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Financial Times, 25 April 2007. It is time that Europe’s politicians admitted to voters that governments cannot stop people moving across borders. If open borders are politically unacceptable, Europe should create a legal route for people from developing nations to come and work, regulated through an extra payroll tax on foreign workers.

Posted 24 Apr 2007 in Published articles
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Neo, March/April 2007.

Posted 28 Mar 2007 in Published articles
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The West Australian, 17 February 2007. Australia
would benefit from more immigrants, but the Howard government’s preoccupation with skilled migrants is a mistake

Posted 08 Mar 2007 in Published articles
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Adelaide Advertiser, 10 February 2007. A more relaxed immigration policy would benefit Australia’s economy, workforce and ageing population

Posted 08 Mar 2007 in Published articles
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Management Today, February 2007. Foreign workers make a huge contribution to the UK economy, bringing skills, creativity, experience and willing hands. We should welcome them

Posted 06 Feb 2007 in Published articles
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The Guardian, 15 January 2007. Immigration energises our economy, and has made many Britons more productive. We should welcome it

Posted 15 Jan 2007 in Published articles
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The Times, 26 October 2006. The policy restricting Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants is confused and unworkable

Posted 26 Oct 2006 in Published articles
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Prospect, October 2006. Apple’s threat to sue companies that use the word “Pod” in product names is reminiscent of the bully-boy tactics that made Microsoft so unpopular in the 1990s

Posted 21 Sep 2006 in Published articles
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Prospect, September 2006. Disappointment at Doha, but it wasn’t all America’s fault. Is BP having too much bad luck? And Wolfowitz demands that the World Bank stops corruption

Posted 22 Aug 2006 in Published articles
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Prospect, August 2006. Higher energy prices are likely to mean rising inflation and slower growth. Plus the misguided populism of EU commissioners

Posted 26 Jul 2006 in Published articles
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Prospect, August 2006. Contrary to Robert Wade’s arguments, countries that open up their economies tend to prosper. We need to help more of them reap globalisation’s benefits

Posted 26 Jul 2006 in Published articles
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Prospect, July 2006. Shareholder capitalism finally makes it into law. And the NGO’s flawed accountability charter shows they don’t practice what they preach

Posted 20 Jun 2006 in Published articles
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Prospect, June 2006. David Cameron has joined in the Tesco-bashing, but the OFT should leave it alone. And the IMF is proving better at spin than at giving poorer countries votes

Posted 23 May 2006 in Published articles
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Prospect, May 2006. The outlook for the Doha round may not be as bad as it looks; why a dreary North sea gas pipeline is at the centre of things; and Gordon Brown’s productivity problem

Posted 20 Apr 2006 in Published articles
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As part of the BBC’s Who Runs Your World? series, the BBC News Website asked two experts to debate whether global corporations are the most powerful beasts in the jungle.

Posted 23 Sep 2005 in Published articles
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From September 1st, the shaky prospects for freer world trade will rest on the shoulders of a French socialist. With the World Trade Organisation’s Doha round deadlocked and little time left to reach agreement, the new man in charge of the WTO, Pascal Lamy, faces a daunting challenge. Unless the former European Union trade commissioner […]

Posted 01 Sep 2005 in Published articles
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Tony Blair must be thanking his lucky stars. The British prime minister never wanted to fight a referendum campaign on the European Union constitutional treaty that he stood a good chance of losing. Now, thanks to the No votes in France and the Netherlands, it looks like he will be spared the ordeal. When, in […]

Posted 08 Jun 2005 in Published articles
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Many French people rejected the constitution because they regard Brussels as the handmaiden of "ultra-liberal" Anglo-Saxon capitalism, intent on deregulating markets and opening up the French economy to competition. Just look, they say, at the EU’s proposed services directive, which would tear down barriers to trade in services, or at the eastward enlargement of the […]

Posted 01 Jun 2005 in Published articles
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“Shock! Horror! Cato Institute declares American capitalism superior to European social democracy.” That was my cynical initial reaction to Cowboy Capitalism: European Myths, American Reality, a new book published by the free-market Washington, DC-based think-tank that comes recommended by the usual right-wing suspects: Milton Friedman, James Buchanan and Henry Paulson, the boss of Goldman Sachs.

Posted 25 Nov 2004 in Published articles
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It goes without saying that George W. Bush is not loved in Europe. Even before the Iraq war raised animosity toward him to fever pitch, the perceived stupidity, ignorance, and arrogance of the "Texan cowboy" had gone down badly across the Atlantic. His evangelical Christian beliefs do not sit well with mostly secular Europeans. His […]

Posted 10 Nov 2004 in Published articles