Charles Grant

Charles Grant

Director
Areas of expertise 

Britain's EU referendum, the 'future of Europe' debate, the euro, Russia, European foreign and defence policy and China's relations with the West.

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A UK without Scotland

A UK without Scotland

12 September 2014
If the Scots vote to leave the United Kingdom, what is left of it will be more likely to leave the EU.
An open letter to David Cameron

An open letter to David Cameron

29 July 2014
David Cameron will have to work hard to detoxify the British brand, if he wants to persuade other member-states to help him reform the EU.
Business as usual is not acceptable

Business as usual is not acceptable

06 June 2014
The electoral success of populists in Britain and France has reinforced German dominance of the EU. It also makes a new EU treaty less likely.
The European Council must choose the Commission’s new president

The new European Commission: which president, and what priorities?

30 May 2014
The Commission needs a strong president. But if the Parliament gets its way and imposes a ‘designated candidate’, the Commission will have a weak leader.
Presidential candidates, European federalism and Tony Giddens

Presidential candidates, European federalism and Tony Giddens

15 May 2014
The problem with ‘federalism’ is that most European citizens do not want it. This makes the federalist proposals in Tony Giddens’ new book unrealistic.
What is wrong with German foreign policy?

What is wrong with German foreign policy?

06 May 2014
Events in Ukraine give Germany a chance to lead EU foreign policy - if its own policy become less commercially-driven, and more strategic.
Why a British exit is not inevitable

Why a British exit is not inevitable

17 April 2014
Lord Ashcroft’s polling shows that pro-Europeans can win an in/out referendum. But what are the best arguments to use in such a campaign?
Can the EU help Belarus to guard its independence?

Can the EU help Belarus to guard its independence?

03 April 2014
The annexation of Crimea has made Belarus nervous. It plans to join Russia's Eurasian Economic Union - but also hopes for closer ties to the EU‎.
Who will run Europe?

Who will run Europe?

31 March 2014
EU leaders will soon decide who will run the club's institutions. They should choose heavyweights who can deliver far-reaching reforms.
French federalists propose a Euro Community

French federalists propose a Euro Community

03 March 2014
A group of French thinkers wants to establish a federal 'Euro Community'. Their scheme could harm the single market and make Britain's position in the EU uncomfortable.