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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
    Macron at voting station Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images

    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
    Macron Le Pen TV debate Dominique Boutin/TASS/Getty Images

    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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    Carbon Credits Hold the Key to Combating Deforestation

    Roselyn Fosuah Adjei explains how nature-based offsets could help reduce emissions and benefit local communities.
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    Alexei Navalny Did Not Die for Nothing

    Ian Buruma

    The Russian opposition leader faced a dilemma that all dissenters in authoritarian states must grapple with: live in exile and fade into obscurity, or confront an oppressive regime and risk imprisonment and torture. Navalny’s choice – and the price he paid for making it – will inspire dissidents for generations to come.

    highlights the crucial role of political martyrs in inspiring resistance to oppressive regimes.
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    The Submergence of Emerging Markets

    Andrés Velasco worries that major middle-income economies are facing a prolonged slowdown, jeopardizing global convergence.
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    How AI Could Reshape Medicine

    Junaid Nabi highlights the new technology’s potential to transform how we diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases.
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    Making Bretton Woods Work for Africa

    Hippolyte Fofack envisions a reformed global financial architecture that provides equal access to long-term patient capital.
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    Making Sense of Society

    Michael Spence considers why a healthy civil society is crucial to good governance and inclusive prosperity.
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    Shock Therapy Killed Navalny

    Antara Haldar argues that while Vladimir Putin bears responsibility, so do the economic policies that put him in power.
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    Putin’s Silk Road Around Sanctions

    Robin Brooks & Simon Johnson urge Europe and the G7 to stop the re-export of Western goods to Russia from Central Asia and the Caucasus.
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    To Fight Climate Change, End Fossil-Fuel Subsidies

    Günther Thallinger & Ludovic Subran urge policymakers to recognize the true costs of a policy that harms the planet and does not help the poor.

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