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The West is Losing Faith in its Own Future

The West is Losing Faith in its Own Future

| December 10, 2013

Even though the lure of the West remains intense, the Western world itself is losing faith in its future.

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Potemkin Parliament

Potemkin Parliament

| October 18, 2013

The prevailing political realities of the United States do not allow for any meaningful course correction. And, without meaningful course correction, America is doomed.

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2008 Financial Crisis: Could it Happen Again?

2008 Financial Crisis: Could it Happen Again?

| September 9, 2013

Five years since the great collapse, the US financial system looks healthier — but problems persist.

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The Dilemma at the Heart of Europe: Germany and the German Question

The Dilemma at the Heart of Europe: Germany and the German Question

| September 3, 2013

The issue that has been conspicuous by its absence from Germany’s parliamentary campaign: the relationship between Europe and the economic powerhouse that is too small to lead, too large simply to fall into line.

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Why Is Vladimir Putin Acting So Crazy?

Why Is Vladimir Putin Acting So Crazy?

| August 29, 2013

For Russian leaders, sticking it to the Americans has long been a source of both personal satisfaction and political gain. By that standard, President Vladimir Putin is riding high. Yet beneath Putin’s swagger lie weaknesses at the core of the economy that threaten Russia’s future—and with it, his power base. And for that, he can […]

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Emerging Market Rout is Too Big for the Fed to Ignore

Emerging Market Rout is Too Big for the Fed to Ignore

| August 28, 2013

Emerging markets are now big enough to drag down the global economy.

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Central Bankers Debate Risks from Withdrawing Global Liquidity

Central Bankers Debate Risks from Withdrawing Global Liquidity

| August 25, 2013

Global financial stability is at risk as central banks draw back from ultra-easy policies that have flooded the world with cash, because emerging markets lack defenses to prevent potentially huge capital outflows.

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Strikes and Political Instability Threaten Libya

Strikes and Political Instability Threaten Libya

| August 23, 2013

New clashes at key oil terminals in Libya this week and a daring robbery of the European Union ambassador in Tripoli are raising new concerns about economic and political chaos in the North African nation.

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Triple Threat for Emerging Markets

Triple Threat for Emerging Markets

| August 17, 2013

Unwinding U.S. quantitative easing lifts U.S. rates and makes yields abroad look less enticing. Undoing the buildup of Chinese leverage lessens commodity appetite, and tempering emerging-market credit expansion could slow local-market growth.

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Merkel’s European Failure: Germany Dozes on a Volcano

Merkel’s European Failure: Germany Dozes on a Volcano

| August 9, 2013

Angela Merkel’s government is forcing Southern Europe to undertake profound reforms while at the same time denying its own responsibility for the consequences of its crisis policies. Germany is risking a historic failure with its shortsighted wrangling.

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