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Michel Barnier

Michel Barnier

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Michel Barnier is a former vice president of the European Commission and French Minister of Foreign Affairs. He is currently EU chief negotiator for Brexit.

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  1. Three New Year’s Wishes for Britain and the EU
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    Three New Year’s Wishes for Britain and the EU

    Dec 20, 2019 Michel Barnier sets the main goals for negotiations between the European Union and the departing United Kingdom in 2020.

  2. In Defense of Europe
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    In Defense of Europe

    May 21, 2019 Michel Barnier argues that the European Union can no longer afford to be a military minnow in an era of great-power politics.

  3. It’s Time for a Green EU Deal
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    It’s Time for a Green EU Deal

    Apr 17, 2019 Michel Barnier outlines an ambitious three-point plan to help Europe confront increasing environmental threats.

  4. Europe’s Future Is Up to Us
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    Europe’s Future Is Up to Us

    Jan 4, 2019 Michel Barnier outlines a roadmap for the European Union to address challenges to its sovereignty and democratic legitimacy.

  5. A New Year’s Banking Union
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    A New Year’s Banking Union

    Oct 15, 2012 Michel Barnier

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    A Big Step Forward for Liver Health

    Danjuma Adda explains how new hepatitis guidelines from the World Health Organization could reduce cancer deaths in Africa.
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    The Fragile Fraternity of China and Russia

    Nina L. Khrushcheva

    Vladimir Putin’s recent state visit to Beijing – his first trip abroad since being inaugurated for a fifth term – was practically a mirror image of Mao Zedong’s visit to Moscow 75 years ago, when Stalin looked down on his guest. There is little reason to think that the bilateral relationship will prove more resilient this time.

    doubts that two countries with such diverging interests will be able to build a lasting partnership.
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    The Global Economy Is More Vulnerable Than It Seems

    Bertrand Badré & Yves Tiberghien identify five factors driving a potentially catastrophic trend toward fragmentation.
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    The Myth of Central-Bank Independence

    Robert Skidelsky thinks the time has come to transfer power from technocrats back to elected officials.
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    The Gig Economy vs. America’s Workers

    Sandeep Vaheesan warns that proposed ballot initiatives in Massachusetts would legalize exploitative employment practices.
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    King Trump on Trial

    Richard K. Sherwin

    High-ranking Republican politicians have lately been turning up at Donald Trump’s New York City trial to demonstrate solidarity with the former president. But their attendance also serves a more alarming purpose: to validate Trump as a competing source of sovereign power, independent of the US Constitution and the rule of law.

    explains why a parade of Republican leaders have made appearances at the former president’s trial in New York.
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    Crunch Time for the Power Sector

    Michael Spence argues that developing flexible, stable, and resilient smart grids requires an expanded industrial policy.
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    The Rise of Mesoeconomics

    William H. Janeway details how a long-neglected field of economic study can be applied to today's most pressing policy challenges.
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    What the AI Pessimists Are Missing

    Michael R. Strain points out that the technology will help to address many of the risks it creates.

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