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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

In politics interests should determine our relationships, not the other way round. This is especially true for the EU-UK and the transatlantic relationships.

16 June 2023

Relationship muddle

Germany's recession is not your run-of-the-mill economic downturn.

09 June 2023


Never have the Greens been more powerful. Now the backlash starts in earnest.

02 June 2023

Not so Green anymore

Industries that have left, won't easily come up. The west's strategy of re-industrialisation is unlikely to work.

26 May 2023

Don't re-industrialise. Forge alliances.

With inflation - as with Brexit - policy advocacy of the left no longer works for the constituency of the left

19 May 2023

Taking back control - inflation edition

The west is at risk of winning the battle over Ukraine, but losing the bigger confrontation against China.

12 May 2023

The other war

The dollar is the unchallenged global currency, for good reason. There are circumstances where that might change.

05 May 2023

Exorbitant, not much longer