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Russian Revolution and Trump

Acclaimed public intellectual Ivan Krastev says our reading diet these days is filled with anniversaries and scandals. This year, bookstores are being invaded by an army of new books related to the centenary of the Russian Revolution. And on the scandal front, not a day seems to pass without a new disturbing, inflammatory indignity besmirching the Trump administration. Read more as Krastev explains the Russian revolution in light of Trump's administration.

The Road to Somewhere

For many on the liberal left, David Goodhart is persona non grata due to an essay he wrote for Prospect magazine in 2004 entitled "Too Diverse?" and his new book "The Road to Somewhere" will surely spark controversy as well. Jonathan Freedland reviews it for The Guardian.

Universal Basic Income, not a magic solution

Universal basic income is the idea that just won’t go away. At heart, it’s a very simple concept – every individual citizen should receive a regular payment on an unconditional basis. However, the actual structure and design varies considerably. Nonetheless, what has become clear in the last year or so is that there is growing desire across the globe to explore, debate, test, design, and build support for a universal basic income. The Royal Society for the Art's (RSA) distinguished thinker Anthony Painter considers the debate in this article. 

The Wages of Wage Fear

 If all else fails, try the previously unthinkable. It is not a bad principle for economic policy in the best of times. Today, it may be just what is needed: many Western countries – certainly the United States, Japan, and Germany, probably the United Kingdom, and soon much of the rest of the eurozone – should pursue direct government intervention in wage bargaining, especially for the lowest earners. Read more of Bill Emmott's article on wages. 

Registration Opens Soon!

We are only six months away from our XXIV annual meeting! This year we will reconvene in Berlin from October 11-14 for another amazing meeting. Registration will be opening very soon so please be on the lookout for an email in the next few weeks! 

UK Enacts Article 50

On March 29, Article 50 was enacted by British Prime Minster Theresa May. Four days later, the EU made it very clear to the U.K. that divorce talks will come before trade negotiations. Article 50 triggers a two-year deadline for the completion of Brexit. It is amid this backdrop that the G50 2017 meeting will gather in Berlin. For more on Brexit news, click here.

Coming up in September: German Elections

Germany's federal elections will be held this September. Currently, polls show Martin Schulz, center-left SPD candidate, neck-and-neck with Angela Merkel, now in her fourth term. What will be the outcome of this critical election? Read more here

Mark your calendars: Berlin 2017

Make sure to save the date for our 24th annual meeting. Join your friends in Berlin from October 11-14 for another thought-provoking and exciting meeting. We gather in a city that has overcome deep division and devastation -- and emerged as a European stronghold, an economic powerhouse,  and a center of innovation attracting entrepreneurs from around the world. Your suggestions are very important to us; please do not hesitate to be in touch if you have any themes, speakers or other ideas about what we can showcase in Berlin. 


Obama at the Adlon

The Hotel Adlon will host the G50 in Berlin. This historic site is just steps away from the Brandenburg Gate and has welcomed important dignitaries and heads of state since its opening days. Recently, during the final leg of Obama's last trip to Europe, the Adlon hosted him for a three-hour dinner with the German chancellor, whom he has described as “my closest international partner” during his eight-year presidency. 

Important Elections in Europe

The 2017 G50 meeting will take place on the heels of important elections all across Europe - from the Netherlands to France and Germany. Which direction will European voters go? In Germany, Angela Merkel faces a crucial test in her re-election bid as chancellor. She commented, “We will face opposition from all sides,“ citing both populist and left-wing opponents at home and abroad who “threaten our values and way of life in Germany.”