Press

What Britain wants for the G8 summit

16 June 2013
Channel 4 News
Simon Tilford, of the CER, believes the best way to combat avoidance and evasion is to introduce harmonised tax rates and tax bases (what is liable for tax), but is under no illusions that this will happen.

Eurozone risks return to fore

14 June 2013
The Wall Street Journal
Spain and Italy "need prices to rise less rapidly than in Germany to rebuild competitiveness, but they need a measure of inflation to ensure debt sustainability," says Simon Tilford, of the CER. "Something has to give."

The green shoots of solidarity

13 June 2013
European Voice
Critics of the government in Berlin say that Germany and its exporters should do more because they are the big beneficiaries of monetary union. If the single currency disintegrated, then the value of a new German currency would soar on the foreign exchanges, hitting German exports, Simon Tilford of the CER, has argued.

Türkei: Erdogans harte Linie gefährdet EU-Beitrittsverhandlungen

12 June 2013
Der Spiegel
"Je mehr Erdogan sich zu einer Art Putin light entwickelt, desto schwieriger wird es, für den EU-Beitritt der Türkei zu werben", sagt Charles Grant, Direktor des Centre for European Reform.

Conflicting goals complicate an effort to forge a transatlantic trade deal

12 June 2013
The New York Times
Simon Tilford, chief economist at the CER in London, is more optimistic than Mr Elliott but sees "a risk the whole thing will get hijacked and there will be so many exemptions and opt-outs that the meaning of the exercise will be limited."

Video interview on 'The CER commission on the UK and the single market'

12 June 2013
The case for British membership of the EU has always rested primarily on the country's participation in the single market. The CER's commission on the UK and the single market will examine whether participation in the EU helps or hinders Britain's economy.

Video interview on 'How the EU's legitimacy has suffered since the euro crisis'

12 June 2013
Charles Grant discusses how the euro crisis has hit the EU's legitimacy.

Video interview on 'How to improve legitimacy by involving national parliaments in the EU'

12 June 2013
Charles Grant discusses how part of the answer to improve EU legitimacy is to give national parliamentarians a bigger role in the EU.

Tusk says he won't run for EC presidency

11 June 2013
Warsaw Business Journal
In April this year, Hugo Brady from the CER, reignited the talk. “Germany might back Tusk in order to cement Berlin’s political alliance with Warsaw and because it is time for someone from one of the newer member-states to get a top job,” he wrote.

EU refuses to co-operate on security

Rem Korteweg
10 June 2013
The New York Times
“Apart from a very few countries, such as France and Britain, the Europeans have been very complacent about strategic affairs,” said Rem Korteweg, of the CER. "It’s as if the world outside does not affect them."

How to reduce the EU's democratic deficit

10 June 2013
The Guardian
The European Union has long suffered from a lack of legitimacy, but the euro crisis has worsened the problem. There is no silver bullet that can suddenly make the EU respected, admired or even popular among many Europeans.

David Cameron: The good European

Katinka Barysch
10 June 2013
The New Statesman
The PM sees the EU as part of the solution, not the problem for the UK economy - a brave position to take as leader of today's Tory party... For more on that, and other rebuttals of the anti-EU case, I recommend this article by Katinka Barysch of the CER.

Down so long that it looks like up

06 June 2013
The New York Times
"Policy-makers have a strong interest in the current strategy's appearing to work", said Simon Tilford of the CER. "Even the faintest glimmer of hope is interpreted as a sign of recovery." But Mr Tilford said it was clear that Europe was already trapped in the same kind of doldrums that becalmed Japan for several decades.

EU-Russia: Stale romance...

06 June 2013
The Voice of Russia (Radio)
We'll try to get a better understanding of why Russian-EU relations are running out of steam, and is the EU really likely to benefit from stirring ill feelings towards one of its biggest partners. We are discussing it with our guest speakers; Ian Bond, the Director of foreign policy at the CER, Eleonora Tafuro, Dmitry Suslov, and Dr Tatiana Romanova.

Unia Europejska krytyczna wobec Rosji

04 June 2013
Rzeczpospolita
A własność prywatna nie jest chroniona – tłumaczy „Rz" Ian Bond, ekspert Centre for European Reform w Londynie. UE wie, że tendencje w Rosji są bardzo niebezpieczne i w tej sprawie panują bardzo zbliżone poglądy. Skończył się czas głębokich podziałów w sprawach Rosji.

Eurozone retreats from austerity - but only as far as 'austerity lite'

30 May 2013
The Guardian
"I don't think anything has fundamentally changed in Europe as yet, although it probably will at some point. All they have done is take into account that when economies grow much more slowly there are obvious implications for tax revenues," said Simon Tilford of the CER.

Tortuous EU move to arm Syria rebels highlights disunity

29 May 2013
Agence France Presse
"There is a strong case for training and equipping forces loyal to the Syrian National Coalition," said Ian Bond of the CER. "But there must also be a credible threat from leading NATO and Middle Eastern powers that they will launch military strikes against Assad's air and ground forces."

Der Euro-Ausstieg liegt näher als wir denken

29 May 2013
Die Welt
"Die ungeheuren Konsequenzen eines Ausstiegs aus dem Euro haben bisher gegen einen solchen Schritt gesprochen", sagt Simon Tilford, Chefökonom am CER, einer Londoner Denkfabrik.

The EU's Court of Auditors: Europe's sleeping giant?

28 May 2013
E!Sharp
Veteran EU watchers consider the Union's budget as unreformable: a ritualistic doling out of public money into the pockets of farmers, MEP's expense accounts and the salaries of EU officials.

Ireland goes on offensive to counter US tax haven claims

28 May 2013
The Telegraph
"That was a blindside for Ireland Inc. because we always thought we were on the same page as Anglo-American capitalism. We thought it would stick up for us," said Hugo Brady, senior research fellow at the CER.