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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
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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
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My latest column for Project Syndicate.

Posted 22 Nov 2017 in Blog
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My letter to the FT

Posted 12 Jul 2017 in Blog
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Germany and other EU countries should provide safe passage to refugees, not reimpose border controls. My column for Foreign Policy

Posted 17 Sep 2015 in Blog
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My column for Foreign Policy

Posted 26 Aug 2015 in Blog
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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
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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 […]

Posted 23 Jul 2015 in Blog
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My column for CapX

Posted 22 Jul 2015 in Blog
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Offer Greece debt relief. My column for Foreign Policy

Posted 06 Jul 2015 in Blog
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On 7 June I was interviewed about the crisis in the eurozone, Greece, Germany, the Dutch economy on Buitenhof, a leading political TV programme in the Netherlands. Watch here. Starts at 22nd minute, for 18 minutes

Posted 07 Jun 2015 in Blog
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My piece for CapX on the EU’s Digital Single Market strategy

Posted 14 May 2015 in Blog
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My article for Europe’s World

Posted 27 Feb 2015 in Blog
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Mon article sur la faiblesse de l’économie allemande pour Books. Commentaires sur l’article d’Olaf Gersemann et Marianne

Posted 18 Dec 2014 in Blog
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I debated this on BBC World Service’s In the Balance programme with Marcel Fratzscher and Christian Schulz 

Posted 21 Nov 2014 in Blog
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My piece for CapX. Allister Heath calls it “brilliant” in the Telegraph

Posted 14 Oct 2014 in Blog
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My article for the Berliner Republik on why Germany has a large share of responsibility for the crisis in the eurozone

Posted 10 Oct 2014 in Blog
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I was interviewed by Romaric Godin in the French newspaper La Tribune

Posted 10 Oct 2014 in Blog
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Project Syndicate, 23 September 2014

Posted 06 Oct 2014 in Published articles
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My latest article for Project Syndicate on why Germany’s economy is not the success it is made out to be, still less a model for the rest of the eurozone

Posted 24 Sep 2014 in Blog