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Germany in Limbo

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Chancellor Angela Merkel’s hopes of forming a new coalition government have been dashed by the withdrawal of the Free Democrats from talks, forcing her to resurrect the grand coalition with the Social Democrats, form a minority government, or face another general election. Project Syndicate writers reflect on the challenges Germany faces and the implications for Europe of Merkel’s weakened position.

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  1. Europe’s Crisis Starts at Home
    A man waves a European Union flag Daniel Mihalescu/Getty Images

    Europe’s Crisis Starts at Home

    Dec 4, 2017 Mark Leonard thinks the divisions that threaten EU integration are even wider within member states than between them.

  2. The Populist Tail Wagging the German Dog
    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and German Chancellor Angela Merkel Sean Gallup/Getty Images

    The Populist Tail Wagging the German Dog

    Nov 30, 2017 Sławomir Sierakowski attributes Germany's intransigence on EU reform to its economic interests in the Visegrad Group.

  3. A New Grand Coalition for Germany – and Europe
    Germany Parliament Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

    A New Grand Coalition for Germany – and Europe

    Nov 28, 2017 Jeffrey D. Sachs thinks the stakes are too high – in Europe and globally – not to reprise the previous CDU/CSU-SPD government.

  4. The Twilight of Angela Merkel
    Angela Merkel after exploratory talks on forming a new government broke down Tobias Schwarz/Getty Images

    The Twilight of Angela Merkel

    Nov 21, 2017 Philippe Legrain is worried less by the prospect of the German chancellor's political demise than about a prolonged interregnum.

  5. Germany’s Götterdämmerung
     Angela Merkel departs after preliminary coalition talks collapsed Sean Gallup/Getty Images

    Germany’s Götterdämmerung

    Nov 21, 2017 Hans-Werner Sinn welcomes the prospect of a minority government, especially if genuine public debate returns to the Bundestag.

  6. The Danger of a Post-German Europe
    Merkel worried Steffi Loos/getty images

    The Danger of a Post-German Europe

    Nov 20, 2017 Ana Palacio implores EU countries to work actively to re-engage the bloc's reluctant leader.

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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.
  6. emmott_Antonio MasielloGetty Images_meloni Antonio Masiello/Getty Images

    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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    Preparing for the Long War

    Mark Leonard thinks Europeans should plan for a prolonged conflict despite Ukraine’s recent gains.

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