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1. Back towards a US double dip (Financial Times)

Washington's paralysis in the face of a stalled recovery is bad news, writes Robert Reich.

2. Why cling to the least helpful targets? (Independent)

As ministers insist they have no time for targets, you cannot move for them in relation to the economy, writes Steve Richards.

3. Many agree, none act: to ease untold misery, legalise drugs (Guardian)

The war on drugs is lost, argues Peter Wilby. But no one in power has the courage for a switch to regulation.

4. Having the Balkans in the EU is in our interest (Times) (£)

The trials of Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic provide an opportunity to stop the region sliding back into bloodshed, writes Paddy Ashdown.

5. Why the health service needs surgery (Daily Telegraph)

An ageing population and medical advances will lead to a financial crisis if nothing is done, says Andrew Lansley.

6. Southern Cross won't be the last private "partner" to hit the rocks (Independent)

The firm's troubles are a timely reminder of the risks of privatisation, writes Sean O'Grady.

7. Asia's quiet anger with "big, bad" China (Financial Times)

Many Vietnamese, feeling centuries of resentment, believe that China has strangled local industry at birth, writes David Pilling.

8. Freebie Pippa and her family have potential to embarrass the monarchy (Daily Mail)

The Middletons are cashing in on their new status, says Stephen Glover.

9. Is the City fit to run a care home? (Daily Telegraph)

The crisis at Southern Cross exposes the lack of a viable strategy for looking after the elderly, says Graham Ruddick.

10. Who will be a voice for the emerging precariat? (Guardian)

Progressives need to find ways to speak to the new global, insecure classes before the far right does, writes Guy Standing.

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