She looks as unruffled and collected as ever: Angela Merkel’s relentless success is much in the line of German politics, which eulogises experience and calmness in the face of major challenges.
In September, Germans will head to the polls to vote for a new parliament. While European countries such as the Netherlands or France have seen massive rises in far-right movements, Germany – while being one of the most permissive countries when it comes to immigration – has been largely untouched by any kind of political shift.
Shortly after the US House of Representatives passed its latest iteration of health care reform, President Donald Trump said that Australia has “better health care than we do.”
The bill is actually a step toward the Australian ‘universal’ health system.
White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders clarified that Trump did not intend to suggest that he favors shifting to an Australian-style system, but was merely complimenting an ally. As Sanders explained, “[w]hat works in Australia may not work in the United States.”
Bill Wirtz returns to the podcast to talk about the latest growth of the nanny state in France. This time the EU is expanding it’s reach into the lives of French citizens with regulations on tobacco packaging.
Calm down, Generation Xers –– millennials aren’t ruining casual dining, though Buffalo Wild Wings CEO Sally Smith would love to differ. Smith made headlines last week as she wrote about the casual dining demise in a letter to shareholders. She blamed declining sales on changing tastes, saying millennials prefer cooking at home, ordering food for delivery or frequenting restaurants that provide quick service. Although she’s certainly correct about reasons why casual dining has experienced a popularity decline, blame shouldn’t be placed on millennials –– it should be placed on the restaurants that have failed to keep up with changing demand.
John Dale Grover is a Young Voices Advocate and graduate student at George Mason University’s Conflict Analysis and Resolution Program. Today he joins the podcast to share the latest on news of free market practices in North Korea. ICYMI this is highly unusual for North Korea but John says that necessity is pushing the dictatorial government toward making concessions to free market activity happening in the shadows.