China’s middle class surges, while India’s lags behind
China and India both succeeded in slashing poverty from 2001 to 2011. But while that contributed to a rapidly growing middle class in China, it did little to increase the number of Indians who could be considered middle income.
American, Israeli publics see Iran’s nuclear program as a top global threat
A new 40-nation Pew Research Center survey finds that concern over Iran’s nuclear program is greater in the United States and Israel than among other global publics.
Learning a foreign language a ‘must’ in Europe, not so in America
Studying a second foreign language for at least one year is compulsory in more than 20 European countries. In most European countries, students begin studying their first foreign language as a compulsory school subject between the ages of 6 and 9.
How Americans compare with the global middle class
On a global scale, the vast majority of Americans are either upper-middle income or high income. And many Americans who are classified as “poor” by the U.S. government would be middle income globally.
Financial crises surprisingly common, but few countries close their banks
In more than four decades, only seven countries have imposed the kind of limits on people’s access to their bank accounts that Greeks have been under since June 28.
6 key takeaways about the world’s emerging middle class
During the first decade of this century, the world experienced a dramatic drop in the number of people living in poverty and a significant rise in the number who could be considered middle income, but the majority of the global population remains low income.
Russians warm to China as relations with U.S. cool
As Russia plays host this week to a critical summit of leaders of the emerging market nations of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS), Russian President Vladimir Putin is especially keen on bolstering ties with the leading economic power of the group – China.
5 facts about Greece and the EU
Most Greeks polled in 2014 didn’t express particularly warm views of the EU. And public sentiment showed that many in other European nations harbor negative stereotypes of Greeks.
In wake of stronger growth, more Americans and Europeans say U.S. is top economic power
For the first time in six years, more people in America say that the U.S. – not China – is the world’s leading economic power, according to our new survey.
Brazilians’ views of U.S. rebound as wounds of NSA scandal heal
Revelations in September 2013 that the U.S. government had monitored the private communications of Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff had strained relations between the two countries.