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Vive La France?

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Emmanuel Macron wants to shake up the ailing French economy, bring together a bitterly divided country, and revive the European project. Project Syndicate writers examine the legacy he inherits and the scale of the challenges he faces.

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  1. Transparency’s Diminishing Returns
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    Transparency’s Diminishing Returns

    Sep 13, 2017 Raphaël Hadas-Lebel considers whether French President Emmanuel Macron's new ethics push has gone too far.

  2. Macron and a Sixth Republic?
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    Macron and a Sixth Republic?

    May 11, 2017 Giles Merritt strikes a sobering note regarding the new French president's prospects for success.

  3. Has Populism Peaked?
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    Has Populism Peaked?

    May 10, 2017 Philippe Legrain cautions against rosy assessments of the significance of Emmanuel Macron's victory.

  4. France Returns to Europe
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    France Returns to Europe

    May 10, 2017 Zaki Laïdi explains Emmanuel Macron's strategic vision for restoring French leadership within the EU.

  5. The Macron Miracle
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    The Macron Miracle

    May 10, 2017 Dominique Moisi asks how a pro-European centrist won, despite economic malaise and growing security threats.

  6. Emmanuel Macron, the Novel
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    Emmanuel Macron, the Novel

    May 9, 2017 Bernard-Henri Lévy considers how the implausible plotline that brought France's new president to power will play out.

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    Resentment on the Western Front

    Sławomir Sierakowski thinks the Polish public needs a more open and honest conversation about refugees before resentment spirals.
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    Crypto’s Well-Worn Path to Crisis

    Xavier Vives writes that, despite the novelty of the assets, the narrative of FTX’s collapse was established long ago.
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    The Unavoidable Crash

    Nouriel Roubini anticipates a stagflationary debt crisis, owing to a dangerous combination of inflation and over-borrowing.
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    War Over Taiwan?

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. considers whether a deterrence arrangement that has worked for 50 years is still sufficient.
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    The Contested Fed

    James Livingston

    By all accounts, central banks – particularly the Fed, because the dollar is still the world’s dominant currency – already act as investment authorities. But their recent bailouts have exacerbated economic inequality, and have done little or nothing to address climate change.

    reviews three books that, each in its own way, reveal a central truth about the world’s leading central bank.
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    The Economics of Mainstreaming Climate Action

    Jean Pisani-Ferry & Selma Mahfouz identify the risks and short-term costs associated with the energy transition over the next decade.
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    Killing Twitter

    Antara Haldar explains what Elon Musk fundamentally misunderstands about the platform – and about free speech.
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    The Napoleons of Big Tech

    Bill Emmott

    Recent events in the technology sector suggest that investors and lenders should be demanding a premium to cover the risk that a star entrepreneur will become an egomaniacal dictator. With each business cycle, it seems, old lessons must be relearned.

    sees in the industry’s harsh reckoning this year lessons that apparently can’t be learned often enough.
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    The Crypto Emperor’s New Clothes

    The collapse of several crypto platforms this year – including the spectacular crash of the second-largest cryptocurrency exchange, FTX – has raised fundamental questions about the credibility of a digital innovation once hailed as the key to democratizing finance. Has crypto finally been exposed as a scam, or will a new, stronger crypto industry emerge from the current turmoil?

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