and at peace. Now, Europe will have to decide its own future.” Will Europe “recommit to unity” or “allow divisions and disagreements to deepen.”

 

Reuters (October 30)

2019/ 11/ 01 by jd in Global News

“Climate change will put three times more people at risk of coastal flooding by 2050 than previously thought… with swathes of Asia and cities in North America and Europe all vulnerable to rising seas.” According to the latest study, “300 million people are now living on land that is likely to flood at least once a year on average by mid-century… even if governments manage to make sharp cuts in emissions.”

 

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