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Trump’s retreat from American greatness

If the US pulls back from its global role, other powers like China and Russia will fill the vacuum

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Neighbouring countries and extremist groups are forced to reset their strategies
– The Exchange: Ahmed Rashid
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., on Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. U.S. stocks fluctuated in February's final session, following a second weekly gain for the Standard & Poor's 500 Index, as China stepped up efforts to cushion the country's economic slowdown. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg ©Bloomberg
Why central bank officials are unlikely soon to stop markets talking up the possibility of a rate rise
– The Exchange: Mohamed El-Erian
What it tells you about the current state of the news media, and of media law, in England and Wales
– David Allen Green

Brexiters’ insouciance is right of rich

The Leave campaigners’ droll routine is all the worse for their pose as underdog yeomen

Austria’s race to the right

Vienna election result shows how the politics of fear can run out of control, says Heather Grabbe

Axa’s plan to quit tobacco is not so pure

Kicking the habit of investing in cigarette-makers is hard, writes Andrew Hill

The second renaissance will be digitised

There are several ironies in a French entrepreneur teaching Silicon Valley geeks how to code

Part of my girls will be forever China

Notebook: Lucy has not let me forget Xiao Hong’s dog diner. Sometimes I took authenticity too far

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Banks need customers to fight cyber crime

If you left £50 on your doorstep, would you expect a bank refund?

Investors wake up: Brazil is no quick fix

Brazil’s structural problems will take steam out of rally in assets

Clinton and the ghost of Nader

If Sanders chooses to stand as an independent, he risks splitting the centre-left vote

‘Why Vote Leave’, by Daniel Hannan

A Eurosceptic imparts some intellectual ballast to the EU debate

The IMF, Greece and calling Berlin’s bluff

Europe’s ‘extend and pretend’ stance comes at a price

The helicopter drop demands balance

Tight discipline would mean people will trust the system enough to spend, writes Adair Turner

Inequality and techno market monopolies

Companies cut costs rather than improve process so as to grab market share, writes Izabella Kaminska

Dublin struggles to influence Brexit vote

Not everyone is convinced that the Irish voice in the debate is loud enough to be heard

Piketty has last laugh on pay inequality

Economist is finding unexpected allies — stock market investors

Wake up to the secret life of trees

Plants can learn, remember and change their behaviour like autonomous beings, writes Richard Mabey

Turkish immigration

Is Turkey on course to join the EU and significantly increase migration to Britain?

Warren’s Uber attack raises her profile

Democrat’s liberal credentials would help consolidate support for the party, writes Barney Jopson

Germans unamused by Johnson’s Nazi jibe

His lobbing of insults is an ingratiating lunge at the punters, writes Constanze Stelzenmüller

Nicolás Maduro, Venezuelan lord of misrule

The isolated president sits tight as his country slides deeper into chaos, writes John Paul Rathbone

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