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Guy Verhofstadt

Guy Verhofstadt

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Guy Verhofstadt, a former Belgian prime minister, is President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Group (ALDE) in the European Parliament and the author of Europe‚Äôs Last Chance: Why the European States Must Form a More Perfect Union.

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  1. Is COVID-19 Killing Democracy?
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    Is COVID-19 Killing Democracy?

    May 11, 2020 Guy Verhofstadt is especially worried about the implications of mass adoption of contact-tracing apps.

  2. Toward a European Reconstruction Fund
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    Toward a European Reconstruction Fund

    Apr 15, 2020 Guy Verhofstadt & Luis Garicano propose a post-pandemic entity through which the European Union could issue debt to finance recovery.

  3. The Battle for Britain
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    The Battle for Britain

    Aug 30, 2019 Guy Verhofstadt hopes that, despite the suspension of Parliament, it still is not too late to prevent a disastrous no-deal Brexit.

  4. Boris Johnson’s Big Lie
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    Boris Johnson’s Big Lie

    Jun 26, 2019 Guy Verhofstadt deflates the idea that a post-Brexit United Kingdom can ever become a global trading power.

  5. A Vote for Populists Is a Vote for Putin
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    A Vote for Populists Is a Vote for Putin

    May 21, 2019 Guy Verhofstadt thinks the choice facing voters in the European Parliament election could not be clearer.

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    Freedom Without Justice

    Slavoj Žižek

    At the end of European Communism, there was a widespread, euphoric hope that freedom and democracy would bring a better life; eventually, though, many lost that hope. The problem, under both Communism and the new liberal dispensation, was that those pursuing grand social projects had embraced ideology instead of philosophy.

    considers what an Albanian Marxist philosopher can tell us about liberty in today's world.
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    Can National Reconciliation Defeat Populism?

    Maciej Kisilowski & Anna Wojciuk

    For the US, Slovakia's general election may produce another unreliable allied government. But instead of turning a blind eye to such allies, as President Joe Biden has been doing with Poland, or confronting them with an uncompromising stance, the US should spearhead efforts to help mend flawed democracies.

    reflect on the outcome of Slovakia's general election in the run-up to Poland's decisive vote.
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    Not Destined for War

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. rejects historical analogies implying that zero-sum conflict between the US and China is inevitable.
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    Is “Peace Through Commerce” Dead?

    Harold James doubts that new conflicts and rivalries justify a full-scale rejection of European-style economic engagement.
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    Putin and Kim’s Cartoon Summit

    Nina L. Khrushcheva thinks that Russia's recent meeting with North Korea was intended primarily as a warning to the South.
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    Saudi Arabia’s New Nationalism

    Bernard Haykel explains the reasoning behind the Kingdom's ongoing domestic- and foreign-policy transformation.
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    The Green Growth Mindset

    Gernot Wagner sees doctrinaire debates about capitalism as irrelevant or even deleterious to the decarbonization effort.
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    Africa Is the Future of Multilateralism

    Mark Malloch-Brown explains why the continent should be at the forefront of efforts to bring about international reforms.
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    A Chinese Bubble Long in the Making

    Yi Fuxian traces the deep roots of the country's mounting economic and financial problems.

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