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With the return of austerity to Europe, financial aid for Ukraine is now competing with green investments

20 February 2024

Guns or Trees or Factories

The German government is a crisis - the chancellor's leadership style is not helping, but it is not the cause.

13 February 2024

Fall and decline of Olaf Scholz 

Demonstrations against the far-right an an exercise in virtue signalling.

06 February 2024

Solve the Problem

The EU should focus on its long-term interests, and not obsess about the US.

30 January 2024

If Trump wins, then what?

One of the many ailments of the west is a generalised attention-deficit hyper-activity disorder that has swept into politics.

23 January 2024

Why the West is in decline

There will be no Nexit under Wilders, but he will oppose the most important things the EU does.

05 December 2023

The Wilders effect

We should start to prepare for disappointment - our geopolitical conflicts do not look like they will end in glorious victory.

28 November 2023

Will the West lose all of its battles?

A Spanish amnesty law for Catalan independence leaders is turning into a nightmare for the EU

21 November 2023


Bidenomics is the antithesis to Clintonomics - on macroeconomic policy, on trade policy, and on regulation. Don't try it at home.

14 November 2023

Bidenomics is not working

The west's assertive foreign policy agenda is reaching its limits.

07 November 2023

Where the west ends

The former co-leader of the Left Party offers an entirely new deal - a social policy of the left, with themes of the right.

31 October 2023

Watch out for Sahra Wagenknecht

The war in the Middle East has divided Europeans - but not for the obvious reason

24 October 2023

Identity politics meets the real world

Old German divisions resurface as the country shifts away from Russia and reliance on heavy industries.

10 October 2023

Where has Germany gone wrong?

Europe's centre-right has discover a new way back to power

03 October 2023

Climate backlash

The worst way to deal with populists is to demonise them and to isolate them. This is how political centrism will die.

19 September 2023

How not to deal with the populists

Twenty years ago, economists were the stars of public policy. That is no longer so.

12 September 2023

Economics is broken

The confrontation between Finland and Russia during World War II offers a glimpse of how the Ukraine war might end.

05 September 2023

When the winter comes

Without fundamental reform to the way the EU works, Ukraine cannot become a member

23 July 2023

Making promises we can't keep

If the EU sticks to its fiscal rules, it won't have enough money for its geopolitical ambitions.

10 July 2023

Austerity is back

How wishful thinking is dominating western commentary about Russia and Ukraine

03 July 2023

Beware of wishful thinking