Follow Philippe Legrain on Twitter Follow Philippe Legrain on YouTube Follow Philippe Legrain on Facebook Email me

Archive for the ‘Blog’ category

By Philippe Legrain ADD YOUR COMMENT

Now that the UK government and the EU have finally agreed a Brexit deal, Theresa May must seek Parliament’s approval for it. The battle lines are already drawn. But these do not involve hardline Brexiteers facing off against unreconciled Remainers, or Conservatives against Labour. The big divide is between pragmatists who think that a bad […]

Posted 15 Nov 2018 in Blog, Brexit, CapX
By Philippe Legrain ADD YOUR COMMENT

Far from prompting other countries to want to leave, the Brexit shambles is boosting support for the EU. Even far-right nationalists have concluded that EU exit is a dead end. But the EU faces a more insidious threat: that it will disintegrate from within, as nationalists first undermine then seek to take over EU institutions, as I […]

Posted 13 Nov 2018 in Blog, Brexit, Brussels Times, Europe
By Philippe Legrain ADD YOUR COMMENT

Photo by Joy Ekpeti I debated this with Ian Goldin at The Economist’s Open Future conference in London. Having just flown in from Sydney I was extremely jetlagged, but apart from saying the word “fundamentally” a few too many times, I hope my positive, reasoned message came across well. Watch the full day on YouTube; our […]

Posted 09 Nov 2018 in Blog, Immigration, The Economist
By Philippe Legrain ADD YOUR COMMENT

Angela Merkel’s announcement of her political departure has prompted a predictable response from many quarters: that she was the “steady hand” that held Europe together, and that her “strong and stabilising leadership” will be sorely missed. Nonsense. Merkel’s 13 years in office have involved domestic drift and European decay. She has complacently coasted along, failing to […]

Posted 08 Nov 2018 in Blog, Defence, euro, Europe, Germany, Project Syndicate
By Philippe Legrain ADD YOUR COMMENT

My latest column for Brussels Times Tweet

Posted 24 Sep 2018 in Blog, Brussels Times, Defence, Europe
By Philippe Legrain ADD YOUR COMMENT

Read my contribution to The National Interest Tweet

Posted 24 Sep 2018 in Blog, Brexit, The National Interest
By Philippe Legrain ADD YOUR COMMENT

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
By Philippe Legrain ADD YOUR COMMENT

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
By Philippe Legrain ADD YOUR COMMENT

Watch my interview on Al Jazeera English’s Inside Story Tweet

By Philippe Legrain ADD YOUR COMMENT

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
By Philippe Legrain ADD YOUR COMMENT

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
By Philippe Legrain ADD YOUR COMMENT

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
By Philippe Legrain ADD YOUR COMMENT

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
By Philippe Legrain ADD YOUR COMMENT

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
By Philippe Legrain ADD YOUR COMMENT

My piece for the Evening Standard Tweet

Posted 12 May 2018 in Blog, Britain, Evening Standard, Immigration, London
By Philippe Legrain ADD YOUR COMMENT

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
By Philippe Legrain ADD YOUR COMMENT

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
By Philippe Legrain ADD YOUR COMMENT

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
By Philippe Legrain ADD YOUR COMMENT

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
By Philippe Legrain ADD YOUR COMMENT

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