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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’s 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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    The Economics of Health for All

    Mariana Mazzucato explains why pandemic prevention and preparedness must be embedded in economic policymaking.
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    The Dangerous Incoherence of US Trade Policy

    Stephen S. Roach warns that America’s latest tariffs against China raise the risk of a catastrophic superpower conflict.
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    A New Dawn for US-African Cooperation?

    Vera Songwe identifies three ways that the United States can ultimately help itself by helping the continent.
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    Raghuram G. Rajan and Rohit Lamba on Indian job creation, industrial policy, democracy, and more

    Raghuram G. Rajan & Rohit Lamba argue that India must place the highest priority on creating and owning intellectual property, advocate an alternative to interventionist industrial policies like subsidies, call for the decentralization of Indian governance at every level, and more.
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    The Global Implications of Georgia’s Political Crisis

    Salome Samadashvili

    Borrowing from the Kremlin’s playbook, Bidzina Ivanishvili, Georgia’s de facto ruler, is seeking to eliminate foreign-funded NGOs, suppress independent media, and eradicate the political opposition. His determination to establish an authoritarian regime reflects his harmony of interests with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    implores the US and Europe to bolster democracy in the country at a make-or-break moment.
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    Read More Summer 2024 Reading List

    PS editors share books that have impressed them lately, and say why you should consider adding them to your summer reading list.
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    Building Resilience in the Developing World

    Erik Berglöf argues for additional financing mechanisms to protect low-income economies against proliferating shocks.
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    Iran’s Succession Crisis Is a Legitimacy Crisis

    Abbas Milani explains why few Iranians within or outside the country truly mourn the death of President Ebrahim Raisi.
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    Central Banks’ New-Old Inflationary Bias

    Kenneth Rogoff explains why policymakers are more likely to risk higher prices during periods of economic uncertainty.

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