A new generation of politicians has come to power in Russia. Young ministers and deputies as well as businessmen go in for swimming, skiing and playing tennis. They have an example to follow. Vladimir Putin drinks nothing but beer, which he took liking to in Germany. Before he became the president, he used to empty his glasses into flowerpots on the sly. President-elect Dmitry Medvedev is going to continue the tradition. The would-be head of state prefers mineral water, although he can drink a glass of white wine.
China takes the lead in imposing travel restrictions, locking down the city of Wuhan while the rest of the world acts as a voyeur. Could this be catastrophic?