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  • European Spring: Why Our Economies and Politics are in a Mess – and How to Put Them Right

    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?

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  • Aftershock: Reshaping the World Economy After the Crisis — out now

    The financial crisis brought the world to the brink of economic breakdown. But now bankers’ bonuses are back, house prices are rising again and politicians promise recovery – all this while unemployment remains high, debts mount, frictions with China grow and the planet overheats.
    Is this really sustainable – or do we need to change course?

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  • Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them

    Immigration divides our globalising world like no other issue. We are being swamped by bogus asylum-seekers and infiltrated by terrorists, our jobs stolen, our benefit system abused, our way of life destroyed – or so we are told. Why are ever-rising numbers of people from poor countries arriving in Europe, North America and Australasia? Can we keep them out? Should we even be trying?

    Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them

and it is both disingenuous and wrong-headed of Boris Johnson and his fellow Brexiteers to argue that if only Britain left the EU, the government would be free to pursue a failed 1970s-style industrial policy to prop up unprofitable businesses such as Tata Steel’s.

My article for CapX

Posted 05 Apr 2016 in Blog, Brexit, Britain, Trade

I was interviewed by Aron Kuthi of Magyar Nemzet, a Hungarian newspaper. Since I don’t read Hungarian and the article isn’t online, I can’t be sure what it says!
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Posted 01 Apr 2016 in Uncategorized

a02On 1 April I chaired a conference of students around Europe on the refugee crisis, immigration and open borders near Subotica in Serbia, just by the barbed-wire fence that Hungary has erected to keep out refugees. The conference was used to prepare an exhibition at the Bozar museum in Brussels. It was a fantastic experience. Thanks to Guy Dermul and Ditte Van Brempt for organising it.

Posted 01 Apr 2016 in Blog, Immigration

In CapX

Posted 21 Feb 2016 in Blog, Brexit, CapX

My column for Brussels Times

Posted 04 Feb 2016 in Blog, Brexit, Brussels Times

My column for CapX

Posted 03 Feb 2016 in Blog, Brexit, Britain, Europe

In an excellent piece on why Britain ought to accept more refugees, Jonathan Portes writes:

As Philippe Legrain from LSE’s European Institute points out in his forthcoming paper on this topic, welcoming refugees is not only a humanitarian and legal obligation: it is an investment that can yield substantial economic dividends.

Posted 01 Feb 2016 in Blog, Britain, Immigration, The Independent

My column for CapX

Posted 29 Jan 2016 in Blog, Brexit, Britain, CapX, Europe

The EU needs to create safe, legal, orderly channels for refugees to reach Europe, not an EU border force. My column for Foreign Policy

Posted 14 Jan 2016 in Blog, Europe, Immigration, terrorism

My column for CapX

Posted 07 Jan 2016 in Blog, Brexit, Britain, Europe

Philippe Legrain, senior visiting fellow at the London School of Economics’ European Institute, said: “Welcoming refugees is an investment that can pay dividends as soon as they start working. With demand [in the eurozone economy] depressed, additional spending on refugees acts like a small fiscal stimulus. Looking forward, refugees boost the labour supply, and hence growth.”

Read the full article here

Posted 29 Dec 2015 in Blog, Europe, Financial Times, Immigration

My interview on Europe’s refugee crisis with Futuri magazine.

Posted 27 Dec 2015 in Blog, Europe, Futuri, Immigration, Italy

I contributed to this Freakonomics Radio episode. Listen here

Posted 17 Dec 2015 in Blog, Freakonomics Radio, Immigration

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 EU. My column for Project Syndicate

Posted 15 Dec 2015 in Blog, Britain, Europe, Politics

My column for Brussels Times

Posted 05 Dec 2015 in Blog, Brussels Times, euro

Clip of me speaking at the Citywire Alternative Ucits event

Posted 04 Dec 2015 in Blog, Brexit, Europe

The horrific Paris attacks are shocking and deeply saddening. And when people’s security is threatened, governments sometimes need to curtail our freedom. But the measures taken ought to be targeted, proportionate and effective. Reimposing border controls (which would not have prevented the Paris attacks) and turning away refugees, many of whom are fleeing Islamic State violence, are none of those things. That is what I argue in my latest column for Foreign Policy.

Posted 17 Nov 2015 in Blog, Europe, Foreign Policy, Immigration, terrorism

Mon interview avec atlantico.fr

Posted 09 Nov 2015 in Atlantico.fr, Blog, Britain, Europe

My column for Foreign Policy argues that British exit from the EU is much more likely than people think

Posted 03 Nov 2015 in Blog, Brexit, Britain, Foreign Policy

China is a rising economic power, the European Union a declining one. So Britain’s future is best served by hitching its wagon to Beijing rather than to Brussels. As last week’s high-profile visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping shows, Britain can prosper as a global trading power outside the EU.

Not so fast. The EU accounted for 44.5% of the UK’s exports in 2013, China for a mere 3.4%. Whereas half of foreign direct investment in Britain comes from the rest of the EU, Chinese FDI is still tiny. So Britain’s economic relationship with China is not going to be a substitute for its ties with the EU any time soon. Nor should it ever be: because the two are in fact complementary. The much-heralded new “golden decade” for relations between Britain and China highlights how EU membership is not an impediment to doing business globally. On the contrary: Britain’s membership of the EU is part of its appeal to China, as President Xi himself emphasised. So Britain doesn’t need to choose between being European or global: it can – and should – be both.

My latest for CapX

Posted 28 Oct 2015 in Blog, Britain, China, Europe