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EU unveils €300bn global investment plan to rival China

The European Union has unveiled a €300 billion infrastructure investment plan. The Global Gateway project is designed to counter the growing influence of China's Belt and Road Initiative – with a focus on sustainability. Also in the show – Fiji opens up to tourists for the first time in over 600 days, and America's labour shortage hits the seasonal Santa lookalike industry.

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Eurozone inflation hits record 8.9% despite better-than-expected growth

Inflation in the European countries using the euro currency shot up to another record in July, pushed by higher energy prices fueled by Russia's war in Ukraine, but the economy still managed better-than-expected, if meager, growth in the second quarter.

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European Central Bank hikes interest rates in race to tame runaway inflation

The European Central Bank raised interest rates by more than expected on Thursday as concerns about runaway inflation trumped growth considerations, even while the euro zone economy reels from the impact of Russia's war in Ukraine.

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Pandemic, slow recovery set back gender parity ‘by a generation’

The pandemic and a weak economic recovery have pushed back progress on closing the gender gap around the world. Saadia Zahidi, Managing Director of the World Economic Forum, says that issues including family care policies, an increasingly digital economy, and ongoing struggles in certain industries have all been setbacks for women. The WEF Global Gender Gap Report 2022 now projects it will take 132 years to reach gender parity.

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