The Big Picture

Drawing on PS’s unique access to the world’s seminal thinkers, the Big Picture offers authoritative insights not only on topics in the news, but also on the deeper issues driving the news. The Big Picture surrounds a topic – from globalization, technological breakthroughs, and the future of work to green finance and the broader sustainability agenda – with a curated selection of 4-5 commentaries by leading policymakers, statesmen, scientists, and scholars, providing readers with a truly comprehensive view of the day’s key events, challenges, and trends.

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Featured in this Big Picture
  1. Bill Emmott,
  2. Simon Johnson,
  3. Anatole Kaletsky,
  4. Jacek Rostowski,
  5. Yanis Varoufakis

Two and a half years after voting to leave the European Union, the United Kingdom is more divided and uncertain than ever about its future. And Britain’ s dysfunctional political class is likely to prolong the agony until the bitter end.

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    Featured in this Big Picture
    1. Benjamin J. Cohen,
    2. J. Bradford DeLong,
    3. Barry Eichengreen,
    4. Jim O'Neill,
    5. Kenneth Rogoff,
    6. Nouriel Roubini

    Political dysfunction in the United States and an apparent growth slowdown in China suggest that the global economy is sailing into choppy seas – and markets have been responding accordingly. How jittery should investors and policymakers be? 

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    Featured in this Big Picture
    1. Elizabeth Drew,
    2. Christopher R. Hill,
    3. Jeffrey D. Sachs,
    4. Javier Solana,
    5. Ramesh Thakur

    Despite bipartisan opposition, President Donald Trump has stuck with his decision to withdraw all US troops from Syria, though at a slower pace. The question now is whether the move will simplify the situation in that war-torn country, or complicate matters further.

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    Featured in this Big Picture
    1. Martin Feldstein,
    2. Jeffrey Frankel,
    3. Stephen S. Roach,
    4. Nouriel Roubini

    Donald Trump's attacks on the US Federal Reserve have thrown financial markets into a near-panic. Will the president’s reckless behavior turn a long-anticipated market correction into a full-fledged crisis?

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    Featured in this Big Picture
    1. Carl Bildt,
    2. Richard N. Haass,
    3. Bernard-Henri Lévy,
    4. Dominique Moisi,
    5. Sławomir Sierakowski,
    6. Guy Verhofstadt

    With French President Emmanuel Macron’s government under siege by mass street rallies, reformists’ prospects in next year’s European Parliament election look dimmer than ever. And as protesters hit the streets in Brussels and elsewhere as well, 2019 is shaping up to be a make-or-break year for the European Union.

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    Featured in this Big Picture
    1. Barry Eichengreen,
    2. Daniel Gros,
    3. Jim O'Neill,
    4. Jeffrey D. Sachs

    Though US President Donald Trump is reportedly worried about the impact of his trade war on his working-class and rural supporters, he has doubled down on his aggressive approach to China. But to what end?

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    Featured in this Big Picture
    1. Michael Burleigh,
    2. Mohamed A. El-Erian,
    3. Harold James,
    4. Chris Patten,
    5. Robert Skidelsky

    With the clock ticking, UK parliamentarians are preparing to decide on the government's proposed agreement with the European Union outlining the terms of Britain's withdrawal from the bloc. The vote next week will be a moment of truth for Prime Minister Theresa May, and the truth could hurt her and prolong a seemingly endless political saga.

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    Featured in this Big Picture
    1. Christopher R. Hill,
    2. Anatole Kaletsky,
    3. Mark Leonard,
    4. Stephen S. Roach

    US President Donald Trump will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on December 1, with the state of Sino-American relations hanging in the balance. Will Trump deliver genuine diplomacy, or merely more pageantry?

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    Featured in this Big Picture
    1. Carl Bildt,
    2. Harold James,
    3. Hans-Werner Sinn,
    4. Javier Solana,
    5. Adam Tooze,
    6. Shahin Vallée

    The centennial of the end of World War I has been accompanied by soul-searching in the European Union as it confronts a world in which America is no longer steadfastly committed to its defense. While proposals for a joint European army are gaining ground, can the EU really go its own way on security?

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    1. Jayati Ghosh,
    2. Eswar Prasad,
    3. Arvind Subramanian,
    4. Shashi Tharoor

    A mounting feud between Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government and the Reserve Bank of India has raised concerns about India’s financial stability and long-term growth prospects. With the RBI already struggling to manage a challenging macroeconomic environment, much will depend on whether it can stay above the political fray.

  10. Featured in this Big Picture
    1. Mohamed A. El-Erian,
    2. Jim O'Neill,
    3. Lucrezia Reichlin,
    4. Paola Subacchi

    The split between Italy's populist government and the European Union has raised fears of another euro crisis. Even assuming that both sides are willing to negotiate, is a compromise still possible?

  11. Featured in this Big Picture
    1. Kaushik Basu,
    2. Ian Buruma,
    3. Christophe Deloire,
    4. Shirin Ebadi,
    5. Barry Eichengreen,
    6. Dani Rodrik,
    7. Joseph E. Stiglitz

    With millions more ballots being cast for Democrats than for Republicans in the US midterm elections, Americans have signaled that they are through with one-party rule. But when it comes to defending democracy against strongman illiberalism, there is still a tough row to hoe.

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    Featured in this Big Picture
    1. Marcel Fratzscher,
    2. Philippe Legrain,
    3. Ashoka Mody,
    4. Yanis Varoufakis

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has long been regarded as an exponent of Western liberal-democratic values and a source of stability in the face of turmoil. Now that she is on her way out, what future awaits Germany, and the West generally?

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