Eurasia Group’s weekly selection of essential reading for the political-risk junkie — presented in no particular order, and shared from ForeignPolicy.com. As always, feel free to give us your feedback or selections by tweeting at us via @EurasiaGroup or @ianbremmer.
“Spanish frustration with Germany grows as austerity bites” – Tobias Buck, Financial Times
What a difference a year makes. A little more than a year ago, Spaniards dubbed Angela Merkel their most admired leader in Europe. Now she ranks below the leaders of France, Italy and the UK. What’s causing the shift in sentiment?
“The Coming Arctic Boom” – Scott G. Borgerson, Foreign Affairs
With great melting comes great opportunity. Between the summers of 2011 and 2012, the portion of the Arctic Ocean covered by ice shrank by an area the size of Venezuela. In the past thirty years, Arctic sea ice has lost half its area and three quarters of its volume. Who stands to gain as new sea lanes open and natural resources become accessible?
“We need to talk about Kevin—again” – The Economist
In Australian politics, we’ve seen old fashioned political jockeying in the grudge match between Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd. What can we expect from Rudd in his second stint as prime minister?