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The rich get richer: How governments could act to close the wealth gap

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The Covid-19 crisis has exacerbated inequalities between the very wealthy and the rest of the population, according to the latest report from the World Inequality Lab. So what can be done to prevent a massive rise in poverty? Stephen Carroll speaks to Lucas Chancel, the lead author of the report. Also in the programme: Kate Moody looks at the right to disconnect and what it really means in practice for workers. Plus we bring you a report about a French entrepreneur who's making tracks with old bike tyres.

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Computer chip shortage pushes European car sales to record low

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EU car sales fell to a new low last year as the auto sector was hobbled by the Covid pandemic and a shortage of computer chips, industry figures showed Tuesday.

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Oil prices jump to highest level since 2014 on supply concerns

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Oil prices have jumped to their highest level since 2014 after the drone attack on fuel tankers in the United Arab Emirates, and amid broader concerns about supply in the market. In early trading on Tuesday, the international benchmark Brent Crude rose above $88 per barrel. Oil producers are sticking to their planned supply increases, despite surging demand. The rising cost of fuel is set to hit consumers, who are already facing the highest inflation rate in decades.

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Chinese economy rebounds in 2021, but slowing growth fuels concerns

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China's economy grew by 8.1 percent last year, but the expansion slowed towards the end of 2021. FRANCE 24's Cole Stangler takes a closer look at the factors holding up growth, from sluggish retail sales to the high cost of Covid-19 lockdowns.

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