Mats Persson, former Director of the think-tank Open Europe, has been appointed as a Special Advisor to British Prime Minister David Cameron. Mats was propelled to No. 10 in the hope that he will play a key role in developing a meaningful renegotiation of Britain’s relationship with Europe.
The 36-year-old from Sweden is an unmissable figure in the Westminster village, dominating the EU debate on TV, social media and across the political scene. As the director of Open Europe, Mats advised European governments on EU reform, financial regulation and European integration.
The Times notes that “under Mr Persson’s tenure, [Open Europe] became an institution driven by research challenging the way Europe worked, with a preference for staying inside the 28-member club.”
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Janan Ganesh, a leading commentator on UK politics, has argued in the Financial Times that Britain is now richer, freer, more roundly envied. Yet all talk is of decline, and such “miserablism risks causing Britain serious harm.”
Janan points out that whilst the “ambient noise in Britain today is a drone of complaint: about migration, unspecified “elites”, politics itself…this indulgence is so hard to forgive because the sourness is so misplaced.”
“Here is a country that responds to a secessionist threat to its existence by holding a free and fair referendum. It has evolved an economic model that is more hospitable to business than much of Europe and kindlier to the poor than America. It cuts public spending year on year without any civil disorder to speak of. Crime is falling. Unemployment is at 6 per cent. The politicians are small-time but basically honourable. The capital city is a miracle of the modern world.”
Janan goes on to warn that such dynamism and maturity in Britain is the accumulation of wise decisions over a long period, and it can be undone in “a few hot-headed years.”
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Bronwen Maddox, former Foreign Affairs Editor of the Times and now Editor of London-based Prospect magazine analyses the nexus between finance, geopolitics and security.
Recently returned from the US where she interviewed former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (pictured above), Bronwen speaks to Chartwell’s Alex Hickman about the legacy of the Scottish referendum and the outlook for the UK 2015 General Election; the US-led coalition against ISIS and its prospects for success; and what ISIS and the situation in Ukraine means for global security and the global economy.
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