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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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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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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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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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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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A big reason why Western politics is in such disarray is voters’ pessimism about the future. 60% of Westerners believe today’s children will be “worse off financially than their parents”. Europeans are particularly gloomy. To paraphrase Hobbes, they expect youngsters’ lives to be solitary, poor, nasty, brutish – and long. When people doubt that progress […]

Posted 01 Jun 2018 in Blog, Europe, Politics, Project Syndicate, United States
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I debated the future of the EU at the excellent OECD Forum in Paris on 30 May. Fellow panellists included Sandro Gozi, Amelie de Montchalin, Peter Matjasic and Erika Widegren, with Ryan Heath moderating. Check out the webcast here. Tweet

Posted 30 May 2018 in Blog, Europe, OECD
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Germany’s economy is doing fine right now and it finally has a new government. So it’s perhaps understandable that it seems content to coast along. Why mess with an ostensibly winning formula? Steady-as-she-goes, business-as-usual Merkelism seems successful and safe. Yet Germany is actually far more vulnerable than it seems. Europe’s export powerhouse has long been […]

Posted 12 May 2018 in Blog, euro, Europe, Foreign Policy, Germany
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The EU is not undemocratic, as some critics claim. But nor is it democratic enough. That urgently needs to change. Read my latest article for Brussels Times. Tweet

Posted 10 Apr 2018 in Blog, Brussels Times, Democracy, Europe
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Posted 22 Nov 2017 in Blog, Europe, Germany, Project Syndicate
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Posted 21 Oct 2017 in Blog, Brussels Times, Catalonia, Europe, separatism
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My wrap-up piece for Project Syndicate Tweet

Posted 01 Aug 2017 in Blog, euro, Europe, Project Syndicate
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Posted 12 Jul 2017 in Blog, Brexit, CapX, Europe, Japan, Trade
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I was interviewed by Colm Ó Mongáin on RTE’s This Week about the French election. Listen here. (Starts at 12:30) Tweet

Posted 07 May 2017 in Blog, Europe, France, RTE
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My pre-election piece (in Swedish) on Emmanuel Macron and what’s at stake in the French presidential election for SvD.

Posted 07 May 2017 in Blog, Europe, France