Prices rise across the world – BBC News Review

Food and energy prices are rising around the world meaning millions now face tough choices in their daily lives. Economists blame a combination of Covid, poor harvests and the war in Ukraine.

Now central banks are putting up interest rates to try to control the crisis.

Video chapters:
0:00 – Introduction
0:25 – Story
1:07 – Headline 1: The Guardian – Fight against inflation raises spectre of global inflation
2:33 – Headline 2: CITY A.M. – Inflation and recession concoction sends global markets into the mire
3:45 – Headline 3: The Indian Express – Partha Sen writes: The inflation tightrope
5:03 – Language summary

Key words and phrases
the spectre of (something)
the possibility of something bad happening

* The spectre of another pandemic is very worrying.
* The spectre of nuclear war is back.

into the mire
into a difficult situation

* The scandal dragged the minister into the mire
* The company was mired in controversy

tightrope
situation in which a small mistake can have a dangerous result

* It’s a tightrope. If we get this wrong, the company will collapse.
* You have to walk a tightrope when you plan a wedding.

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