America: The real State of the Union

Trump offers bipartisanship to Congress but attacks senior Democrats. The Secretary of State hints at interventionism but Trump pledges to leave Syria. What is the real state of the union? Here’s the best of this week’s opinion and analysis.

If ability to pay matters, levies on wealth should be as ubiquitous as on income

Trump has backed himself into a corner on the wall from which there is no escape

But the populist movement is going to need more than electoral success

At best, the conference will be a waste of time. At worst, it will be a dangerous provocation

Two nations appear to be in competition over which has the least competent leadership

The US does not have the resources to direct the destinies of faraway nations

Oil market has shrugged off US sanctions on Venezuela but calm is always dangerous

Developing nations are an important source of strength in the global economy