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EMSA 2017 visit: cutting to the chase

Inspectors from the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) will fly to Manila in mid-March for what would be their fifth inspection visit since 2006. The process has been overlong – like a spiral staircase that does not seem to end. It is time to cut to the chase and...

Strongman fix for the seaman factory?

The Economist called him the “thuggish mayor” of Davao City. But Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines' new president, won over the masses precisely because of his tough, gangsterish image. Will the Filipino seaman factory, which has been hankering for the European Union's...