Essays

The Future of Europe: An Interview with George Soros

  • The New York Review of Books
  • Mar 21, 2014

Parts of the following interview with George Soros by the Spiegel correspondent Gregor Peter Schmitz appear in their book, The Tragedy of the European Union: Disintegration or Revival?, just published by PublicAffairs.

Gregor Peter Schmitz: The conflict in Crimea and Ukraine has changed the shape of European and world politics, and we will come to it.

It is Time to Stand Up for the European Union

  • Financial Times
  • Mar 12, 2014

There is an important debate under way about the future of Europe and Britain’s place in the EU. I bring a pro-European bias to this debate. I am a great believer in the Union as it was originally conceived. This is a function of my personal history and of the philosophy I developed based on my life experience.

Sustaining Ukraine’s Breakthrough

  • Project Syndicate
  • Feb 26, 2014

Following a crescendo of terrifying violence, the Ukrainian uprising has had a surprisingly positive outcome. Contrary to all rational expectations, a group of citizens armed with not much more than sticks and shields made of cardboard boxes and metal garbage-can lids overwhelmed a police force firing live ammunition.

Fallibility, Reflexivity, and the Human Uncertainty Principle

  • Journal of Economic Methodology
  • Jan 13, 2014
The Journal of Economic Methodology, the leading peer-reviewed journal on the philosophical foundations and methodological practice of economics, has published a special issue devoted to George Soros’s theory of reflexivity. The issue contains a new article by Mr. Soros articulating his most recent thinking on reflexivity and fallibility, the role of those concepts in social science, and their contribution to events such as the 2008 financial crisis and euro crisis. The issue also contains contributions, responses and critiques from 18 leading scholars in economics and the history and philosophy of science.

The World Economy’s Shifting Challenges

  • Project Syndicate
  • Jan 2, 2014

NEW YORK – As 2013 comes to a close, efforts to revive growth in the world’s most influential economies – with the exception of the eurozone – are having a beneficial effect worldwide. All of the looming problems for the global economy are political in character.

Europe Needs a Roma Working Class

  • The Guardian
  • Nov 27, 2013
Roma represent more than 20% of new entrants into the labor force in the European Union's newest member states but their living conditions have actually deteriorated since many of them became EU citizens.

Empowering Europe’s Roma

  • Project Syndicate
  • Nov 26, 2013

BUDAPEST – Across Europe, millions are suffering from unemployment and the prospect of a long period of economic stagnation. But no group has been harder hit than the Roma.

There are more than ten million Roma living in Europe, mostly concentrated in the Balkans and in the European Union’s newest member states, especially Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia, and Hungary.

Angela Merkel’s Pyrrhic Victory

  • Project Syndicate
  • Oct 7, 2013
As far as Germany is concerned, the drama of the euro crisis is over. The subject was barely discussed in the country’s recent election campaign. Chancellor Angela Merkel did what was necessary to ensure the euro’s survival, and she did so at the least possible cost to Germany –

Remarks delivered at the Global Economic Symposium

  • Kiel, Germany
  • Oct 1, 2013
I shall take a holistic approach to the future of Europe. I have developed a conceptual framework, which has guided me in my decisions throughout my adult life. The framework is much broader than the financial markets; it deals with the relationship between thinking and reality.

The Resistible Fall of Europe

  • Project Syndicate
  • May 14, 2013

SOROS: I have been very concerned about Europe. The euro is in the process of destroying the European Union.  To some extent, this has already happened, in the sense that the EU was meant to be a voluntary association of equal states.