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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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    The Other Conflict on Europe’s Doorstep

    Anders Fogh Rasmussen warns that Azerbaijan may be preparing to renew its military aggression against neighboring Armenia.
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    Let the Banks Burn

    Yanis Varoufakis

    The banking system we take for granted is unfixable. The good news is that we no longer need to rely on any private, rent-seeking, socially destabilizing network of banks, at least not the way we have so far.

    shows why the current private system is unfixable – and why we don’t need to tolerate it anymore.
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    How China Benefits from Another US Banking Crisis

    Stephen S. Roach thinks America’s latest financial trouble will reinforce a narrative of terminal national decline.
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    Xi Jinping’s Chinese Tragedy

    Orville Schell interviewed by Irena Grudzińska Gross

    Like Vladimir Putin, China's leader is so steeped in a narrative of victimhood and fearful of appearing weak that it is hard to imagine him ever leading China out of the mess he has created. He could well be remembered as the leader who squandered history's most remarkable economic success story.

    about the country's increasingly worrisome trajectory, both at home and abroad.
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    Artificial Idiocy

    Slavoj Žižek fears that the rise of powerful chatbots will spell the death of irony and nuance in human thought.
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    Localizing Development Research

    Julia Kaufman & Jane Wanjiku Mariara explain why funders should be providing more long-term resources to researchers in developing countries.
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    The Simplest Fix for Banking

    Jan Eeckhout explains how central bank digital currencies would end bank runs and banks' excessive risk-taking.
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    America’s Interest in Ending the Ukraine Crisis

    Brahma Chellaney explains why prolonging the conflict risks realizing the West’s worst geopolitical nightmare.
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    America’s Industrial Policy Is Counterproductive

    Anne O. Krueger laments that the Biden administration is adding red tape to an inefficient subsidy program.

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