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Contributor PerspectivesOct 8, 2017 | 13:15 GMT
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker gather for a press conference after a June 29 meeting of EU leaders in Berlin.
Europe's Fate Foretold
Any close observer of global events can tell you that, in some ways, geopolitics is uncannily similar to geology. Just as the rapid shifts in the Earth's tectonic plates give way to earthquakes that can shake countries and regions to their core, so do the underlying forces of international affairs
Contributor PerspectivesNov 2, 2016 | 08:00 GMT
What if the problems of the 21st century are simply so complex that democracy can no longer solve them? Is there alternative system that would work?
The Disappointment of Democracy
With barely a week left before Americans head to the polls to decide who will be the most powerful person on Earth, it would be odd to devote this column to anything other than politics. Voters face a choice between the two least popular candidates in presidential history. Poll after poll reports that solid majorities dislike and distrust both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and millions of Americans seem appalled by the entire electoral process. When audiences cheer on a presidential nominee who refuses to commit to abiding by the outcome of the election, something has gone seriously wrong.
Contributor PerspectivesOct 7, 2015 | 08:00 GMT
In 2007, EU polls found that around the world, regardless of country, continent, age, gender or religion, about 80 percent of respondents believed democracy was the best way to run a society. And yet, very few people felt this way until very recently.
Democracy: The Least Bad Form of Government
"No-one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise," Winston Churchill observed in 1947. "Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time." And most people tend to agree with Churchill's sentiment that nothing beats the wisdom of the crowd. But few people felt this way until very recently.
ReflectionsJun 22, 2011 | 05:29 GMT
Eurozone Crisis: Not a Greek Drama
No single event, in Greece or elsewhere, can bring down the Eurozone. But the diverging long-term political priorities of Europe's leaders can.
ReflectionsMay 7, 2010 | 11:20 GMT
Germany Makes Its Choice
Germany is fighting to save the eurozone for the short term, but may begin contemplating new economic, political and security arrangements for the future, after the crisis recedes.
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