Category Archives: Democracy

Why debt relief could save Greece but would destroy the Eurozone

So the Greeks have said no. The way the referendum was called and organised fell well short of international standards, but given the margin of victory for the ‘no’ camp there can be little doubt that a majority of Greeks supported the hardline position taken by its leftwing government in recent weeks. The Greek government […]
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The Greek crisis shows that what we need is more Europe, not less

This blog post is a translated and edited version of an article I wrote in Dutch for Het Parool. This English version was first published on the LSE EUROPP blog. “What is needed is a substantive economic programme to enable Greece to carry out the necessary structural reforms.” So wrote the European Commission on 29 […]
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Abolish the Chatham House Rule

Today I attended an event at the Brussels office of Carnegie Europe, “the global think tank”, as the banner behind the stage proudly – and in my view justifiably – proclaimed. Carnegie Europe is without doubt one of the most engaging and thought-provoking platforms for debate on EU and world affairs in the European capital. […]
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