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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Is China being beastly to foreign investors?

Is China being beastly to foreign investors?

30 July 2010
When I visited China a year ago, I was struck by the strong feeling among many foreign firms there that the business environment was getting tougher. Western businessmen complained, in particular, about discrimination against foreigners.
Will the Conservatives' charm offensive endure?

Will the Conservatives' charm offensive endure?

01 June 2010
The Eurosceptic conservatives are back in power, yet the government they lead is courting Britain's EU partners. In their early meetings with European leaders, David Cameron and his senior ministers have been all smiles and politesse.
The new Commission's economic philosophy

The new Commission's economic philosophy

08 February 2010
The broad orientation of the Commission's economic policy is unlikely to change. It will continue to defend the single market, free trade and a tough competition policy.
China and EU flags

How should Europe respond to China's strident rise?

01 February 2010
Until very recently, many western politicians, bankers and business people were broadly optimistic about the rise of China. They assumed that as China became more developed it would become more western.
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China's peaceful rise turns prickly

22 January 2010
Have western attitudes to the rise of China been based on wishful thinking? China's increasingly tough approach to diplomacy is leading governments in the US and in Europe to rethink their policies towards China.
Financial crisis

Rocky road back to growth

14 December 2009
There is no doubt that governments had to take exceptional steps in response to the financial crisis. Without such unprecedented action, many economies would have slipped into slump and probably deflation.
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An open letter to David Cameron

01 December 2009
Dear David,The day after the Czech Republic became the last country to ratify the Lisbon treaty, you abandoned your pledge to hold a referendum on it and you unveiled a new EU strategy that is skilfully balanced.
Cameron's Europe

Cameron's Europe: Can the Conservatives achieve their EU objectives?

01 December 2009
David Cameron, the leader of Britain's Conservatives and perhaps its next prime minister, has unveiled a new strategy for the European Union.
What to do about the Lisbon treaty? Four options for the Conservatives

What to do about the Lisbon treaty? Four options for the Conservatives

02 November 2009
The Lisbon treaty will be in force before the next British general election, which the Conservatives seem likely to win. The Conservatives will need to tell the world what they intend to do about a treaty they have vehemently opposed. Charles Grant's policy brief outlines four options for the Conservatives:...
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The Czechs will probably ratify the Lisbon treaty this year

02 October 2009
Any prediction about the timing of the Czech Republic’s ratification of the Lisbon treaty must be heavily qualified; politics in Prague are so complex and opaque that many Czechs find it hard to understand what is going on.