Philippe Legrain
Philippe Legrain is the author of European Spring: Why Our Economies and Politics are in a Mess – and How to Put Them Right. From 2011 to 2014 he was economic adviser to European Commission President José Manuel Barroso.
Welcome to a new era of European democracy
With the next few months set to be dominated by unseemly haggling over top EU jobs, starting with the presidency of the European Commission, it may feel like business as usual in Brussels. But if you take the longer view, there are good reasons to hope that EU democracy may be evolving in a positive […]
Friday, 07, June 2019
Tackling climate change: Citizens vote increasingly green but politicians slow on meaningful action
Greta Thunberg is an unlikely instigator of a global social movement. The then-15-year-old schoolgirl who started a lone “school strike for climate” outside the Swedish parliament last August suffers from Asperger syndrome – a form of autism that makes social relationships and communication difficult – obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and selective mutism, a severe anxiety disorder […]
Thursday, 04, April 2019
Is Europe headed for another recession?
Is the eurozone heading for recession? How will policymakers react if the slowdown does get worse? And what damage could an economic downturn do to Europe’s already fractious politics? Those pressing questions ought to be at the top of policymakers’ minds in the run-up to the European Parliament elections in May. As we slowly leave […]
Monday, 11, February 2019
The future of the European Union: Brexit, division and the threat from within
In a few months, on 29 March, Britain is due to leave the European Union. For the first time ever, what had been an ever-expanding club, will lose a member.
Thursday, 08, November 2018
European defence: Wishful thinking, bureaucracy and weakened alliances
If Vladimir Putin decided to invade the European Union, Russian tanks could be in Brussels within 48 hours.
Monday, 03, September 2018
Privacy Laws in Europe: The good, the bad and the ugly
Do you want to continue receiving emails from us? Please click here to remain subscribed. You have no doubt received many emails like that recently. That is because the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into force on 25 May, gives Europeans new rights – and businesses and organisations around the world new […]
Wednesday, 06, June 2018