Emmanuel Macron has started a debate which is vital for Europe. Macron‘s notion of a Europe which protects should not be interpreted as a protectionist Europe but as a Europe which cooperates in public goods provision and one which protects open markets and multilateralism.
The fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 marked the end not of a historical chapter, but of a paragraph. Although capitalism currently has no rival, it has proven its compatibility with illiberal forces.
Having lost touch with public sentiment, officials in Paris, Hong Kong, and Santiago failed to anticipate that a seemingly modest policy action (a fuel-tax increase, an extradition bill, and higher metro prices, respectively) would trigger a massive social explosion.