Press

One year into Hollande presidency in France, 'a sense of drfit'

03 May 2013
International Herald Tribune
Still, Mr. Hollande’s economic policies, which have delayed cuts in public spending until next year, are sensible in a recession, said Simon Tilford, of the CER, and his fight against austerity is gaining traction in Brussels, despite frustration with him.

Europe warns of harder economic times to come

03 May 2013
International Herald Tribune
"Relying less on exports, and more on domestic demand, would also be good for Germany as it’s starting to feel recessionary effects from the south," said John Springford of the CER. But, he acknowledged, "those steps would be very difficult politically for the government in Berlin to take."

Der er et Europa for enden af tunnelen

Katinka Barysch
03 May 2013
Politiko
Den nuværende krise og sprækkerne i eurozonen kan resultere i et styrket Europa. Unionsprojektet er allerede i gang med at gennemgå et nødvendigt realitetstjek, mener vicepræsident Katinka Barysch fra anerkendt Europa-tænketank.

British lobbying group condemns a proposed European financial transaction tax

Philip Whyte
02 May 2013
The New York Times
"On the one hand it shows the dangers of disengaging from the EU," said Philip Whyte of the CER in London, who argues that Britain feels increasingly beleaguered on issues related to financial services.

An economic depression may be in the eye of the beholder

02 May 2013
The Wall Street Journal
A depression isn't a precise term, but it generally means "a long period of exceptionally weak activity—a big recession that an economy takes years to recover from," says Simon Tilford, of the CER.
It is the longevity of Europe's slump that is leading some analysts to talk of a depression. "Europe is now in a depression if one considers that output is still considerably short of where it was in 2007," Mr Tilford says.

Fears of mass migration call EU's freedoms into question

01 May 2013
European Voice
Hugo Brady of the CER also believes that the impact from the lifting of restrictions will be negligible. "I do not feel there is much to fear there," he said. Even if migrants come to the UK, he said, "they are more likely to work, less likely to be on benefits, and moving up the ladder faster” than the UK-born population.

Is the Franco-German union heading for divorce?

30 April 2013
France 24
"There has been increasing recognition that the kind of policies pursued have harmed as much as healed and that this is the reason Europe is not emerging from the crisis," said Hugo Brady of the CER.

Tide turning against eurozone austerity

30 April 2013
The Australian
Hugo Brady of the Centre for European Reform said such voices would inevitably influence thinking over time, but warned there was unlikely to be much change in Germany's stance before elections due in September.

Un ans de François Hollande: la perplexité d'experts européen

Philip Whyte
29 April 2013
L'Enteprise
"La France n'est pas l'Italie", convient Philip Whyte, du CER. Il n'en reste pas moins que la "perception que la France est en train de devenir un nid à problèmes économiques" grandit en Europe, notamment en Grande-Bretagne et en Allemagne, poursuit l'expert britannique.

Is China pivoting to the Gulf?

27 April 2013
Al Aribya
Charles Grant from the Centre for European Reform, recently provided a number of factors which may explain the situation: China's economic growth has surged at a time when the West is in crisis, making China's leaders more self-confident and less willing to accept Western tutelage.

New Italy prime minister to move away from austerity

25 April 2013
Marketplace
Simon Tilford of the CER says investors are more likely to reward a government that stimulates growth and punish one that cuts: "All investors worry whether they are going to get their money back," says Tilford. "If they think they are not going to get their money back because an economy is performing so poorly that it’s not going to be able to pay its debts, then they are going to charge more to lend to that country."

In Cameron and Merkel visit, a chance to discuss British role in Europe

12 April 2013
The New York Times
"Germany really wants to keep the British in the EU, but not to the point of allowing the British to opt out of more areas of policy or to repatriate more powers," said Charles Grant director of the Centre for European Reform.

David Cameron and Angela Merkel talk about Europe

Katinka Barysch
12 April 2013
BBC Newsnight
Katinka Barysch, deputy director of the CER, on BBC Newsnight discussing Cameron's trip to Germany to discuss EU reform.

Thatcher's legacy to Europe

12 April 2013
World Economic Forum ForumBlog
Margaret Thatcher became a totem for Britain's eurosceptics. And it is true that in her final years in office – and even more after she left it – she became virulently eurosceptic.

It's not a question of if, but only when Merkel grasps the nettle of eurozone debt mutualisation

09 April 2013
The Telegraph
In his latest blog, Charles Grant of the CER, raises the question of whether Angela Merkel's stance on the European crisis might change after she is safely re-elected in September, and is therefore perhaps not as much beholden to the prejudices of her electorate as she is now.

Is David Cameron Margaret Thatcher’s heir on Europe?

09 April 2013
Carnegie Europe
Not at all. David Cameron sees the EU very differently to Margaret Thatcher. For a start, when Thatcher was prime minister she was strongly opposed to referendums on the EU.

France 'to buy US drones'

Clara Marina O'Donnell
08 April 2013
France 24
The larger and more sophisticated UAVs are made in the US, Clara O'Donnell, a defence expert at the Centre for European Reform told FRANCE 24. Europe is also keen to develop longer-range drones designed for air-to-air combat, which could ultimately replace fighter jets.

Germany and France 'will block David Cameron's plan for a new EU treaty'

06 April 2013
The Guardian
Charles Grant, the director of the politically independent Centre for European Reform, who has held talks with senior officials in Berlin and Paris in recent weeks, said there was "no chance" of a new EU treaty in time for Cameron to hold a referendum in 2017, even if he was still in No 10.

Britannia liukuu jo kohti EU:n ulkokehää

06 April 2013
Helsingin Sanomat
European Centre for European Reform -ajatuspajan johtaja Charles Grant löytää ilmapiirin muuttumiseen useita syitä. Eurokriisi alkaa olla – Kyproksen välinäytöksestä huolimatta – hallinnassa, joten jäsenmailla ei ole pakottavaa tarvetta ryhtyä jopa vuosikausia kestävään sopimusremonttiin.

Tusk faworytem na nowego szefa KE

04 April 2013
Wirtualna Polska
Premier Polski Donald Tusk jest "zdecydowanym faworytem" na nowego szefa Komisji Europejskiej, a jego minister spraw zagranicznych Radosław Sikorski - na nowego szefa unijnej dyplomacji - pisze Hugo Brady, ekspert think tanku Centre for European Reform.