The New York Times - metered paywall - 14 Nov 2018
What was previously unthinkable is now plausible: if the UK’s agreements with the European Union expire without being replaced, Britain could face utter and complete chaos - grounded planes, trucks backed up on highways, and food and medicine shortages. As Lewis (a respected political journalist) argues, the next few weeks will be an exercise in brinkmanship, and it now seems possible that Members of Parliament will really let a “no deal” Brexit go ahead. “The terrifying possibility is that they might not be able to stop it, simply because it is the only option left” (reads in 5-6 min).
Published in Weekly selection 16 November 2018
Prospect Magazine - 9 Nov 2018
This is much broader than the title suggests and a must-read to understand what’s going on in Europe and what is at stake. The famous historian argues that Britain's just one corner of a European crisis, but is this just one more crisis in the EU, or is it a crisis of the whole European project? Today’s Union is simultaneously fractured along two fault lines: north-south (created by problems of political economy) and east-west (that involves a challenge to fundamental European values). However, there is a bedrock of public support on which to build a new reform agenda (reads in 10-12 min).
Published in Weekly selection 10 November 2018
The New York Times - metered paywall - 6 Sep 2018
On Sunday, Sweden - a successful economy and a bastion of social democracy - might end up with a far-right party in government after national elections. This is a must-read to understand how the issue of migration (factual or not) is going to shape politics for years to come. Countries that refuse to deal with the realities of mass immigration are bound to be in trouble (reads in 5-6 min).
Published in Weekly selection 8 September 2018