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Giles Merritt

Giles Merritt

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Giles Merritt, the founder and chairman of the Friends of Europe think tank and its policy journal Europe’s World, and the author of Slippery Slope: Europe's Troubled Future.

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  1. Macron and a Sixth Republic?
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    Macron and a Sixth Republic?

    May 11, 2017 Giles Merritt strikes a sobering note regarding the new French president's prospects for success.

  2. Europe’s Wake-Up Call
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    Europe’s Wake-Up Call

    Jun 20, 2016 Giles Merritt sees a silver lining in the dark clouds of populist Euroskepticism crowding in on the EU.

  3. Europe Still Needs the Migrants
    Migrants from Macedonia waiting to register with authorities in Europe. IFRC/Flickr

    Europe Still Needs the Migrants

    Nov 17, 2015 Giles Merritt explains why the attacks in Paris must not deter EU governments from accepting newcomers.

  4. Germany’s Power Problem
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    Germany’s Power Problem

    Jun 22, 2015 Giles Merritt says that, though German nationals control top EU posts, the country lacks a vision for Europe.

  5. What Now for Britain and Europe?
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    What Now for Britain and Europe?

    May 8, 2015 Giles Merritt says that the Conservatives’ big win may mean support for the status quo on EU membership as well.

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    The Flight of the Inflation Hawks

    Though the US Federal Reserve’s first interest-rate hike of 2023 is smaller than those that preceded it, policymakers have signaled that more increases are on the way, despite slowing price growth. But there is good reason to doubt the utility – and fear the consequences – of continued rate hikes, on both sides of the Atlantic.

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    How to Transform African Agriculture

    Safia Boly & Omid Kassiri identify four principles that could help governments across the continent boost food security.
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    Making Ukrainian Victory Possible

    Josep Borrell

    Exactly one year ago, it was still unclear whether Europeans would be able to come together to support Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression. But, following the latest announcements of stepped-up military aid, there can no longer be any doubt about Europe's willingness to furnish what Ukraine needs to win.

    explains why continued military support and other forms of assistance remain critical.
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    Death or Glory in Russia

    Slavoj Žižek

    The Russian state’s ideological madness and reversion to warlordism have been abetted by a religious fundamentalism that openly celebrates death in the name of achieving a god-like status. As Vladimir Putin’s propagandists are telling Russians, “Life is overrated.”

    traces the religious and intellectual roots of the Kremlin’s increasingly morbid war propaganda.
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    Only the US Congress Can Stop Ukraine from Winning

    Simon Johnson explains why Russia’s best hope now lies with House Republicans’ nonsensical position on the US debt ceiling.
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    What Japanese Deterrence Would Look Like

    Bill Emmott explains what it will take to discourage aggression by North Korea, Russia, and especially China.
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    Getting to Monetary Integration in Latin America

    Camila Villard Duran explains why the vision of a regional unit of account, advanced by Brazil and Argentina, is achievable.
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    The Age of Verbiage

    Arvind Subramanian blames today’s nonstop inundation of expert opinion for undermining the quality of public discourse.
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    Davos Man Has a People Problem

    Antara Haldar suspects that the socially “disembedded” economic logic of globalization has gone as far as it can go.

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