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Populist assault on central banks could have long-lasting costs

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Around the democratic world, there is a power struggle taking place that might end up being the most damaging and long-lasting consequence of this era of populism. Elected leaders -- from Donald Trump to Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan to India's Narendra Modi -- have been steadily attacking the independence of their nations' central ...Read more

Who understands our times, Bernie or the Donald?

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- There are many explanations for Benjamin Netanyahu's victory in this week's elections that have to do with Israel's particular situation -- its economic boom, stable security climate and the prime minister's political talent. But he is also part of a much larger phenomenon: the continued strength of populist nationalism around the ...Read more

On legal immigration, Trump might be right

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- President Trump's threat to close the U.S.-Mexico border has confused even his allies. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said it "would be bad for everybody." Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., remarked, "I'm not sure that's a particularly good idea and I'm not sure it gets the desired result." Most assume the threat is part of the usual Trump style ...Read more

Will Venezuela be the moment when Trump finally ends his appeasement?

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- President Trump faces a crucial test of his foreign policy and his resolve over Venezuela. His administration has made absolutely clear that the United States no longer considers Nicolas Maduro to be president, publicly backing Juan Guaido, the head of Venezuela's National Assembly, as the country's interim leader. Trump has gone so ...Read more

Brexit will mark the end of Britain's role as a great power

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- One of the great strengths of democracy is that bad policies are often reversed. That's a consolation when we look at the flurry of pandering programs being enacted as the populist wave works its way through the Western world. When a new government is elected, things can be undone. Except for Brexit, which, if it goes through, might...Read more

How diversity can rescue democracy

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Special counsel Robert Mueller's report, which is expected to be delivered to the attorney general soon, will end up being a great test of American democracy. How will we handle it? In a nakedly partisan fashion -- or as a way to bolster our constitutional system?

It has been much noted that we are now in an era of illiberal ...Read more

America's bitter polarization exacts a price on our credibility abroad

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- It appears that President Trump decided that a bad deal with North Korea was worse than no deal, a reasonable conclusion that suggests he and his team were approaching this important issue with the seriousness it deserves. One of the challenges with North Korea is trying to get an agreement that locks in concessions at the start, ...Read more

Democrats can't be casual about the facts

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- It's refreshing to see the Democratic Party bubbling with new ideas. But this new thinking seems starkly different from the party's reform efforts of the past three decades. The wonky proposals of the Clinton-Obama era were pragmatic and incremental, and they mixed market incentives with government action. Today we have big, stirring...Read more

Anti-Semitism has spread through the Islamic world like a cancer

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- In recent weeks, attention has focused on two freshman Democratic members of Congress, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, both of whom are Muslim and have made critical statements about Israel and its most ardent American supporters. Their tweets and comments have been portrayed by some as not simply criticisms of Israel but rather as ...Read more

The American left needs to find its voice on Venezuela

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- The Trump administration faces a test in Venezuela. It must pursue a foreign policy that helps usher out the odious regime of Nicolas Maduro without triggering a backlash against perceived American "imperialism." It must support a political transition that doesn't threaten the old guard so much that they fight to the end. And the U.S...Read more

In defense of the elites

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- This year's World Economic Forum, more than usual, prompted a spirited round of elite-bashing, which has now become the trendy political posture on both right and left. On one side, President Trump and Fox News hosts slam the out-of-touch establishment that, according to them, has run things into the ground. On the other side, left-...Read more

A Davos without America mirrors a world without America

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

DAVOS -- The atmosphere at the 2019 World Economic Forum reflects the global picture perhaps more genuinely than in years past, and the painting is not very pretty. The mood here is subdued, cautious and apprehensive. There's not much talk of a global slowdown, but no one is confident about a growth story either. There is no great global ...Read more

The EU is a great idea that has gone awry

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- As we watch Britain going through the paroxysms relating to Brexit, it is easy to view its decision to leave the European Union as an act of foolishness, a self-inflicted wound that will impoverish Britons for years to come. Europe is Britain's largest market, taking in almost half of the country's exports. Losing special access to ...Read more

It's time for Congress to curb the powers of the president

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Watching the struggle over funding for a border wall, I am struck by the way in which, in one sense, Donald Trump has already achieved success. He has been able to conjure up a crisis out of thin air, elevate this manufactured emergency to national attention, paralyze the government and perhaps even invoke war-like authority and ...Read more


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