Jun 18, 2018

Youth in revolt: Young Europeans propel populist tide

Supporters of Italy's 5 Star Movement take part in a rally to celebrate the country's new government. Photo: Antonio Masiello/Getty Images

"Struggling to find jobs, and often living at home, younger generations are propelling antiestablishment parties to new heights of power" — Wall Street Journal's Eric Sylvers (subscription).

The big picture: There's "a feeling across much of the Western world that the younger generation will struggle to surpass their parents in wealth and security."

  • "Western Europe’s largest antiestablishment government came to power earlier this month, driven largely by young Italian voters. Struggling with a persistent lack of job prospects over the past decade, they voted in droves for ... the 5 Star Movement and the League, an anti-immigration party."
  • "About half of Italians age 25 to 34 live with their parents."
  • Why it matters: "The same pattern appears across southern Europe, and the forces behind the divide show few signs of slowing."

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The novel coronavirus has spread to more nations as South Korea and Italy step up emergency measures in their countries amid rising case numbers on Sunday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed at least 2,462 people and infected almost 79,000 others, mostly in mainland China. South Korea increased the infectious disease alert to red, the highest possible, as its case numbers jumped to 602 and the death toll to five. Italy's government announced emergency measures as it confirmed a spike from three to 132 cases in matter of days, making it the largest outbreak outside of Asia.

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Iranian state TV: Hardliners win landslide victory in low-turnout election

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Iranian state TV announced Sunday that hardliners won a landslide victory in the country's parliamentary elections two days ago, including all 30 seats in Tehran, AP reports.

Why it matters: Voter turnout in the election only reached 42.57%, according to Iran's interior ministry, the first time turnout dipped below 50% since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The low turnout may signal dissatisfaction with the Iranian government and the election system.

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Coronavirus threatens shortages of about 150 drugs

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About 150 prescription drugs — including antibiotics, generics and some branded drugs without alternatives — are at risk of shortage if the coronavirus outbreak in China worsens, according to two sources familiar with a list of at-risk drugs compiled by the Food and Drug Administration.

Why it matters: China is a huge supplier of the ingredients used to make drugs that are sold in the U.S. If the virus decreases China's production capability, Americans who rely on the drugs made from these ingredients could be in trouble.