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Philippe Legrain

Philippe Legrain

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Philippe Legrain, a former economic adviser to the president of the European Commission, is Visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics’ European Institute and the author of Them and Us: How Immigrants and Locals Can Thrive Together (Oneworld, 2020). 

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  1. Can Anti-EU Populism Survive Putin’s War?
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    Can Anti-EU Populism Survive Putin’s War?

    Apr 19, 2022 Philippe Legrain highlights growing evidence that Russia’s attack on Ukraine has weakened its allies in Europe.

  2. An Interview with Philippe Legrain
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    An Interview with Philippe Legrain

    Dec 1, 2020 Philippe Legrain says the EU and member states’ governments should hold populists’ feet to the fire, calls for a Franco-German grand bargain, and explains how to ensure that welcoming refugees yields economic dividends.

  3. Populism After Trump
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    Populism After Trump

    Nov 16, 2020 Philippe Legrain explains why the US president's election loss is bad news for his foreign counterparts, especially in Europe.

  4. Europe Rescues Itself
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    Europe Rescues Itself

    Jul 22, 2020 Philippe Legrain assesses the pluses and minuses of the European Union's historic deal to create an EU-financed recovery fund.

  5. A COVID-19 Marshall Plan for Europe
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    A COVID-19 Marshall Plan for Europe

    Apr 10, 2020 Philippe Legrain calls for a massive joint rescue package to compensate for the lack of EU solidarity thus far.

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    Resentment on the Western Front

    Sławomir Sierakowski thinks the Polish public needs a more open and honest conversation about refugees before resentment spirals.
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    Crypto’s Well-Worn Path to Crisis

    Xavier Vives writes that, despite the novelty of the assets, the narrative of FTX’s collapse was established long ago.
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    The Unavoidable Crash

    Nouriel Roubini anticipates a stagflationary debt crisis, owing to a dangerous combination of inflation and over-borrowing.
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    War Over Taiwan?

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. considers whether a deterrence arrangement that has worked for 50 years is still sufficient.
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    The Contested Fed

    James Livingston

    By all accounts, central banks – particularly the Fed, because the dollar is still the world’s dominant currency – already act as investment authorities. But their recent bailouts have exacerbated economic inequality, and have done little or nothing to address climate change.

    reviews three books that, each in its own way, reveal a central truth about the world’s leading central bank.
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    The Economics of Mainstreaming Climate Action

    Jean Pisani-Ferry & Selma Mahfouz identify the risks and short-term costs associated with the energy transition over the next decade.
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    Killing Twitter

    Antara Haldar explains what Elon Musk fundamentally misunderstands about the platform – and about free speech.
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    The Napoleons of Big Tech

    Bill Emmott

    Recent events in the technology sector suggest that investors and lenders should be demanding a premium to cover the risk that a star entrepreneur will become an egomaniacal dictator. With each business cycle, it seems, old lessons must be relearned.

    sees in the industry’s harsh reckoning this year lessons that apparently can’t be learned often enough.
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    The Crypto Emperor’s New Clothes

    The collapse of several crypto platforms this year – including the spectacular crash of the second-largest cryptocurrency exchange, FTX – has raised fundamental questions about the credibility of a digital innovation once hailed as the key to democratizing finance. Has crypto finally been exposed as a scam, or will a new, stronger crypto industry emerge from the current turmoil?

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