In the Press - Who is Pier Carlo Padoan? Could the technocrat replace Renzi after his referendum defeat?

07 December 2016
The Express
Luigi Scazzieri, a fellow at the Centre for European Reform, said that the President Sergio Mattarella will explore options for a new Government “based on the current composition of the Parliament”. 

In the Press - The future of the EU is at stake as Europe's leaders face a new fear: Voters

06 December 2016
The Washington Post
If elected, Le Pen has vowed to hold a referendum on French membership in the E.U. And if France pulls out, many pro-European advocates believe the entire project would fall apart. “If Marine Le Pen wins, that will comprise an existential shock to the E.U. and for stability in Europe,” said Simon Tilford, the deputy director of the London-based Centre for European Reform.

In the Press - It's productivity, stupid…

06 December 2016
The Irish News
In September, Simon Tilford of the Centre for European Reform presented a sobering analysis of the UK's economic performance - “Brexit Britain: The poor man of Western Europe?” Contrary to popular belief, the UK has not been one of Europe's economic stars over the last 15 years. Adjusting for living costs, exchange rates and demographic trends, the UK in 2015 is now poorer relative to the EU-15 (eurozone) than it was in 2000.

In the Press - Italian referendum: What the defeat of Renzi means for the EU and eurozone

05 December 2016
The Daily Express
Simon Tilford, deputy director of the Centre for European Reform (CER), said that an Italian referendum on the eurozone would lead to considerable instability in Europe. Mr Tilford said: “The act of calling that referendum would precipitate a crisis in Europe. It would embolden populist and anti-Europe parties elsewhere.”  

In the Press - Europe's populists target landmark victories in Italy, Austria

03 December 2016
Bloomberg
“We’re seeing populist parties challenge the establishment in one country after another,” Simon Tilford, deputy director of the Centre for European Reform in London, said in an interview. “Anything that causes doubt about political stability in Italy will unsettle investors.”

In the Press - Year of electoral tests may end European Union as we know it

02 December 2016
The Guardian
Simon Tilford, of the Centre for European Reform think-tank, said the two big flashpoints for the union would be Italy’s constitutional referendum and France’s presidential election. “In Italy, if Renzi loses the referendum, can’t survive, and elections then return a government committed to a referendum on taking [the country] out of the euro … that could produce a real standoff,” Tilford said.

In the Press - Downing Street to brief foreign media on Brexit

01 December 2016
Financial Times
Charles Grant, director of think-tank the Centre for European Reform, said: “The people in Brussels are even gloomier than is perhaps justified about Brexit because their only source of information at the moment is the British media.” Recent strident coverage from Britain’s biggest newspapers “surreptitiously erodes the residual goodwill that [other EU countries] feel towards us”, he warned.

In the Press - Ministers want controls on skilled and unskilled EU workers, say sources

30 November 2016
The Guardian
John Springford, director of research, at the Centre for European Reform, argued that it seemed likely that May would consider a preferential system for Europeans because if not they would face getting no more than a “basic free trade deal” from the EU-27. He also argued that restrictions on skilled workers were also likely if the prime minister wanted to achieve her goal to heavily reduce net migration to the tens of thousands.

Future events

Panel discussion on 'Views from the EU-27: Paths to pursuing Brexit', 12 December 2016

12 December 2016
Please email seminars@cer.org.uk if you would like to attend this event.