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Martin Ellerman, the mayor of Harrislee, a town on the German-Danish border, is fuming. At the behest of the Danish government, a five-foot steel fence is being built along the 70 km (40-mile) border to prevent an influx of immigrants from the rest of Europe. Mr Ellermann thinks it an aesthetic affront that violates the European ethos of invisible borders. 
The immigrants in question are wild boar, which can carry African Swine Fever (ASF). Although the disease has not yet been diagnosed in Germany, there have been outbreaks in eastern Europe and Belgium; and diseases travel fast among Europe’s vast numbers of boar. The virus poses no threat to humans but it spreads easily to domestic pigs, killing nearly all it infects. There is no cure and no vaccine, so the Danes have opted for a radical solution: shoot all the boar in Denmark and keep out foreign ones.
Eradicating an entire species (albeit temporarily) seems an extreme approach to agricultural insurance, but Denmark has almost three times as many pigs as inhabitants. An outbreak of ASF would threaten more than 30,000 jobs and more than €4bn ($4.5bn) of annual exports of pig meat, which account for half of the country’s agricultural exports.
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Martin Ellerman, the mayor of Harrislee, a town on the German-Danish border, is fuming. At the behest of the Danish government, a five-foot steel fence is being built along the 70 km (40-mile) border to prevent an influx of immigrants from the rest o

Our cover argues that President Xi Jinping should reform China’s economy—both to calm the trade war with America and to make his country richer. After decades of economic progress, growth is slowing, the private sector is stifled by state-owned enterprises, the working-age population is shrinking and debt has surged. Meanwhile other countries complain that state-capitalism makes China a bad economic actor and a security threat. Mr Xi needs to let the market allocate capital, temper his industrial policy and uphold the rights of foreign firms. If so, China would end up richer and make fewer enemies. #TheEconomist
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Our cover argues that President Xi Jinping should reform China’s economy—both to calm the trade war with America and to make his country richer. After decades of economic progress, growth is slowing, the private sector is stifled by state-owned enter

Smoke billows from Mount Etna, the largest of Italy's three active volcanoes, near the Sicilian city of Catania on February 21st 2019. Credit: AP/Salvatore Allegra #volcano #Sicily #MountEtna #nature #Italy
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Smoke billows from Mount Etna, the largest of Italy's three active volcanoes, near the Sicilian city of Catania on February 21st 2019. Credit: AP/Salvatore Allegra #volcano #sicily #mountetna #nature #italy

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The Economist asks: Chiwetel Ejiofor

In this week’s podcast our editors meet Chiwetel Ejiofor. After earning an Oscar nomination for his performance in “12 Years a Slave”, he has turned his hand to directing. His first film, “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind”, tells the true story of William Kamkwamba, a boy from Malawi who saved his family from famine by teaching himself how to build a windmill. Mr Ejiofor tells Anne McElvoy why, despite recent progress, there is still so little diversity behind the camera. They discuss what it will take for Hollywood to start casting black actors as the romantic lead and how much power directors have to change the status quo. To hear the full episode visit economist.com/blogs/podcasts. Credit: Jo Banks/The Economist #ChiwetelEjiofor #actor #director #diversity #film #Hollywood
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The Economist asks: Chiwetel Ejiofor In this week’s podcast our editors meet Chiwetel Ejiofor. After earning an Oscar nomination for his performance in “12 Years a Slave”, he has turned his hand to directing. His first film, “The Boy Who Harnessed t

The Fernandina Giant Tortoise (Chelonoidis phantasticus), was thought to have become extinct about a century ago. But this single adult female was discovered on February 19th 2019 during an expedition on Fernandina Island, the third largest of the Galápagos Islands. Marcelo Mata, Ecuadorean Environment Minister, made the announcement. Credit: AFP/Rodrigo Buendia #nature #extinct #tortoise #conservation #Galápagos
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The Fernandina Giant Tortoise (Chelonoidis phantasticus), was thought to have become extinct about a century ago. But this single adult female was discovered on February 19th 2019 during an expedition on Fernandina Island, the third largest of the Ga

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A community in Tanzania enjoying the benefits of electricity. Swipe for a selection of photos taken by @mathieuyoung

