Biden is not the answer. Backroom deals cannot save America. That will take leadership, right from the top.

Biden is not the answer. Backroom deals cannot save America. That will take leadership, right from the top.

KAL’s cartoon: this week, a query.

KAL’s cartoon: this week, a query.

Tomorrow’s cover today: fears that innovation is slowing are exaggerated, but governments need to help it along.

Tomorrow’s cover today: fears that innovation is slowing are exaggerated, but governments need to help it along.

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Tomorrow’s cover today: the troubling similarities between the fiscal mismanagement in Washington and the mess in the euro zone.

Tomorrow’s cover today: the troubling similarities between the fiscal mismanagement in Washington and the mess in the euro zone.

Our cartoonist KAL produced this marvellous drawing for the cover of the Christmas and New Year issue, illustrating our rough guide to hell. Here is a hi-res version, as requested by many readers. Can you spot the seven deadly sins?

Our cartoonist KAL produced this marvellous drawing for the cover of the Christmas and New Year issue, illustrating our rough guide to hell. Here is a hi-res version, as requested by many readers. Can you spot the seven deadly sins?

Daily chart: Switzerland is the best place to be born in 2013, according to research from The Economist Intelligence Unit. America comes in 16th, ten spots above Britain.

Daily chart: Switzerland is the best place to be born in 2013, according to research from The Economist Intelligence Unit. America comes in 16th, ten spots above Britain.

Can the US and Europe avoid a lost economic decade? In this video clip from The Economist’s annual Buttonwood Gathering, Mohamed El-Erian, chief executive of PIMCO, considers ways to halt the continued global recession.  

The Economist's Christmas issue offers our journalists an annual chance to pen #longreads on a topic of their choosing. Leading this year's crop: a rough guide to hell.

The Economist's Christmas issue offers our journalists an annual chance to pen #longreads on a topic of their choosing. Leading this year's crop: a rough guide to hell.

Daily chart: doomsday predictions have a very long history.

Daily chart: doomsday predictions have a very long history.