Essential weekend reading

In Blog by Philippe Legrain0 Comments

OPEN’s mission is to defend and advance open liberal societies and these recent pieces particularly caught our attention. Reams of articles have been written this week about the letter that Theresa May sent to Donald Tusk officially notifying the EU of the UK’s intention to leave. As the two-year countdown to Brexit began, Chris Patten wrote a particularly thoughtful and perceptive piece for Project Syndicate about how Britain got here …

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Refugees Work quoted in the Hindu

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Refugees are a major source of (low-cost) employment and other commercial opportunities. In May last year, the Tent Foundation and Open Political Economy Network brought out what they called the first comprehensive, international study of how refugees can contribute to advanced economies. In the report, Refugees Work: A Humanitarian Investment That Yields Economic Dividends, the organisation used data from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to ascertain the economic impact of asylum …

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Protecting competition, or competitors?
— Europe’s pursuit of Silicon Valley

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It’s getting harder to escape the suspicion that the EU is sometimes acting in the interest of European firms who struggle to compete with a new breed of rivals like Apple, Amazon and Google. President Obama has said that the recent scrutiny by the EU competition authorities of US tech firms was driven by “commercial interests”. But the suspicions of Brussels using competition policy for protectionism are hardly anything new. In …

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OPEN aims to tap the insights of a diverse network of thinkers and experts – and our blog is a place for short, topical pieces on the subjects OPEN is working on. So please get in touch if you have something interesting to contribute. Thanks!

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