Last Saturday, in a windowless room thousands of miles from Berlin, a sentence was spoken that could change the world: “The benefits of growth need to be shared more broadly within and among countries to promote inclusiveness.”
What is sensational is not the statement itself but the person who made it. Nor was it at an activist convention or Social Democratic Party congress but at a meeting of some of the world’s most powerful people: the G20 summit.
As the central message in the group’s final declaration, it is something like a policy statement. It announces an political undertaking on a large scale: the social-democratization of the global economy – to stop the world from falling into the hands of populists.