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THE GLOBAL AGENDA


Will Berlusconi return?
May 8th 2001

The left's “Olive Tree” alliance has been one of the more successful governments in post-war Italian history. And yet most commentators believe that it will be defeated in Italy's general election on Sunday May 13th by the right's coalition led by Silvio Berlusconi, the country's richest man ... more

Iran: The struggle for progress May 8th 2001
Missile defence: Revolutionising arms control May 2nd 2001
At the movies: Farewell to celluloid May 7th 2001
Germany's economy: Gloomier prospects May 8th 2001 NEW
Asian currencies: Safety in numbers? May 7th 2001
The Middle East: Fighting talk May 4th 2001
Congo: Prospects for peace May 4th 2001
About Global Agenda

FROM THE WEB
Pope prays for peace amid the rubble
(Chicago Tribune) Tue 12:40 GMT

Cincinnati mother says indictment brings no peace
(CNN) Tue 12:33 GMT

Cincinnati protests calm after police officer charged
(Financial Times) Tue 12:03 GMT

Israel sounds the alarm
(BBC) Tue 10:47 GMT

Blair to trigger poll
(BBC) Tue 10:24 GMT

Painful Reforms Vowed by Koizumi
(International Herald Tribune) Tue 08:35 GMT

Baby's killing fuels hatred
(Guardian Unlimited) Tue 08:07 GMT

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OPINION

Experiment with drugs, Mr Bush
America’s drugs policies don’t work. Alas, the Bush administration seems to want more of the same

May 3rd 2001


Fit to run Italy?
As our investigations make plain, Silvio Berlusconi is not fit to lead the government of any country, let alone one of the richest democracies

Apr 26th 2001



WORLD

Prisoners on the streets
A small hitch with America's policy of imprisoning more people than any other country on the planet: they have to come out some time

May 3rd 2001


Economic struggles in Argentina
After a mauling in the financial markets, Argentina’s economy minister has run for cover, in the form of a dose of fiscal orthodoxy and the backing of the IMF

May 3rd 2001

Great expectations in Japan
Junichiro Koizumi arouses great expectations. Expect great disappointments

May 3rd 2001

Gerhard Schröder's vision for Europe
Germany's chancellor, Gerhard Schröder, has proposed far-reaching plans for further European integration. The European Union's other big countries are doubtful

May 3rd 2001


Tory splits over race
William Hague's attempt to discipline his Conservative Party has exposed flaws in his leadership, on the eve of a British general election

May 3rd 2001

Pope John Paul goes to Syria
Pope John Paul's visits to Syria and Greece are stirring controversy

May 3rd 2001


Happy hookahs
Globalisation and Egypt's rising pipe exports

May 3rd 2001


PEOPLE

Gerard Kleisterlee and Philips's pioneering spirit
Gerard Kleisterlee, new president of Royal Philips Electronics, wants to restore the Dutch group's pioneering spirit. His timing is terrible

May 3rd 2001


Frits Bolkestein, an almost sceptical EU commissioner
Is it possible to be both a Eurosceptic and a powerful member of the European Commission?

May 3rd 2001



BOOKS

Immanuel Kant
An outstanding new biography of one of the giants of Western philosophy

May 3rd 2001


A look at new Asian cinema
The success of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” has put Asian cinema back under the spotlight

May 3rd 2001



MARKETS


Indicator
Last
Change%
Dow Jones IA
10857.48
-0.71
NASDAQ
2184.26
0.49
Nikkei 225
14289.05
-1.65
Hang Seng
13540.81
-0.44
FTSE 100
5871.7
0.02
CAC 40
5514.44
0.29
DAX
6133.22
0.17
Brent Oil
$27.44/b
-1.01
US 30-yr TB
$95.719
0.02
at least 15 mins delayed

Economic forecasts
May 3rd 2001


Unfair trade tracked
May 3rd 2001



BUSINESS

3G mobile-phone woes
The introduction of third-generation mobile phones faces technical and financial difficulties. Should governments lend a helping hand?

May 3rd 2001


Up fast, down fast for EM.TV
The once high-flying German media company is drowning in red ink

May 3rd 2001



FINANCE

Virtual money v the real thing
It remains a challenge to connect futuristic payment methods to a 14th-century banking system

May 3rd 2001



The rise and the fall
A survey of global equity markets


A survey of global equity marketsThe fall in global equity markets has delivered a salutary shock to investors. But it should not stop the spread of an equity culture around the world, says John Peet ... more



SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Stooping to conquer bacteria
Understanding the biochemistry of bacteria will lead to more relaxed bacteria—and healthier humans

May 3rd 2001


Copying digital music
A public test of digital watermarks may have worrying consequences for the music industry

May 3rd 2001



DIVERSIONS


Infrequently Asked Questions

A total of $11m was paid for 31 pieces on display by Damien Hirst at the Gagosian Gallery in New York in September 2000. What was the title of the work that first made him a star?
"Monet's Lisa"
"I Want to Spend the Rest of my Life Everywhere, with Everyone, One to One, Always, Forever, Now"
"The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living"
"Bisected Jersey Cow in the Mood for Love"