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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 US Is Jeopardizing the Open Internet

    Natalie Dunleavy Campbell & Stan Adams condemn America’s apparent decision to abandon its role as a champion of a free digital domain.
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    How to Finance Higher Education in Africa

    Célestin Monga proposes a mix of several funding streams to improve access to high-quality colleges and universities.
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    Catalytic Capital Holds the Key to Southeast Asia’s Green Transition

    Kitty Bu & Stefanie Fairholme highlight the potential role of early-stage funding in advancing the region’s decarbonization efforts.
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    Which AI Risks Matter?

    Edoardo Campanella

    To prevent humanity from ever being demoted to the status of gorillas by a highly advanced artificial intelligence, most AI experts agree that we must retain control over the technology. But with developers racing to achieve the next breakthrough and gain market share, that may be easier said than done.

    considers three leading experts’ assessments of the technology’s future capabilities and their implications.
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    Europe Must Defend Itself

    Donald Trump – who spent his presidency lambasting NATO – recently suggested that he would encourage Russian aggression against NATO allies that had not met their commitment to spend 2% of GDP on defense. With Trump vying for another term in the White House – and the Ukraine war still raging on the European Union’s doorstep – EU countries can no longer ignore the difficult but essential task of taking charge of their own security.

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    Making the Most of FDI

    Keun Lee considers what it takes to convert foreign investment into growth, development, and technological upgrading.
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    Explaining Americans’ Pessimism About a Strong Economy

    Jeffrey Frankel considers possible reasons for the disconnect between economic performance and public perceptions.
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    Sharing the Tech Wealth

    Diane Coyle urges investment in digital public infrastructure to curb the adverse effects of market power.
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    The WTO’s FDI Challenge

    Karl P. Sauvant urges the World Trade Organization’s members to adopt the new Investment Facilitation for Development Agreement.

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