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  • According to the Danes themselves, the key is to prioritize life over work. And when they are at work, they enjoy a high degree of flexibility. They can often choose when they start their working day and have the option of working from home. The lunch break is often at a designated time each day, enabling colleagues to interact and eat together, thus enabling them to leave their desks. There is a minimum five weeks’ paid holiday for all earners.

    Denmark has the best work-life balance. Here’s why

    "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark," goes the line in Shakespeare's Hamlet. But four centuries after the play was written, the analysis couldn't be less accurate. According to the OECD Better Life report, Danes have a better work-life balance than any other country surveyed

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Fukuyama predicted that such restlessness and resentment would eventually need a political outlet – and when it came, it would be explosive. The anti-capitalist Left, however, was a busted flush. Communism was now a known fraud and failure, and post-Historical people driven by megalothymia would have no truck with its egalitarian pretensions, or its nakedly tyrannical realities. Far more threatening to the stability of liberal capitalist societies would be the emergence of demagogic strongmen from the fascistic Right, cynically feeding narrow self-interest and popular discontent, preying on human impulses for mastery and domination that the hollow comforts of consumer capitalism could not hope to appease.

The last hollow laugh

Since Francis Fukuyama proclaimed ‘The End of History’ 25 years ago, he has been much maligned. His work now seems prophetic

The theory goes that in a world of free capital flows, a country can have an independent monetary policy only by having its exchange rate float (Obstfeld and Taylor, 2004). While both emerging markets and advanced economies have increasingly opened their borders to financial flows, Rey argued in an influential speech to central bankers at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in 2013 that the scale of financial globalization had called this theory into question.

Agent Provocateur

Jeremy Clift talks to Hélène Rey, professor of economics at the London Business School

Nostalgia about the Empire and the Commonwealth makes for good films and excellent television. But a walk down memory lane is no way to conduct business in the 21st century. Reviving the Commonwealth will not compensate for leaving the EU.

The Empire strikes back

As Britain prepares to leave the European Union, the glorious memory of ‘Empire’ is back. You know, the one where the sun never set?

The World Bank will use the proceeds to support the financing of projects that advance its goals of eliminating extreme poverty while minimising environmental impacts and enhancing gender equality and public health.

World Bank launches first bond linked to the SDGs

The World Bank’s International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) has issued its first bond linked to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the global effort to combat climate change, end poverty and promote equality

These are complex problems, and the solutions will not be simple. But a few broad paths to progress are already clear. We must work together with web companies to strike a balance that puts a fair level of data control back in the hands of people, including the development of new technology like personal “data pods” if needed and exploring alternative revenue models like subscriptions and micropayments. We must fight against government over-reach in surveillance laws, including through the courts if necessary. We must push back against misinformation by encouraging gatekeepers such as Google and Facebook to continue their efforts to combat the problem, while avoiding the creation of any central bodies to decide what is “true” or not. We need more algorithmic transparency to understand how important decisions that affect our lives are being made, and perhaps a set of common principles to be followed. We urgently need to close the “internet blind spot” in the regulation of political camp

3 dark trends that could destroy the web

Today marks 28 years since I submitted my original proposal for the world wide web


How to ensure future brain technologies will help and not harm society

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Reflections on MWC 2017 – The Next Element

By: N. Peter Kramer | Monday, March 13, 2017

4 ways to unleash the electricity grid of the future

By: EBR | Friday, March 10, 2017

A day without women? This is what it would look like

By: EBR | Friday, March 10, 2017

Should economists be worried about artificial intelligence?

By: EBR | Friday, March 10, 2017

Trump claims ‘A new chapter of American greatness’

By: EBR | Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Is there a future for the Democrats?

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Parallel lives: how the Brexit vote revealed Britain’s divided culture

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Too hot, too cold. What porridge can tell us about women in science

By: EBR | Friday, February 24, 2017

5 lessons for launching an emerging technology

By: EBR | Thursday, February 23, 2017

Is billionaire Soros ”undermining democracy” in Eastern European member states?

By: EBR | Thursday, February 23, 2017

7 ways to make travel safer

By: EBR | Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Greece’s lenders shift from austerity to reforms

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The moral dilemmas of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

By: EBR | Friday, February 17, 2017

Which countries have the most immigrants?

By: EBR | Friday, February 17, 2017

Why we should resist the idea and practice of ‘post-truth’

By: EBR | Thursday, February 16, 2017

The digital revolution is destroying our democracies. It doesn’t have to be that way

By: EBR | Friday, February 10, 2017

Macron, the anti-Trump

By: EBR | Wednesday, February 08, 2017

EIB’s strong contribution for European growth and investment in 2016

By: N. Peter Kramer | Friday, February 03, 2017

How to get ahead when you hate networking

By: EBR | Thursday, February 02, 2017

The future of the corporate university

By: EBR | Thursday, February 02, 2017

Our own flag

By: EBR | Wednesday, February 01, 2017

The flatterers of democracy

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 31, 2017

It’s time to restate the business case for migration

By: EBR | Monday, January 30, 2017

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Editor’s Column

Did Wilders really lose?

By: N. Peter Kramer

It is not often in politics that you can lose the elections and still call yourself a winner. That's what happened to Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte


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