As I start filling up the agenda for my trip to Asia next month – let me know if we can catch up somewhere when I am in Tokyo, Hanoi, Bali, Jakarta or Singapore – the seasonal news flow remains quite hot.

And so here we go for another weekly round-up.

1) Gold Medal: The big drought

It should become our main subject of discussion in Europe soon, as the river Rhine is close to being “unshippable” – which will seriously ...

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