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Theresa May is likely to win the UK’s snap election on 8 June. A big parliamentary majority and not having to face voters again until 2022 could give her more flexibility in negotiating and implementing Brexit. But contrary to what she claims, that wouldn’t strengthen her negotiating position vis-a-vis the EU; if anything, it would […]

Posted 20 Apr 2017 in Blog, Brexit, Britain, Politics, Scotland
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I was interviewed about the French elections by Spanish newspaper La Razón. Read it here Tweet

Posted 14 Apr 2017 in Blog, France, La Razon, Politics
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Far-right populists pose a grave threat to Europe’s open liberal societies. Here’s how to defeat them. My column for Project Syndicate Tweet

Posted 25 Mar 2017 in Blog, Europe, Politics, Project Syndicate
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I was interviewed by Michael Cottakis of the 1989 Generation Initiative for Euractiv Tweet

Posted 04 Feb 2017 in Blog, Euractiv, Europe, Politics
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One consequence of the Paris attacks is that Britain’s renegotiation of its EU membership has been delayed. With the risks of Brexit rising by the day, David Cameron’s priority should be to complete the renegotiation as quickly as possible, declare victory, and start campaigning vigorously on the broader reasons why Britain should stay in the […]

Posted 15 Dec 2015 in Blog, Britain, Europe, Politics
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My column for SvD on why the December Agreement between Sweden’s mainstream political parties is a mistake. The Sweden Democrats may have been marginalised in parliament, but they have been strengthened in the country as a whole Tweet

Posted 14 Sep 2015 in Blog, Politics, Svenska Dagbladet, Sweden
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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 […]

Posted 26 Aug 2015 in Blog, Britain, Politics
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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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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 […]

Posted 20 Apr 2015 in Blog, euro, Greece, Ireland, Politics
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My article for Brussels Times Tweet

Posted 10 Mar 2015 in Blog, Brussels Times, euro, Politics
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I was interviewed on Share Radio about the growing political backlash against Merkelism across the eurozone Tweet

Posted 06 Feb 2015 in Blog, euro, Greece, Politics
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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

Posted 04 Feb 2015 in Blog, euro, Foreign Policy, Greece, Politics, Spain
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I am quoted repeatedly in Ian Traynor’s excellent piece on European politics in last Sunday’s Observer. Tweet

Posted 21 Nov 2014 in Europe, Observer, Politics
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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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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. […]