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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?
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    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 Other Conflict on Europe’s Doorstep

    Anders Fogh Rasmussen warns that Azerbaijan may be preparing to renew its military aggression against neighboring Armenia.
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    Let the Banks Burn

    Yanis Varoufakis

    The banking system we take for granted is unfixable. The good news is that we no longer need to rely on any private, rent-seeking, socially destabilizing network of banks, at least not the way we have so far.

    shows why the current private system is unfixable – and why we don’t need to tolerate it anymore.
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    How China Benefits from Another US Banking Crisis

    Stephen S. Roach thinks America’s latest financial trouble will reinforce a narrative of terminal national decline.
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    Xi Jinping’s Chinese Tragedy

    Orville Schell interviewed by Irena Grudzińska Gross

    Like Vladimir Putin, China's leader is so steeped in a narrative of victimhood and fearful of appearing weak that it is hard to imagine him ever leading China out of the mess he has created. He could well be remembered as the leader who squandered history's most remarkable economic success story.

    about the country's increasingly worrisome trajectory, both at home and abroad.
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    Artificial Idiocy

    Slavoj Žižek fears that the rise of powerful chatbots will spell the death of irony and nuance in human thought.
  6. kabubomariara1_Per-Anders Pettersson  Contributor Getty Images_research africa Per-Anders Pettersson / Contributor Getty Images

    Localizing Development Research

    Julia Kaufman & Jane Wanjiku Mariara explain why funders should be providing more long-term resources to researchers in developing countries.
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    The Simplest Fix for Banking

    Jan Eeckhout explains how central bank digital currencies would end bank runs and banks' excessive risk-taking.
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    America’s Interest in Ending the Ukraine Crisis

    Brahma Chellaney explains why prolonging the conflict risks realizing the West’s worst geopolitical nightmare.
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    America’s Industrial Policy Is Counterproductive

    Anne O. Krueger laments that the Biden administration is adding red tape to an inefficient subsidy program.

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