Monday, August 3, 2015
  1. Clowns on the Campaign Trail

    Ian Buruma

    Clowns on the Campaign Trail


     asks why voters in democracies are attracted to buffoonish candidates.

    Donald Trump Brian Cahn/ZumaPress

    Disaffected voters can be found everywhere, whether in the US, Europe, or India. But they are not only turning away from mainstream political parties and following populists who promise to clean out the corrupt elites from the centers of power; they also share a taste for entertainers. READ MORE

  2. Rule, Germania

    Harold James

    Rule, Germania


     explains why Germany is so insistent on a legalistic approach to the eurozone's functioning.

    Wolfgang Schauble Wiktor Dabkowski/ZumaPress

    A persistent feature of the discussions about how to address Europe's debt crisis has been German leaders' insistence that the rules must be followed. Germany's obsession with rules reflects the way its federal system of government has shaped its decision-making, as well as its historic experience with debt crises. READ MORE

  3. Containment Begins at Home

    Nina L. Khrushcheva
  4. Latin America’s Anti-Corruption Crusade

    Jorge G. Castañeda
  5. The Return of the Ugly German

    Joschka Fischer

    The Return of the Ugly German


     laments the fate of the European Union in the wake of the latest round of the Greek drama.

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    During the long night of negotiations over Greece on July 12-13, something fundamental to the European Union cracked. Since then, Europeans have lived in a different kind of EU, with Germany’s pursuit of national interest set to provoke conflict with France and Italy. READ MORE

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