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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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Fintan O’Toole has written an excellent piece about the injustice of the EU’s treatment of Ireland during the crisis and the need for Ireland to stand up to the EU. He quotes liberally from European Spring, which he describes as a “fine new book”. Tweet

Posted 21 May 2014 in Blog, euro, European Spring, Ireland, Irish Times
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I was interviewed by Eric Bonse for the German newspaper, Die Tageszeitung Tweet

Posted 17 May 2014 in Blog, Die Tageszeitung, euro, European Spring, Germany
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I am interviewed about European Spring in Portugal’s Publico newspaper by Isabel Arriaga e Cunha Tweet

Posted 11 May 2014 in Blog, euro, European Spring, Portugal, Público
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I was interviewed by Andrew Cave in the Sunday Telegraph on 11 May 2014 Tweet

Posted 11 May 2014 in Blog, euro, European Spring, Finance
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In today’s Sunday [Irish] Independent, Colm McCarthy reviews European Spring in his column. He concludes: “This book… is a spirited and readable account of the biggest policy failure to have afflicted the European project since its inception almost 60 years ago.” Thank you. Tweet

Posted 11 May 2014 in Blog, euro, European Spring, Ireland
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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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              European Spring was launched in Dublin on Tuesday in the magnificent Long Room of Trinity College Dublin. A huge thank you to Senator Sean Barratt for speaking, to Brian Lucey for organising, to Sam Vigne for selling books and to Anne-Marie Diffley and all her team for hosting […]

Posted 08 May 2014 in Blog, euro, European Spring, Ireland
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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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The Independent, 24 April 2014. The crisis has tipped many into disillusionment, despair and extremism – we need a European Spring.

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European Spring is also available in paperback from Amazon.co.uk for £12.99 and from Amazon.com for $14.99 Tweet

Posted 24 Apr 2014 in Blog, European Spring
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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, euro, European Spring, Finance
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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