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To get a climate agreement first set out principles for fair cost-sharing

In December talks in Paris involving more than 200 countries may result in a new agreement aimed at reducing carbon emissions. In the months leading up to the conference, The Economist will be publishing guest columns by experts on the economic issues involved. Here, Lucas Bretschger of ETH Zurich argues that an initial focus on setting clear principles for fair cost-sharing will clear the way to a

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Celtic phoenix

In the pink

WHILE the euro zone limps along, growing in the third quarter by a disappointing 0.3% (an annualised rate of 1.2%), one small member of the 19-strong currency club is racing ahead. Less than two years since Ireland exited its humiliating bail-out, its economy is resurgent. Following growth of 5.2% in 2014, GDP rose by 7.0% in the first half of 2015 compared with the same period a year earlier.


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Class divides


THE University of Missouri, which opened in 1840 and admitted its first female students in 1867, began accepting blacks in 1950. Racial tensions are still all too evident, however. Student protests at the poor handling of a series of racist incidents led to the resignation earlier this month of the university’s president, Timothy Wolfe.

The row unfolded against a backdrop of black

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Takeover bid

FOR ordinary Chinese investors, painful memories of the summer’s stockmarket meltdown are fading away, soothed by a fresh rally in share prices. But for the government, the fallout is just getting started. In recent weeks it has launched investigations into officials, bankers and hedge-fund managers suspected of illegal trading. It has tightened rules about using debt to buy shares. Now it is planning the

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Data whizz wanted

Data whizz wanted: The Economist is looking for a data journalist to be based in London. Details of the job and how to apply can be found at:

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