When the government of The Netherlands fells over a disagreement on austerity and government spending, reporters rushed to Holland to find signs of further trouble. But in all that reporting, the examples held up as signs the sky was falling may have overlooked the reality on the ground.
French President Francois Hollande has called for a 75 percent income tax on top earners in France to help lower the country's deficit. The hope is to stave off contagion from other faltering euro zone countries, but the proposal has received harsh criticism from France's business class.
When NAFTA was passed two decades ago, critics hailed it as a boon for the American economy. Critics assailed it and said it would cost American jobs. While it's hard to say who was right, in Michigan's car towns, many workers feel left out of any boom.
Spain's unemployment is persistently high, and the latest effort to combat that doesn't seek to get businesses hiring again, but seeks to get individuals to go into business for themselves. But there are a host of practical and cultural barriers in their way.
The Philippines is home to many call centers servicing American clients. And that means operating by an American schedule: American time, American holidays, even American culture. For the Filipinos staffing these centers, that means embracing this opposite culture.
Authorities know Malaysian Airlines flight 370 took off from Kuala Lumpur late on Friday night headed for Bejing. But that's almost all that's known. About 45 minutes later, the plane was never heard from again.