Blog post: Dousing the Sovereignty Wildfire

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Jean Pisani-Ferry reflects on the dispute between Macron and Bolsonaro, which highlights the tension between two big recent trends: the increasing need for global collective action and the growing demand for national sovereignty. Further clashes between these two forces are inevitable, and whether or not they can be reconciled will determine the fate of our world.

In time, the current spat between French President Emmanuel Macron and his Brazilian counterpart Jairo Bolsonaro regarding the Amazon rainforest may become a mere footnote. But other rows between collective and national interests are sure to erupt, and the world needs to find a way to manage them.

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