Friday, May 29, 2015
  1. World Affairs

    The FIFA Syndrome

    Lucy P. Marcus
    World Affairs

    The FIFA Syndrome

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     says that unethical behavior at the top of an organization often ramifies throughout it.

    Sepp Blatter Andreas Meier/ZumaPress

    The arrest of senior FIFA executives on a raft of fraud and corruption charges has been front-page news in recent days. But the criminal charges do not address another egregious injustice: the treatment of the migrant workers in Qatar who are building the stadiums for the 2022 FIFA Football World Cup. READ MORE

  2. Economics

    Niall Ferguson’s Wishful Thinking

    Robert Skidelsky
    Economics

    Niall Ferguson’s Wishful Thinking

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     continues the debate with the Harvard historian over the UK government's austerity policy.

    Niall Ferguson Javier Rojas/ZumaPress

    The Harvard historian Niall Ferguson is right that Keynesians should learn from experience. But until Ferguson explains why he thinks that austerity was a good thing for the UK economy, his critics will be forgiven for seeing his economic pronouncements as nothing more than political propaganda. READ MORE

  3. World Affairs

    The Soccer Mafia

    Ian Buruma
    World Affairs

    The Soccer Mafia

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     calls FIFA a criminal racket sustained by anti-imperialist rhetoric.

    Sepp Blatter Andy Mueller/ZumaPress

    It is as useless to lament the shift in global power and influence away from the heartlands of the West as it is to try to predict this shift’s political consequences. But if the sorry story of FIFA is any indication, one observation still rings true: Whatever form government takes, it is money that rules. READ MORE

  4. Politics

    Europe’s Movement Against Moving

    Harold James
    Politics

    Europe’s Movement Against Moving

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     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

  5. Economics

    Austerity Is the Only Deal-Breaker

    Yanis Varoufakis
    Economics

    Austerity Is the Only Deal-Breaker

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     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

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