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September 17 2014

From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Wed Sep 17 2014, 06:20:04

Europe's economy needs deep supply-side reforms, so that fiscal stimulus translates into sustainable long-term growth, not just temporary spurts and further increases in countries' debt ratios. But too many call for structural reforms without specifying their content or considering the social, historical, and political context.

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September 16 2014

From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Tue Sep 16 2014, 10:50:04

The G-20's upcoming meeting in Brisbane, Australia, comes at a time when a precarious global economy requires big decisions to be made. But it is far from clear who will provide the decisive voice needed to set a bold agenda - and then shepherd its implementation.

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Tue Sep 16 2014, 10:20:05

With the spread of ethnic and sectarian violence in Iraq, Iran's image as an island of stability in a conflict-ridden Middle East may prove to be short-lived. Its government now faces serious questions over its Iraq policy, which could eventually threaten Iran's own national security.

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Tue Sep 16 2014, 09:20:04

Whichever way the Scottish independence referendum goes, the spectacular rise of nationalism, in Scotland and elsewhere in Europe, is a symptom of a diseased political mainstream. It is what happens when a form of politics claims to satisfy every human need except the coziness of communal belonging - and then lets the people down.

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Tue Sep 16 2014, 08:50:04

The costs of secession are a matter of choice, not of inevitability. If cool heads prevail on all sides, Scottish independence could proceed at a relatively low cost, sparing the successor states, the EU, and other parts of the world considerable instability.

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Tue Sep 16 2014, 07:50:04

This has been an unusual year for the global economy, characterized by a series of unanticipated economic, geopolitical, and market shifts - and the final quarter is likely to be no different. So why are financial markets behaving as if they were in a world of their own?

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Tue Sep 16 2014, 06:50:04

The most sobering message from the appointment of the EU's new leadership is that the member states will not suffer anyone who might rock the boat and push integration forward. That might come as a relief for those fearing domination by Brussels, but it can only dismay those who hope that Europe can become a relevant global actor.

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September 15 2014

From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Mon Sep 15 2014, 11:20:08

Japan's Imperial Household Agency recently opened to public viewing a 61-volume record of the life of Emperor Hirohito, with a plan to publish it over the next five years. But it is already clear that the new record reflects Japan's notorious inability to address fundamental questions about its past.

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Mon Sep 15 2014, 07:00:28

Private companies wield more power than ever before; people who have not been popularly elected control more and more of our daily lives, from entertainment and energy supplies to schools and postal services. But people have grown more powerful, too, and now have the means to ensure that companies' behavior does not go unchecked.

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Mon Sep 15 2014, 05:20:06

After the third Israeli war on Gaza in less than six years, many Palestinians are questioning the purpose of continuing to fight - and hoping for a solution that does not increase their suffering. Can Hamas, with its newly acquired position at the forefront of Palestinian politics, provide such a solution?

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