The World in 2019

Daniel Franklin, Editor, The World in 2019

Daniel Franklin, Editor, The World in 2019

It’s the year of the vegan, “slow social”, gender self-ID and civil partnerships GOING INTO 2019, the world looks wobbly. From Brazil to Italy, more populists are in power, the global economy is more fragile than it was a year ago, the markets are jittery, a trade war between America and China is under way, …

The next front in the culture wars

The next front in the culture wars

Self-ID laws have been vague and sweeping Prepare for intense argument over gender self-ID, warns Helen Joyce FOR THOSE tired of identity politics, 2019 will bring little respite. On the most polarising subjects—including abortion, Brexit and immigration—few people will change their minds. But a new identity issue has emerged, and it is one where allegiances are …

Regulating artificial intelligence

Regulating artificial intelligence

The answer 
is not to create a specific set of laws for AI There are no killer robots yet—but, says Tom Standage, regulators must respond to AI now MENTION ARTIFICIAL intelligence (AI), and the term may bring to mind visions of rampaging killer robots, like those seen in the “Terminator” films, or worries about widespread job losses …

Who killed Brexit?

Who killed Brexit?

As in any murder mystery, suspicion will fall first on a foreigner As disappointment sets in, the search for a culprit will begin, says Tom Wainwright BREXITEERS SAID March 29th 2019 would be celebrated as Britain’s independence day. Red, white and blue bunting would line the streets to mark the country’s escape from the European Union …

Economic trouble ahead

Economic trouble ahead

The underlying weakness, as ever, is debt America’s longest-ever expansion will approach its end, forecasts Leo Abruzzese RED LIGHTS are flashing—not everywhere and not all at once, but enough to signal economic trouble in 2019. Borrowing costs are rising, debt is soaring, stockmarkets are volatile and cash is leaving emerging economies. The world’s two biggest economies are …

The peril of nine

The peril of nine

The security forces will be on full alert He has amassed extraordinary power, but Xi Jinping is worried about 2019, says James Miles THIRTY YEARS ago, as 1989 approached, political storm-clouds were gathering over China. Bitter divisions had emerged within the leadership over how far and how fast to pursue economic reform. Inspired by the Soviet Union’s …

The Trump show, Season Two

The Trump show, Season Two

At issue is whether the destruction is creative or damaging How history views America’s 45th president will be determined by decisions made in 2019, says Zanny Minton Beddoes FOR THE past two years the global political stage has been overshadowed by one man. President Donald Trump has divided America and dominated world affairs to a degree …

Truth in advertising

Truth in advertising

Pedants will rejoice What if companies’ slogans had to be accurate, asks Andrew Palmer, rather than aspirational? ON APRIL 1ST 2019 a new European Union regulation comes into force that promises to transform the corporate landscape. Inspired by the success of Europe’s “GDPR” data-protection effort in 2018, it will require companies operating in the EU to adopt …

The year of the vegan

The year of the vegan

Patties ooze with blood made of beetroot juice Where millennials lead, businesses and governments will follow, predicts John Parker FOR THE past half-century, veganism has been a minority within a minority. In America in 2015, according to one survey, 3.4% of the population were vegetarian and just 0.4% were vegan. But 2019 will be the year …

Speak up or be silenced

Speak up or be silenced

Lies need frequent debunking Democracy’s fans should resist its erosion, argues Robert Guest THE PAST year has been dismal for democracy. From Cairo to Caracas, despots (most of them posing as democrats) have locked up dissidents, murdered protesters and shut newspapers. Government of, by and for the people is in retreat. What can be done to …

Australia decides

Australia decides

Robert Milliken Australia correspondent, The Economist SYDNEY Hard choices about history and the future 2019 in brief Australia launches the Pacific Fusion Centre, to monitor regional security threats A STATUE OF William Ferguson will be erected in 2019 in Dubbo, an outback town in New South Wales. An Aboriginal activist, Ferguson helped launch a civil-rights campaign there for Australia’s …

A successful chase

A successful chase

Simon Cox senior economics writer, The Economist HONG KONG India’s economy will finally overtake Britain’s 2019 in brief From October, tourists are no longer allowed to climb Uluru (Ayers Rock), the monolithic sandstone formation in central Australia that is considered sacred by the Anangu people WHEN INDIA won independence in 1947, its GDP was less than half of Britain’s, at …