Remember when Germany faced its “biggest political crisis since the late 1940s,” as one BBC journalist put it?
Or when, according to National Review, Angela Merkel had been “marooned“?
Germany’s Christian Democrats and Social Democrats have agreed to form another “grand coalition” government.
Here is everything you need to know about the deal. Read more
American president Donald Trump reportedly disparaged immigrants from Africa, El Salvador and Haiti on Thursday, asking his advisors, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?”
Trump then suggested that the United States should bring more people from countries like Norway, whose prime minister he had met a day earlier.
Much of the outrage has focused on Trump’s racism. It’s clear he would rather have more white than brown people in the country.
But here’s another question: What possible reason do Norwegians have to emigrate to the United States? Read more
George Eaton argues in Britain’s New Statesman that age has replaced class as the nation’s best predictor of voting intentions.
Middle-class support for Labour and working-class support for the Conservatives rose in the last election. At the same time, the left attracted almost two-thirds of the youth vote and the right the support of almost two in three pensioners.
Young people have long been more progressive than their elders, but this wide an age gap is unusual. Read more
Center-right parties in Italy, led by former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, are calling for a flat tax of 15 to 20 percent.
The single rate would replace the current five income tax brackets and possibly the two business taxes (national and regional).
Renato Brunetta, the leader of Berlusconi’s Forza Italia in the lower house of parliament, tells the Financial Times:
It’s the fiscal shock that will make Italy emerge from the trap it’s been in for the past decades.
Here are the pros and cons. Read more
Democrats in the United States have three reasons to feel optimistic about this year’s congressional elections, argues Ruy Teixeira at his blog, The Optimistic Leftist.