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I was interviewed by Liu JIn at the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) in Beijing on risks to the global economy, the eurozone and what all of it implies for China. Tweet

Posted 05 Jul 2014 in Blog, China, CKGSB, Europe, Global Economy
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My interview with Javier Gallego in the Spanish newspaper El Mundo Tweet

Posted 05 Jun 2014 in Blog, El Mundo, euro, Europe, European Spring, Politics
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Caroline de Gruyter interviewed me about European Spring for the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad. A PDF of it is here Tweet

Posted 05 Jun 2014 in Blog, euro, Europe, European Spring, NRC Handelsblad
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Posted 28 May 2014 in Blog, CNBC, Europe, Politics
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Quartz, 26 May 2014.

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The EU has just had 28 national elections rather than one European one. Even so, some trends stand out: 1. Most people didn’t bother to vote.  Even with the enhanced powers granted to the European Parliament by the Lisbon Treaty, the novelty of candidates campaigning to be European Commission president and a chance to cast […]

Posted 26 May 2014 in Blog, Europe, Politics
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I was interviewed on Today FM’s The Last Word with Matt Cooper about the collapse in support for mainstream parties ahead of the European elections. It starts 19 minutes in Tweet

Posted 22 May 2014 in Blog, Europe, Ireland, Politics
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European Spring is reviewed as part of the lead review in this week’s Economist. The Economist writes: Philippe Legrain, who once worked for The Economist, was another close observer of the euro crisis, as an economic adviser to the European Commission president, José Manuel Barroso. His conclusions are similar to Mr Pisani-Ferry’s, if more stridently expressed. […]

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My piece for the Guardian on 16 April 2014. Tweet

Posted 21 May 2014 in Blog, euro, Europe, European Spring
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The Guardian, 16 May 2014. The financial crisis led to a eurozone shaped by Germany’s narrow interests as a creditor. We need a freer, fairer Europe

Posted 21 May 2014 in Economics, euro, Europe, Politics, Published articles
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I was interviewed about European Spring by Heidi Plougsgaard Jensen of the Danish newspaper, Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten. PDFs are here and here  Tweet

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I was interviewed about European Spring on BBC World Service’s Business Daily by Manuela Saragosa this morning. It starts 7 minutes 40 seconds into the clip  Tweet

Posted 25 Apr 2014 in BBC Online, Blog, euro, Europe, European Spring
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Svenska Dagbladet, 24 April 2014.

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Like passengers on an up escalator, Britons and other Europeans for decades enjoyed seemingly effortless rises in living standards year after year. Expanding economies and swelling social spending lifted nearly everyone up. Each generation could look forward to much better lives than those of previous ones. Yet in recent years, this growth escalator has broken […]

Posted 24 Apr 2014 in Blog, euro, Europe, European Spring, The Independent
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“The primary cause of the crisis was the reckless lending of German and French banks (both directly and through local banks) to Spanish and Irish homeowners, Portuguese consumers and the Greek government. But by insisting that Greek, Irish, Portuguese and Spanish taxpayers pay in full for those banks’ mistakes, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government and its […]

Posted 24 Apr 2014 in Blog, euro, Europe, European Spring, New York Times
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At the height of the euro zone debt crisis, with Portugal’s economy nearing collapse, the European Commission told the government in Lisbon that it had to slash wages if it was ever going to boost competitiveness and grow again. Portuguese shoemakers – one of the economy’s main export sectors – steadfastly ignored the advice and […]

Posted 24 Apr 2014 in Blog, euro, Europe, European Spring
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Interviewed on CNBC’s Squawk Box on 16 April 2014 Tweet

Posted 16 Apr 2014 in Blog, CNBC, Europe, Russia, Ukraine
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Posted 16 Apr 2014 in Blog, CNBC, euro, Europe, European Spring
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Last week I gave the keynote speech at “In the EU we (mis) trust”, an event organised by the European Cultural Foundation in Amsterdam. It is part of series of events to debate the New Pact for Europe, a joint project of various think-tanks to put forward proposals to the new European Commission president to […]

Posted 14 Apr 2014 in Blog, Europe, European Spring
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It is the duty of anyone who truly believes in Europe to not unquestioningly agree with whatever is decided in Brussels, but to say ‘no, this is not the kind of Europe that we want, we want a different kind of Europe, we want a better Europe and here is how we set out to […]

Posted 13 Apr 2014 in Blog, euro, Europe, European Spring