Germany’s leaders talk about taking on more responsibilities in world affairs. But the country’s government struggles with even basic forms of efficiency.
If Italy’s government tames its radical instincts it could be allowed to get away with a few things. But if it is confrontational with the EU it will be heading for trouble.
The saga of a dynamic Germany and a sclerotic Italy does not reflect the historical record.
Post-Mao term limits became important when China’s presidency took on the country’s lead role, but Xi Jinping is ending them.
Adam Smith was no blind worshipper of the market economy. He pointed to many of the deformations of human behavior that we still deplore today.
For all of China’s active global summitry, the most complex diplomatic exercise is entirely domestic – the CCP’s Party Congress, held every five years.
The election and subsequent choice of coalition matter. But the differences between the various options are modest rather than stark.
Don’t look for major policy changes in Germany after the September 24 federal elections.
Which major government currently has the highest percentage of women in its cabinet?