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Catalonia’s Reckless Independence Bid

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The Catalan independence referendum was bold but impetuous, and the regional government now faces hostility from Spain and lacks support from any EU member state. Project Syndicate writers examine the implications for Spain, the EU, and other aspiring secessionists.

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  1. A Federal Spain in a Federal Europe
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    A Federal Spain in a Federal Europe

    Nov 2, 2017 Guy Verhofstadt sees only one realistic option for overcoming the crisis triggered by Catalonia's independence bid.

  2. The Sovereignty that Really Matters
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    The Sovereignty that Really Matters

    Oct 20, 2017 Javier Solana calls for renewed efforts to reduce the preeminence of the nation-state.

  3. Europe’s Attackers From Within
    Protest against the arrest of two Catalan separatist leaders Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

    Europe’s Attackers From Within

    Oct 17, 2017 Joschka Fischer argues that a stable and intact Spain that includes Catalonia is essential to the EU's future.

  4. International Mediation is Not the Answer in Catalonia
    Spanish prime minister Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

    International Mediation is Not the Answer in Catalonia

    Oct 12, 2017 Ana Palacio argues that external mediation of the crisis would undermine democracy and the rule of law – and not only in Spain.

  5. Why Catalonia’s Independence Bid Is Failing
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    Why Catalonia’s Independence Bid Is Failing

    Oct 12, 2017 Shlomo Ben-Ami describes the insuperable obstacles that will stifle the regional government's drive for statehood.

  6. Europe’s Return to Crisis?
    The new headquarters of 'La Caixa - Caixabank' Jose Jordan/Getty Images

    Europe’s Return to Crisis?

    Oct 11, 2017 Daniel Gros considers what Spain's internal tumult says about the European Union's structure and prospects.

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    The High Stakes of Climate-Risk Accounting

    Gernot Wagner & Tom Brookes show why economists can no longer ignore the need for a far more comprehensive set of welfare indicators.
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    The Cost of the Fed’s Challenged Credibility

    Mohamed A. El-Erian interprets the latest market tumult as the price of delaying monetary-policy tightening for too long.
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    Core Dangers for the Fed and China

    Stephen S. Roach

    Just as a fixation on core inflation can mislead central banks, as it has done with the US Federal Reserve, the power of a “core leader” like China’s Xi Jinping is a recipe for misdirected and ultimately unsustainable policy regimes. The very notion of a core adds a false sense of precision when addressing complex problems.

    thinks the US central bank and Chinese governance share a conceptual weakness leading to major policy blunders.
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    Amazon’s Satanic Mills

    Antara Haldar sees recent unionization efforts as a welcome response to an unethical and inhumane business model.
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    Asia’s Captive Market for Migrant Labor

    M. Niaz Asadullah highlights how an entrenched alliance of politicians, bureaucrats, and business elites is exploiting workers.
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    In Search of a Development Plan for Asia

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng argue that bottom-up institutions – not top-down strategies – are the key to regional integration.
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    Giorgia Meloni’s Moment

    Bill Emmott sees little difference between the Brothers of Italy’s program and that of recent right-wing governments.
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    America’s Education Emergency

    Michael R. Strain calls for urgent action to make up for pandemic learning loss in light of dismal new test scores.
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    God Save the Pound?

    Andrés Velasco explains why sterling is plummeting when economic theory says it should be soaring.

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