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Digital highlights, October 4th 2014

 by The Economist

Drowned by the wave
Rapid technological progress is leading to the increased automation of tasks that have previously been performed by armies of skilled workers. In our video, we explore the effect that this will have on labour markets and the world economy

Thinking outside the box

Brunello Cucinelli, a leading fashion-house in Milan, is unusual among medium-sized businesses in Italy in that it has opened its doors to outside investors. If Italy is to prosper again many other family-owned companies will have to do the same
Being led from behind

Afghanistan’s army is feeling increasingly isolated as it contends with a resurgent Taliban ahead and an ineffectual government at the rear. A recent agreement struck by the new president will provide welcome support from NATO troops

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Economics: Breathe deeply
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