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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Cameron's optimistic, risky and ambiguous strategy

Cameron's optimistic, risky and ambiguous strategy

24 January 2013
Some of David Cameron's EU speech is sensible. But his strategy is risky, riddled with ambiguities and could lead to a British exit.
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How can the EU influence China?

07 January 2013
The EU would have more influence in China if its governments were more willing to work together and if it focused on a few key objectives.
How Britain could leave the EU

How Britain could leave the EU

26 November 2012
Britain's departure from the EU grows ever more likely. David Cameron, the prime minister, wants Britain to stay in. But he seems set on a path that could lead to an exit.
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Russia needs a plan for modernising its economy

06 November 2012
Russia remains dependent on oil and gas, yet its leaders lack a coherent plan for rebalancing the economy. President Putin does not seem bothered.
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?