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    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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    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?

  • 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

My column for Foreign Policy

Posted 26 Aug 2015 in Blog, Debt, euro, Foreign Policy, Germany, Greece

My column for Foreign Policy

Posted 26 Aug 2015 in Blog, Europe, Foreign Policy, Immigration

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 might seem best-placed to benefit, there was also a big opportunity for liberal Conservatives.

Posted 26 Aug 2015 in Blog, Britain, Politics

Read the full article in Dutch here and here

Posted 20 Aug 2015 in Blog, De Volkskrant, Europe, Immigration, Netherlands

I participated in a debate in City AM about this with Steven Woolfe, UKIP’s immigration spokesman.

Posted 11 Aug 2015 in Blog, Britain, Business, Immigration

Read the article here

Posted 11 Aug 2015 in Blog, Britain, City AM, Immigration

I was interviewed by Thomas Mulhall for the publication New Eastern Europe.

Posted 11 Aug 2015 in Blog, Immigration, Poland, Population

My piece for CapX

Posted 10 Aug 2015 in Blog, Britain, CapX, Immigration

Watch it here

Posted 07 Aug 2015 in Blog, CCTV America, Global Economy

My interview with Rui Pedro Antunes in Portugal’s Diário de Notícias

Posted 06 Aug 2015 in Blog, Diario de Noticias, euro, Portugal

The French and German views of the eurozone are irreconcilable. Rather than press for a fiscal and political union, the eurozone needs to accommodate national differences more. My column for Foreign Policy here

Posted 31 Jul 2015 in Blog, euro, Foreign Policy, France, Germany

With its new Information Technology Agreement,  the WTO is back in business. My piece for CapX here

Posted 30 Jul 2015 in Blog, technology, Trade

Britain is becoming more like London: its people are increasingly diverse, urban, university-educated, international, and socially liberal. This cosmopolitan future is overwhelmingly a good thing, and one which today’s politicians neglect at their peril. That is the essential message of Jeremy Cliffe’s clear-eyed and persuasive paper, which ought to be carefully read and digested by anyone interested in British politics.

Read my piece for Policy Network here.

Posted 30 Jul 2015 in Blog, Britain, Diversity, Immigration, Policy Network

Greece’s former finance minister is being pilloried for doing what needed to be done. My piece for the Guardian

Posted 29 Jul 2015 in Blog, euro, Greece, The Guardian

Read it here

Posted 26 Jul 2015 in Uncategorized

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 for Project Syndicate

Posted 23 Jul 2015 in Blog, euro, Germany, Project Syndicate

My column for CapX

Posted 22 Jul 2015 in Blog, Britain, CapX, euro, Europe, Germany

Mon article, traduit pour l’OPEE

Posted 20 Jul 2015 in Blog, Debt, euro, OPEE

I was interviewed at the Lindau meeting of Nobel laureates in economics

Posted 08 Jul 2015 in Blog, Economics

Offer Greece debt relief. My column for Foreign Policy

Posted 06 Jul 2015 in Blog, Debt, euro, Foreign Policy, Germany, Greece