Tuesday 17 January
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17 January 2023
For the first time since 1961, China’s population has fallen. We ask how this could affect the country for decades to come. Plus: we find out more about the man tipped to be Germany’s new defence minister and bring you the latest from the World Economic Forum in Davos.
17 January 2023
Does Germany have a new defence minister? Sudha David-Wilp, director of the German Marshall Fund Berlin office, tells us more about the man tipped to take a job so precarious that it’s known in Berlin as the ejector seat.
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