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Angela Merkel’s announcement of her political departure has prompted a predictable response from many quarters: that she was the “steady hand” that held Europe together, and that her “strong and stabilising leadership” will be sorely missed. Nonsense. Merkel’s 13 years in office have involved domestic drift and European decay. She has complacently coasted along, failing to […]

Posted 08 Nov 2018 in Blog, Defence, euro, Europe, Germany, Project Syndicate
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A big reason why Western politics is in such disarray is voters’ pessimism about the future. 60% of Westerners believe today’s children will be “worse off financially than their parents”. Europeans are particularly gloomy. To paraphrase Hobbes, they expect youngsters’ lives to be solitary, poor, nasty, brutish – and long. When people doubt that progress […]

Posted 01 Jun 2018 in Blog, Europe, Politics, Project Syndicate, United States
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Posted 22 Nov 2017 in Blog, Europe, Germany, Project Syndicate
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Posted 04 Sep 2017 in Blog, Brexit, Project Syndicate
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Posted 01 Aug 2017 in Blog, euro, Europe, Project Syndicate
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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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Theresa May has finally set out her Brexit negotiating objectives. While she belatedly recognised that curtailing free movement requires leaving the single market, she wasn’t honest about the implications of leaving the customs union and her two-year timetable for striking an exit and a trade deal is unrealistic. The chances of Britain leaving without a […]

Posted 19 Jan 2017 in Blog, Brexit, Project Syndicate
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Posted 08 Dec 2016 in Blog, euro, Italy, Project Syndicate
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So much for the end of history. Twenty-seven years to the day after the fall of the Berlin Wall heralded the collapse of communism in Europe, Donald Trump’s election as US president endangers the liberal international order that his wiser, broader-minded predecessors crafted. Trump’s “America First,” anti-“globalist” agenda threatens protectionist trade wars, a worldwide “clash […]

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Conservative Brexiteers – who campaigned for the United Kingdom to vote to leave the European Union – continue to blather about building an open, outward-looking, free-trading Britain. But the UK is in fact turning inward. Prime Minister Theresa May, who styles herself as the UK’s answer to Angela Merkel, is turning out to have more […]

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Posted 10 Aug 2016 in Blog, Brexit, Europe, Project Syndicate
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My On Point wrap-up piece for Project Syndicate. Tweet

Posted 27 Jun 2016 in Blog, Brexit, Project Syndicate
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I synthesise the views of Project Syndicate writers on the various aspects of the Brexit debate. Read the “On Point” here. Tweet

Posted 24 May 2016 in Blog, Brexit, Project Syndicate
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Posted 16 May 2016 in Blog, Brexit, Project Syndicate
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The eurozone desperately needs mainstream alternatives to the lopsided “Berlin Consensus,” in which creditors’ interests come first and Germany dominates everyone else. Merkelism is causing economic stagnation, political polarization, and nasty nationalism. Institutionally, we need a flexible eurozone that respects national democracies, provides greater fiscal freedom and involves a mechanism for restructuring sovereign debt. My column […]

Posted 23 Jul 2015 in Blog, euro, Germany, Project Syndicate
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My column for Project Syndicate on why the EU onslaught on US tech companies is motivated not by concern for the welfare of Europeans, but the protectionist agenda of Germany’s digital flops and their corporatist champions in government Tweet

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Posted 10 Apr 2015 in Blog, euro, Project Syndicate
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Project Syndicate, 23 September 2014

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My latest article for Project Syndicate on why Germany’s economy is not the success it is made out to be, still less a model for the rest of the eurozone Tweet

Posted 24 Sep 2014 in Blog, euro, Germany, Project Syndicate
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Project Syndicate, 14 April 2014. The eurozone’s bogus banking union is a recipe for entrenching economic and political division.