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India’s most ambitious tax reform since its independence from Britain – the new goods and services tax that takes effect on July 1 – may cause havoc in the short term, the FT’s Kiran Stacey tells Victor Mallet.

 

Following a highly decisive campaign, the people of Britain cast a historic vote to leave the EU in June last year. The FT’s Zosia Wasik has been gauging the mood on Brexit a year on.

 

The elevation of Mohammed bin Salman to crown prince of Saudi Arabia has come during the worst crisis facing the Gulf region in decades. Siona Jenkins spoke to the FT’s deputy editor Roula Khalaf and energy correspondent Anjli Raval to understand how the heir apparent is likely to influence domestic and regional policies.

 

The maverick chief executive of the ride-hailing app Uber has stepped down. The FT’s Andrew Hill tells Ravi Mattu about management lessons from the episode for start-ups as well as big companies.

 

Portugal’s devastating forest fire is forcing the authorities to question whether land use or the wider issue of climate change may have contributed to the disaster. Peter Wise, the FT’s Lisbon correspondent, explains the human and economic cost of the catastrophe, and says it could prompt a change in the way the country’s forests are managed.

 

The dramatic rise of Anbang’s owner Wu Xiaohui , arrested by China’s anti- graft authorities this week, had baffled industry experts. James Kynge talks to the FT’s Lucy Hornby in Beijing about Mr Wu’s detention and its implications for business

 

Ireland has a new prime minister who this week named his cabinet. Vincent Boland, the FT’s Dublin correspondent, discusses with John Murray Brown the significance of the appointment of Leo Varadkar, an openly gay politician who is the son of an Indian immigrant father and at 38 the youngest ever Irish leader.

 

The US giant replaces its veteran chief executive, Jeff Immelt, with insider John Flannery as the company faces plummeting share prices prices. The FT’s Andrew Parker dissects the development with Ed Crooks and Andrew Hill

 

A revolutionary discovery of fossils in Morocco suggests humans that lived 300,000 years ago may have looked like us, though they may not have thought like us, the FT’s Clive Cookson tells Andrew Jack

 

Sunday’s first round of voting in France’s legislative elections are a crucial test of the level of support behind the new president Emmanuel Macron. Harriet Agnew discusses the polls with Anne-Sylvaine Chassany and Michael Stothard