The American presidential choice


Election campaigns are typically occasions when parties promise they will bring changes, all for the better—except the incumbent party, which claims that its...

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A place for reconciliation


Around the beautiful old city of Salzburg in Austria, "the hills are alive with the sound of music", at least according to Julie Andrews´ character in the...

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Corn laws, rice laws and the poor


For almost three years, talks have been going on to try to achieve a new phase of world trade liberalisation—the Doha Development Round, named after the...

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Koizumi faces divisions as traditional role changes

01.07.04 Publication:

Japan´s sun is rising again, after a decade of stagnation, with economic recovery now widely based and quite powerful, even if it is too soon to say...

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The meaning of a bigger Europe


It is too easy to be complacent about what has just happened in Europe. Ten countries, eight of them from central Europe and so formerly part of the Soviet...

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Optimism, pessimism and terrorism


There are two noticeable divides, these days, in world affairs. One is between those who are essentially optimistic about politics, war, terrorism and economic...

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Resign, Rumsfeld

01.05.04 Publication:

Resign, RumsfeldResponsibility for errors and indiscipline needs to be taken at the top Responsibility for errors and indiscipline...

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Better impressions of Japan


Bit by bit, step by step, month by month, the worlds opinion of Japan is changing. Such opinions always change even more slowly than the country does itself,...

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Comparing Britain and Japan


The question that everyone wants economists to answer, and which even economists would dearly like to be able to offer good answers to, is the question of why...

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The case for gay marriage

01.02.04 Publication:

Equal rights The case for gay marriageFeb 26th 2004 From The Economist print editionIt rests on equality, liberty and even...

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Japan´s English lessons

01.01.04 Publication:

North Korea´s nuclear threat is forcing Japan to choose between two strategic options: draw closer to the United States, or develop a more autonomous and...

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The rise and fall of the sun

01.09.03 Publication:

Is the vacuum of leadership that led Japan astray in the 1930s not also the country´s central political problem today, asks BILL EMMOTT The rise and fall of...

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Dear Mr Berlusconi…

01.07.03 Publication:

Dear Mr Berlusconi...Why we are sending an open letter to the Italian prime minister Why we are sending an open letter to the Italian...

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Capitalism and Democracy

01.06.03 Publication:

Radical birthday thoughts Our happy 160th anniversary is an unhappy time for capitalism, writes Bill Emmott, editor of The...

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Democratic revolution

01.06.03 Publication:

The past 20 years have seen the growth of a huge global middle class. So George Monbiot is wrong to say that poverty is increasing, and equally wrong in his...

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If Saddam steps out of line we must go straight to war

01.11.02 Publication:

There were three speakers on the panel - an American hawk, a European multilateralist and a Russian liberal MP - but it was the Russian who sprang the...

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America´s world role

01.06.02 Publication:

Present at the creation For the first time at least since 1989, but arguably since 1945, America has both the chance and the...

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Vote conservative

01.05.01 Publication:

Britain´s election Vote conservativeBut choose the ambiguous right-winger rather than the feeble one THE fact that the most...

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Time for a referendum on the monarchy

01.12.00 Publication:

"What, you a republican?!," exploded a Tory peer recently when the subject of the Economist´s anti-monarchical views came up; "but you are intelligent, you...

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The 20th Century

01.09.99 Publication:

On the yellow brick road What might the 21st century bring? Some clues can be found by looking at the ebb and flow of the 20th, writes...

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Rights For The Right

01.03.97 Publication:

Parliamentary sovereignty is not the solution to Britain´s European impasse. Bill Emmott, editor of The Economist, and David Manasian, argue that Thatcherites...

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