In today’s hyper-connected world, analysis has become a mere commodity. Retrieving it – let alone information – is like drinking from a fire hydrant. For example, Googling “global economic growth" yields 61 million results; “Eurozone deflation”, 1 million; “tensions in south-east Asia”, 2 million, and so on... It should therefore come as no surprise that we get easily lost in this myriad of information and analysis.
In the face of analysis overload, it becomes invaluable to sift, select and frame the issues and opinions that matter. This is why The Monthly Barometer came up with a Weekly Selection of op-eds and articles. Each week, we select just five of them (out of hundreds that are sent to us by our network) that we frame in two or three sentences. These five pieces convey in a succinct and accessible manner the thinking of people whose opinions matter the most in a variety of macro fields: economics, geopolitics, society, environment, technology and psychology. They constitute a “formidable” shortcut to complex analysis by offering insights and snapshots that can be read in just a few minutes and are easy to digest. For those keen to make sense of today’s world, The Weekly Selections are a must-read. They constitute the best antidote to information and analysis overload.
As a new service, The Monthly Barometer is now offering to its subscribers, and a potentially much larger group, a curation of all The Weekly Selections. On any given macro issue, it will be possible to access the best thinking at the tap of key. This service should therefore be of particular interest to researchers and students enabling them as it does to grasp with ease “who said what and when”.
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Curation of weekly selections – A distillation of the opinions that count!
- REVIEW OF BOOKS
Timothy Garton Ash, "Is Europe Disintegrating?"
The New York Review of Books - 19 Jan 2017
The renowned historian reviews seven books that try to make sense of the state of Europe and how the continent will evolve. He is bearish: “There is crisis and disintegration wherever I look”. Yet, some make the point that in relative terms, European citizens enjoy a remarkable combination of individual liberty, social solidarity and peace. In the end, the crisis of European integration mirrors the broader crisis of capitalism and democracy. A dense and interesting read (10-13 min).
Published in Weekly selection 20 January 2017
Mervyn King, "Which Europe Now?"
The New York Review of Books - 18 Aug 2016
The former governor of the Bank of England reflects on (1) what the EU will look like in the future and (2) what is Britain’s place in Europe. He predicts that the crisis in the Eurozone will drag on, and cannot be resolved without confronting either the supranational ambitions of the EU or the democratic nature of sovereign national governments. As for Britain, whether in or out of the EU, it faces difficult choices (reads in about 10 min).
Published in Weekly selection 26 August 2016
Charles Grant, "Six Brexit deals that Theresa May must strike"
Prospect Magazine - 28 Jul 2016
The head of Centre for European Reform explains why Britain’s exit from the EU will take much longer and will be far more complicated than most British politicians realize. It requires at least six interlocking sets of negotiations: (1) The exit from the EU, (2) a free trade agreement (FTA) on future economic ties, (3) an interim cover for the British economy before the FTA enters into force, (4) the accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), (5) a set of deals to replace the 53 FTAs that bind the EU and other countries, and (6) an agreement on co-operation in foreign, defence and security policies (reads in 6-9 min).
Published in Weekly selection 30 July 2016
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