Fear, threats and scapegoats

Red flags in the global economy, western anxiety over China’s increasing power, imminent threats over climate change and all amid a new clash of civilisations. Are we living through a global age of fear? Here’s the best of this week’s opinion and analysis.

The Muslim and non-Muslim worlds are becoming increasingly intolerant of each other

Weakening ties between US and Europe mainly benefit China and Russia

With free trade and open borders under threat, a debate on how to protect businesses is set to divide coalition politicians

Beijing accused of protecting man allegedly behind latest suicide bomb and previous lethal acts

The political leadership in Beijing exerts little control over market forces

With mutual trust at a low ebb, this is not the time for sabre-rattling

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Two different plans to attack the problem could be combined in a workable compromise

The economic insecurity and fears about identity that they exploit must be addressed

‘Sandboxes’ that offer regulation-free zones put consumers at risk

Exaggerated fears about growing Chinese power are counter-productive

Letter from Kent Wang, Washington DC, US