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The debate about the future of pensions policy in developed countries will reach a defining moment this week when Adair Turner, the British pensions commissioner, unveils his controversial final report about how to cope with the pressures of an ageing population.
The proposals will be closely watched around the world by policymakers seeking a new model to replace creaking retirement systems, while in the UK, even before it has been published, the report has caused ructions in the very government that appointed the pensions czar.
On Thursday afternoon, the day after he publishes his report, Mr Turner is making himself available to FT.com readers to answer questions in an exclusive live Q&A. To find out more, go to www.ft.com/turner.
In a further sign of the increased importance that decision-makers are placing on online coverage of their ideas, David Cameron and David Davis, the rival candidates for leadership of Britain’s Conservative Party, will appear in an exclusive live debate on FT.com on Monday. To submit your questions now, go to www.ft.com/torydebate.
It is expected to be a dramatic week in the US courts, as Conrad Black, the former media baron, gets a second chance on Wednesday to appear before a Chicago judge to answer fraud charges or face possible extradition from Canada. For a full briefing go to www.ft.com/hollinger.
The litigation battle over injury claims from withdrawn painkiller Vioxx also enters a critical new phase, as manufacturer Merck faces its first trial in US federal court on Tuesday in Houston. For the latest news got to www.ft.com/vioxx.
From a normally under-reported corner of the world, the FT’s Geoff Dyer writes an online journal about events on the ground in Harbin, China, where he was one of the first western correspondents on the scene to report on a chemical slick that threatens to cause a major environmental disaster and is testing Beijing’s new more open rules on media coverage. To read his interactive diary go to www.ft.com/harbin.
As share markets come alive with takeover bids and mergers, from this week the writers in the FT’s banking, stock market and merger and acquisitions teams are providing a regular cut-out-and-keep guide to M&A activity. To track the offers that are on the table, and find out which sectors and companies to watch, go to www.ft.com/m&a.
For more in depth guides to the week ahead you can read our regional agendas written by the FT’s international team:
- Latin American Agenda: Richard Lapper, Latin American editor, explains the major issues facing the region’s leaders.
- This Week in the UK: A quick guide to the key political and economic events in Britain.
- This Week in Washington: An at-a-glance summary of what is on the agenda for the White House and lawmakers.
On Friday, you can catch up on the week that was with our news reviews:
News review: All the most important corporate and general news stories and photographs.
Week in economics: Our expert review of the week’s major economic data.
Tech review: Our specialist guide to the tech world.