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Chris Patten

Chris Patten

Writing for PS since 2000
148 commentaries
3 videos & podcasts

Chris Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong and a former EU commissioner for external affairs, is Chancellor of the University of Oxford and the author of The Hong Kong Diaries (Allen Lane, 2022).

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  1. Rishi Sunak’s Daunting Challenge
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    Rishi Sunak’s Daunting Challenge

    Dec 1, 2022 Chris Patten urges the UK prime minister to join the battle for the soul of the Conservative Party after a disastrous year.

  2. The Only Direction for Xi’s Dictatorship
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    The Only Direction for Xi’s Dictatorship

    Oct 17, 2022 Chris Patten explains why the Chinese leader’s third term will pose a growing threat to the country’s economy.

  3. The Faith-Based Reaganomics of Liz Truss
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    The Faith-Based Reaganomics of Liz Truss

    Sep 29, 2022 Chris Patten argues that the UK government's new fiscal plan is reckless and may lead to an economic crisis.

  4. Brexit Britain Confronts Reality
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    Brexit Britain Confronts Reality

    Aug 18, 2022 Chris Patten holds out little hope that political leaders will offer voters an honest assessment of the country’s problems.

  5. The Pathologies of Long Boris
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    The Pathologies of Long Boris

    Jul 20, 2022 Chris Patten shows how the disgraced prime minister’s mendacious populism is shaping the race to succeed him.

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    The Economics of Mainstreaming Climate Action

    Jean Pisani-Ferry & Selma Mahfouz identify the risks and short-term costs associated with the energy transition over the next decade.
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    Killing Twitter

    Antara Haldar explains what Elon Musk fundamentally misunderstands about the platform – and about free speech.
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    The Napoleons of Big Tech

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    Recent events in the technology sector suggest that investors and lenders should be demanding a premium to cover the risk that a star entrepreneur will become an egomaniacal dictator. With each business cycle, it seems, old lessons must be relearned.

    sees in the industry’s harsh reckoning this year lessons that apparently can’t be learned often enough.
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    The Crypto Emperor’s New Clothes

    The collapse of several crypto platforms this year – including the spectacular crash of the second-largest cryptocurrency exchange, FTX – has raised fundamental questions about the credibility of a digital innovation once hailed as the key to democratizing finance. Has crypto finally been exposed as a scam, or will a new, stronger crypto industry emerge from the current turmoil?

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    The Climate Crisis Is Also a Health Crisis

    Seth Berkley & Werner Hoyer explain why global leaders must urgently introduce equitable pandemic-response mechanisms.
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    Rishi Sunak’s Daunting Challenge

    Chris Patten urges the UK prime minister to join the battle for the soul of the Conservative Party after a disastrous year.
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    Russia’s Financial Crisis Must Come Sooner

    Simon Johnson shows why a low price cap for the country’s crude exports would render the Kremlin’s war economy untenable.
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    QE with Chinese Characteristics?

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng urge China to use monetary policy to tackle some of the biggest challenges it faces.
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    Why Europe and Latin America Need Each Other

    Josep Borrell urges European Union and Latin American leaders to revive momentum toward a long-overdue trade agreement.

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