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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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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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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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Posted 27 Sep 2017 in Blog, Brexit, Foreign Policy
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Posted 13 Jun 2017 in Blog, Brexit, Foreign Policy
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Refugees are a tiny proportion of the U.S. population — some 3.3 million have been admitted since 1975 — but they have had an outsized impact. Google co-founder Sergey Brin was a child refugee from the Soviet Union; Google’s parent company, Alphabet, is now America’s second-most valuable firm, with a market capitalization of $553 billion. […]

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The horrific Paris attacks are shocking and deeply saddening. And when people’s security is threatened, governments sometimes need to curtail our freedom. But the measures taken ought to be targeted, proportionate and effective. Reimposing border controls (which would not have prevented the Paris attacks) and turning away refugees, many of whom are fleeing Islamic State […]

Posted 17 Nov 2015 in Blog, Europe, Foreign Policy, Immigration, terrorism
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My column for Foreign Policy argues that British exit from the EU is much more likely than people think Tweet

Posted 03 Nov 2015 in Blog, Brexit, Britain, Foreign Policy
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Posted 26 Aug 2015 in Blog, Debt, euro, Foreign Policy, Germany, Greece
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Posted 26 Aug 2015 in Blog, Europe, Foreign Policy, Immigration
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The French and German views of the eurozone are irreconcilable. Rather than press for a fiscal and political union, the eurozone needs to accommodate national differences more. My column for Foreign Policy here Tweet

Posted 31 Jul 2015 in Blog, euro, Foreign Policy, France, Germany
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Offer Greece debt relief. My column for Foreign Policy Tweet

Posted 06 Jul 2015 in Blog, Debt, euro, Foreign Policy, Germany, Greece
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Posted 28 Jun 2015 in Blog, euro, Foreign Policy, Greece
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Yes, Greece needs reform, but that isn’t the real issue. If the creditors aren’t willing to be reasonable, default – even euro exit – is preferable to debt bondage. My latest column for Foreign Policy Tweet

Posted 12 Jun 2015 in Blog, Debt, euro, Foreign Policy, Greece
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Politically weak and economically in decline, the EU is fearfully turning inwards. It ought to be looking confidently outwards instead. My column for Brussels Times Tweet

Posted 04 Jun 2015 in Blog, Brussels Times, Europe, Foreign Policy
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Spanish voters are deserting corrupt, incompetent establishment parties. It’s time for a change. My column for Foreign Policy Tweet

Posted 30 May 2015 in Blog, Foreign Policy, Politics, Spain
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Britain’s election today is wide open. But whether we end up with a Conservative or Labour-led government, the SNP looks set to be a big winner in the years ahead. My column for Foreign Policy Tweet

Posted 07 May 2015 in Blog, Britain, Foreign Policy, Politics
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Posted 10 Apr 2015 in Blog, Debt, euro, Foreign Policy, Greece
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He claims “a sustained recovery is taking hold” in the eurozone. Really? My column for Foreign Policy Tweet

Posted 22 Mar 2015 in Blog, euro, Foreign Policy
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Posted 06 Mar 2015 in Blog, Democracy, euro, Foreign Policy