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The Independent, 24 April 2014. The crisis has tipped many into disillusionment, despair and extremism – we need a European Spring.

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Like passengers on an up escalator, Britons and other Europeans for decades enjoyed seemingly effortless rises in living standards year after year. Expanding economies and swelling social spending lifted nearly everyone up. Each generation could look forward to much better lives than those of previous ones. Yet in recent years, this growth escalator has broken […]

Posted 24 Apr 2014 in Blog, euro, Europe, European Spring, The Independent
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This blog post also appears on the Battle of Ideas blog on the Independent’s website. I will be speaking about mobility about the Battle of Ideas in London on Saturday 30 October. I hope to see some of you there. Further, faster, cheaper, better – ever since the invention of the wheel, human progress can […]

Posted 08 Oct 2010 in Blog, Britain, Mobility, The Independent
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With the X-word currently dominating the headlines, there could be no better time for this intelligent, wholly persuasive defensive of immigration. Scourging the xenophobia that sprouts at times of economic downturn, Legrain insists that clamping down on immigration is "morally wrong, economically stupid and politically unsustainable". He points out that immigrants, who usually only wish […]

Posted 07 Feb 2009 in Blog, Britain, Immigration, The Independent
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One of the enduring myths about globalisation is that it is bad for the poor. Yet the facts suggest otherwise.