The Atlantic Century?

Once again, the U.S. and Europe are the twin drivers of the world economy

The global economy wasn't supposed to look like this. After the Berlin Wall crumbled and governments throughout the world cast their lots with capitalism, it seemed logical to envision a single, seamless system. Money, goods, and eventually people would move from market to market, unimpeded by ideology or protectionist barriers. Western wealth, seeking high returns in developing nations, would flow south and east, enriching recipient industries and consumers until a rising tide of growth lifted everyone into better living standards.

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