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Germany's Troubling Election

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The success of the far right and the end of Germany’s grand coalition government have introduced new uncertainties into the politics of Europe’s most powerful country. What are the main implications for Germany, the EU, and global affairs?

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  1. The Chimera of Franco-German Reform
    Jean-Claude Juncker delivers his State of the Union speech at the European Parliament Patrick Herzog/Getty Images

    The Chimera of Franco-German Reform

    Oct 4, 2017 Hans-Helmut Kotz warns the European Union's would-be reformers not to count on the support of Germany's next government.

  2. A Test for Europe’s German Anchor
    Angela Merkel takes her place on the government bench Sean Gallup/Getty Images

    A Test for Europe’s German Anchor

    Sep 26, 2017 Daniela Schwarzer notes that while the center held in Germany's federal election, the policy consensus is weakening.

  3. Europe’s Battle on Four Fronts
    Britain Brexit protest Justin Tallis/Getty Images

    Europe’s Battle on Four Fronts

    Sep 26, 2017 Anatole Kaletsky believes that the EU's survival requires simultaneous breakthroughs in Berlin, Brussels, London, and Paris.

  4. Germany’s Grave New World
    Angela Merkel Odd Andersen/Getty Images

    Germany’s Grave New World

    Sep 26, 2017 Joschka Fischer says the fate of Europe's most stable democracy and largest economy now hangs in the balance.

  5. Germany’s Weimar Ghosts
    A protestor holds a banner translating 'AFD Is Not An Alternative' Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

    Germany’s Weimar Ghosts

    Sep 25, 2017 Harold James argues that a stable European order may be the Federal Republic's strongest democratic bulwark in the coming years.

  6. Germany’s Economic Road Ahead
    A voter casts his ballot in early voting in German federal elections Sean Gallup/Getty Images

    Germany’s Economic Road Ahead

    Sep 25, 2017 Clemens Fuest highlights five major policy challenges that the new government will face in the coming years.

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    Is the Quad Becoming a Potemkin Alliance?

    Brahma Chellaney fears that US President Joe Biden’s conciliatory approach toward China is undermining Indo-Pacific security.
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    The High Costs of the New US Tariffs on Chinese EVs

    Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg

    Every time one set of protectionist measures against China disappoints, the United States escalates its economic war in the hope that additional restrictions will prove more effective. Yet by slapping massive tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles, America has laid bare its own hypocrisy and economic vulnerabilities.

    laments the Biden administration's embrace of costly, futile efforts to outcompete low-cost rivals.
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    How G7 Leaders Can Unlock Financing for Africa

    William Ruto

    With many African countries trapped in perpetual cycles of debt, financing investment in sustainable development has become increasingly difficult, if not impossible. The situation demands that wealthy countries step up and offer debt relief and cancellation, in addition to more concessional and long-term financing.

    urges wealthy countries to help bring the global financial system into line with the developing world's needs.
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    The Threat of Trumpflation and a Fed War

    J. Bradford DeLong thinks monetary hawks should be more worried about the return of a populist demagogue to the White House.
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    Is China Too Old to Get Rich?

    Yi Fuxian explains why the country’s rising median age is at the root of its current malaise.
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    The Dangerous Retreat into Protectionism

    Carl Bildt warns that nothing good will come from a more deeply fragmented global economy.
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    The Case for Ukraine’s NATO Accession

    Yuriy Gorodnichenko & Ilona Sologoub explain why giving in to the Kremlin’s nuclear blackmail could push the alliance into a death spiral.
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    Don’t Believe the AI Hype

    Daron Acemoglu finds nothing to support widely cited assessments of the technology’s near-term potential.
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    What the China Pessimists Are Getting Wrong

    Yu Yongding rejects gloomy narratives about the economy’s prospects and proposes ways to revive growth.

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