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greekdefaultwatch@gmail.com Natural gas consultant by day, blogger on the Greek economy by night. Trained as an economist and political scientist. I believe in common sense and in data, and my aim is to offer insight written in language that is clear and convincing.

04 November 2005

A bad week for democracy

This has been a bad week for democracy: the French government is engaged in sub-urban warfare with restless youth in Paris’ suburbs, underlining the difficulty that European countries have in assimilating immigrants. The Dutch just marked the one-year anniversary of the assassination of Theo van Gogh by a Muslim radical. And Angela Merkel in Germany is struggling to put together a functioning government. Meanwhile there are strong winds against free trade and economic liberalism in Europe and Latin America.

There is reason, I find, to reflect on democracy’s vigor in the West just as intently as we have been about democracy’s prospects in the Middle East.

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