Monday, March 27, 2017
  1. Politics

    Defending Liberal Democracy in Poland

    Guy Verhofstadt
    Politics

    Defending Liberal Democracy in Poland

    13

     calls on the EU to take two steps to rein in the increasingly illiberal PiS government.

    Jaroslaw Kaczynski Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images
    Poland's current government is pushing the country deeper into a constitutional crisis, weakening its democratic institutions, and cracking down on civil society. It's time for the EU to stop hoping that the situation will resolve itself and start defending liberal democracy in the heart of Europe, before it's too late. READ MORE
  2. Politics

    Muslim Anxieties and India’s Future

    Devesh Kapur
    Politics

    Muslim Anxieties and India’s Future

    4

     warns that the appointment of a bigot to lead the country's largest state is a recipe for disaster.

    Narendra Modi election victory Uttar Pradesh Burhaan Kinu/Hindustan Times/Getty Images
    The recent election in Uttar Pradesh, India's largest state, gave Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party a strong mandate, providing the government with a golden opportunity to advance economic development there, while reaching out to the Muslim population. But Modi seems intent on fueling Hindu chauvinism. READ MORE
  3. Debates

    A Robots Tax?

    Debates

    A Robots Tax?

    Newsart for A Robots Tax? Alexander Koerner/Getty Images
    The Nobel Laureate, Robert Shiller says that a tax on robots is necessary to fund wage insurance to help reduce the inequality automation will cause. But Yanis Varoufakis, the former Greek Finance Minister, says a sales tax on robots is not practical and calls instead for a universal basic dividend, financed from the returns on all capital. READ MORE
  4. Politics

    Fighting for Life at 60

    Philippe Legrain
    Politics

    Fighting for Life at 60

    16

     suggests a battle plan for pro-EU forces in the coming year's crucial national elections.

    EU elections flags Tobias Schwarz/Getty Images
    European Union heads of state just gathered to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, while right-wing populists are threatening to destroy Europe’s open liberal societies. Although the Dutch election showed that such forces can be defeated, the risk of another populist upset remains real. READ MORE
  5. World Affairs

    A Turkish Thorn in the EU’s Side

    Javier Solana
    World Affairs

    A Turkish Thorn in the EU’s Side

    9

     advises European leaders to take the moral high ground in response to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's barbs.

    Newsart for A Turkish Thorn in the EU’s Side Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images
    While the EU tries to weather a populist, nationalist storm that threatens its core institutions, some of its most important strategic allies have injected more uncertainty into the current political climate. Chief among them is Turkey, which has now taken an alarming turn away from democratic norms. READ MORE

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