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Michael Bröning

Michael Bröning

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Michael Bröning, the author, most recently, of Vom Ende der Freiheit (Dietz, 2021), serves on the Basic Values commission of Germany’s Social Democratic Party.

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  1. Should Germany's AfD Be Banned?
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    Should Germany's AfD Be Banned?

    Jan 23, 2024 Michael Bröning argues that surging popular support for the far-right party requires a political, not a legal, response.

  2. Gaza and the End of Germany’s Willkommenskultur
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    Gaza and the End of Germany’s Willkommenskultur

    Oct 30, 2023 Michael Bröning explains how a surge in anti-Semitism after Hamas’s attack has reset the domestic debate about migration.

  3. Are the Kids Leaning Right?
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    Are the Kids Leaning Right?

    Apr 21, 2022 Michael Bröning sees an age-old electoral pattern being challenged, with potentially dire implications for progressives.

  4. Give Centrism a Chance
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    Give Centrism a Chance

    Oct 30, 2020 Michael Bröning urges progressive political parties to rediscover the merits of pragmatism and moderation.

  5. Germany’s Green Wave
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    Germany’s Green Wave

    Jul 1, 2019 Michael Bröning notes that if current polls hold up, party leader Robert Habeck could be the country's next chancellor.

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    Banking on the World Bank’s Knowledge

    Wempi Saputra identifies three areas in which the organization’s client countries could use more guidance.
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    The Algorithm and Its Discontents

    Mariana Mazzucato & Ilan Strauss

    Deploying algorithms to maximize user engagement is how Big Tech firms maximize shareholder value, with short-term profits often overriding longer-term business objectives. Now that AI is poised to supercharge the platform economy, new rules and governance structures are urgently needed to safeguard the public.

    propose five principles to ensure that the digital economy serves the public good before short-term profit.
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    Judgment Days for Democracy

    Nicholas Reed Langen suspects that judges will play an increasingly central role in protecting democracy against populist assaults.
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    A Global Cash-Transfer Fund Could End Extreme Poverty

    Cina Lawson & Rory Stewart

    Cash transfers offer a transformative solution to multidimensional poverty, by enhancing dozens of outcomes simultaneously. They have already proven effective, adaptable, and replicable, and now they are becoming more attainable every year with growing mobile coverage and improved digital infrastructure.

    show that the conditions are ripe for deploying lump-sum payments to the world’s poorest people.
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    The Drums of US-China Cyber War

    Stephen S. Roach worries that irrational Sinophobia has become America's new bipartisan political orthodoxy.
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    Japan as Number Four

    Takatoshi Ito hopes the news that the economy has slipped from third place globally will serve as a wake-up call.
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    The Financial March to War

    Harold James explains how currency wars and speculation could feature in today’s great-power conflicts.
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    A Stablecoin Pilot in China?

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng see an opportunity in Hong Kong’s efforts to establish a regulatory regime for issuers of the cryptoasset.
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    The War for the West

    Ivan Krastev interviewed by Sławomir Sierakowski about the conflict in Ukraine and the challenges facing Western democracies in a changing world.

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