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December 7th 2022
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What is the plan?
China is loosening its covid restrictions, at great risk
The government has not done enough to prepare
China is dismantling its zero-covid machine
How a health crisis became a political one
China’s failing covid strategy leaves Xi Jinping with no good options
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The monetary marathon
Inflation is falling—but not enough
Central bankers have a long way to go before they hit their targets
A playbook from the 1980s for dealing with inflation
The unhappy prince
German police arrest two dozen alleged conspirators in a hare-brained plot to restore a king
Investigators say a coup d’état was being planned
Germany’s ruling coalition has weathered, and even emerged stronger from, a turbulent first year
The elephant not in the room
Two Trump Organisation companies are found guilty of tax fraud
Donald Trump himself was not on trial, but is thought also to be under investigation
The Economist explains
How the independent-state-legislature theory could transform American elections
The Supreme Court considers a case that could give state legislatures nearly unchecked authority to set election laws
Arabs looking east
The Gulf looks to China
A summit in Saudi Arabia will be about energy and money—and sending a message to America
Has private equity avoided the asset-price crash?
No, but everyone is enjoying the charade
These are the most expensive cities in North America
Spare a thought for New Yorkers
A crypto-exchange founder makes his case for decentralised finance
Hayden Adams argues for its potential in light of FTX’s implosion
A find by student in Ireland plugs a gap in the history of lager
But the trail still leads back to Patagonia
What happens when China reopens?
Our podcast on markets, the economy and business. This week, the economic impact of China’s zero-covid policies has been felt around the world. What happens when they are lifted?
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