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A European Union (EU) border sign on a road on Germany's border with Austria | Photo: Michaela Handrek-Rehle | Bloomberg

Europe to see additional 10% economic slump as lockdowns continue

In France, where the lockdown has been extended to 11 May, the govt said the economy will shrink 8% this year.
Representational image | Adeel Halim/Bloomberg News

Pakistan’s Hazaras to India’s Muslims – people are finding Covid-19 scapegoats

Since the Black Death plague in 14th century, when people went after Jews, beggars, and foreigners across Europe, every disease outbreak has been followed by racism and xenophobia.
Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel is in isolation to save herself. But pressure mounts on her to save Europe

History may judge Angela Merkel less on her custody of Europe’s powerhouse economy than on what she does to help its weakest members through Covid-19.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

How European powers are trying to save the dying Iran nuclear deal

A meeting between France, Germany and the UK concluded that Iran’s uranium cap breach was not significant enough to initiate the non-compliance clause.

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Artist concept of the solar system. | Photo: NASA

Millenials love discussing Mercury retrograde on Instagram, but scoff at jyotish predictions

If you’re a millennial and everything is going wrong at work, in love, and in life — it’s probably just Mercury retrograde, which began in June and ends mid-July.
Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator, Financial Times

India should spend more to revive demand, not worry about deficit: Economy expert Martin Wolf

Speaking at ThePrint's OffTheCuff, Chief Economics Commentator at The Financial Times Martin Wolf said India can afford to increase its debt-to-GDP ratio to 90%, but should avoid borrowing in foreign currency.

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A file photo of Pangong Lake in Ladakh | Visharad Saxena | Special arrangement

LAC row began April, 5,000 Chinese troops sent to Pangong in May, claims state broadcaster

Published by CGTN, the report is first Chinese acknowledgment about the number of troops mobilised in the Pangong Lake area amid tensions with India.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.