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WHAT'S NEXT?: Society is expressing its discontent with current democratic processes that leave the elites struggling to convince their voters of their good intentions and competencies. Read on to see how democracy is offering both great opportunities and risks while this period of volatility shakes out.

  • [New] Early September, Germany has formally protested to Russia over a series of cyber attacks aimed at stealing data from lawmakers that could be used to arrange disinformation campaigns before the upcoming German election. Security Affairs
  • [New] Attacks on information integrity - by domestic and foreign actors - threaten to delegitimize elections globally, reduce faith in elected governments, polarize societies, weaken democracies and strengthen authoritarians. Eventbrite
  • [New] Efforts to undermine election-related information integrity are a growing threat to democracies around the world. Eventbrite
  • [New] Kim is seeking to advance North Korea's nuclear and missile capabilities as close to the red line as possible, while still keeping the diplomatic option in what has been several years of unpredictable presidential elections in both South Korea and the United States. The Interpreter
  • [New] After underperforming for several months, Japan stocks have gained momentum lately on hopes of a stronger government ahead of a ruling party leadership race and a general election in November. Entrepreneur Europe
  • [New] The United States will need to become more of a financial data innovator, but must ground that innovation in U.S. values and democratic principles. Lawfare
  • [New] Norway's opposition Labor Party will begin talks on forming a new ruling coalition after winning an election dominated by disputes over the Nordic economy's dependence on fossil fuel. Financial Post
  • [New] Two Heartland lawmakers cast their votes against legislation that would make Illinois the first state in the Midwest to go Carbon-free by 2045. KFVS
  • [New] The putsch in Guinea has sparked fears of democratic backsliding across West Africa - where military strongmen are an increasingly familiar sight. Africanews
  • [New] Congressional Democrats' massive Build Back Better spending plan would create a new subsidy for renewable jet fuel while also extending the existing tax credit for biodiesel and renewable diesel through 2031. agri-pulse
  • [New] A new governor would be unlikely to dismantle any major climate legislation in California, especially given the Democratic state legislature and the gubernatorial re-election in 2022. CNBC
  • [New] To be clear, California, a blue state that has successfully expanded voter access, is not going to pass voter suppression laws just because Elder baselessly kvetches about election fraud. CNN
  • [New] Recent events in Brazil have raised a lot of fears that the Brazilian president might try to overturn the upcoming election, just as Trump tried to do in the United States. Foreign Policy
  • [New] Natural gas will not count as clean energy under a House Democratic plan that would eventually rid the electric grid of carbon and is part of the $3.5 trillion tax-and-spending package moving through Congress. National Review
  • [New] Congressional Democrats have unveiled a $150 billion programme to shift America's energy grid to renewable fuels, which scientists say will be essential if the country and the world at large is to avoid the worst effects of the climate crisis. The Independent
  • [New] The Democratic Republic of Congo is dealing with a meningitis outbreak and the risk of the resurgence of deadly diseases like measles. The New York Times
  • House Democrats are pressing to renew the revamped child tax credit through 2025, potentially setting up a clash with their Senate counterparts who are eyeing a shorter extension in the $3.5 trillion social spending plan. Business Insider
  • WASHINGTON-House Democrats proposed extending the expanded child tax credit through 2025 and making permanent its key feature aimed at helping low-income families, as part of a plan to provide tax breaks for families and renewable-energy producers. WSJ
  • Democratic tax hikes could kill a million U.S. jobs, raise fuel prices and leave America more dependent on foreign oil. Reuters

Last updated: 19 September 2021