International Affairs
1 November 2011 , Volume 67, Number 6

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.


Luke Harding

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