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Germany’s Gathering Storm

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 The ground is shaking beneath Chancellor Angela Merkel, with the far-right Alternative für Deutschland now in the Bundestag and the Social Democrats determined not to join a new grand coalition. Merkel now faces the thorny task of forming a government with the Greens and the Free Democrats as she starts to address the problems of a domestic economy grown complacent, and a Europe desperate for renewal.

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  1. A Test for Europe’s German Anchor
    Angela Merkel takes her place on the government bench Sean Gallup/Getty Images

    A Test for Europe’s German Anchor

    Sep 26, 2017 Daniela Schwarzer notes that while the center held in Germany's federal election, the policy consensus is weakening.

  2. Germany’s Grave New World
    Angela Merkel Odd Andersen/Getty Images

    Germany’s Grave New World

    Sep 26, 2017 Joschka Fischer says the fate of Europe's most stable democracy and largest economy now hangs in the balance.

  3. Germany’s Weimar Ghosts
    A protestor holds a banner translating 'AFD Is Not An Alternative' Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

    Germany’s Weimar Ghosts

    Sep 25, 2017 Harold James argues that a stable European order may be the Federal Republic's strongest democratic bulwark in the coming years.

  4. Germany’s Economic Road Ahead
    A voter casts his ballot in early voting in German federal elections Sean Gallup/Getty Images

    Germany’s Economic Road Ahead

    Sep 25, 2017 Clemens Fuest highlights five major policy challenges that the new government will face in the coming years.

  5. How to Renew the European Project
    Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images

    How to Renew the European Project

    Sep 1, 2017 Christoph M. Schmidt outlines the pitfalls France and Germany should avoid as they step up their cooperative efforts.

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    Why Deglobalization Makes US Inflation Worse

    Dambisa Moyo laments that today’s inflationary surge has not elicited a coordinated global response.
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    How to Tax Energy Companies’ Windfall Profits

    Clemens Fuest & Axel Ockenfels

    Given the complexities of modern markets, economies, and legal regimes, new levies on energy companies will always run into implementation problems. To prevent supply shortages and other disastrous unintended consequences, policymakers must proceed with caution and coordinate across borders.

    consider the underappreciated difficulties of implementing new levies without creating unwanted side effects.
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    Is Putin in Peril?

    From alternate-reality annexations to fresh nuclear threats, Russian President Vladimir Putin seems more desperate than ever to project an image of strength after a string of battlefield defeats. As Ukrainian forces advance on Russian-occupied territories and hundreds of thousands of draft-age Russian men flee the Kremlin’s “partial mobilization,” we asked PS commentators to assess his prospects.

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    Liz Truss’s Backward Vision of the Future

    Diane Coyle argues that the new UK government will never cure what ails the British economy by living in the past.
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    The State Is Taking Back Energy

    Nick Butler sees increased government intervention in the sector as necessary but too often suboptimal.
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    The Stabilizing Effect of Inflation

    Daniel Gros explains why, despite the disruptions caused by monetary tightening, a financial crisis is unlikely.
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    Germany’s Emerging War Economy

    Dalia Marin outlines how the country can transform its economy and help Europe achieve strategic autonomy.
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    Japan’s Post-Abe Trust Crisis

    Akira Kawamoto explains how Fumio Kishida’s embattled government can regain public confidence and boost economic growth.
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    Liz Truss vs. the Bank of England

    Shang-Jin Wei explains how UK policymakers can prevent a financial crisis by helping pensioners and homeowners.

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