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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François Hollande

Hollande, the Germans and 'political union'

25 September 2012
François Hollande wants a more equal Franco-German relationship. But tensions over managing the eurozone crisis and reforming EU treaties are straining that relationship.
Burma: An EU foreign policy success

Burma: An EU foreign policy success

23 August 2012
Burma's rulers could not modernise its economy unless the EU lifted sanctions. But the EU insisted on political reform, which is now happening.
Can 'good Italy' triumph over 'bad Italy'?

Can 'good Italy' triumph over 'bad Italy'?

01 August 2012
The euro may not survive unless Italy's reformers defeat those attached to privilege, monopoly, corruption and clientelism.
Franco-German discord

Needed: A Franco-German concordat

27 June 2012
The euro needs a Franco-German bargain: Germany must swallow eurobonds and a banking union, while France must let the EU have a say on its budget.
Japan's response to China's rise

Japan's response to China's rise

13 June 2012
Japan fears China's growing strength and increasingly assertive foreign policy. Japan has responded by strengthening alliances with the US and other maritime powers.
How Hollande should handle Merkel

How Hollande should handle Merkel

14 May 2012
Can François Hollande persuade Angela Merkel to shift the EU's eurozone strategy away from austerity and deficit reduction, and towards growth and employment?
The US-Russia reset is over

The US-Russia reset is over

02 April 2012
Can the 'reset' between Russia and the US survive the return to the presidency of Vladimir Putin? Probably not, given the number of divisive issues.
How to keep Britain in the EU

How to keep Britain in the EU

26 March 2012
At a time when some governments are pushing for a more integrated European Union, the British are becoming more eurosceptic. This contradiction increases the likelihood of Britain eventually leaving the EU – an outcome that, if current trends continue, is thoroughly plausible.
In the short term, Britain's decision in December to...
Russia, China and global governance

Russia, China and global governance

29 February 2012
Will the 'multipolar' world have strong international institutions, or will balance-of-power politics prevail? The attitudes of Russia and China will be crucial.
Annual report 2011

Annual report 2011

09 February 2012
Our annual report looks at key changes in the EU: Germany's rise, France's decline, Britain's marginalisation and the Commission's loss of influence.