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Trade Wars and the Clash of Perceptions

Trump sees China as a wealthy country with many poor people, while China sees itself as a poor country with wealthy people.

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Italy: When Trumpism Hits Euroland

The EU no longer lives in the orderly world of the Maastricht treaties, but in the world of a “populist monetary union.”

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Germany, Beware of Uber’s “New” Ridesharing Model

Uber’s new CEO presents a kinder, gentler face of his company. But don’t be fooled. The business model hasn’t changed.

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How Trump Gets It Wrong on Trade

The U.S. President seems to have the upper hand – for now. He doesn’t realize how his trade actions will backfire at home.

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Italy and the Euro

If a radical government in Rome plunges Italy into a deep crisis, it would still be an Italian crisis — rather than a “euro“ crisis.

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Europe Needs to Take a Chill Pill

A controlled unwinding of the euro might offer material economic benefits to many members of the Eurozone.

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Italy Versus Germany: The Real Story

The saga of a dynamic Germany and a sclerotic Italy does not reflect the historical record.

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Will Italy Spell the End of the Euro?

France and Germany will be very flexible in their response to Italian demands, irrespective of the official rhetoric from Berlin and Paris.

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How the World Bank Mismanaged the Reconstruction of Afghanistan

Vast inflows of donor cash, intended to bring about reconstruction, may instead have added significantly to Afghanistan’s corruption problems.

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Malaysia: Democracy Won, But Will Justice Prevail?

The outgoing prime minister Najib Razak is already plotting right now to divide his opponents — and thereby escape justice.

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