Wednesday, May 27, 2015
  1. Politics

    Europe’s Movement Against Moving

    Harold James

    Europe’s Movement Against Moving


     explains why labor mobility has become an issue in recent European elections.

    Train moving in Europe Carlos Bryant/Flickr

    The European Union has been a single labor market for nearly 30 years, but it was only after the global financial crisis that migration really took off. The result has been a backlash against it, both in the countries where workers arrive and, as Poland’s recent presidential election showed, in those from which they are leaving. READ MORE

  2. Economics

    Channeling China’s Animal Spirits

    Andrew Sheng, ET AL

    Channeling China’s Animal Spirits

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    &  hope that the stock market’s recent rise will help drive structural economic change.

    Pearl Tower Shanghai sama093/Flickr

    The real test of China’s administrative reforms is whether they allow – and even facilitate – the effective functioning of market forces. With animal spirits – not the authorities – guiding it, China can build the high-value-added, high-tech economy of the future. READ MORE

  3. Economics

    Austerity Is the Only Deal-Breaker

    Yanis Varoufakis

    Austerity Is the Only Deal-Breaker


     says that his government is prepared to enact all of the reforms that its creditors expect.

    Greece parliament building Wassilios Aswestopoulos/ZumaPress

    Greece’s government is eager to implement an agenda that includes all of the economic reforms that its creditors expect, and is uniquely able to maintain the public’s support for a sound economic program. What it will not do is embrace a cure – deeper austerity – that kills the patient. READ MORE

  4. Culture & Society

    The Power of Student Travel

    Gareth Evans
    Culture & Society

    The Power of Student Travel


     recalls how a peripatetic youth has influenced his career and policy choices.

    Student travel Scott Ableman/Flickr

    Universities everywhere, well aware of how fast the world is changing, are seeking better ways to help their students to become responsible global citizens. Perhaps the most effective approach is to give students the opportunity not just to study the world, but to spend time physically exploring it. READ MORE

  5. Politics

    Paradise in Peril

    Charles Tannock

    Paradise in Peril


     fears that the Maldives’ democratic transition has been aborted by the security forces.

    President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed/The Commonwealth/Flickr

    The plight of Mohamed Nasheed – the former president of the Maldives who has now been sentenced to 13 years imprisonment by the military government that overthrew him in 2012 – seems to have fallen off the world’s radar. This is bad news for the Maldives, where a fledgling democracy’s fate is inextricably tied to that of Nasheed. READ MORE

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Skidelsky and Ferguson Debate Austerity


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