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The blunders over Boston’s Anderson Memorial Bridge illuminate US sclerosis — a gaggle of regulators and veto players each with parochial concerns
– Larry Summers
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Neighbouring countries and extremist groups are forced to reset their strategies
– The Exchange: Ahmed Rashid
Why central bank officials are unlikely soon to stop markets talking up the possibility of a rate rise
– The Exchange: Mohamed El-Erian

‘The New Russia’ by Mikhail Gorbachev

A Russian prophet without honour

Venezuelan leader faces a chaotic exit

The drama of Maduro’s presidency is set to end in tragedy, writes Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez

The real threat to EU lies in the Aegean

In its negotiations with Turkey over the refugee crisis Europe has lost the moral high ground

Flattery is a sincere form of irritation

Copying is rife in pop and politics but it is unusual for them to cross over, says Ludovic Hunter-Tilney

The story that flags up the differences

A Leave vote would recognise the UK has always diverged from its neighbours, writes David Abulafia

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Brazil needs deep reforms as fear bites

Political changes required to try remove the carrots that incentivise corruption

How to ease the strain on UK pensions

The Tata case poses a question that has an unlikely but obvious answer

Peter Thiel vs. Gawker

FT Debate: was the billionaire right to back Hulk Hogan’s action against the media website?

 Shari Redstone, Viacom heir apparent

The daughter of the media group chief faces a fight to take control of his empire, Matthew Garrahan

Obama allays concern about Hiroshima trip

The Japanese will remember the US president’s gesture, writes Hisao Tonedachi

A tweet reveals the merits of restraint

The European Commission chief-of-staff’s ‘horror scenario’ of populists, writes Gideon Rachman

Greece’s debt deal is not a game-changer

The country is mired in a depression, losing a quarter of GDP since 2007, writes Yannis Palaiologos

Sanders’ purism could cost the Democrats

Some supporters welcome a Trump win on the logic of ‘the worse, the better’, writes Jacob Weisberg

Today’s society still seeks the spiritual

Globally, atheism is down and Christianity and Islam are up, writes Elizabeth Oldfield

Marco Pannella, radical leader, 1930-2016

Crusader who secured civil liberties for a secular Italy

Put tired James Bond out of his misery

Notebook: Why such overhyped kitsch should not speak for a culture as creative as ours

M&S’s buyback smacks of poor judgment

Burberry has joined retailer in similar move as trading stays tough

Trump tax affairs part of bigger concern

Real estate is producing profits, much of which are escaping the tax net

A Brexit myth of Brussels (mis)rule

Good or bad, imaginative or dull, the important decisions have been taken at home

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