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Michael Bröning

Michael Bröning

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Michael Bröning, the author, most recently, of Vom Ende der Freiheit (Dietz, 2021), serves on the Basic Values commission of Germany’s Social Democratic Party.

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  1. Should Germany's AfD Be Banned?
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    Should Germany's AfD Be Banned?

    Jan 23, 2024 Michael Bröning argues that surging popular support for the far-right party requires a political, not a legal, response.

  2. Gaza and the End of Germany’s Willkommenskultur
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    Gaza and the End of Germany’s Willkommenskultur

    Oct 30, 2023 Michael Bröning explains how a surge in anti-Semitism after Hamas’s attack has reset the domestic debate about migration.

  3. Are the Kids Leaning Right?
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    Are the Kids Leaning Right?

    Apr 21, 2022 Michael Bröning sees an age-old electoral pattern being challenged, with potentially dire implications for progressives.

  4. Give Centrism a Chance
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    Give Centrism a Chance

    Oct 30, 2020 Michael Bröning urges progressive political parties to rediscover the merits of pragmatism and moderation.

  5. Germany’s Green Wave
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    Germany’s Green Wave

    Jul 1, 2019 Michael Bröning notes that if current polls hold up, party leader Robert Habeck could be the country's next chancellor.

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    Europe Needs Chinese Investment

    Dalia Marin urges European policymakers to focus on boosting FDI flows from technologically advanced economies.
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    Why Macron Is Risking an Election

    Zaki Laïdi points out that the French president has little to lose by dissolving parliament after two years of paralysis.
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    The Economic Case for Seizing Russia’s Frozen Assets to Support Ukraine

    Timothy Ash rebuts the main arguments against confiscating Russian reserves to fund Ukraine’s defense.
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    The G7 Cannot Afford to Ignore Africa

    Hakainde Hichilema

    Despite rising global tensions, the G7 remains a formidable and influential grouping, and it has a responsibility to act boldly in boosting shared prosperity. To that end, it must replenish the International Development Association, reallocate special drawing rights, and push for debt-pause clauses at this week’s summit.

    urges the group to commit to an ambitious replenishment of the International Development Association.
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    Europe Must Fight the Far-Right Surge

    Philippe Legrain

    After the far right’s gains in the European Parliament elections, mainstream parties can either sit idly by or tackle the problem head-on, as French President Emmanuel Macron seems to be doing. Calling the populists’ bluff offers the best chance of victory by showing how their radical policies could backfire.

    thinks French President Emmanuel Macron was right to challenge the National Rally by calling a snap election.
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    Investing in African Women Will Yield Outsize Returns

    Dolika Banda highlights the pivotal role female entrepreneurs can play in building the “impact economies” of the future.
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    The Real Winners of the European Election

    Sławomir Sierakowski considers who is in the strongest position after a far-right wave failed to materialize.
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    Can AI Foster a Global Consciousness?

    Jamie Metzl explains how the technology could help people incorporate a collective purpose into their traditional beliefs.
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    Getting the Global Economy Out of the Slow Lane

    Indermit Gill & M. Ayhan Kose propose ways to revive progress toward prosperity, particularly in beleaguered developing economies.

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