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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
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    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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    What Climate-Vulnerable Developing Countries Need Right Now

    Mia Amor Mottley & Wale Edun propose a blueprint to unlock financing and kickstart investment in adaptation and clean energy.
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    Two Cheers for Identity Politics

    James Livingston argues that critics of the contemporary focus on issues of race, gender, and sexuality are ignoring history.
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    What the Next EU Leadership Must Do

    Carl Bildt offers a broad outline of the bloc's biggest challenges following this month's European Parliament election.
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    China Must Not Choose the Next Dalai Lama

    Brahma Chellaney urges the US and India to work together to protect the more than 600-year-old institution.
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    The New EU Leadership Must Unite on China

    Anders Fogh Rasmussen urges whoever takes over the bloc's foreign-policy portfolio to do more to deter Chinese aggression.
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    The Evolution of Empire

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    The history of Britain's conquest of India and humiliation of China shows that empire is very much still with us today. Though Americans tend to bristle at the idea, their own military, technological, and commercial power is as imperial and pervasive as Britain’s territorial dominance ever was.

    traces the enduring role of imperial power from the eighteenth century to the present.
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    If Democracy Isn’t Pro-Worker, It Will Die

    Daron Acemoglu argues that populists are making inroads because industrialized economies aren't delivering what was promised.
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    The Financial Risks of France’s Snap Election

    Brigitte Granville thinks political stalemate is a greater threat to European stability than a far-right government.
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    A Far-Right Resurgence in Europe?

    Many observers breathed a sigh of relief at the results of the European Parliament elections, because the widely predicted far-right surge did not dislodge traditional conservatives. But even if far-right forces do not dominate the next European Parliament, they have gained ground, particularly in France and Germany. Can mainstream politicians and parties reverse this trend?

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