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De kans dat de brexit niet doorgaat is nul

05 December 2016
Fd.nl
Wie het Britse brexitgetreuzel volgt, kan zomaar het gevoel bekruipen dat de eilandbewoners misschien wel nooit uit de Europese Unie zullen vertrekken.

Are we heading for a hard Brexit?

05 December 2016
Moneyweek
While it’s nice to know what the options are, the main thing is trying to find out what will actually happen.

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.”

BBC Newsnight: Charles Grant on Boris Johnson's free movement comments

02 December 2016
Charles Grant talks frankly to BBC Newsnight about Boris Johnson's recent free movement comments to EU foreign ministers. (From 23 mins)

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.

CNBC: Polls suggest 'no' vote will prevail in Italian referendum

01 December 2016
The political fallout of a 'no' vote in Italy's reform referendum would be less than it has been made out to be, says Luigi Scazzieri at the Centre for European Reform.

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.

Now two of the government's most senior figures have hinted the UK will continue EU contributions after Brexit

01 December 2016
City A.M
Centre for European Reform director Charles Grant said it could also help buy the UK some goodwill in its negotiations, and help it secure a preferential deal, in line with mentions of “Canada Plus”, seen in the notes of an MP's aide leaving Downing Street this week.

CER podcast series: The economics of populism, episode three

John Springford, Martin Hellwig, Agnès Bénassy-Quéré
30 November 2016
In this episode, Martin Hellwig and Agnès Bénassy-Quéré discuss ‘Has trade liberalisation and financial globalisation gone too far?’

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.

Judy Asks: Can Renzi salvage Italy?

30 November 2016
Carnegie Europe
A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe's role in the world.

Fillon gives Putin hope for new ally as sanctions zeal fades

29 November 2016
Bloomberg
“We will see how skilled Putin is at playing the Europeans and undermining the EU,” Charles Grant, the head of the Centre for European Reform said in an interview. “If Putin is clever, he will strengthen divisions among Europeans by being reasonable and avoid anything like an invasion to make it harder for them to take a tough line and maintain sanctions.”

Italy expected to retain key "broker" role on Brexit if Renzi quits

29 November 2016
City A.M
“[Italy] does not seek to profit from the negotiations or to punish the Brits as some other European capitals seem to be doing,” Centre for European Reform expert Luigi Scazzieri told City A.M.

A better Britain for the taking

28 November 2016
Financial Times
Improve the digital skills of Britons, more than “10m [of whom]s cannot send an email or shop online … universal digital literacy will be as important in this century as traditional literacy was 150 years ago”. (This echoes — or should echo for those who listen — Simon Tilford’s recent point that the UK lags behind badly behind even on traditional literacy.)

Britain's European partners take a hard line on Brexit

26 November 2016
The Economist
Charles Grant of the Centre for European Reform, a think-tank, says Brussels officials are dismayed by the apparent influence of right-wing Eurosceptics on Mrs May. The EU has also long hated Britain’s pick ’n’ mix approach.

Italian constitutional referendum: Much ado about nothing?

25 November 2016
Prospect
After the victory of "Leave" in the EU referendum and Donald Trump’s election as US President, Italy seems to be lined up as the next domino to fall to populism, with a referendum on constitutional changes scheduled for 4th December.

Europeans confront a new, zero-sum world

25 November 2016
The Wall Street Journal
"Trump is no economic liberal and does not appear to understand how global institutions and norms crafted by the US serve its interests," Simon Tilford, deputy director of the London-based Centre for European Reform wrote. "He may only last one term in office, but the UK cannot afford to assume that Trump’s presidency is just a temporary hiatus before normal service resumes."

Martin Schulz throws spanner in Brussels' political works

25 November 2016
Financial Times
"To his credit, his rough and direct manner sometimes allows him to communicate with voters outside the Brussels bubble,” said Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform. “But his uncompromising commitment to ‘more Europe’ on the traditional model has done nothing to reassure more EU-sceptic voters that the union is able or willing to engage in fundamental reform.”

Italian referendum 2016: The next vote that could ROCK Europe to its core occurs next week

25 November 2016
The Express
Luigi Scazzieri, a fellow at CER, said that “Italy’s seems to be lined up as the next domino to fall to populism” in the referendum next week. In an opinion piece in Prospect magazine, he wrote: “The impact of a “No” vote on Italy’s political stability is likely to be contained. “Renzi’s resignation would not automatically trigger new elections. The Italian president Sergio Mattarella would first explore options for a new government.”

The week in review - More gloomy forecasts and May remains vague

25 November 2016
Financial Times
Charles Grant, head of the Centre for European Reform, said: “Most of the key people in the Brussels institutions have low expectations of what can be achieved in the Brexit negotiations. Indeed, some foresee a serious risk of the Article 50 talks breaking down and of Britain therefore pursuing a very hard, WTO-rules-only, exit.”