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Populism threatens Thailand again

Junta prefers handouts to hard work building economy

| Thailand
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's populist policy is keeping the country from advancing needed economic reforms.   © Reuters

As the Group of 20 leaders meet this weekend to assess the global economy, no topic is more pressing than the populist currents battering the world.

There is a certain poetry to this meeting taking place in Argentina, a place grappling with a history of anti-establishment leaders doling out short-term perks that trump common economic sense.

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