By Vox’s Alex BoelterThis article originally appeared at The Hill.
The 2016 election season has been the most consequential in modern American history.
The candidates have each pledged to repeal Obamacare, slash taxes, and slash spending, but the underlying causes of this discontent remain largely unknown.
The first two presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, have both made the case for more interventionism in Syria and Iran, respectively.
On the Democratic side, former secretary of state and senator Bernie Sanders has pledged to increase the number of U.S. troops on the ground in Syria, but his proposal for military intervention in the country’s civil war remains elusive.
The Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, has proposed a $100 billion war in Afghanistan, but even his supporters concede that he is unlikely to pass the $1 trillion in additional debt he has promised to Congress if he becomes president.
There are also many questions surrounding the health of the American economy.
The U.K. economy is now the world’s third-largest, with the U.A.E. the most indebted country in the world.
It is also home to some of the world´s fastest-growing middle classes, thanks in large part to the influx of foreigners.
In the wake of the U,S.
election, the global stock market has surged, and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in an interview with the Financial Times that his “world is coming to a very important point.”
But the political turmoil that has gripped the U in recent months could also spell trouble for Europe, with populist parties in several European nations claiming victory over the establishment parties.
There has also been growing concern that an influx of refugees from Syria could spark violence in Europe, potentially turning the continent into a global hotspot.