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Dieser Blog bietet Ihnen Kommentare von Mitgliedern der E+Z-Redaktion zum aktuellen Geschehen. Pro Woche erscheinen ein bis zwei Beiträge. Die Leitfrage ist, ob etwas internationale Entwicklung fördert oder behindert. Der Blog erscheint nur auf Englisch.

von Hans Dembowski

What The Economist gets wrong about liberalism

On its current cover, the London-based magazine The Economist celebrates its 175th birthday. The issue includes a long essay on the merits of liberalism, the worldview which The Economist wholeheartedly endorses. Unfortunately, the essay shies away from dealing with the crucial inherent contradiction of liberalism: does it emphasize free markets or equal opportunity? What is more important: the private interests of the “bourgeois” or the public good demanded by the “citoyen”?
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von Hans Dembowski

It is still too early to assess the future of NAFTA

On Monday, US President Donald Trump announced that he had reached a new trade deal with Mexico, and that it would replace NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Area. Two days later, we still do not have a clear idea of what exactly negotiators USA and Mexico have agreed, nor do we know how Canada will be involved. Trump’s announcement was obviously exaggerated and premature.
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von Hans Dembowski

Why governments struggle to eradicate the illegal drug trade

The international trade in illegal drugs is a multi-billion industry. Attempts to eradicate it have been going on for decades. The results are absolutely unconvincing. Masses of people have died, but illegal substances are still available in all of the world’s major cities. The war on drugs has not gone well. The global security impacts are serious. Thiago Rodrigues, a Brazilian scholar, assesses important dimensions of the policy challenge in the current edition of International Reports.
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von Hans Dembowski

The dangerous downward spiral of Turkey’s economy

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country does not face any real economic problem. That statement is wrong. He also says that it is suffering because of a foreign “operation”. That is not totally wrong, though it radically downplays his own responsibility. Finally, Erdogan claims to have alternatives to cooperating with the West in foreign affairs. This is reckless. I’ll do my best to explain these points.
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von Hans Dembowski

How Kabila wants to stay in power without running for office

Joseph Kabila is not planning to be re-elected as the president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on 23 December. He will not be a candidate. At first glance, this looks like good news. It had been expected that he would run again in spite of a constitutional term limit that bars him from staying in office. The bad news, however, is that the DRC is still a long way from free and fair elections. What looks more likely than democratic governance is civil strife.
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von Katja Dombrowski

No hope for Rohingya

It’s rainy season in Bangladesh. Masses of water and mud are a disaster for people living in makeshift huts in refugee camps, as several hundred thousand Rohingya do. The monsoon also brings landslides and serious flooding, which currently threaten more than 200,000 people, according to the Bangladeshi Inter Sector Coordination Group. Some refugees have already died; others have been injured.
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