Russian soldiers dressed in Soviet WWII uniform march through  Red Square in Moscow.

West must shed its post cold-war illusions and act according to its principles

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The European project is a failed marriage, and only a radical reappraisal of the union – political and, above all, fiscal – can pr(...)

Marine Le Pen of France’s National Front: the capacity of member states to tolerate unemployment and deep slumps cannot be unlimited. Photograph: Benoit Tessier

If the powers continue on the same course, the result will probably be a populist reaction

A woman walks past a currency exchange store with an Argentine national flag on display in Buenos Aires’ financial district. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

Sovereign issuers should shift from reliance on standard debt contracts towards ones with risk-sharing elements built in

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The Bank for International Settlements has accused the world’s main central banks of incompetence

A pro-government activist throws a firework at policemen guarding the US embassy in Buenos Aires, during a protest against the US court ruling about “holdout” investors in Argentina. Photograph: Reuters/Enrique Marcarian

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Opinion: humanity is making risky climate bets and ExxonMobil may be proved right

What the first World War had not done, the Great Depression, Nazism and the second World War did. By the time of D-Day the world economy had disintegrated. Photograph: EPA/Jamie Peters

If there is one lesson from the past 100 years it is that we are doomed to co-operate

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