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Obama wasn’t surprised that a right-wing populist could become president, but said he ‘would have expected somebody a little more appealing’ than Trump

President Barack Obama wasn’t surprised that the American public elected a populist. Obama, though, expected that populist to be more manly than Donald Trump. “I thought that the model wouldn’t be Richie Rich-the complaining, lying, doesn’t-take-responsibility-for-anything type of figure,” the former president told The Atlantic. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for […]
Obama wasn’t surprised that a right-wing populist could become president, but said he ‘would have expected somebody a little more appealing’ than Trump
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‘Twilight of Democracy’ author Anne Applebaum on the rise of authoritarianism, the dangerous power of conspiracy theories, and why she signed the ‘Harper’s letter’

Few are more in-tuned with the politics and culture of Eastern Europe than the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and historian Anne Applebaum, who has lived in Poland since before the fall of communism. Her new book, “Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism,” focuses on the assaults on liberal democratic […]
‘Twilight of Democracy’ author Anne Applebaum on the rise of authoritarianism, the dangerous power of conspiracy theories, and why she signed the ‘Harper’s letter’
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Austria is about to re-empower a far-right party the US intelligence community doesn’t trust. It’s a sign that European ultra-nationalist movements are made of teflon.

In Austria, the far-right has emerged from a Russia scandal largely intact and is poised to perform well in snap elections on Sunday just four months after the country’s government collapsed. The 2015 migrant crisis and deep anti-immigrant sentiment have empowered far-right parties across Europe. In Austria, the wave of […]
Austria is about to re-empower a far-right party the US intelligence community doesn’t trust. It’s a sign that European ultra-nationalist movements are made of teflon.
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Trump rode an ‘us versus them’ populism all the way to the White House. A global recession could take it to dangerous levels.

Financial experts and economists have seen signs an economic recession is looming, which could inflame tensions linked to the rise of nationalism and right-wing populism in recent years. “Generally, tough economic times tend to exacerbate a lot of the negative trends that we associate populism and democratic backsliding,” Sheri Berman, […]
Trump rode an ‘us versus them’ populism all the way to the White House. A global recession could take it to dangerous levels.
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French politics killed the Fiat Chrysler-Renault merger

On Wednesday, a merger between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Renault collapsed – and collapsed swiftly. Both companies issued terse explanations, but FCA explicitly blamed French politics. The major challenge with the proposed deal was always going to be with the French government, which controls 15% of Renault and, with populism […]
French politics killed the Fiat Chrysler-Renault merger
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Steve Bannon is supporting a ‘gladiator’ school in Italy for right-wing politicians

Steve Bannon is supporting efforts to transform an Italian monastery into a “gladiator” school for right-wing politicians across Europe. The project is being lead by Benjamin Harnwell, a former European Parliament staffer and director of the right-wing Dignitatis Humanae Institute. The school drew protests in December from several hundred locals. […]
Steve Bannon is supporting a ‘gladiator’ school in Italy for right-wing politicians
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The biggest risks facing the world in 2018

Every year, Eurasia Group puts out their Top Risks report, and the world pays attention – from Wall Street to Washington. Here is their ranking for the top risks facing the world in 2018. The following is a transcript of the video: The biggest risks facing the world in 2018 […]
The biggest risks facing the world in 2018
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