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Germany’s economy is doing fine right now and it finally has a new government. So it’s perhaps understandable that it seems content to coast along. Why mess with an ostensibly winning formula? Steady-as-she-goes, business-as-usual Merkelism seems successful and safe. Yet Germany is actually far more vulnerable than it seems. Europe’s export powerhouse has long been […]

Posted 12 May 2018 in Blog, euro, Europe, Foreign Policy, Germany
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My piece for the Evening Standard Tweet

Posted 12 May 2018 in Blog, Britain, Evening Standard, Immigration, London
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Donald Trump thinks that because the US buys more from China than it sells in return, it would easily “win” a trade war. But China’s position is actually much stronger, both economically and politically, than that crude calculus suggests. My latest for Foreign Policy Tweet

Posted 14 Apr 2018 in Blog, China, Foreign Policy, Trade, United States
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The EU is not undemocratic, as some critics claim. But nor is it democratic enough. That urgently needs to change. Read my latest article for Brussels Times. Tweet

Posted 10 Apr 2018 in Blog, Brussels Times, Democracy, Europe
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Britain’s immigration system isn’t fit for purpose. Its political targets are perverse. Its guiding philosophy is reminiscent of Soviet-style central planning. The resulting rules are unworkably complex. Their administration by the Home Office mixes incompetence with malice. The upshot is heavy-handed controls that still leave voters feeling that things are out of control. That’s bad […]

Posted 03 Apr 2018 in Blog, Brexit, Britain, CapX, Immigration
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Sometimes it takes a prime minister of Luxembourg to hit the nail on the head. “They [Britain] were in with a load of opt-outs. Now they are out, and want a load of opt-ins,” said Xavier Bettel. The problem for the UK is that the European Union is much less accommodating of its demands for […]

Posted 13 Mar 2018 in Blog, Brexit, CapX
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Read my latest briefing for OPEN. Join our mailing list to stay updated! Tweet

Posted 09 Mar 2018 in Blog, Immigration, Italy, Politics, Trade, Trump
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Read my latest for Foreign Policy Listen to my interview with Hamish Macdonald for ABC Radio National Breakfast Watch my contribution to a panel discussion on Al Jazeera English’s Inside Story Tweet

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Britain still hasn’t decided what kind of post-Brexit trading relationship it wants with the EU. If the government insists on controlling EU migration, the Norway model is out. So what about remaining in a customs union with the EU? Contrary to what is often claimed, that would not avert the introduction of customs controls at […]

Posted 13 Feb 2018 in Blog, Brexit, CapX, Financial Times
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While GDP growth has strengthened, that tells us little about whether societal wellbeing is improving, let alone whether everyone in society is thriving. My latest for Brussels Times tries to provide an answer. Tweet

Posted 13 Feb 2018 in Blog, Brussels Times, euro
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My latest for CapX Tweet

Posted 07 Dec 2017 in Blog, Brexit, CapX, Trade
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Listen to the podcast of LSE European Institute event with Sara Hobolt, John Rentoul and me. My initial remarks start after 26:30 minutes Tweet

Posted 23 Nov 2017 in Blog, Brexit, LSE
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My latest column for Project Syndicate. Tweet

Posted 22 Nov 2017 in Blog, Europe, Germany, Project Syndicate
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Read my piece for Open Democracy Tweet

Posted 28 Oct 2017 in Blog, Immigration, Open Democracy
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My latest column for Brussels Times Tweet

Posted 21 Oct 2017 in Blog, Brussels Times, Catalonia, Europe, separatism
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Here and here. Tweet

Posted 17 Oct 2017 in Blog, Brexit
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My latest for Foreign Policy Tweet

Posted 27 Sep 2017 in Blog, Brexit, Foreign Policy
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My take on Theresa May’s Florence speech and the new round of negotiations that started today for CapX Tweet

Posted 25 Sep 2017 in Blog, Brexit, CapX
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At the University of Amsterdam’s Room for Discussion on 21 September Tweet

Posted 21 Sep 2017 in Blog, euro, Greece
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Read my piece for Refugees Deeply and check out my report for the Tent Foundation and OPEN. Tweet

Posted 20 Sep 2017 in Blog, OPEN, Refugees, Refugees Deeply