My interview with Javier Gallego in the Spanish newspaper El Mundo Tweet
Quartz, 26 May 2014.
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 […]
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
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. […]
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
I was interviewed about European Spring by Heidi Plougsgaard Jensen of the Danish newspaper, Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten. PDFs are here and here Tweet
The Independent, 24 April 2014. The crisis has tipped many into disillusionment, despair and extremism – we need a European Spring.
Britain and the rest of Europe are in a mess. Our economies are failing to deliver higher living standards for most people and many have lost faith in politicians’ ability to deliver a brighter future, with support for parties like UKIP soaring. Are stagnation, decline and disillusionment inevitable? Do people have to turn to the […]
Svenska Dagbladet, 5 December 2013.
Svenska Dagbladet, 27 October 2013.
Progress, 3 February 2011. A response to Jon Cruddas and Jonathan Rutherford
I participated in a roundtable debate on this issue on Next Left’s website. Read the contributions here. Tweet
I debate with Andrew Green of MigrationWatch on BBC Radio 4′s PM programme, yesterday, 29 April 2010. Bizarrely, Green lambasts the BBC for failing to give him airtime and then claims that his extremist anti-immigration group speaks for the majority of the British people. Listen to the clip here. Tweet
Though ironically they copied the image from Italy’s Northern League. Hat tip: The Straight Choice Tweet
Writing in the FT, Chris Huhne demolishes the Tories’ scaremongering about the perils of a hung parliament: It is demonstrably wrong to argue that sound economics requires single-party government… Of the 14 countries that enjoy the top AAA rating for creditworthiness with all three rating agencies – Fitch, Moody’s, and Standard and Poor’s – 10 […]
Ken Clarke and the Tories are trying to scare people by claiming that a hung parliament would cause a crisis in the markets that could push Britain into the hands of the IMF. Yet as Cleggmania has swept Britain this week, the pound has strengthened against the euro every day, as this graph from FT.com […]
Coalition governments are par for the course in many countries in the world – and they often work fine. Bryan Gould points out on the Guardian’s Comment is Free that they work well even in a country with a Westminster-style democracy: New Zealand. The real significance of non-majority government is the change that it brings […]
Nine out of the top 10 areas for BNP votes actually have a below-average proportion of recent migrants, according to a new study by IPPR, Britain’s top think-tank for immigration research. Read the Guardian report here. Tweet