Nicolás Maduro, Hugo Chávez’s anointed heir, is expected to cruise to victory in Venezuela’s upcoming presidential elections. But the easy part ends there. Once in office, Maduro will face a dysfunctional economy, high crime, and the broken political system Chávez left behind.
The surprisingly strong performance of Yair Lapid in Israel’s election, coupled with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s losses, have led many to conclude that Israeli voters have shifted to the center. But Lapid’s party is conservative where it counts—on security issues—and the voters who left Netanyahu largely went even further to the right.
The French Don’t Know Their Place (In the Global Economy)
In the run up to this month’s elections, the thesis that globalization is more of a threat than an opportunity has made a comeback in French politics. This is surprising given that the country is highly dependent on the global economy and has benefited from it more than most. Full article.