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Refugees are typically very hard-working, highly motivated and loyal employees, and many are highly skilled too. On a fantastic speaking tour of New Zealand organised by Host International and other partners on 6-10 August I made the case for employing refugees including at a parliamentary breakfast hosted by Minister of Finance Grant Robertson and a lunch […]

Posted 15 Aug 2018 in Blog, New Zealand, Refugees
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I spoke about the threats to our open world at an event organised by the New Zealand Initiative at the University of Victoria in Wellington on 8 August. Apologies for the poor-quality audio. Tweet

Posted 08 Aug 2018 in Blog, Globalisation, New Zealand
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I was interviewed about the G7 and trade on Al Jazeera English on 9 June. I discussed Donald Trump’s trade war with China on Al Jazeera English’s Inside Story on 16 June. Tweet

Posted 18 Jun 2018 in Al Jazeera, Blog, China, Trade, Trump
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As part of its excellent Open Future series, The Economist has published an open essay by me that asks: how do we convince sceptics of the value of immigration? The first part is out today, and the subsequent parts will be enriched by readers’ comments. So please take a look and add your ideas and […]

Posted 01 Jun 2018 in Blog, Immigration, The Economist
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A big reason why Western politics is in such disarray is voters’ pessimism about the future. 60% of Westerners believe today’s children will be “worse off financially than their parents”. Europeans are particularly gloomy. To paraphrase Hobbes, they expect youngsters’ lives to be solitary, poor, nasty, brutish – and long. When people doubt that progress […]

Posted 01 Jun 2018 in Blog, Europe, Politics, Project Syndicate, United States
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I debated the future of the EU at the excellent OECD Forum in Paris on 30 May. Fellow panellists included Sandro Gozi, Amelie de Montchalin, Peter Matjasic and Erika Widegren, with Ryan Heath moderating. Check out the webcast here. Tweet

Posted 30 May 2018 in Blog, Europe, OECD
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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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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