An excellent pamphlet by Jeremy Cliffe, The Economist’s new Bagehot columnist, explains how a number of long-term trends are likely to create a cosmopolitan liberal majority in Britain. This poses big challenges, and big opportunities, for existing political parties. I wrote a response to the pamphlet for Policy Network and argued in CapX that while Labour […]
Spanish voters are deserting corrupt, incompetent establishment parties. It’s time for a change. My column for Foreign Policy Tweet
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
I spent the weekend in the Irish city of Limerick, where a wonderful group of citizen activists organised Limerick Spring, to encourage others to become politically active and change Ireland – and Europe – for the better. Thank you for inviting me. While I was there I was interviewed by the Irish Times on Greece’s […]
My article for Brussels Times Tweet
I was interviewed on Share Radio about the growing political backlash against Merkelism across the eurozone Tweet
From Greece to Spain to France, radical parties are making gains. And the Eurocrats have no one to blame but themselves. My latest column for Foreign Policy Tweet
I am quoted repeatedly in Ian Traynor’s excellent piece on European politics in last Sunday’s Observer. Tweet
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.