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About Charles Grant

Charles Grant is director of the Centre for European Reform.

Articles by Charles Grant

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

How Britain could leave the EU

Unless politicians, business leaders and trade unionists find the courage to make the case for membership, it is only a matter of time until Britain leaves the EU.

Britain on the edge of Europe

"I can never recall Britain being so friendless in the EU", writes the Director of the Centre for European Reform who thinks it spells disaster for the UK whatever the fate of the Franco-German pact.

Europe's choice: Monnet vs de Gaulle

The pressure of financial crisis is changing the European Union's internal power-balance. The rival visions of two of its pioneering statesmen are in play, says Charles Grant.

The new Russia and how to deal with it

After the recent Valdai Club meeting with Russian leaders, Charles Grant fears any attempt to push Russia towards a liberal democracy would be counter-productive. What the West can and should do is influence Russia's behaviour on the international stage.

Ukraine should not be part of a "great game"

Both the European Union and Russia need to learn an important lesson from the Ukraine crisis: how to reconcile strategic interests and political values in order to help Ukraine’s people realise their own aspirations.

Iran between worlds

How do Iranians see the world – its foreign policy establishment, its dissident intellectuals, and its ordinary people? Charles Grant, recently in Tehran for a week's discussions, presents a vivid portrait of a political system under pressure.

Russia's future in balance: Putin versus Khodorkovsky?

The unofficial pact between Russia’s parliament and its business ‘oligarchs’ has been an important element in the country’s recent political stability and economic progress. Now, Russia’s president Vladimir Putin is targeting executives of the giant Yukos oil corporation – including its ambitious head, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, interviewed here. Are both pact and progress now at risk?

Putin's choice

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, is treading a fine line in his relations with the United States and the European Union. Will he side with France or the US at the Security Council? Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, quizzes Moscow’s political elite.

US, EU, Russia: a new order?

In the aftermath of 11 September, the world has focused on America’s diplomatic and military response. Before, other security issues – missile defence, the Balkans and the future of NATO – dominated the headlines. How will this agenda appear when it re-emerges from the smoke of battle?
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