Top 20 articles of 2019 2019 came and went in the blink of an eye. The rapid change in global trade and finance has left little time for contemplation, and has left more questions than answers. We have covered a wide range of issues in World Commerce Review, and we hope that the analysis provided by our authors has provided our readership with some answers. Digital currencies, trade issues, climate change, and the European Union were some of the topics generating the most interest. To close out 2019, here's a look back at our most-read pieces of 2019. All the staff at World Commerce Review wish you a peaceful and interesting year ahead. 1. Time for China to step up to global anti-corruption responsibilities China, the world’s largest exporter, is failing to enforce its own laws on foreign bribery. Gillian Dell believes that China should join the major exporting nations to take action against foreign bribery 2. A vision for trade The Foundation for European Progressive Studies present a vision that can form the core of a new, forward-looking progressive model for trade and investment 3. Geotechnology meets geopolitics Stephen Nagy examines China’s geotechnology strategy and its relationship to the Sino-US artificial intelligence rivalry 4. What ‘EU sovereignty’ are we talking about? Emmanuel Macron has called for ‘European sovereignty’. Daniel Dăianu discusses what this may mean for Europe and the transatlantic relationship 5. On populists, immigration and welfare Niek Kok examines the rise of ‘right-wing’ populism in Europe, and finds that their policies match those of the social democrats of the mid-twentieth century 6. No deal is the best deal for Britain Patrick Minford considers the options for the UK as they reach the endgame in their negotiations with the EU, and finds that a No Deal Brexit is a recipe for economic success 7. Dancing with the dragon: can the EU and China rescue the WTO? Comprehensive WTO reform has never been more urgent. Bart Broer argues that the Sino-European relationship could safeguard the world’s trading regime 8. Global economy threatened by ‘sustainable’ investments Governments are pressuring portfolio managers to invest their clients’ funds in sustainables. Martin Hutchinson critically examines the arguments made in favour of investing in sustainables 9. Human/e capitalism: work, knowledge and non-hierarchical cooperation Paid work has become more diverse and fluid. Werner Eichhorst writes that for companies to harness the potential of workers they will need to collaborate and let them do their job 10. The road to Kazakhstan The WTO is facing heightened pressure from multiple angles. Sofia Baliño finds that members are debating a new investment facilitation framework in a tenuous WTO landscape 11. India at a crossroads The global economy is entering a turbulent phase. Abhijit Mukhopadhyay considers where India sits in an era of bilateral and plurilateral trade agreements 12. The world turned upside down Little has changed since the 2008 financial crisis. Mervyn King considers economic policy in turbulent times, and argues that the global economy needs to reform 13. We share a responsibility to protect our democracy The European Union and its values need to be safeguarded. Omri Preiss outlines the steps needed to engage citizens and build up a culture of civic responsibility 14. Liberals and women’s rights: past and present There has been a century of female suffrage in the Netherlands. Fleur de Beaufort and Patrick van Schie consider the differing demands of feminists now and a century ago 15. A giants’ advance Nirupama Soundararajan asks if the $5 trillion economy target is meaningful, and argues that India’s growth should be in alignment with the SDG goals 16. The European Union energy transition Simone Tagliapietra, Georg Zachmann, Ottmar Edenhofer, Jean-Michel Glachant, Pedro Linares and Andreas Loeschel believe that the EU could benefit from deep decarbonisation irrespective of what other economies around the world do 17. Money and private currencies: reflections on Libra The link between money and trust has lost none of its relevance. Yves Mersch considers Libra and calls for a global regulatory and supervisory response to mitigate risks 18. Incoterms® 2020 – updated rules for sale of goods certainty The International Chamber of Commerce reviews the latest edition of the Incoterms® rules, that ensure a rules-based solution between trading partners worldwide 19. We’re in danger of forgetting the lessons from Bretton Woods Roberto Azevêdo says the world risks forgetting the importance of a rules-based system of economic cooperation, which has underpinned decades of unprecedented peace and prosperity 20. The future of the euro area economy Europe needs to strengthen common institutions and empower the European economy to respond to today’s challenges, says Christine Lagarde. This would be a game changer for Europe’s stability and prosperity and for that of the global economy, too