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Greece to sell valuable assets in privatisation plan

01 September 2015
"The creditors forecast that revenues from privatisation will amount to €50 billion over the course of the loan programme. This is hopelessly optimistic, given how wrong the troika’s previous forecasts were. The current projection is that they will raise less than €1 billion a year," wrote Christian Odendahl, of the CER, in a note published on 13 July.

Speech on: The European refugee crisis by Yvette Cooper, shadow home secretary

Yvette Cooper MP
01 September 2015
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Will the Eurozone caucus on financial regulation?

Julie Dickson
01 September 2015
Speech by Julie Dickson, Member of the Supervisory Board of the European Central Bank, at a lunch discussion organised by the Centre for European Reform, at Morgan Stanley, London, 1 September 2015.

Britain must take in 10,000 refugees, says Labour's Yvette Cooper

Yvette Cooper MP
01 September 2015
The Telegraph
Speaking at the CER, Miss Cooper said: "If every city took 10 refugee families, if every London borough took 10 families, if every county council took 10 families, then in a month we'd have nearly 10,000 more places for vulnerable refugees fleeing danger, seeking safety."

Ten refugee families for every town in Britain: Yvette Cooper calls on 'cowardly' Cameron to accept 10,000 fleeing Syrians

01 September 2015
Daily Mail
Yvette Cooper attacks David Cameron over migrant crisis, by saying that Britain could accept 10,000 refugees seeking asylum in the EU.

Yvette Cooper: UK should take in 10,000 Middle East refugees

01 September 2015
The Guardian
Speaking at the CER on Tuesday, Cooper said Britain was "stuck in political cowardice that assumes British voters' unease about immigration means they will not forgive anyone who calls for sanctuary – even though our nation has given shelter to the persecuted for centuries, and sometimes moral leadership is needed".

Chiefs at Nissan in Sunderland should 'get off their backsides' and campaign to stay in EU

27 August 2015
The North East would be hit harder than other regions by a Brexit, with a study by the CER calculating 15% of private sector output relied on trade with Europe, while London and the South East would be largely unaffected by new EU tariffs on goods.

How not to create a 'European Google'

27 August 2015
Politico
Europe must learn that markets make strong companies. Bureaucrats don’t.

China's turbulence exposes risks to Europe's growth

27 August 2015
The Wall Street Journal
"The assumption has been that the eurozone would be able to piggyback on demand generated in emerging markets plus English-speaking countries," said Simon Tilford. "But now markets that have accounted for a large share of European export growth are weakening."

Google rejects 'unfounded' EU antitrust charges of market abuse

27 August 2015
Reuters
"Those who lose most from Google’s behaviour are producers, not consumers, at least in the UK," said John Springford. "If Google’s prioritisation of its own shopping service gave it monopoly power, one would expect prices to be higher in its own service."

Brexit: Will the UK leave the European Union?

26 August 2015
ABC Australia
"Since [the 2004 enlargement], an enormous number of people have come to the UK to work from Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovakia - essentially from all over central Europe," says Ian Bond, director of foreign policy at London-based think tank the Centre for European Reform.

Foiled France train attack highlights Europe's very modern terror problem

Rem Korteweg
26 August 2015
Newsweek
"This attack didn't happen because it was an international train that crossed borders in the Schengen area," Rem Korteweg told Newsweek. "It could have happened on any busy commuter train in any metropol in Western Europe. So it is a mistake to think it was targeted because it was a Thalys train."

Why Greece’s premier decided to call snap elections

22 August 2015
Newsweek
"There is no alternative on the horizon, [Tsipras] remains the undisputed most popular politician," Christian Odendahl says. "The window of opportunity is right now."

The great EU debate: Should Britain vote 'in' or 'out' in Cameron's referendum?

21 August 2015
"Britain would receive less foreign investment - Japanese car-makers, international banks and many others come to the UK because they enjoy full access to the EU's single market," said Europe expert Charles Grant, director of the CER.

In a twist, Europe may find itself relying on success of Alexis Tsipras of Greece

21 August 2015
The New York Times
"What Europe is interested in is political stability in Greece," said Christian Odendahl. Dealing with Tsipras could be inevitable and his promise to carry out the bailout could be welcomed even by his erstwhile enemies.

Das griechische Schuldenlabyrinth

21 August 2015
Die Zeit
Die Schulden Griechenlands sind nicht tragfähig – einen echten Schuldenschnitt lehnt die Bundesregierung aber ab. Wie könnte ein möglicher Kompromiss aussehen?

W.Brytania. Eksperci: wizyta Dudy w Londynie kurtuazyjna i historyczna

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska
17 August 2015
Wyborcza
Gostyńska z CER podkreśliła w rozmowie z PAP, że "ta wizyta może stanowić okazję dla brytyjskiej administracji do wysondowania stanowiska prezydenta, ale i partii, z ramienia której kandydował w wyborach, na temat planowanej na najbliższe miesiące dyskusji o członkostwie Wielkiej Brytanii w UE".

How will Brexit actually shape up? Weeks after vote, Brits still don't know

15 August 2015
The Christian Science Monitor
"We are already seeing the campaigns tool up again over what Brexit means," says John Springworth, an analyst at the Centre for European Reform. ...The EU “will want to ensure that the UK does not have its cake and eat it,” suggests Mr Springford, the CER analyst, “otherwise all sorts of other members will demand concessions.”

Cameron's renegotiation plans: The view from Warsaw

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska
13 August 2015
The Huffington Post
After ignoring Warsaw during his first term, David Cameron rushed to Poland immediately after his re-election in May, hoping to get the country on board his renegotiation package.

Polish brothers at arms

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska
08 August 2015
Politico
According to the CER's Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, the euro will be the biggest clash: "Civic Platform and Law and Justice are like to have completely different views."  Tusk originally sought Polish entry into the single currency by 2012. That didn't happen and now Duda wants to protect Poland as a leading 'euro-out' country.