At the tender age of 30, engineer Kathrin Marx is in charge of some of the largest construction projects in the southwestern German city of Mainz. She says she's not cowed by highway bridges, church steeples or chemical plants.
Conservatives and Social Democrats long dominated Germany's political culture, generating broad appeal. But their ability to unite people under proverbial big tents is waning, while small parties profit from the discord.
They steal, they sell their bodies and beat each other up in Berlin during the 1930s. Ernst Haffner's novel offers a merciless view of homeless youth in the throngs of the big city.
In Brazil, indigenous and traditional communities are fighting for their land in the face of threats from big businesses, mining and environmental destruction. In some cases, the peoples' very survival is at stake.
Another day, another tariff threat. This time it is China promising to levy imports, following on from the latest US round of proposed duties. The news came alongside bad economic news from a Chinese perspective.
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