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Ana Palacio

Ana Palacio

Writing for PS since 2011
159 commentaries

Ana Palacio, a former minister of foreign affairs of Spain and former senior vice president and general counsel of the World Bank Group, is a visiting lecturer at Georgetown University.

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  1. Is Europe Too Big for Further Enlargement?
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    Is Europe Too Big for Further Enlargement?

    May 23, 2024 Ana Palacio warns that even if candidates meet accession criteria, decision-making processes would need to be reformed.

  2. Why the EU’s New Migration Pact Matters
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    Why the EU’s New Migration Pact Matters

    Apr 24, 2024 Ana Palacio applauds the pragmatic coalition-building, especially by Italy’s Giorgia Meloni, that enabled the deal.

  3. Germany’s Weakness Is Bad for Europe
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    Germany’s Weakness Is Bad for Europe

    Apr 2, 2024 Ana Palacio worries that the European Union’s economic powerhouse lacks the political leadership needed to revive growth.

  4. The Good News from Taiwan
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    The Good News from Taiwan

    Jan 30, 2024 Ana Palacio thinks the island’s recent election bodes well for the struggle to uphold liberal-democratic values globally.

  5. The Rule of Law Under Fire
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    The Rule of Law Under Fire

    Dec 27, 2023 Ana Palacio identifies three forces that are eroding a foundational principle of the post-1945 international order.

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    Diplomacy Could Help Revive Democracy in Venezuela

    Roberto Patiño urges the international community to help ensure a free and fair presidential election in July.
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    The Specter of Neo-Fascism Is Haunting Europe

    Slavoj Žižek

    With mainstream parties and politicians already preparing to accommodate the far right following this month's European Parliament election, the axiom of post-World War II European democracy has been quietly abandoned. “No collaboration with fascists" is being replaced by a tacit acceptance of them.

    harbors no illusions about what the outcome of the European Parliament election means.
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    Can Private Hospitals Increase Access to Health Care in Developing Countries?

    Titir Bhattacharya & Tanika Chakraborty show how innovative insurance schemes can help low- and middle-income economies achieve universal coverage.
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    Tracking Ukraine’s Reconstruction Funds

    Wolfgang Fengler & Vladyslav Rashkovan show how digital tools can streamline the process, improve transparency, and provide accountability.
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    Slovakia’s Anti-Democratic Government Is Doubling Down

    Soňa Muzikárová warns that the assassination attempt in May has led the government to double down on illiberal reforms.
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    D-Day and the Threat of Total War

    Robert Skidelsky

    After eight decades of relative peace, the world is once again dividing into hostile economic and geopolitical blocs. The 80th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy offers a valuable opportunity to reflect on the principles we are willing to defend and the sacrifices we are prepared to make.

    thinks understanding the causes and consequences of past global conflicts is crucial to preventing another one.
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    The Dangers of a US Capital Inflow Tax

    Maurice Obstfeld worries that a little-known, highly costly method of deficit reduction is gaining political traction.
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    Europe’s Green Transition Requires More Skilled Workers

    Julie Beaufils urges policymakers to boost the attractiveness of technical vocations by expanding access to apprenticeships.
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    A Monetary and Economic Order Fit for the Twenty-First Century

    Ulrich Volz, et al. identify eight priorities to build a more resilient, inclusive, and sustainable global financial architecture.

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