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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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    Why Populists Don’t Concede

    Jan-Werner Mueller

    With election denial becoming a new global trend, it is necessary to ask why so many citizens would accept leaders who fraudulently cry “fraud.” Even when they leave power quietly, populist politicians have exploited political polarization and indoctrinated their supporters never to trust the system.

    explains the political logic of fraudulently crying “fraud” in response to an electoral loss.
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    The Challenge of Monetary Tightening

    Takatoshi Ito identifies the main risks raised by central banks’ efforts to rein in inflation.
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    The High Stakes of Climate-Risk Accounting

    Gernot Wagner & Tom Brookes show why economists can no longer ignore the need for a far more comprehensive set of welfare indicators.
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    The Cost of the Fed’s Challenged Credibility

    Mohamed A. El-Erian interprets the latest market tumult as the price of delaying monetary-policy tightening for too long.
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    Core Dangers for the Fed and China

    Stephen S. Roach

    Just as a fixation on core inflation can mislead central banks, as it has done with the US Federal Reserve, the power of a “core leader” like China’s Xi Jinping is a recipe for misdirected and ultimately unsustainable policy regimes. The very notion of a core adds a false sense of precision when addressing complex problems.

    thinks the US central bank and Chinese governance share a conceptual weakness leading to major policy blunders.
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    Amazon’s Satanic Mills

    Antara Haldar sees recent unionization efforts as a welcome response to an unethical and inhumane business model.
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    Asia’s Captive Market for Migrant Labor

    M. Niaz Asadullah highlights how an entrenched alliance of politicians, bureaucrats, and business elites is exploiting workers.
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    In Search of a Development Plan for Asia

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng argue that bottom-up institutions – not top-down strategies – are the key to regional integration.
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    Giorgia Meloni’s Moment

    Bill Emmott sees little difference between the Brothers of Italy’s program and that of recent right-wing governments.

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