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Why Populism?

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With the rise in much of the West of forces espousing authoritarian nationalism, explaining the vulnerability of liberal democracy has become a cottage industry. A seemingly simple phenomenon has turned out to be rather complex, demanding a multidisciplinary approach.

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    EU, Onward

    The European Council’s choice of candidates to fill the top European Union jobs has brought temporary relief at a politically fraught moment.

    But the EU’s new leaders face a daunting challenge: persuading the bloc’s member states to work together toward the shared policies that all of them need.

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    Occupy Hong Kong

    Another escalation in the standoff between protesters and the Hong Kong government has raised the stakes for both sides. Is a resolution still possible, given the deep roots and far-reaching implications of the confrontation?

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    Economics in an Age of Crisis: Trento Festival of Economics

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    1. Daron Acemoglu,
    2. Olivier Blanchard,
    3. Pier Carlo Padoan,
    4. Jean Pisani-Ferry,
    5. Raghuram G. Rajan,
    6. James A. Robinson,
    7. Paul Seabright

    With nationalist, populist, and illiberal movements continuing to take aim at the foundations of liberal democracy and the market economy, fresh solutions for today's problems are in high demand. For policymakers and experts, though, the challenge is not just to offer answers, but to convey them effectively to citizens.

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    The Battle for Brussels

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    1. Kemal Derviş,
    2. Mary Fitzgerald,
    3. Daniel Gros,
    4. Zaki Laïdi,
    5. Mark Leonard,
    6. Yves Leterme,
    7. Emmanuel Macron,
    8. Silvia Merler,
    9. Simone Tagliapietra,
    10. Alessio Terzi,
    11. Sam van der Staak

    This month’s European Parliament election is widely viewed as a turning point that will decide the European Union’s fate. But even if Europe is spared large gains by disruptive populist forces, it won’t be out of the woods.

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    What Do Workers Need?

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    1. Daron Acemoglu,
    2. Dalia Marin,
    3. Lenny Mendonca,
    4. Jim O'Neill,
    5. Dani Rodrik,
    6. Charles Sabel,
    7. Laura Tyson

    Even before the 2008 financial crisis and the subsequent tepid recovery in most countries, working hard no longer guaranteed a middle-class life in the developed economies. A decade later, with many countries’ political stability at stake, restoring the conditions for broadly shared prosperity has become an urgent priority.

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    Asia’s Scary Movie

    Richard N. Haass

    A snapshot of Asia would show a region at peace, with stable societies, growing economies, and robust alliances. But, if we view history as a moving picture, we may well come to look back on this moment as the time in which the most economically successful part of the world began to come apart.

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    The Great Crypto Heist

    Nouriel Roubini

    Cryptocurrencies have given rise to an entire new criminal industry, comprising unregulated offshore exchanges, paid propagandists, and an army of scammers looking to fleece retail investors. Yet, despite the overwhelming evidence of rampant fraud and abuse, financial regulators and law-enforcement agencies remain asleep at the wheel.

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