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Most Read of 2015

10 commentaries

The year that just ended witnessed an extraordinary array of economic and political challenges, including disunion in Europe, decelerating Chinese growth, and deepening turmoil in the Middle East. Understand what happened – and what to expect – with the year's ten most-read Project Syndicate commentaries.

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    In Bitcoin We Trust?

    Paola Subacchi

    Coordinated cross-border policies are needed to ensure that cryptocurrencies don’t do more harm than good in developing countries. Unless both the public and private sectors embrace critical reforms, people and governments will increasingly be attracted by low-cost, high-risk, and murky alternatives to traditional banking.

    questions the wisdom of El Salvador’s recent decision to adopt the cryptocurrency as legal tender.
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    Brexit Turns Five

    The United Kingdom’s vote in a referendum on June 23, 2016, to leave the European Union delivered a sharp populist shock to the political establishment there and throughout the West. Five years on, the consequences of that decision, for both the UK and EU, are coming more sharply into focus.

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