, Volume 67, Number 6

Luke Harding
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Luke Harding is an award-winning foreign correspondent with the British newspaper the Guardian. He has reported from Delhi, Berlin and Moscow and covered wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and, most recently, Libya. In February he became the first Moscow-based western staff reporter to be expelled from Russia since the Cold War.

The year is 2024. The world's economic prospects have perked up a bit since the collapse of the euro. The Germans are happily spending deutschmarks again; the Greeks are back with the drachma. Almost all of the leaders in power from a decade earlier have been swept away - Angela Merkel, David Cameron, and Nick Clegg (remember him?). Even Silvio Berlusconi has reluctantly accepted retirement. Italy's former premier now spends his days in his Sardinian villa with a group of showgirls.

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