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Guy Verhofstadt

Guy Verhofstadt

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Guy Verhofstadt, a former Belgian prime minister, is President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Group (ALDE) in the European Parliament and the author of Europe’s Last Chance: Why the European States Must Form a More Perfect Union.

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  1. Is COVID-19 Killing Democracy?
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    Is COVID-19 Killing Democracy?

    May 11, 2020 Guy Verhofstadt is especially worried about the implications of mass adoption of contact-tracing apps.

  2. Toward a European Reconstruction Fund
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    Toward a European Reconstruction Fund

    Apr 15, 2020 Guy Verhofstadt & Luis Garicano propose a post-pandemic entity through which the European Union could issue debt to finance recovery.

  3. The Battle for Britain
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    The Battle for Britain

    Aug 30, 2019 Guy Verhofstadt hopes that, despite the suspension of Parliament, it still is not too late to prevent a disastrous no-deal Brexit.

  4. Boris Johnson’s Big Lie
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    Boris Johnson’s Big Lie

    Jun 26, 2019 Guy Verhofstadt deflates the idea that a post-Brexit United Kingdom can ever become a global trading power.

  5. A Vote for Populists Is a Vote for Putin
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    A Vote for Populists Is a Vote for Putin

    May 21, 2019 Guy Verhofstadt thinks the choice facing voters in the European Parliament election could not be clearer.

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    The US Is Jeopardizing the Open Internet

    Natalie Dunleavy Campbell & Stan Adams condemn America’s apparent decision to abandon its role as a champion of a free digital domain.
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    How to Finance Higher Education in Africa

    Célestin Monga proposes a mix of several funding streams to improve access to high-quality colleges and universities.
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    Catalytic Capital Holds the Key to Southeast Asia’s Green Transition

    Kitty Bu & Stefanie Fairholme highlight the potential role of early-stage funding in advancing the region’s decarbonization efforts.
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    Which AI Risks Matter?

    Edoardo Campanella

    To prevent humanity from ever being demoted to the status of gorillas by a highly advanced artificial intelligence, most AI experts agree that we must retain control over the technology. But with developers racing to achieve the next breakthrough and gain market share, that may be easier said than done.

    considers three leading experts’ assessments of the technology’s future capabilities and their implications.
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    Europe Must Defend Itself

    Donald Trump – who spent his presidency lambasting NATO – recently suggested that he would encourage Russian aggression against NATO allies that had not met their commitment to spend 2% of GDP on defense. With Trump vying for another term in the White House – and the Ukraine war still raging on the European Union’s doorstep – EU countries can no longer ignore the difficult but essential task of taking charge of their own security.

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    Making the Most of FDI

    Keun Lee considers what it takes to convert foreign investment into growth, development, and technological upgrading.
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    Explaining Americans’ Pessimism About a Strong Economy

    Jeffrey Frankel considers possible reasons for the disconnect between economic performance and public perceptions.
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    Sharing the Tech Wealth

    Diane Coyle urges investment in digital public infrastructure to curb the adverse effects of market power.
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    The WTO’s FDI Challenge

    Karl P. Sauvant urges the World Trade Organization’s members to adopt the new Investment Facilitation for Development Agreement.

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