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Putin’s Oligarchs and Yeltsin’s Oligarchs: All the Same?

The Putin oligarchs are billionaires who serve at the discretion of the state. The original Yeltsin-type oligarchs owned the state.

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The Eurozone “Soviet”?

Negative interest rates have a pernicious effect on human beings. They corrode the structures of society, culture and people’s mindsets, triggering widespread resignation and even nihilism.

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Madame Lagarde: End Draghi’s Half Measures!

Rather than having the ECB continue its path of raising just the boats of the rich, it is high time for the delivery of “helicopter money” to everyday Europeans.

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The World of Negative Interest Rates: An Introduction

We now witness the marks of the inverted universe of ultra-loose monetary policy and lax central banking.

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Testing Zelensky: New Hopes for Ukraine

Trump’s clumsy efforts to bully Zelensky have weakened both the U.S. and the Ukrainian leaders, while playing into Russian hands.

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US: Building an Alliance for Climate Change Mitigation

A sensible climate plan will marry CO2 reductions aimed at remediating the climate challenge with infrastructure improvements designed to mitigate its impact.

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Dateline South Sudan: Grand Corruption’s Partners

World leaders dare not ignore today’s grand corruption.

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EU: Global Climate Leader?

The EU can take the lead in fighting climate change. But an EU “Green New Deal” requires a far higher price on carbon.

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Argentina: Heading for Financial and Political Mayhem

Argentina’s voters, foreign institutional investors and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) never seem to learn from previous calamities.

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Italy’s New Coalition Faces Tough Choices

Italy has moved—again—in the direction of stability in the short term, while facing long-term fragility of its economic and financial situation.

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