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1. Opposition leader -- a hell of a job (Independent)

In order to be a winner, Gordon Brown's successor will need to be at least as good as Tony Blair, writes Steve Richards.

2. This relationship is special, despite the BP oil spill (Daily Telegraph)

David Cameron should convey sympathy over the oil spill, while reminding Barack Obama of BP's economic importance, says Benedict Brogan.

3. Labour leadership: a race worth watching (Guardian)

By enabling Diane Abbott to make it on to the ballot paper, Labour's high command has given us all a contest worth watching, says a Guardian editorial.

4. The five things Mr Cameron must learn from Lady Thatcher (Daily Mail)

David Cameron can still learn from the frail, elderly lady he entertained on Tuesday, writes Paul Goodman.

5. The world won't stop to let Britain get off (Times)

David Cameron tells us that the coming cuts will change our way of life forever but he offers no coherent vision of an alternative society and economy, argues David Aaronovitch.

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6. Iran's tortured Green movement is down but not out. We can still help (Guardian)

One year on from the stolen election, Timothy Garton Ash explains how the west can help revive Iran's courageous pro-democracy movement.

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7. "Just do it" is no mantra for Japan (Financial Times)

Japan's problems are not as easy to solve as commonly supposed, writes David Pilling.

8. To be a science ignoramus is simply not on (Times)

We need scientifically literate citizens to prevent our politicians making unwise decisions, says Robert Winston.

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9. Europe isn't just a matter of foreign policy (Independent)

The logic of recent events is towards greater integration of economic policy and political oversight, writes Adrian Hamilton.

10. New imbalances will threaten global recovery (Financial Times)

America must convince the world that it is no longer willing to be the consumer of last resort, writes Fred Bergsten.

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