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Hard Numbers: Germany's bloated Bundestag, Seoul students back online, Mexico corruption vote, Peru nightclub tragedy

Hard Numbers: Germany's bloated Bundestag, Seoul students back online, Mexico corruption vote, Peru nightclub tragedy

598: Germany's government this week agreed to electoral reforms that would prevent the bloated Bundestag from growing even larger. There are currently 709 MPs, more than the 598 members the chamber is supposed to have, in part because over the years additional constituencies have been added. Some lawmakers worry that if numbers aren't capped, the Bundestag will become too unwieldy to function.


280: After being hailed as a model for coronavirus containment, Seoul, South Korea's capital, abruptly closed schools on Tuesday after 280 new COVID-19 cases were detected nationwide. It was the 12th straight day of triple-digit increases in a country that has kept the virus mostly in check because of robust testing and contact-tracing schemes.

5: Mexico's leftist president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) has proposed a popular referendum to decide whether five former presidents should be charged with corruption. AMLO, who was elected in 2018 in part on his pledges to root out endemic graft, says that many of the country's problems stem from previous governments' mismanagement and corruption.

13: At least 13 people were killed in Lima, Peru, after police stormed a nightclub for breaking coronavirus lockdown rules. Peru— which has recorded almost 28,000 deaths from COVID-19 — ordered the closure of all nightclubs back in March, and recently moved to ban family gatherings as the outbreak worsened.

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.

For the world's wealthiest nations, including the United States, the rollout of COVID-19 vaccine has been rocky, to say the least. And as a result, much of the developing world will have to wait even longer for their turn. Part of the challenge, World Bank President David Malpass says, is that "advanced economies have reserved a lot of the vaccine doses." Malpass sat down with Ian Bremmer recently to talk about what his organization is doing to try to keep millions around the world from slipping deeper into poverty during the pandemic. Their conversation was part of the latest episode of GZERO World.

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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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 GZERO World 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.

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

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