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Does the flagging eurozone need a fiscal boost as well as a monetary one? The debate in policy circles is slowly shifting. I’m quoted right at the start of this excellent analysis piece by Mark John for Reuters. “There is a shift towards talking about stimulus but there is no dramatic leap forward,” said Philippe […]

Posted 24 Sep 2019 in Blog, euro, Public finances, Reuters
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British democracy was once widely seen as a model for others to follow. But it has now sunk into its deepest crisis in living memory. At stake is not only whether the UK crashes out of the EU without an exit deal, but also how far a country once famed for stability and moderation descends […]

Posted 31 Aug 2019 in Blog, Brexit, Europe, Project Syndicate
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Posted 04 Jul 2019 in Blog, euro, Project Syndicate
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Denmark’s Social Democrats won the election there this month on an anti-immigrant platform. So is immigrant bashing a vote winner for Europe’s beleaguered progressives? Read my latest for Project Syndicate Tweet

Posted 18 Jun 2019 in Blog, Denmark, Europe, Politics
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With the next few months set to be dominated by unseemly haggling over top EU jobs, starting with the presidency of the European Commission, it may feel like business as usual in Brussels. But if you take the longer view, there are good reasons to hope that EU democracy may be evolving in a positive […]

Posted 18 Jun 2019 in Blog, Brussels Times, Europe, Politics
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The European Union is increasingly caught between the United States and China. Until it finds a common strategic purpose, the bloc will struggle to advance its interests and is increasingly likely to fall victim to great-power plays. Read my latest column for Project Syndicate. Quoted in the FT Quoted in Belgium’s L’Echo Quoted by Voice […]

Posted 29 Apr 2019 in Blog, China, Europe, Project Syndicate
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I contributed to a symposium published by The International Economy here. “Populist” is often used as a derogatory label for any popular political view that someone deplores. But although populism can take many forms, it has a specific meaning: populists claim to stand up for “the people” (their supporters) against the elites (their opponents, whom […]

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On ABC RN’s Sunday Extra with Hugh Riminton on 20 April Listen here. Tweet

Posted 20 Apr 2019 in Australia, Blog, Enterprise, Immigration, Refugees
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Despite the huge challenges they face, refugees are the most entrepreneurial migrants in Australia – and are nearly twice as likely to start a business as Australian taxpayers in general. Read my piece in the Guardian to coincide with the publication of my new study for the Centre for Policy Development and OPEN on refugee […]

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Greenhouse-gas emissions in the EU actually rose in 2017 – while they fell in Trump’s United States. Read my column for Brussels Times. Tweet

Posted 04 Apr 2019 in Blog, Brussels Times, Climate change, Europe
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Beware enemies hiding in plain sight. The Audi in the driveway and that BMW creeping around the corner are threats to national security. These days, it’s not the reds under the bed Americans need to worry about—it’s the Mercs on the lurk. Read my latest column for Foreign Policy on Trump’s threatened trade war against […]

Posted 22 Feb 2019 in Blog, Europe, Foreign Policy, Trade, Trump, United States
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Now that the UK government and the EU have finally agreed a Brexit deal, Theresa May must seek Parliament’s approval for it. The battle lines are already drawn. But these do not involve hardline Brexiteers facing off against unreconciled Remainers, or Conservatives against Labour. The big divide is between pragmatists who think that a bad […]

Posted 15 Nov 2018 in Blog, Brexit, CapX
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Far from prompting other countries to want to leave, the Brexit shambles is boosting support for the EU. Even far-right nationalists have concluded that EU exit is a dead end. But the EU faces a more insidious threat: that it will disintegrate from within, as nationalists first undermine then seek to take over EU institutions, as I […]

Posted 13 Nov 2018 in Blog, Brexit, Brussels Times, Europe
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Photo by Joy Ekpeti I debated this with Ian Goldin at The Economist’s Open Future conference in London. Having just flown in from Sydney I was extremely jetlagged, but apart from saying the word “fundamentally” a few too many times, I hope my positive, reasoned message came across well. Watch the full day on YouTube; our […]

Posted 09 Nov 2018 in Blog, Immigration, The Economist
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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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Posted 24 Sep 2018 in Blog, Brussels Times, Defence, Europe
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Posted 24 Sep 2018 in Blog, Brexit, The National Interest
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Refugees are typically very hard-working, highly motivated and loyal employees, and many are highly skilled too. On a fantastic speaking tour of New Zealand organised by Host International and other partners on 6-10 August I made the case for employing refugees including at a parliamentary breakfast hosted by Minister of Finance Grant Robertson and a lunch […]

Posted 15 Aug 2018 in Blog, New Zealand, Refugees
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I spoke about the threats to our open world at an event organised by the New Zealand Initiative at the University of Victoria in Wellington on 8 August. Apologies for the poor-quality audio. Tweet

Posted 08 Aug 2018 in Blog, Globalisation, New Zealand
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Watch my interview on Al Jazeera English’s Inside Story Tweet