Press Review April 8th 2014

In the lead up to the 2014 Indian elections for the lower house of the national assembly, the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP), widely is expected to do well in the election and even assume power, has released a manifesto which has stirred some controversy. The manifesto places special emphasis on development, including investment in the creation of jobs, water access for each household, bullet trains, and increased domestic defence production. However, it also contains a number of items which have attracted controversy, notably promises to re-appraise India’s nuclear weapons policy, create a uniform civil code which could undermine religious legal pluralism in India, and an end to the special autonomous status of Jammu and Kashmir. Narendra Modi, the leader of the Hindu-nationalist BJP, is himself a divisive figure who many believe could be the future prime minister of India.

The results of the 2014 Quebec provincial elections are in and the incumbent national Parti Québecois faced a spectacular defeat under the leadership of Pauline Marois, who lost her own seat. This is the worst PQ defeat in terms of the popular vote since 1970. The Liberal Party of Quebec, under leader Philipp Couillard won 70 out of the 125 seats in the provincial legislature, rocketing it to a majority which is likely to remain in power over the next four years. Some analysts attribute the PQ’s defeat to the party’s strong emphasis on divisive identity politics in the form of the Québec Charter of Values at a time when Québecois are more concerned with economic issues, namely job creation.

La Stampa looks at one of the many consequences of the 2011 bombing campaign in Libya that ousted dictator Moamar Ghaddafi: the wave of Libyan refugees who over time have spread throughout the European Union. Many remain in limbo, their official status unresolved.

“Will humans have any role in the factories of the future”? Deutsche Welle looks at industrial robots at the Hanover Trade Fair and how they are changing the nature of industrial manufacturing in what many call the “fourth industrial revolution”, denoting increased networking between and within machines.

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