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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?

  • 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

I debated Europe’s future at a breakfast event in Oslo organised by Civita, a liberal think-tank, on 12 May with Harald Magnus Andreassen, chief Economist at Swedbank Norway, and Jan Erik Grindheim, president of the European Movement Norway. Watch the video here

Posted 12 May 2015 in Blog, Europe, Norway

Google v Germany

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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

My piece for Prospect

Posted 09 May 2015 in Blog, Britain, Europe, Prospect

I was interviewed on Hungarian radio about globalisation and the eurozone. Peter Zentai has written up the interviews on his blog

Posted 07 May 2015 in Blog, euro, Globalisation, Hungary

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

Posted 07 May 2015 in Blog, Britain, Foreign Policy, Politics

My piece for the New York Times

Posted 06 May 2015 in Blog, Europe, Immigration, New York Times

Mon article dans La Tribune

Posted 04 May 2015 in Blog, euro, La Tribune

I was interviewed by Hernán Garcés for the Spanish magazine Alternativas Económicas

Posted 03 May 2015 in Alternativas Economicas, Blog, euro, Greece, Spain

I debated Greece’s debt crisis on CCTV America with Volker Stanzel, a German diplomat and former German ambassador to China and Japan, and Yannis Koutsomitis, a Greek journalist.

Posted 28 Apr 2015 in Blog, CCTV America, Greece

I was interviewed on BBC World Service about Greece and the ECB in the aftermath of the Eurogroup meeting in Riga on 24 April. It was very early and I was barely awake! Starts around the 31st minute.

Posted 25 Apr 2015 in BBC Online, Blog, euro, Greece

My article for CapX

Posted 24 Apr 2015 in Blog, CapX, Europe, Immigration

“Throughout the crisis we’ve seen the ECB change its rules when it wants to. Clearly politics come into it,” said Philippe Legrain, ‎a visiting senior fellow at the European Institute at the London School of Economics. “Trichet’s letter to Ireland goes well beyond what a central bank should be doing. It’s blackmail basically.”

Read the full article by Claire Jones here

Posted 24 Apr 2015 in Blog, euro, Financial Times

Limerick Spring

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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 prospects.

Posted 20 Apr 2015 in Blog, euro, Greece, Ireland, Politics

My piece for CapX

Posted 17 Apr 2015 in Blog, CapX, Globalisation

My latest column for Foreign Policy

Posted 10 Apr 2015 in Blog, Debt, euro, Foreign Policy, Greece

My latest op-ed for Project Syndicate.

Posted 10 Apr 2015 in Blog, euro, Project Syndicate

My piece for CapX

Posted 25 Mar 2015 in Blog, Democracy, euro

Apart from cut our tax burden, boost innovation, improve our quality of life etc etc. My piece for the Guardian’s Comment is Free

Posted 24 Mar 2015 in Blog, Immigration, The Guardian

He claims “a sustained recovery is taking hold” in the eurozone. Really? My column for Foreign Policy

Posted 22 Mar 2015 in Blog, euro, Foreign Policy

My article for the Greek newspaper Kathimerini on why Greece needs debt relief

Posted 16 Mar 2015 in Blog, Debt, Greece, Kathimerini