Hard Numbers: Brexit Anxiety Is Making Sheep Fat

145,000 – Companies have announced plans to relocate 145,000 jobs to the united states over the past two years. Some 30,000 of those "reshored" jobs are directly the result of President Trump's bare-knuckle trade policies, according to a report by the Reshoring Initiative. For perspective, 145,000 jobs is roughly one month's worth of average job gains in the US over the past decade.

900 – if you thought the politics of Brexit were wooly already, consider this British farmer who is fattening up his 900 sheep extra fast so that he can sell them before October 31st, the date when the UK is supposed to leave the EU, deal or not. He's worried that without a deal, EU tariffs could decimate sheep exports to the continent, creating glut that craters prices in the UK.

83 – The implementation of Colombia's Nobel Prize-winning peace deal with FARC rebels has been spotty – of the more than ten-thousands ex-combatants slated for reintegration into society, 83% are still without productive work, raising the risk that they take up arms again.

50 – Africa's population boom and rising living standards are putting pressure on the continent's higher education systems. African universities currently feature 50% more students per professor than the global average, even as rising enrollment rates still rank last among the world's regions.

Last week, in Fulton, WI, together with election officials from the state of Wisconsin and the election technology company VotingWorks, Microsoft piloted ElectionGuard in an actual election for the first time.

As voters in Fulton cast ballots in a primary election for Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates, the official count was tallied using paper ballots as usual. However, ElectionGuard also provided an encrypted digital tally of the vote that enabled voters to confirm their votes have been counted and not altered. The pilot is one step in a deliberate and careful process to get ElectionGuard right before it's used more broadly across the country.

Read more about the process at Microsoft On The Issues.

Coronavirus, and the anxiety it provokes, have spread far beyond China. More than 1,200 additional cases are now confirmed across more than 30 countries. Fears are growing that the outbreak has reached the early stages of a global pandemic, because infections in South Korea, Italy, and Iran have no apparent connection to China, where the first reported cases emerged.

Alongside its obvious public health and economic effects, coronavirus is also shaking up politics—especially in a few countries where governments have good cause to worry how citizens will judge their performance.


Ian Bremmer explains the history and significance of the annual Munich Security Conference, now in its 56th year. The gathering of heads of state and top foreign and security ministers has diffused some political bombs and been the source of stinging barbs as world leaders spar on a global stage and behind closed doors.

Joseph Stiglitz, American economist, public policy analyst, and professor at Columbia University spoke with Ian Bremmer at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany. The Nobel prize-winning economist weighs in on the global impact of coronavirus and whether or not he feels the U.S. economy is in good shape. Spoiler alert: He doesn't believe the hype.

The coronavirus, which first surfaced in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, has infected more than 79,500 people in China and at least 33 other countries. Two months since it was first identified, coronavirus has spread far beyond China's borders, with several Italian towns now under quarantine. Global financial markets have also taken a hit as investors are on edge about the uncertainty. Here's a look at where the coronavirus has spread to date.