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Having made billions available to households, companies and governments to borrow during the pandemic, the brakes are now being applied
As Angela Merkel exits, Germany’s model of two dominant big-tent parties is becoming more fragmented
Valued at $41bn in 2020, the spectacular unravelling of the property group exposes deep flaws in Beijing’s growth strategy
The availability of gene-editing tools such as Crispr has led to an explosion of unchecked DIY experiments in self-built labs
Caught between Washington and Beijing, Middle East states struggle to balance relations
Hundreds of community leaders have been assassinated amid fighting involving dissident guerrillas, rightwing paramilitaries and other groups
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If, as expected, the party forms part of any coalition government, it will demand companies set net-zero targets
The plan to hold the World Cup every two years is part of a struggle over whether the big clubs or national teams will be pre-eminent
More money for the NHS and social care is popular with voters but risks alienating some Tory MPs
Larry Silverstein, who owned the Twin Towers, has become the unexpected embodiment of a city’s resolve. But can it rebound again?
The violent repercussions of the collapse of security in the north African state a decade ago stretch across the Sahel
By controlling a huge volume of data, Beijing is conducting a grand experiment in 21st century authoritarian governance
The Chinese leader is extending the party’s dominance over civil society. The flurry of activity has many of the hallmarks of a new political era
Sometimes dismissed as a fad in advanced economies, crypto holds more appeal in countries with a history of financial instability
The chaotic departure from Afghanistan signals a desire for a more restrained exercise of military power
Food exports bring in welcome dollars to the sanctions-hit economy but could also extend Moscow’s global reach
Pandemic has left thousands of small businesses struggling to pay debts, threatening an economic success story
A task force launched by Mark Carney is seeking to bring order to a market criticised for its quality and lack of regulation
Polling suggests that the ruling party could lose power in September’s election to an SPD-led coalition
Local lenders played an outsized role in dispensing loans to small businesses but must continue to adapt as banking moves online
The humanitarian effort is becoming more fraught as western forces prepare to leave Kabul airport in the hands of the Taliban