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Pierpaolo Barbieri
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Pierpaolo Barbieri is the executive director at Greenmantle. holds an AB magna cum laude from Harvard University and an MPhil from Cambridge. He was Lt. Charles Henry Fiske III Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge and more recently Ernest May Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is a strategic advisor to the Institute of New Economic Thinking (INET) and the Berggruen Council on the Future of Europe, in addition to leading research activities at Greenmantle. His first book, Hitler's Shadow Empire: The Nazis and the Spanish Civil War will be published by Harvard University Press in 2015. He is fluent in Italian, Spanish and French.

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The Incompetent Greek Government, Not Its Creditors, Pushed the Economy off the Cliff

(93) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 1:26 PM

BUENOS AIRES -- When Greece held elections last January, the country faced an existential choice: give a new term to the pro-European center-right government or take its chances with a revolutionary party led by the charismatic Alexis Tsipras. Syriza was eager not only to renegotiate with Europe but...

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Populism Sounds Good, but It Always Ends Badly

(2) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 2:43 PM

BUENOS AIRES -- "Populism" is one of those ubiquitous words that eludes definition. In contemporary Europe, many are proposing it as the solution to the twin evils of chronic corruption and economic crisis. It is now in power in Greece, looming in Spain and latent in Italy.

Although explicit...

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Matteo Renzi Makes Reform Popular in Italy

(2) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 3:44 PM

CERNOBBIO, Italy -- Entertainment is never lacking on the shores of the Como Lake in the beginning of September, when the Italian and European intelligentsia gathers at the Ambrosetti Forum, a sort of Davos that is more European but equally obsessed with participant status. So much so that I counted...

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Learning to Lose in Argentina

(1) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 3:27 PM

BUENOS AIRES -- And on the 116th minute, Mario Götze silenced the Maracaná, burying the hopes of thousands of Argentines in the stadium and giving Germany the World Cup. It was soon followed by Brazilian laughter, German celebrations, and booing against FIFA, an organization that did everything to deserve it....

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In European Elections, Populism is Against People's Interests

(10) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 5:06 PM

Nicolas Berggruen is President of The Berggruen Institute on Governance and Pierpaolo Barbieri is advisor to the institute's council on the future of Europe, which is chaired by former Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti.

Last May Day and under a banner reading "No to Brussels, Yes to France," Marine Le...

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Italy's Renzi: Positive Politics Vs. Negative Populism

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 12:51 PM

Pierpaolo Barbieri, Advisor, Berggruen Institute's Council For The Future Of Europe.

In "La Grande Bellezza," the best foreign film of 2013 at the recent Academy Awards, a direct heir to Federico Fellini presents us with a numb Italy. It is embodied by a once-celebrated writer who, in the midst of...

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For Argentina's Nationalized Oil 'Industry': A Year of Nothing

(28) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 7:57 PM

Exactly a year ago, Argentina President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner announced to the world the expropriation of 51 percent of Argentine oil company YPF from Spain's Repsol.

It had all been planned. The announcement, broadcast on all the television channels, between applause and ovations. The Argentine provinces, seduced with a...

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