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Editor's picks: April 22nd-28th 2017  

A must-read selection of articles from this week's issue of The Economist, straight from the desk of Zanny Minton Beddoes

How to deal with the world’s most dangerous regime  

The nuclear threat posed by Kim Jong Un will be extraordinarily hard to manage. It is also a test of whether the pre-eminent superpower and a rising China can work together to keep the world safe

A consequential choice for France  

The first round of France’s presidential election is on April 23rd. Were the outright winner to come from the far right or the hard left, it would be a catastrophe for France and the European Union. The candidate we support is the centrist, Emmanuel Macron. But the polls are nail-bitingly close

Why an election offers the chance of a better Brexit  

We analyse Theresa May’s decision to call a snap election in Britain. With Labour on the ropes, the prime minister has a chance of turning her small majority into a stonking one. That could free her from her hardline Eurosceptic fringe—and lead to a softer Brexit

The death penalty in America  

A bid to execute eight prisoners at unprecedented speed underlines the difficulty of executing anyone at all

What Europe can teach America’s airlines  

Air travel in America used to be glamorous. Now it signals delays, discomfort, extra charges—and the threat of violence. Europe suggests that America’s carriers need more competition

When crayfish get drunk  

Crustaceans help researchers understand what happens on a Friday night

Editor's picks: April 15th-21st 2017  

A must-read selection of articles from this week's issue of The Economist, straight from the desk of Zanny Minton Beddoes

Turkey’s referendum  

Our cover this week looks at Turkey. Whether or not Recep Tayyip Erdogan wins the referendum on a new constitution on April 16th, the country is sliding into dictatorship http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21720590-recep-tayyip-erdogan-carrying-harshest-crackdown-decades-west-must-not-abandon

Identity in India  

Aadhaar, the scheme that provides 1.3bn Indians with a unique, biometrically verifiable identification, is a marvel. But it should be voluntary http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21720599-bjp-government-should-listen-peoples-qualms-about-snooping-indias-biometric-identity

Sexism in Silicon Valley  

Venture capitalists play an outsize role in technology's gender problem. They are bright, clannish and almost exclusively male http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21720621-venture-capitalists-are-bright-clannish-and-almost-exclusively-male-silicon-valleys-sexism

France's presidential election  

What looked like a two-way race has been thrown wide open http://www.economist.com/news/europe/21720667-worst-case-scenario-run-between-marine-le-pen-and-communist-backed-firebrand-frances

Editor's picks: April 8th-15th 2017  

A must-read selection of articles from this week's issue of The Economist, straight from the desk of Zanny Minton Beddoes

Computer security  

Computer code is so complex that the search for impregnable safeguards against hacking and digital theft is doomed to fail. But that is not a counsel of despair. The lesson from other fields is that protection comes from regulations, legal liability and insurance http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21720279-incentives-software-firms-take-security-seriously-are-too-weak-how-manage

Chemical weapons in Syria  

Russia saved the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Now that he has poisoned more than 85 people with nerve agent, it shares his guilt http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21720280-longer-they-keep-him-power-more-they-will-share-his-guilt-war-crimes-why-russia

The anti-mogul  

Jeff Bewkes, the boss of Time Warner, calls the top of the television business http://www.economist.com/news/business/21720339-jeff-bewkess-season-finaleselling-out-attserves-shareholders-extremely-well-time-warners

Bad parking  

The average car moves just 5% of the time. To improve cities for everyone, focus on the other 95% http://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21720269-dont-let-people-park-free-how-create-traffic-jams-pollution-and-urban-sprawl

Editor's picks: April 1st-7th 2017  

A must-read selection of articles from this week's issue of The Economist, straight from the desk of Zanny Minton Beddoes

Britain and the EU  

Ever since last summer’s referendum on leaving the European Union, the prime minister, Theresa May, has been able to depict Brexit as a Utopian fantasy. Now that negotiations are beginning for real, Britain is due a brutal encounter with reality http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21719793-time-be-honest-about-trade-offs-ahead-britains-brutal-encounter-reality

The Trump presidency is in a hole  

Blocked by Congress, stuck in the courts and beset by a Russian scandal, Donald Trump is in a hole. That is bad news for America and the world http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21719794-and-bad-americaand-world-trump-presidency-hole

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