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International Issues

BEIJING'S PLAN FOR NATIONAL DECLINE

China's extremely unpopular one-child policy has long outlived its usefulness, say observers...

IS GREECE JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG?

The average European Union country would need to have more than four times (434 percent) its current annual gross domestic product in the bank today, earning interest at the government's borrowing rate, in order to fund current policies indefinitely, says economist Jagadeesh Gokhale...

CHAVEZ DECAFFEINATES VENEZUELA

The collapse of the coffee industry is emblematic of the wider economic catastrophe brewing in Venezuela, says columnist Mary Anastasia O'Grady...

JAPAN TRIES TO FACE UP TO GROWING POVERTY PROBLEM

Japan's poverty rate, at 15.7 percent, is close to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development's figure of 17.1 percent in the United States, say researchers...

VACATIONING A "HUMAN RIGHT"

Traveling is now a "human right," according to Antonio Tajani, the European Union commissioner for enterprise and industry...

IF WE EUROPEANIZE, EUROPE IS IN TROUBLE

Europe's defense budgets have been miniscule because Europeans can count on Uncle Sam to protect them, says columnist Jonah Goldberg...

U.S. FOREIGN AID RECIPIENTS AND VOTING AT THE UNITED NATIONS

U.S. assistance to U.N. member countries has not led them to support U.S. diplomatic initiatives in the United Nations reliably, say observers...

STILL OUT OF CONTROL? MEASURING 11 YEARS OF E.U. REGULATION

Since 1998, regulation introduced in the United Kingdom has cost its economy about $265 billion -- roughly equivalent to Britain's entire budget deficit, or 12.6 percent of gross domestic product, say researchers...

EUROPE'S CHOICE: GROWTH OR SAFETY NET

A growing number of policymakers say the true remedy for the euro zone's crisis of confidence lies in an overdue shake-up of the region's major economies...

CEREAL SOCIALISM IN VENEZUELA

With his popularity sagging, Venezuela's president is seizing supermarkets from owners...


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