1. Has the modern nation state failed? –
The 1919 Paris Peace Conference promised to remake the world. But today, its vision of nationhood looks increasingly under threat – An excellent read ahead of the start of the Power and Borders topic.
2. UK regional inequality has widened since Brexit vote – Economic gap between north and south has worsened – FT
The economic gap between the south and north of England has widened since the UK voted to leave the EU, according to new forecasts of regional economic growth published by the Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence.
3. Bill Gates: from software to toilets
‘His foundation has spent $200m since 2011 funding reinvented toilets that kill germs and extinguish smells on the spot’