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The week democracy died

The week democracy died

Yascha Mounk in Slate Magazine on August 15, 2016

Dark days this summer showed how government by the people—beset by illiberal populists on one side and undemocratic elites on the other—is poised for extinction. (AP Photo: Frank Augstein)

The Roots of Brexit

The Roots of Brexit

Peter A. Hall in Foreign Affairs on July 1, 2016

In their quest for the Conservative leadership, two rival Eton schoolboys have managed to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union—the first by calling for a referendum in 2013 in order to consolidate his hold over the leadership, and the second by joining the leadership of the Vote Leave campaign in order to hasten his rival’s downfall.

Jocelyne Cesari in The Guardian

April 27, 2016
"A Marshall plan for the Middle East?" The US once reached out to change Germany's status from enemy to ally. A similar strategy is now worth considering.

Germany’s Costly Fiscal Fetish

April 19, 2016

The European Central Bank is under heavy attack in Germany, a country that has long prided itself on defending the principle of central-bank independence.

Weimar America?

April 4, 2016

Listen to Professor Alison Frank Johnson who comments on Weimar Germany and how the German government rose as a fresh democracy in 1919 but failed to resist the rise of radical new politics, and specifically of Adolf Hitler, by 1933.