In this week’s editors’ discussion, WPR’s Judah Grunstein, Freddy Deknatel and Prachi Vidwans talk about the allegations of misconduct by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and a proposal for the EU to issue collective debt to finance post-pandemic economic recovery plans for its hardest-hit member states.
The Coronavirus Pandemic: All of WPR’s Coverage
Saudi Arabia announced harsh new austerity measures last week, aiming to plug a gaping hole in state finances amid the coronavirus pandemic and the collapse in oil prices. But they are risky for an absolute monarchy that has worked to guarantee affluent lifestyles for its citizens in exchange for their obedience.
From the moment Chinese leaders belatedly recognized a deadly new pathogen spreading rapidly in Wuhan and beyond, it became apparent that the coronavirus would shape the image and power of China and its regime for years to come. Beijing has been working overtime ever since to shape the narrative of the pandemic.