India's parliament has kicked off a new session. The government is expected to introduce an austerity budget. But it's facing increasing opposition from unions, who called a second day of strikes Thursday.
Zimbabweans continue to express their anger at new government austerity measures which aim to boost the country's struggling economy, as security forces crack down on protesters. But a solution may be a long way off.
Figuratively, punk and John Maynard Keynes both died in 1979, the former killed by Duran Duran, the latter by Mrs T., wielding a Milton Friedman-shaped meat cleaver. But Keynes' ghost has made a brief reappearance.
The Bundestag has approved a national budget for 2019 that envisages around €13 billion more in expenditure than in 2018. At the same time, the government plans to do without net borrowing for a sixth year.
The British prime minister has rejected calls for a second referendum on Brexit, saying "it is not in the national interest." The opposition Labour party has tabled a motion of no confidence in Theresa May.
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