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40: "Saudization," a long-running Saudi government program designed to draw more Saudis, particularly young people, into the private sector workplace requires that companies covered by its rules ensure that 70 percent of their employees are Saudi nationals. It hasn't worked. Foreign workers occupy 90 percent of all private sector jobs, half the Saudi population is under 25, and youth unemployment stands at 40 percent.

70: Net migration by EU nationals to the UK (arrivals – departures) has fallen by 70 percent since Britons voted in 2016 to leave the EU, according to a new report from the UK Office of National Statistics.

3: Italy's intelligence agency warned this week that attacks on migrants and minorities could rise ahead of elections for the European Parliament in May. Racially motivated attacks in Italy tripled between 2017 and 2018.

92,000: The entry fee to become a candidate in Ukraine's presidential election is $92,000. So there's good reason to wonder whether one candidate, a man called Yuriy Volodymyrovich Tymoshenko, had help paying the fee from someone hoping he'll steal support from confused voters who prefer one of the current frontrunners, former Prime Minister Yulia Volodymyrivna Tymoshenko. Yuriy has a family income of $10,000.

Empathy and listening are key to establishing harmonious relationships, as demonstrated by Callista Azogu, GM of Human Resources & Organization for Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), an Eni subsidiary in Abuja. "To build trust is very difficult. To destroy it is very easy," says Callista, whose busy days involve everything from personnel issues to union relationships. She sees great potential for her native Nigeria not only because of the country's natural resources, but because of its vibrant and creative people.

Learn more about Callista in this episode of Faces of Eni.

Saturday will mark the beginning of an historic turning point for European politics as 1,001 voting members of Germany's Christian Democratic Union, the party of Chancellor Angela Merkel, hold an online conference to elect a new leader.

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Joe Biden wants to move into the White House, but the coast isn't clear. He may need some bleach.

Watch more PUPPET REGIME here.

If former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson could give incoming Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas advice, what would it be? "Well, first I would say, 'Ali, I'm glad it's you, not me.'" His conversation with Ian Bremmer was part of the latest episode of GZERO World.

Listen: For the first time in twenty years extreme poverty around the world is growing. How does the developing world recover from a pandemic that has brought even the richest nations to their knees? David Malpass, the President of the World Bank, is tasked with answering that question. He joins Ian Bremmer on the podcast to talk about how his organization is trying to keep the developing world from slipping further into poverty in the wake of a once-in-a-century pandemic.

The GZERO World Podcast with Ian Bremmer. Listen now.


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