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The situation in which the world finds itself at the beginning of the 21st century is not an easy one. Economic upheavals and ecological problems are challenging decision-makers all over the globe. We can already envisage today that some developments relevant to (economic) policy will be instrumental in shaping the years up to 2020. This paper is to serve as a basis for discussion, providing an overview of the impending challenges in the remaining years of the current decade.