Trump vs Merkel: German Trade on Trial and the Eurozone Crisis

Trump and Merkel’s latest clash over German trade policy revives a decade-long economic power struggle within Europe. Germany’s export is booming: is it a problem? Should Berlin invest more? German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump at their joint press conference in the White House in Washington, D.C, on March 17, 2017. Both … Continue reading Trump vs Merkel: German Trade on Trial and the Eurozone Crisis

Resistance and Resentment in Hungary: Viktor Orbán, CEU and the Budapest Olympics

The Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, has recently taken his vision of ‘illiberal democracy’ to a new level, passing legislation aimed at driving the American-Hungarian Central European University (CEU) out of the country, as well as launching systematic attacks against the university’s founder George Soros. But with the Hungarian parliamentary elections scheduled for 2018, have … Continue reading Resistance and Resentment in Hungary: Viktor Orbán, CEU and the Budapest Olympics

It is the content, stupid!

Populist parties, typically on the far-right fringe of the political spectrum, are on the rise in Western democracies, and many liberals cannot believe their eyes. The media publish scandalous news stories about populist claims and policies, liberal protesters take to the streets, and traditional party politicians refuse to cooperate with the growing anti-liberal forces. But … Continue reading It is the content, stupid!