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Breakingviews - Viewsroom: Over beers from Davos

At the end of the World Economic Forum, Breakingviews’ three delegates reflected on the highs and lows of the annual gathering of world leaders, corporate executives and do-gooders. Overall, they conclude that Greta outdid Trump, and sustainability is now a boardroom fixture.

Breakingviews - New China virus is bigger threat for world economy

A new virus is putting China’s rise into sharp perspective. Economic growth rebounded quickly after the 2003 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) which originated in the People’s Republic and killed nearly 800 people. Stronger preventative measures this time are offset by a potentially more contagious coronavirus that has already infected at least 2,835 and killed 81. What’s more, the world’s second-largest economy, already weak, now accounts for

Breakingviews - The world’s most important person who missed Davos

World leaders, chieftains of giant companies, the wealthiest investors and good people running organisations to save humanity from its excesses attended the World Economic Forum last week. But the most important person was absent from the summit: The Democrat who will challenge Donald Trump for the American presidency in November.

Breakingviews - Review: Trapped inside Big Tech’s “Uncanny Valley”

At least Alice got to leave Wonderland. Anna Wiener isn’t so lucky. In her memoir “Uncanny Valley,” she describes falling down a rabbit hole into Silicon Valley’s strange world of six-figure salaries, unbridled optimism and ersatz meritocracy. She attacks the technology industry’s godlike power to monitor and control consumers of its wares. But along the way Wiener remains stuck in one tech trap: treating most Bay Area denizens as a collection of consumer habit

Breakingviews - UK belatedly bares antitrust teeth over tech M&A

Critics will say that Britain’s antitrust boss Andrew Tyrie is tilting at windmills. The former Conservative politician, who now chairs the Competition and Markets Authority, is having a pop at food-delivery M&A, even though the deals in question bear none of the typical warning signs of monopolistic behaviour. Yet diligence is no bad thing, and makes a welcome change from the CMA’s past naivety. 

Breakingviews - Hadas: Davos-economics faces political puzzles

The core of Davos-economics is pretty simple. Most of the powerful people hanging around at the World Economic Forum’s Swiss confab this week would agree that some mix of feisty private sectors, competent but limited governments and ample international trade are crucial ingredients for durable and increasing prosperity. The politics these days are challenging that simple consensus. Consider three important global puzzles – China, the United Kingdom and Ethiopia.

Breakingviews - Wuhan virus will shape China’s smart city vision

An epidemic will shape China's vision of intelligent cities. The metropolis of Wuhan, with a population of 11 million, is under unprecedented quarantine as a deadly virus, believed to have originated there, spreads around the world ahead of the Lunar New Year when hundreds of millions of Chinese travel. Big investments in healthcare, artificial intelligence, and even surveillance could help curb future pandemics and cushion some institutional weaknesses.  

Breakingviews - Podcast deals put new spin on sorry old tale

Most podcasts are basically blogs with microphones. So media companies looking to invest in the relatively new medium – such as audio streaming company Spotify Technology – should consider the rocky history of blogging titans like Nick Denton and Arianna Huffington. Even blogging’s success stories have struggled to live up to expectations.

Breakingviews - Viewsroom: China’s latest viral threat

The outbreak of a contagious disease before the Lunar New Year holiday evokes memories of SARS’ human and economic toll in 2003. Beijing’s swift reaction this time, imposing travel bans on five cities as 18 died, is encouraging. Plus: the cost of the UK royal family’s new schism.

Breakingviews - Do-gooder one-upmanship fuels optimism at Davos

For once, society may tangibly benefit from the do-gooder optimism among global elites at Davos. Corporate chiefs are brimming with purpose. Enterprises ranging from Russian aluminium smelters to Dutch ice cream makers are high on stewardship and sustainability - themes of this year’s confab. But they’re also making pledges to which they can, and should, be held accountable.

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