The Big Picture

The Big Picture brings together 4-5 Project Syndicate commentaries not just on topics in the news, but also on the deeper issues driving the news. Thanks to the unique resources available to the world’s largest provider of original, high-quality commentary, with the Big Picture, readers quickly gain the insights of diverse, authoritative perspectives on critical global events and challenges. The Big Picture surrounds a topic – from unrest in Iran and US tax reform to green finance and the broader sustainability agenda – with curated presentations featuring the world’s leading thinkers, practitioners, policymakers, and statesmen, providing an immediate, yet comprehensive view of the day’s most urgent news and issues.

Featured in this Big Picture
  1. Carl Bildt,
  2. Ian Buruma,
  3. J. Bradford DeLong,
  4. Javier Solana

Now that Donald Trump has bent the knee to Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, the threat that his administration poses to American democracy and transatlantic unity and security can no longer be credibly denied. Can the West survive his presidency?

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    Featured in this Big Picture
    1. Anatole Kaletsky,
    2. Mark Malloch-Brown,
    3. Jacek Rostowski,
    4. Robert Skidelsky

    By finally articulating her vision for a negotiated exit from the European Union, British Prime Minister Theresa May has brought the realities of Brexit into sharp focus. The problem is that very few Britons like what they see.

  2. Featured in this Big Picture
    1. Barry Eichengreen,
    2. Mohamed A. El-Erian,
    3. Anne O. Krueger,
    4. Jim O'Neill,
    5. Dani Rodrik

    The US administration's escalating threats of further tariffs on Chinese goods suggest that it is serious about risking a full-blown trade war. How should the world prepare for it?

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    Featured in this Big Picture
    1. Carl Bildt,
    2. Federico Fubini,
    3. Mark Leonard,
    4. Sławomir Sierakowski

    Developments in Germany and across Europe in recent months have rapidly undermined Chancellor Angela Merkel's hold on power. In this Big Picture, Project Syndicate commentators explain the current threat that the German chancellor is facing – and consider what might come next. 

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    Featured in this Big Picture
    1. Joschka Fischer,
    2. Jim O'Neill,
    3. Dani Rodrik,
    4. Javier Solana

    Between launching a worldwide trade war, alienating allies, and being out-negotiated in East Asia, Donald Trump has all but brought the curtain down on American global leadership. The question now is who will star in the next act.

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    Featured in this Big Picture
    1. Simon Johnson,
    2. Edmund S. Phelps,
    3. Kenneth Rogoff,
    4. Jonathan Ruane,
    5. Laura Tyson

    By threatening to impose levies on all Chinese exports, US President Donald Trump seems intent on escalating his trade war of choice. But while Trump remains fixated on the US-China bilateral trade balance, China has its eye on a larger prize.

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    Featured in this Big Picture
    1. Barry Eichengreen,
    2. Dani Rodrik,
    3. Michael Spence,
    4. Joseph E. Stiglitz

    Since being sworn in late last month, Italy's populist government has sought to assure the world that it has no intention of provoking a confrontation with the European Union. But if it follows through on its economic-policy program, a showdown is all but inevitable.

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    Featured in this Big Picture
    1. Elizabeth Drew,
    2. Bill Emmott,
    3. Richard N. Haass,
    4. Christopher R. Hill,
    5. Yoon Young-kwan

    US President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un’s summit in Singapore has forced two key questions to the surface. The first is how even to define a “successful” outcome; the second is whether that outcome will be good for the region, or merely for the negotiators’ egos.

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    1. Daniel Gros,
    2. Michael Kellner,
    3. Barbara Unmüßig,
    4. Yanis Varoufakis,
    5. Guy Verhofstadt

    The tariff standoff between the Trump administration and the European Union is about much more than imported steel or German cars. At issue is whether the EU is prepared to protect its interests in a world where the US no longer will.

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    1. Mohamed A. El-Erian,
    2. Martin Guzman,
    3. Carmen M. Reinhart,
    4. Joseph E. Stiglitz,
    5. Andrés Velasco

    In response to last month's currency crisis, Argentina has had to hike interest rates and request an IMF stand-by arrangement. It all recalls the bad old days of default and debt restructuring, and the question now is whether the economic gains of the past few years can be salvaged.

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    Featured in this Big Picture
    1. Harold James,
    2. Lucrezia Reichlin,
    3. Carmen M. Reinhart,
    4. Brunello Rosa,
    5. Nouriel Roubini

    The emergence of a new populist coalition government in Italy has cast a pall of uncertainty over Europe. Even worse, the fog shows no sign of lifting anytime soon.

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    Featured in this Big Picture
    1. Xiao Geng,
    2. Kent Harrington,
    3. Keyu Jin,
    4. Zhang Jun,
    5. Kishore Mahbubani,
    6. Stephen S. Roach,
    7. Andrew Sheng

    After putting punitive tariffs "on hold" less than two weeks ago, the US Department of the Treasury has announced that it will move forward with levies on an array of Chinese imports. Will this be the long-awaited trade-war shot heard around the world?

  12. Featured in this Big Picture
    1. Brahma Chellaney,
    2. Mohamed A. El-Erian,
    3. Angel Gurría,
    4. Ngaire Woods

    This week, French President Emmanuel Macron hosted an OECD forum in Paris to explore how international cooperation can be adapted to meet the demands of the twenty-first century. In the age of Brexit and "America First,” how should global rules be revised?

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