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Brexit Limbo

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Months after the referendum that shook the world, the fallout from Brexit, including the likely economic costs, remains unsettled. Theresa May's government is still wrestling with the basic question of what type of relationship with the EU Britain wants, while European leaders are struggling to develop a united front for negotiations.

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  1. Trade Truths for Trumpians and Brexiteers
    Felixstowe UK Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

    Trade Truths for Trumpians and Brexiteers

    Mar 6, 2017 Jim O'Neill laments that domestic politics in the US and the UK are derailing commonsense economic policies.

  2. Tony Blair’s Democratic Insurrection
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    Tony Blair’s Democratic Insurrection

    Feb 24, 2017 Anatole Kaletsky agrees with the former UK prime minister that the Brexit debate needs to be restarted.

  3. Brexit in a Brave New World
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    Brexit in a Brave New World

    Feb 7, 2017 Daniel Gros predicts that the UK will incur some heavy costs in negotiating trade deals with the EU and the US.

  4. Why the EU Must Be Generous to Britain
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    Why the EU Must Be Generous to Britain

    Jan 31, 2017 Hans-Werner Sinn argues that punishing the UK for leaving is the wrong way to keep other member states in.

  5. Theresa May’s Trump Card
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    Theresa May’s Trump Card

    Jan 26, 2017 Guy Verhofstadt warns that the UK government is playing a dangerous, short-sighted game by pandering to populists.

  6. Theresa May’s Triple Bet
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    Theresa May’s Triple Bet

    Jan 26, 2017 Dominique Moisi says the UK prime minister's "hard" Brexit plan reflects wishful thinking in an age of uncertainty.

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    Tick TikTok Goes Globalization

    Kenneth Rogoff

    The bipartisan push to ban TikTok in the US reflects both the growing distrust of China and lawmakers’ limited understanding of the tech world. While there are legitimate national-security concerns associated with the platform, a US ban could end up accelerating deglobalization.

    thinks efforts to restrict American users’ access to the app are hypocritical and counterproductive.
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    To Reconstruct Turkey, Rebuild Its Democracy

    Daron Acemoglu & Cihat Tokgöz

    Turkey's massive death toll from the earthquakes in February attests to a much larger problem. From an overly powerful construction lobby and endemic corruption to the steady erosion of democratic institutions, it is clear that the country now needs a thorough political and economic transformation.

    think the country needs not just a new government but a broader economic and political transformation.
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    India’s Boom Is a Dangerous Myth

    Ashoka Mody dismantles the hype around a rosy economic narrative that is actually becoming bleaker by the day.
  4. basu90_ContributorGetty Images_putin icc Contributor/Getty Images

    Halting the Authoritarian Drift

    Kaushik Basu considers the dynamics that lead political leaders down the road to tyranny, paranoia, and aggression.
  5. khrushcheva165_SERGEI KARPUKHINSPUTNIKAFP via Getty Images_xiputin Sergei Karpukhin/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images

    Xi’s the Boss

    Nina L. Khrushcheva says the Chinese leader's recent visit to Moscow was intended, first and foremost, to show who is in charge.
  6. pisaniferry143_FABRICE COFFRINIAFP via Getty Images_johnkerrychina Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images

    Can “Cooperative Rivalry” Work?

    Jean Pisani-Ferry worries that America and China will be unable to find common ground on preserving the global commons.
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    The Fed’s Role in the Bank Failures

    Raghuram G. Rajan & Viral V. Acharya show how the US central bank's liquidity policies created the conditions for runs on uninsured deposits.
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    Policymakers Keep Solving the Wrong Banking Problem

    Andrés Velasco argues that recent market turmoil has revealed that the sector’s main vulnerability is unavoidable.
  9. ito25_Chip SomodevillaGetty Images_yellen Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

    An Insolvency Iceberg?

    Takatoshi Ito considers the risk that other banks will experience liquidity problems as interest rates continue to rise.

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