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The Populist Threat to the EU

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The populist tide that brought the world Brexit and Trump is now threatening the very foundations of Europe. Will European voters bring the EU house down?

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  1. Can the EU Survive Populism?
    mass anti-EU rally in Athens in 2015 NurPhoto

    Can the EU Survive Populism?

    Jan 4, 2017 Daniel Gros explains why European integration has become a primary target of populist ire.

  2. The Five Lessons of Populist Rule
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    The Five Lessons of Populist Rule

    Jan 2, 2017 Sławomir Sierakowski offers a tip to liberal democrats: winning ugly may be unseemly, but it is far better than losing.

  3. Italy on the Brink
    Demonstration of No supporters in Rome Stefano Montesi/Getty Images

    Italy on the Brink

    Dec 8, 2016 Philippe Legrain warns that the country is now on a path to leave the eurozone, unless it can adopt radical reforms.

  4. Can Trump Save the Euro?
    Renzi speaks after Referendum loss Franco Origlia/Stringer

    Can Trump Save the Euro?

    Dec 6, 2016 Daniel Gros suggests that higher US demand and a stronger dollar will lift struggling economies like Italy's.

  5. Preventing the Next Eurozone Crisis Starts Now
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    Preventing the Next Eurozone Crisis Starts Now

    Dec 1, 2016 Jean Pisani-Ferry urges member governments to break the silence on the common currency's future.

  6. Europe’s December Day of Reckoning
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    Europe’s December Day of Reckoning

    Dec 1, 2016 Philipp Ther explains why the stakes of this Sunday's Italian referendum and Austrian presidential election are so high.

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    The Myth of Central-Bank Independence

    Robert Skidelsky

    The Bank of England’s failure to respond effectively to the worst inflation in four decades underscores the need to abandon the outdated notion that fiscal and monetary policy can be kept separate. If governments are to be held responsible for investment and employment, they should also control interest rates.

    thinks the time has come to transfer power from technocrats back to elected officials.
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    The Gig Economy vs. America’s Workers

    Sandeep Vaheesan warns that proposed ballot initiatives in Massachusetts would legalize exploitative employment practices.
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    King Trump on Trial

    Richard K. Sherwin

    High-ranking Republican politicians have lately been turning up at Donald Trump’s New York City trial to demonstrate solidarity with the former president. But their attendance also serves a more alarming purpose: to validate Trump as a competing source of sovereign power, independent of the US Constitution and the rule of law.

    explains why a parade of Republican leaders have made appearances at the former president’s trial in New York.
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    Crunch Time for the Power Sector

    Michael Spence argues that developing flexible, stable, and resilient smart grids requires an expanded industrial policy.
  5. op_janeway16_SAUL LOEBAFP via Getty Images_bidenchips Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

    The Rise of Mesoeconomics

    William H. Janeway details how a long-neglected field of economic study can be applied to today's most pressing policy challenges.
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    What the AI Pessimists Are Missing

    Michael R. Strain points out that the technology will help to address many of the risks it creates.
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    The Innocent Bystanders of College Protests

    Takatoshi Ito laments that a radical minority can disrupt the lives of so many in the broader university community.
  8. lacamera1_Wang DongzhenXinhua via Getty Images_COP28 Wang Dongzhen/Xinhua via Getty Images

    Only Public-Private Cooperation Can Accelerate Decarbonization

    Francesco La Camera & Bruce Douglas explain how to translate political commitments into actual wind turbines and solar panels.
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    Defining Success in Ukraine

    Richard Haass calls for a shift to a defensive posture and efforts to bring about a long-term ceasefire.

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