- It only took the conclave of cardinals a couple of days to elect a pope, yet Italians are still waiting for a prime minister. Ferdinando Giugliano explains why Italy-watchers are not expecting white smoke from the presidential palace any time soon.
- Cyprus has turned into a cash economy, struggling with the lack of coins.
- A posthumously-published extract from Eric Hobsbawm’s book, Fractured Times, looks at how the lone cowboy became such a potent figure in American history.
- Marseille may have been appointed the cultural capital of Europe, but it seems to be attracting more unsavoury activity too – “In the past two weeks, five killings have been recorded that police say are linked to gang wars for control of hashish sales in the city’s infamous high-rise slums.”
- For all the FT’s coverage of the UK budget yesterday – including Martin Wolf’s verdict and an ace video/interactive on the best and worst budget decisions EVER – check out our in-depth page.
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