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The EU v Italy’s new government: which will blink first?

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Populist parties’ ambitious fiscal plans have put them on a collision course with Brussels The majority of Italians want two things: new political leadership and the euro. The question is whether they can have both. The point about new leadership is uncontroversial. The country’s two ruling populist parties, the League ...

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Diplomacy, and not bombing, is the way to end Syria’s agony

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More legally questionable and reckless military interventions are not what British people want from their government These are serious times. Following the missile attacks on Syria, now is the moment for a powerful push for peace. Boris Johnson’s blithe acceptance on Sunday that the conflict will now continue on its ...

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How Democracy’s Spread Dashed Dreams of Liberalism

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“South Africa’s Zuma is out” was the Washington Post’s headline on Thursday morning. “Will things actually get better?” The question signifies more than journalistic skepticism. It points to a shift in the liberal worldview. Over more than a quarter of a century, that view – triumphant as, in 1991, both ...

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