Global Matters

Global Matters

The 20th century’s international order, which installed the United States, Europe and Japan in dominant positions, is ending. New powers are emerging to challenge a system arranged within the framework of U.S. and European multilateralism. Transitional processes necessarily breed chaos and uncertainty. This is the global situation to which our economies and political systems must adapt.

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Relevance beyond the crisis: Fiscal policy’s moment

The Covid-induced economic crisis has led policymakers to put in place large fiscal rescue packages including new spending, tax cuts and subsidies. Governments will now be tempted to spend more to boost the recovery. Soon, however, countries will have to pay for the debts they have rung up. Those that favor tax increases could be in for a drawn-out slowdown. The ones that cut spending will more quickly achieve a sustainable economic recovery.

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