Curry Bust, Ticks not Bricks, On Inequality, Zika Bites, Europe’s Man Problem

What I’m listening to.

Mozart -- Symphony 24

Blame Uber.

Financial Times -- The great British curry crisis

The high-street staple is under threat. Can a new generation of entrepreneurs save the nation’s tandoori?

Quote: Khan even blames Uber, the taxi app company, for disrupting the curry trade: “A lot of people in London have joined Uber . . . including chefs, tandoori chefs, waiters, managers — even the owners of restaurants,” he says.

The new darlings: Ticks.

Financial Times -- The Brics are dead. Long live the Ticks

Tech-heavy Taiwan, India, China and Korea are the new darlings of the EM world.

Quote: “Aside from a catchy acronym, the realignment tells us much about the changing nature of emerging markets — and the world in general — with services, particularly technology, to the fore and trade in physical goods, especially commodities, in retreat.”

Thinking through inequality.

London Review of Books -- The Inequality Problem

“[T]he terms of the case against inequality have changed. I have always believed that inequality divides people, deprives many of the chance to succeed and makes us all worse off. But now there is good reason to believe that inequality isn’t just unfair but that it actually inhibits economic growth.”

Ed’s note: The Inequality Opportunity: Thinking through inequality. It is not about income, it is about public investment in the institutions that create better life chances for as many people as possible. It is not measured by what the 1% makes, but by justice, health, education and other public outcomes that manifest themselves in improving inter-generational mobility. Countries that condemn those born poor to die poor -- like the United States and the United Kingdom -- will not only create worse overall social outcomes but worse economic outcomes as well. The more people that can play, the better for everyone. The challenge remains: how to regulate and tax the economy to ensure that unequal outcomes fund best in class equality of opportunity.

Zika facts.

New York Times -- Short Answers to Hard Questions About Zika Virus

The Zika virus is a mosquito-transmitted infection related to dengue, yellow fever and West Nile virus.

Can Germany manage?

New York Times -- Germany on the Brink

“... That means closing Germany’s borders to new arrivals for the time being. It means beginning an orderly deportation process for able-bodied young men. It means giving up the fond illusion that Germany’s past sins can be absolved with a reckless humanitarianism in the present.

It means that Angela Merkel must go — so that her country, and the continent it bestrides, can avoid paying too high a price for her high-minded folly.”

By the numbers. (ed’s note: Sweden may have a problem, Germany doesn’t).

Economist -- Oh, boy

Are lopsided migrant sex ratios giving Europe a man problem?

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Twin Virtues

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