Climate change, economic crises, ageing populations — to solve global problems, leaders will have to plan for the long term. But although many results of bad policymaking only show up generations down the road, politicians have to stand for re-election regularly, and are often only interested in short-term success. Major topics involving the future don’t bring in votes. Is democracy a system that is only able to provide shortsighted solutions?
- Kevin Hoffmann, business correspondent, Der Tagespiegel (Berlin)
- Quentin Peel, international affairs editor, Financial Times
- Ahmed Badawi, Research Fellow at Zentrum Moderner Orient