Almost 140 years after Thomas Edison began selling filament light bulbs, just under 1bn people worldwide still lack access to electricity, according to the International Energy Agency, a research group. Almost two-thirds live in Africa, mostly in the countryside. The UN believes all should have power, and has set a target date to achieve universal access of 2030. That sounds plausible—since 2000 the number of people without power has fallen by 700m. 
Sadly, it is unlikely to happen. And recent economic research suggests that, if a government wants to lift its people out of poverty, getting a power connection to the poorest of the poor may not be the right priority. To find out why search More light, less clarity on economist.com #Tanzania #electricity #energy #light #power #economy
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A community in Tanzania enjoying the benefits of electricity. Swipe for a selection of photos taken by @mathieuyoung Almost 140 years after Thomas Edison began selling filament light bulbs, just under 1bn people worldwide still lack access to electr

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Outside the Houses of Parliament demonstrators protest against Britain's imminent departure from the European Union. After months of speculation seven Labour MPs resigned from their party on February 18th 2019, concerned about Jeremy Corbyn's leadership, his failure to root out anti-Semitism in its ranks, the party's foreign policy and economic policy. They will sit as independents in parliament. On February 20th they were joined by another Labour MP and three Conservatives. This new independent group, currently 11-strong, is the joint fourth largest group in the House of Commons, having the same number of MPs as the Liberal Democrats. While their reasons for resigning from their parties vary, they share a belief that a second referendum should be held before Britain leaves the EU. Photo taken on February 20th 2019. Credit: AP/Frank Augstein
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Outside the Houses of Parliament demonstrators protest against Britain's imminent departure from the European Union. After months of speculation seven Labour MPs resigned from their party on February 18th 2019, concerned about Jeremy Corbyn's leaders

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An aerial photo shot from a hot air balloon shows the floating village on Inle Lake in Shan State, Myanmar. The lake has enchanted tourists for decades with its floating gardens and the graceful leg-rowing style of its fisherman, but experts warn that  urgent action is needed to prevent the lake drying up. A growing population, the use of fertilisers in the floating gardens, and climate change events have put huge pressure on the lake's ecosystem. Photo taken on February 18th 2019. Credit: AFP/Ye Aung Thu #hotairballoon #Myanmar #InleLake #tourism #ecosystem
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An aerial photo shot from a hot air balloon shows the floating village on Inle Lake in Shan State, Myanmar. The lake has enchanted tourists for decades with its floating gardens and the graceful leg-rowing style of its fisherman, but experts warn tha

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A man runs to get onboard a crowded train, after attending the final prayer meeting of Biswa Ijtema, the largest muslim gathering after Hajj, in Tongi, on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh on February 19th 2019. Credit: Reuters/Mohammad Ponir Hossain #BiswaIjtema #Tongi #Dhaka #Bangladesh #trains
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A man runs to get onboard a crowded train, after attending the final prayer meeting of Biswa Ijtema, the largest muslim gathering after Hajj, in Tongi, on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh on February 19th 2019. Credit: Reuters/Mohammad Ponir Hossai

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The full Moon shining over the Kremlin, Moscow on February 19th 2019. Credit: PA/TASS/Mikhail Tereshchenko #moon #Kremlin #Moscow #Russia #star
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The full Moon shining over the Kremlin, Moscow on February 19th 2019. Credit: PA/TASS/Mikhail Tereshchenko #moon #kremlin #moscow #russia #star

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Karl Lagerfeld, the German fashion designer, has died at the age of 85 in Paris, France. Mr Lagerfeld was the hugely influential and successful creative director of three fashion houses: Chanel, Fendi and his own eponymous fashion label. He was the driving force behind Chanel’s  acquisition of ateliers (private workshops) with such specialities as embroidery, feathers and flower making, in order to ensure the survival of their expertise. The surprise is that he simultaneously embraced technology, contributing to both sides of the discussion between hand and machine.  Photo taken on November 15th 2011. Credit: Reuters/Kena Betancur #KarlLagerfeld #Chanel #couture #fashion #design #Paris #obituary
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Karl Lagerfeld, the German fashion designer, has died at the age of 85 in Paris, France. Mr Lagerfeld was the hugely influential and successful creative director of three fashion houses: Chanel, Fendi and his own eponymous fashion label. He was the d

Participants navigate the Grand Canal during the masquerade parade at the Carnival of Venice in Italy, February 17th 2019. Credit: Reuters/Manuel Silvestri #Venice #GrandCanal #carnival #CarnevalediVenezia
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Participants navigate the Grand Canal during the masquerade parade at the Carnival of Venice in Italy, February 17th 2019. Credit: Reuters/Manuel Silvestri #venice #grandcanal #carnival #carnevaledivenezia

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