Essays

Bringing Europe’s Migration Crisis Under Control

  • Project Syndicate
  • Apr 10, 2016

LONDON – The asylum policy that emerged from the European Union’s negotiations last month with Turkey became effective on April 4, when 202 asylum-seekers were deported from Greece. The policy has four fundamental flaws.

It was negotiated with Turkey and imposed on the EU by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Europe: A Better Plan for Refugees

  • The New York Review of Books
  • Apr 9, 2016

The asylum policy that emerged from last month’s EU-Turkey negotiations—and that has already resulted in the deportation of hundreds of asylum seekers from Greece to Turkey—has four fundamental flaws. First, the policy is not truly European; it was negotiated with Turkey and imposed on the EU by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The Case for Surge Funding

  • Project Syndicate
  • Feb 17, 2016

Important progress was made at the donors’ conference for Syrian refugees convened in London on February 4. But much more remains to be done. The international community is still vastly underestimating what is needed to support refugees, both inside and outside the borders of the European Union.

Putin is a Bigger Threat to Europe’s Existence than Isis

  • The Guardian
  • Feb 11, 2016

The leaders of the US and the EU are making a grievous error in thinking that president Vladimir Putin’s Russia is a potential ally in the fight against Islamic State. The evidence contradicts them. Putin’s aim is to foster the EU’s disintegration, and the best way to do so is to flood Europe with Syrian refugees.

The EU is on the Verge of Collapse – An Interview

  • The New York Review of Books
  • Jan 20, 2016
Gregor Peter Schmitz: When Time put German Chancellor Angela Merkel on its cover, it called her the “Chancellor of the Free World.” Do you think that is justified? George Soros: Yes. As you know, I have been critical of the chancellor in the past and I remain very critical of her austerity policy. But after Russian President Vladimir Putin attacked Ukraine, she became the leader of the European Union and therefore, indirectly, of the Free World.

Nations Work Best When They Work Together, in Europe and Beyond

  • Financial Times
  • Dec 17, 2015

As Britain approaches a crucial vote on whether to leave or remain in the EU, there is no doubt about how far-reaching the consequences could be for future generations. While some may be reluctant to be drawn into the debate, I believe the stakes are simply too high to remain silent.

Rebuilding the Asylum System

  • Project Syndicate
  • Sep 26, 2015

The European Union needs to accept responsibility for the lack of a common asylum policy, which has transformed this year’s growing influx of refugees from a manageable problem into yet another political crisis. Each member state has selfishly focused on its own interests, often acting against the interests of others.

Ukraine & Europe: What Should Be Done?

  • The New York Review of Books
  • Sep 16, 2015

Because of the structural defects of the euro, the European authorities have had to become masters of the art of muddling through one crisis after another. This practice is popularly known as kicking the can down the road although it would be more accurate to describe it as kicking the can uphill so that it keeps coming back.

Ukraine Deserves Debt Relief

  • The Wall Street Journal
  • Aug 18, 2015

Ukraine is struggling to negotiate a deal with its creditors, which the International Monetary Fund demands as a condition for further financial support. Russian aggression has taken a terrible toll on the economy of the new Ukraine, making its $19 billion in foreign debt unsustainable.