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Matteo Renzi’s split leaves Italian politics in turmoil again

Posted by hkarner - 19. September 2019

Date: 18-09-2019
Source: The Economist

The former prime minister pledges loyalty to the government—for now

THE SWEARING-IN this month of a government yoking the populist Five Star Movement to the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) was a big relief to investors in Italy’s volatile government debt and to others with a stake in the country’s political stability. Among other things, the new alignment promised to keep the Northern League, a Eurosceptic, nativist party led by Matteo Salvini, out of office until 2023 when the next general election is due.

But on September 17th Italian politics were once more cast into commotion. Matteo Renzi, prime minister for almost three years until December 2016, announced he was leaving the PD to form a separate parliamentary caucus. That appeared to be his first step towards the foundation of a new centrist party along the lines of La République En Marche in France and Ciudadanos in Spain.

Mr Renzi called the incumbent prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, to assure him his nascent group would continue to support the government. And it was soon apparent that a majority of Mr Renzi’s followers in parliament intended to stay in the PD. Until now, he has been able to count on the loyalty of more than half the party’s 111 deputies and 51 senators. Yet only about 20 in the lower house and ten in the upper were reportedly prepared to join him. Pollsters mused that, in an election, Italia Viva (the name of the new grouping) would scrape only 3-8% of the national vote. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Climate change could put insurance firms out of business

Posted by hkarner - 19. September 2019

Date: 18-09-2019
Source: The Economist

That would leave customers without cover, even as it is needed more than ever

The third in a series of articles on the impact of global warming on the world

THE PILOTS of the Port of London Authority are the cabbies of the Thames estuary. Based in Gravesend, 33km from the capital, they navigate some 10,000 ships into London terminals every year. Dispatched offshore on fast patrol boats, they use rope ladders to board ships as tall as buildings. Much like London’s black-cab drivers, who know its 25,000 streets by heart, they must recall every sandbank and wind farm at the mouth of the river.

They are essential cogs in supply lines relied on by 18m people in south-east England for everything from food to fuel. But sometimes the weather halts operations. When winds are too fierce, pilots cannot board ships. If delays accumulate, terminals get clogged. The fiercer storms that could soon come to British shores could paralyse trade for days. Such a chain reaction is an example of the costs that fossil-fuel emissions may bring. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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How to Win the Battle Over Data

Posted by hkarner - 19. September 2019

Date: 17-09-2019
Source: Foreign Affairs By Eric Rosenbach and Katherine Mansted

The United States Dithers While Authoritarians Seize the Day

In recent years, a number of authoritarian governments have begun taking data very seriously. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping believe that the twenty-first century belongs to nations that control communications platforms, suppress independent media, and dominate the development of data-driven technologies such as artificial intelligence. These regimes cordon off their domestic Internet space and shut off their citizens from global information flows, while undermining rival countries through disinformation campaigns and hacking. Authoritarian governments try to steal the intellectual property and databases of foreign organizations, but lock foreign firms out of their own data-rich sectors. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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