Despite the election of a nativist for president, America’s views on immigration are still remarkably liberal, an NBC News poll by SurveyMonkey has found (PDF).
57 percent of Americans believe immigration helps the country more than it hurts. 38 percent believe it hurts more than it helps.
Asked about the impact of immigration on their own communities, 75 percent say it has either made no difference or made their communities better. Only 22 percent say it has made their communities worse. Read more
Highlights and Takeaways from the Merkel-Schulz Debate
Federal elections will be held in Germany on September 24. Here is everything you need to know about them.
Angela Merkel is almost certain to remain chancellor. The question is, who will join her Christian Democrats in a coalition?
The liberal Free Democrats are expected to reenter parliament and would be the Christian Democrats’ first choice. Their economic and fiscal policies overlap. Such a coalition would make Germany a little more Euroskeptic.
The Social Democrats are polling in second place, but the combined left is unlikely to win a majority.
The far-right Alternative for Germany is projected to win seats for the first time, but it is ignored by the other parties. Read more
Canceling South Korean Trade Deal Would Be a Mistake
Brexit, the election of Donald Trump and the rising popularity of the National Front in France have all been explained as working-class revolts against urban, liberal elites (including by me.)
The Niskanen Center’s Brink Lindsey argues in The American Interest that this isn’t quite right. These democratic expressions of discontent should rather be understood as the convulsions of a working class that is dying. Read more
Many Westerners interpret Russia’s behavior in the Arctic as offensive, going back to 2007, when the country resumed air and naval patrols in the area and planted its flag under the North Pole.
Alexander Sergunin, a professor of international relations at Saint Petersburg State University, argues The Wilson Quarterly that the reality is more nuanced. On balance, he writes, Moscow’s policy is pragmatic. Read more
Macron, Unperturbed by Falling Popularity, Pushes Labor Reforms in France
The government of Emmanuel Macron has introduced its first labor reforms in France. They include:
Capping the damages judges can award to workers who have been wrongfully terminated at one month’s pay for every year of employment.
Raising the compensation for workers who are laid off for legitimate economic reasons by 25 percent.
Enabling employers to bypass union-dominated workers’ councils and call company-wide referendums on sensitive topics like overtime.
Allowing multinationals to lay off workers at loss-making French subsidiaries even if the foreign-based parent company is profitable.
After a summer of consultations, two of France’s three largest trade unions — the Democratic Confederation of Labor and Workers’ Force — have given their consent to the reforms. The hardline General Confederation of Labor remains opposed and has called a nationwide strike for September 12.
No matter the resistance unions put up, the liberalizations are almost certain to be rubber-stamped by parliament, which is controlled by Macron’s party. Read more