Articles & Essays

The Future of Europe: An Interview with George Soros

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

It is Time to Stand Up for the European Union

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

Sustaining Ukraine’s Breakthrough

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

Fallibility, Reflexivity, and the Human Uncertainty Principle

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

Europe Needs a Roma Working Class

Roma represent more than 20% of new entrants into the labour force in the European Union's newest member states but their living conditions have actually deteriorated since many of them became EU citizens.

Across Europe, millions are suffering from unemployment and the prospect of a long period of

Angela Merkel’s Pyrrhic Victory

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 – a feat that earned

The Resistible Fall of Europe: An Interview with George Soros

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. The crisis has turned it into something that is radically

How to Save the European Union from the Euro Crisis

My objective in coming here today is to discuss the euro crisis. I think you will all agree that the crisis is far from resolved. It has already caused tremendous damage both financially and politically and taken an extensive human toll as well. It has transformed the European Union into something

Remarks delivered at the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2013

My assignment today is to give an overview of global financial markets. Well, the situation is very complicated with many cross currents and cross purposes.  In order to explain what is happening let me put the current situation into historical context.  

After the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers in

A Europe of Solidarity, Not Only Discipline

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