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As inequality grows, welfare costs soar and technological disruption escalates, many people are growing warmer to the idea of a guaranteed basic income for everyone, say John Thornhill and Ralph Atkins. Switzerland, which votes on the UBI in June, is not the only country considering a new social model

 

Donald Trump went on the attack when faced with the prospect of competition to his gaming centres from Native American casinos. Regulators found he went too far, says Gary Silverman, but his campaign rhetoric now owes much to his tactics then

 

The professional services sector is at a tipping point as tougher regulation forces firms to bid for business and invest big sums in technology, says Harriet Agnew​

 

The once-heroic globally recognised embodiment of Japan’s economic growth has become a hinderance to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s reforms of the country’s labour force, says Leo Lewis. The culture is so entrenched that some critics say it is a ‘national disaster’, that instead of loyalty, labour and love, corporate welfare needs innovation, a liquid job market and productivity-based pay

 

Alan Rusbridger was a crusading editor of the newspaper, says John Gapper. But since he retired, questions over the cost of his tenure have grown and they are intensified by his return as the head of the trust that owns the liberal beacon

 

With a €404bn turnover and 792,500 employees last year, the car industry is crucial to Germany and there is a revolving door between government and the industry. But did this lead Angela Merkel’s administration to lobby for favourable legislation and turn a blind eye to some of its practices? Guy Chazan reports.

 

With a €404bn turnover and 792,500 employees last year, the car industry is crucial to Germany and there is a revolving door between government and the industry. But did this lead Angela Merkel’s administration to lobby for favourable legislation and turn a blind eye to some of its practices? Guy Chazan reports.

 

China’s online services sector is red-hot as customers turn to their smartphones to order services such as taxis, massages and food deliveries. But with an estimated Rmb50BN being spent a year on subsidies as competitors race to win market share, some see parallels with Silicon Valley in 1999

 

Growth and prosperity had come to be seen as the hallmark of President Vladimir Putin’s reign. But after two years of recession, Kathrin Hille says the social wellbeing that replaced the hardships of the post-Soviet Union era is wearing thin. Sanctions, the falling oil price and an ageing population are all increasing pressures on the economy

 

It is more than a game to the Chinese. President Xi Jinping’s plan to create a ‘great sports nation’ is spurring a tide of investment in foreign star players and stakes in overseas clubs, say Ben Bland and Charles Clover. There are worries, though, over the financial foundations of the country’s latest binge