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In the wake of this weekend's elections in France, Greece, and other parts of Europe, headlines across the globe proclaimed that voters had delivered a major anti-austerity message to their governments. With European economies lagging and U.S. markets responding negatively, could this be the beginning of a sea change for economic policies in the Eurozone and beyond? We asked economist Kent Hughes, director of the Wilson Center's Program on America and the Global Economy, to provide analysis and perspective on what political change in France and other countries might mean.


Kent Hughes

Kent Hughes

Public Policy Fellow;
Former Director, Program on America and the Global Economy, Woodrow Wilson Center
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The Global Europe Program addresses vital issues affecting Europe’s relations with the rest of the world through scholars-in-residence, seminars, international conferences and publications. These programmatic activities cover wide-ranging topics include: European energy security, the role of the European Union and NATO, democratic transitions, and counter-terrorism, among others. The program also investigates comparatively European approaches to policy issues of importance to the United States, including migration, global governance, and relations with Russia, China and the Middle East.  Read more