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Managing partners


IN THE run-up to the British election this month, it was taken for granted that politics was entering an age of alliances.

Arevaderci


Finding flaws in Flamanville PLANS for rescuing France’s ailing nuclear engineer, Areva, became a little clearer this week when the new boss of Electricité de France (EDF), Jean-Bernard Lévy, described on May 19th the role that the utility was prepared to play.

Knock ’em down, build ’em up


Hard hats, hard times for Dilma IN 2014 Brazilian builders had a bumper year. Stadiums had to be ready in a dozen cities for the football World Cup in June, airports spruced up to welcome foreign visitors, and roads built to whisk them to venues.

Kiwis as guinea pigs


IN MEDICINE, trials are conducted on guinea pigs, rats, mice and rabbits. In digital businesses, tests are performed on New Zealanders.

Turbulence


Private jets are so last year ALTHOUGH it started life making snowmobiles, Bombardier’s main businesses these days are building corporate jets, smallish “regional” jets for airlines, and trains.

Doubling down


AFTER years of spectacular growth that propelled Macau past Las Vegas to become the gambling capital of the world, the territory has hit a rough patch.

The soft succession


WHEN Lee Kun-hee took the helm at Samsung just two weeks after the death of his father, the firm’s founder, in 1987, he set himself a seemingly unachievable goal: turning a middling South Korean conglomerate into a global giant in the mould of IBM or General Electric.

Burned again


“THE history of the development of the human society is a history of discovering and exploiting energy.” With those grand words did Li Hejun (pictured), one of China’s wealthiest billionaires, inaugurate a giant exhibition centre devoted to clean energy near Beijing’s Olympic Forest Park on May 20th.

Turning American

GERMANS’ reputation as early risers extends even to their lobbying. One colourful Berlin lobbyist told a television programme why he likes talking to members of the Bundestag over a good breakfast: they have had a night’s sleep, they are ready to listen—and their refrigerators are empty after travelling from their home districts back to Berlin.

Courting the state

THERE is nothing unusual about a retired president jetting around the world drumming up work for his country’s businesses.

After OPEC


Plenty of oil, much scope for cost-cutting BIG companies making big bets on big oilfields, while a cartel of oil-producing states fixed the price to keep itself rich and others, including the oil majors, profitable.

At the sharp end

EUPHORIA has recently broken out over a supposed new dawn of better corporate governance and higher profits for Japanese industry.

Friends with benefits?


“INSTANT ARTICLES” is a new service announced by Facebook on May 12th, in partnership with nine news firms, including the New York Times, the Guardian and National Geographic.

How to join the 1%


MANAGEMENT consultants, investment banks and big law firms are the Holy Trinity of white-collar careers.

Awards

Awards: Our deputy editor, Tom Standage, was named “pioneer of the year” at the British Media Awards this week; and our new daily Espresso got a silver in the “app of the year” category.

Bharti looks to Future

GROCERS often do not travel well. A sally into America in 2007 by Tesco, a then imperious but now troubled British retailer, ended badly.

Uneasy rider


Still popular among Republicans HAIRY male bikers are hard to spot at the Harley-Davidson dealership in Tribeca, a fashionable part of Manhattan.

Eat or be eaten


EVEN at charity auctions, technology titans like large transactions. At a recent fundraiser for Tipping Point, an anti-poverty charity in San Francisco, guests swiftly bid up the price for a package of Super Bowl tickets in increments of $100,000.

Disconnected continent

THE European Union may have removed most barriers to physical trade, but online it remains a prime example of provincialism.

The anti-bribery business


EVEN for a company with Walmart’s heft, $800m is a sizeable sum. That is what the giant retailer will have spent by the end of this fiscal year on its internal probe into alleged bribing of Mexican officials, into whether subsidiaries elsewhere may have been greasing palms and on related compliance improvements.


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