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Reuters (July 12)

2024/ 07/ 14 by jd in Global News

“For Wall Street, the coming White House race, which currently pits Biden against former President Donald Trump, offers a singularly unappetizing menu. November’s election will present voters with a choice between two possible administrations, neither of which looks much like the moderate, business-friendly centrism under which the financial sector tends to thrive. It’s an unenviable choice.”


New Yorker (June 10)

2024/ 06/ 11 by jd in Global News

Now that a New York jury has convicted former President Trump of thirty-four felony counts, “the American people will decide to what extent they care.” But the verdict is hardly the only key to understanding the impact of a second Trump term. “Even the most summary assessment of Trump’s rhetoric, actions, and intentions makes clear that the election in November is a matter of emergency. To return an unstable and malevolent authoritarian to the White House risks wounding American democracy in ways that would likely take decades to repair.”


Financial Times (June 5)

2024/ 06/ 06 by jd in Global News

“India’s benchmark Nifty 50 rose 2.3 per cent following a sharp sell-off on Tuesday after a shock election result.” Meanwhile “Japan’s Topix index led losses as it dropped 1.4 per cent, driven lower by a decline in the financial and energy sectors. The yen was the region’s worst-performing currency as it fell 0.6 per cent against the dollar to ¥155.75.”


Washington Post (April 14)

2024/ 04/ 16 by jd in Global News

Farmers in Europe are revolting. They are hopping “mad about high costs and low prices, about the prospect of free trade deals, about the constraints of climate regulations, about what they say is a failure of political elites to understand what it means to grow wheat or raise sheep.” In addition to “reshaping European policy,” their revolt “may foretell a sharp right shift,” including the major U.S. election.


Wall Street Journal (October 17)

2023/ 10/ 19 by jd in Global News

“Reports of the death of Polish democracy appear to have been greatly exaggerated, as exit polls suggest this weekend’s election has produced a perfectly normal swing in political power. The centrist opposition is expected to have a clear shot at forming an administration to replace the right-leaning Law and Justice (PiS) despite frequent complaints that PiS robbed Poland of its democratic freedoms.”


The Economist (February 2)

2023/ 02/ 04 by jd in Global News

The decisive election of Petr Pavel as the new president of the Czech Republic shows that “all is not lost for the centrist liberal consensus” and also indicates that populism in Europe is, at last, “losing its mojo.” Pavel’s win “marks another blow for the narrative of European politics shifting inexorably to extremes.”


Wall Street Journal (November 10)

2022/ 11/ 11 by jd in Global News

“If Donald Trump announces he’s running for president again, the 2024 election is over.” He is “the Republican Party’s biggest loser” having “flopped in 2018, 2020, 2021 and 2022.” Donald Trump “has led Republicans into one political fiasco after another.” Perhaps now that “Mr. Trump has botched the 2022 elections,” Republicans will finally be “sick and tired of losing.”


New York Times (October 27)

2022/ 10/ 28 by jd in Global News

“Because of soaring deforestation rates under President Jair Bolsonaro, the Amazon ecosystem is on the brink of catastrophe.” For Brazilians, “this will be a painful election between two deeply flawed candidates. But for the future of human life on this planet, there is only one right choice.” Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva “promises to stop the destruction.”


The Diplomat (May 2)

2022/ 05/ 04 by jd in Global News

“Two and half years on and Japan remains an outlier among industrialized G-7 nations, which have re-opened for tourists and eliminated quarantines.” The border restrictions “prevent Japan from benefiting from the weak yen,” which would “encourage inbound tourism and play a considerable role stabilizing the currency and creating jobs.” Nevertheless, “public opinion and the pernicious idea that COVID-19 is brought in by foreigners” seem to be driving debate, with international tourism “unlikely to be given the green light until the second half of the year following the result of the upper house election.”


San Francisco Chronicle (September 16)

2021/ 09/ 17 by jd in Global News

Governor Newsom’s “overwhelming victory in Tuesday’s recall election was, on most levels, cause for celebration. A loss would have been a disaster for the state at a time it could least afford it.” As Trump’s grip loosens, the ex-President remains “a pustule on the face of the nation,” but is no longer “even the biggest pockmark in his home state of Florida.” This recall sham was “perpetrated by a party that would rather play dirty tricks than adjust its policies to the 21st century. And voters knew it.”


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