Press

Merkel stresses limits to Germany’s strength

Philip Whyte
14 June 2012
The New York Times
"Merkel still thinks it's all about introducing new rules, making countries stick by the rules, and if they stick by the rules the situation will stabilise," said Philip Whyte, a senior research fellow at the CER. "She seems to think that she has a lot more time than the markets seem to think. ...

German leaders want 'more Europe'

13 June 2012
BBC Newsnight
Charles Grant talks to BBC Newsnight about how Germany's leaders want 'more Europe'. At 15.48. See also his article in the International Herald Tribune. 

Russia must take the lead on Syria says expert

13 June 2012
ABC News
Edward Burke talks to ABC News about Russia's role in the continuing conflict in Syria

Germany threatens Europe

13 June 2012
International Herald Tribune
In the face of such onslaughts, it is easy to understand the German reaction described by Charles Grant in an IHT Global Opinion article, "When 'Anglo-Saxon' commentators criticise Germany for imposing excessive austerity, the response can veer toward paranoia."

Falling oil prices prompt Russian economic fears

Stephen Tindale
12 June 2012
Voice of America
Stephen Tindale, of the Centre for European Reform, said, “Almost half of the Russian government's revenue comes from various taxes on oil and gas exports." Tindale says that leaves the Russian economy highly vulnerable to a fall in oil prices.

Germans, the euro and the painful truth

12 June 2012
International Herald Tribune
Will the Germans save the euro? Many people within the European Union and further afield are urging Berlin to take bold steps to secure the currency’s future. They have become frustrated by the Germans' apparent inaction. 
But the view of German policy makers — conveyed to me on a recent visit...

Let Russia show the way on Syria

Edward Burke
11 June 2012
The New York Times
Like him or loathe him over his stance on Syria, Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, is a better diplomat than most. Experience counts, and Lavrov has spent almost three decades at the United Nations. As a former senior Soviet diplomat and Russia’s permanent representative to the Security Council in the...

Batı Türkiye’ye çok yumuşak

11 June 2012
Cumhuriyet
Interview with Charles Grant in Turkish on 'Turkey should focus on working more closely with the EU in specific areas, rather than the accession process.' Please see attachment.

City safeguards set Britain at odds with EU

07 June 2012
Financial Times
"In demanding safeguards that are impossible or unrealistic, Britain would force their partners down the route of the [intergovernmental] fiscal pact," said Charles Grant of the CER think-tank.

Necessity, not inclination, nudges Europeans closer fiscally and politically

07 June 2012
The International Herald Tribune
Still, Ms Merkel and her team are worried about Mr Hollande’s commitment to reducing the French budget deficit and to carrying out domestic structural reform, said Charles Grant, director of the CER, who was just in Berlin.   

Ousting Greece will not bring catharsis

06 June 2012
The International Herald Tribune
How the eurozone handles Greece will determine whether the single currency survives - and hence the future of the European Union as a whole.

Britain and the EU

David Rennie
01 June 2012
The Economist
The end result is a long (very long) 20,000 word paper for the Centre for European Reform think tank, who have kindly published the results this week (though I am, in general, a bit more sceptical about the project than the CER). The paper draws on meetings and interviews, on and off the record, with ministers, MPs, MEPs, politicians, national officials, EU officials and think-tankers, reflecting all shades of Euro-opinion, in London, Brussels, Paris and Berlin. It also offers a sort of potted history as to how we got here: why Britain is a uniquely grumpy member of the club.

Europe's top banker urges new union

Philip Whyte
31 May 2012
The Wall Street Journal
Mr Draghi's calls for more European integration are "spot on," said Philip Whyte of the London-based think-tank the CER "It's a totally dysfunctional currency union. You need reforms to make a more fiscally centralised union," he said

European voices go silent on Syria

Tomas Valasek
31 May 2012
The Washington Post
"The atmosphere in Europe has changed fundamentally. Yes, we were in an economic crisis in 2011, when Libya happened, but there was still a sense it was a manageable crisis. Europe had confidence that it doesn’t have today," said Tomas Valasek of the CER in London.

Irish vote to wield big say over euro growth debate

30 May 2012
Agence France Presse
"If Ireland votes 'yes,' that will mean a big morale boost for (German Chancellor Angela) Merkel after a series of political setbacks," said Hugo Brady of the London-based CER.

Irish referendum: Taking a punt

30 May 2012
The Guardian
It comes down, as the CER said, to a choice between fear and anger, both negatives. Of course the car could change course and stop for a service on the way. That is the least likely option at the moment, because it would mean German taxpayers, who already believe they have gone through their years of pain, going through a few years more.

The state of Europe's economy

30 May 2012
BBC Radio - The World Tonight
As borrowing costs in Spain have risen close to 7 per cent, Simon Tilford of the CER speaks to The World Tonight on the state of Europe's economy.
From 16.50 min

Is EU short on options to end violence in Syria?

30 May 2012
Middle East Online
The bloc's fledgling foreign service, under the leadership of Catherine Ashton, can do very little as "EU diplomacy is still the lowest common denominator," said Edward Burke of the CER.

Greece and the eurozone: Managing the crisis

29 May 2012
Open democracy
How the eurozone handles Greece will determine whether or not the single currency survives - and hence the future of the European Union as a whole.

Lagarde worries little for Greeks

28 May 2012
The Sydney Morning Herald
An Irish ''no'' would not by itself derail the fiscal treaty - only 12 eurozone countries are required to ratify it. But Hugo Brady, of the CER, said: ''The sense of a backlash against austerity would be much enforced.''