2017: The Year of European Populism?
After the shocks of Brexit and Trump in 2016, what should we expect for 2017? The upcoming elections in France, the Netherlands, Germany and possibly Italy all have the possibility to bring populists to power. Clemens Fuest writes that countering the simple, emotional and radical messages of populists will be a difficult task for mainstream political parties. They will have to remind their elecorates that nationalism and xenophobia in Europe have always done far more harm than good.
Gender and Inequality: Austerity and Alternatives
Diane Perrons details how the road to macroeconomic recovery following the Great Recession was unnecessarily gendered. While recovery projects at the time focused primarily on creating jobs in male-dominated professions such as construction, a greater economic effect could have been achieved through investment in social infrastructure professions such as childcare and elderly care, which tend to be female-dominated.