Wednesday, October 1, 2014
  1. Brazil’s Cautious Voters

    Jorge G. Castañeda

    Brazil’s Cautious Voters


     predicts that Brazilian voters will stick with President Dilma Rousseff, despite a failing economy.

    Dilma Rousseff UN Women/Flickr

    Brazil's presidential election has come alive as the mixed-race Marina Silva mounts a serious challenge to President Dilma Rousseff. But, despite Brazil's economic troubles, corruption scandals, and recent World Cup humiliation, Rousseff's incumbency advantage is likely to be decisive. READ MORE

  2. Solving Europe’s Credibility Problem

    Jean Pisani-Ferry

    Solving Europe’s Credibility Problem


     asks whether eurozone governments can commit to reducing spending while avoiding immediate cuts.

    Salzburg Europe at night ZeHawk/Flickr

    As the eurozone debates how to escape the stagnation trap in which it finds itself, one question has become increasingly important: Can governments credibly commit to trim public spending in the future while avoiding immediate cuts? Fortunately, the answer is yes: Fiscal accommodation now does not rule out consolidation later. READ MORE

  3. Addicted to Putin

    Maxim Trudolyubov

    Addicted to Putin


     provides a glimpse into the mindset that is fueling ordinary Russians' support for their president.

    Vladimir Putin tshirt Anna Sergeeva/ZumaPress

    Watching Russia’s worrying trajectory under President Vladimir Putin, many foreign observers ask how a leader who is so apparently driving his country toward the abyss can remain so popular. The answer is simple: Putin’s supporters – that is, a hefty majority of Russians – do not see the danger ahead. READ MORE

  4. “Whatever It Takes” in Ukraine

    Jorge Mariscal

    “Whatever It Takes” in Ukraine

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    &  argue that the ECB's approach to the eurozone crisis should be applied in Ukraine.

    Ukraine Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sergii Kharchenko/ZumaPress

    Europe’s efforts to revive its economy and confront the crisis in Ukraine may seem to be two entirely separate challenges. But policymakers, struggling to contain Russia and find an acceptable long-term settlement on Europe's eastern borders, could learn a lot from the way ECB President Mario Draghi has managed to stabilize the eurozone. READ MORE

  5. Policy “Crimes”

    Michael J. Boskin

    Policy “Crimes”


     bemoans the trend toward delegitimation of ideological opponents.

    Nicolas Maduro Ridardo Hausmann Wikimedia Commons

    Many pressing crises around the world require attention and action. But we must also focus – in the media and in the classroom – on less dramatic but nonetheless dangerous attacks on democracy and democratic values, including in the Americas, where statist regimes and others have been attacking freedom of speech and of the press. READ MORE

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