Yannis Palaiologos invited me to speak at the launch of his excellent new book, The Thirteenth Labour of Hercules: Inside the Greek Crisis, at LSE. I spoke about how EU institutions have locked Greece in a debtor’s prison and imposed unnecessary misery in outrageous ways. My intervention starts around the 42nd minute and lasts 9 minutes.
I was interviewed on BBC World Service’s Newsday about how to make the World Trade Organisation more effective. Last week director-general Roberto Azevedo said the WTO was “prone to paralysis” following India’s refusal to lift its veto on the Bali deal agreed last December to streamline customs procedures, which was meant to be a confidence-building exercise to kickstart the long-stalled Doha Round of broader trade negotiations.
I was interviewed for the Austrian newspaper Wiener Zeitung by Teresa Reiter about European Spring and my speech at the Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue in Vienna
I was interviewed by Pierre-Henri Thomas for the Belgian publication Trends Tendances on the crisis in Europe and why Germany is not an economic model
In the Financial Times‘ Summer Reading list of best books of 2014 so far, Martin Wolf calls European Spring:
A splendid book on the European malaise. Legrain argues compellingly that policy makers’ response to that crisis was and remains a disaster. He warns that the eurozone is still far from healthy and that the German example, which members are supposed to follow, is a delusion. He notes, too, that the UK’s recovery is built on sand. He goes well beyond this to show that radical reforms are needed to produce an “adaptable, dynamic and decent” Europe.