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EU an anxious spectator as Americans head to the polls in unprecedented election

03 November 2020
The Parliament Magazine
Ian Bond, director of foreign policy and Luigi Scazzieri, a research fellow at the Centre for European Reform (CER) think-tank, argue that before Trump’s 2016 campaign, Democrats and Republicans broadly agreed on the need to uphold the multilateral world order, to promote free trade and the free market, and to nurture democracy.“Trump’s isolationist economic and foreign policies smashed this consensus,” they suggest.

New Brexit threat to key sectors of all-island economy

31 October 2020
RTE News
"[The EU chief negotiator Michel] Barnier said no because the EU thinks the UK is just trying to remain part of supply chains, trying to get [EU] customs union benefits without being in the customs union and it will lead to a UK offshore manufacturing hub," says Sam Lowe, a trade expert with the Centre for European Reform (CER).  "The EU has been quite firm on this."

Five big questions as America votes: Europe

30 October 2020
Atlantic Council
In which areas should the United States and Germany work to reconcile their differences to address global challenges and where should they “agree to disagree”? “In the field of security and defense, Germany and the United States have an interest in reconciling their differences over a number of issues.

What a Biden win means for a UK-US trade deal

29 October 2020
The Telegraph
Biden's trade efforts are likely to focus on “mopping up the economic wreckage of Covid-19” by ramping up efforts to reshore some medical and other critical supply chains, according to Sam Lowe, senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform think tank.

NHS should be on the table in UK-US trade talks, says senior US Senator

29 October 2020
City A.M
Sam Lowe, senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform think tank, said he believed Truss would “push back hard” against any attempt by the US to “include provisions that even tangentially could be viewed to increase costs to the NHS”.

CER podcast: Biden vs Trump: America's choice matters to Europe

Ian Bond, Rachel Ellehuus, Kori Schake, Sir Nigel Sheinwald
28 October 2020
Ian Bond spoke to Sir Nigel Sheinwald, Kori Schake and Rahel Ellehusus about what a second Trump term or a Biden administration would mean for Europe.

Government backtracks over false claim soy sauce will be cheaper after Brexit

28 October 2020
Independent
Sam Lowe, a trade expert at the Centre for European Reform, described the department's claim as "naughty".He noted that the sauce was "already zero-rated under EU-Japan deal" and that the UK-Japan deal would simply "mean it wont get more expensive at the end of the year".

Trump tries to block first African candidate for WTO chief

28 October 2020
The Telegraph
Sam Lowe, of the Centre for European Reform, said: “If Trump loses, they can just wait until he leaves and try to address these issues with an administration that is at least more amenable to compromise. If Trump wins, everything gets much more difficult.”

Brussels briefing: Europe news round-up

27 October 2020
Financial Times
The Centre for European Reform has taken a long look at the commission’s proposals and outlined the lessons learned from the 2015 migration crisis.

Concerns grow inside Downing Street as polls point to Biden victory

25 October 2020
Financial Times
Sam Lowe, senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, said: “The US does have a special relationship with a country but it is Ireland, not the UK.”

Scottish border checks on Northern Ireland goods ‘playing with fire’

18 October 2020
The Telegraph
Sam Lowe, of the Centre for European Reform think tank, cautioned that any such checks could undermine the Withdrawal Agreement, which gave the Government the power to define which Northern Ireland goods qualified for unfettered access to the UK’s internal market.

France Culture: Brexit, Covid : un Royaume désuni

17 October 2020
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform spoke to Christine Ockrent about the current impasse Brexit impasse, "in my opinion, I believe Boris Johnson needs a deal" he said (from 3:10 mins).

El divorcio sin fin de la City y Bruselas

17 October 2020
El Pais
“No creo que vaya a haber ninguna perturbación repentina porque la industria financiera ya ha puesto en marcha planes de contingencia y porque muchos Gobiernos ya están actuando como si no fuera a haber acuerdo y otorgarán equivalencia para las operaciones transfronterizas que consideren necesarias”, opina John Springford, director adjunto del centro de estudios Centre for European Reform.

UCL policitical science podcast: POLICY AND PRACTICE - Was Brexit a British aberration?

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska
16 October 2020
Vernon Bogdanor’s latest book, Britain and Europe in a Troubled World, considers the motivations which lay behind Brexit, and asks how widespread they are in the rest of Europe. 

Tür für Brexit-Lösung Spalt breit offen

16 October 2020
Wiener Zeitung
So würden Brexit und Covid-19 eine "toxische Mischung" ergeben, schreiben John Springford und Tomas Hirst in einem aktuellen Beitrag für die in London ansässige Denkfabrik CER (Centre for European Reform). 

Turkey is growing more assertive on the world stage but also more isolated

16 October 2020
Euronews
"The shift towards a more assertive policy coincides with [President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan's alliance with the ultranationalist MHP [Nationalist Movement Party] since 2015 and the strengthening of his rule after the failed coup in 2016," Luigi Scazzieri, a research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, said to Euronews.

With Brexit clock ticking, Boris Johnson vows, again, to walk away

16 October 2020
The New York Times
Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, a research institute, described the prime minister’s statement as “high-stakes theatrics” and said he still believed that a deal was more likely than not because both sides had recently shifted on some of their red lines.

¿Será la pandemia lo que dé el tiro de gracia a Schengen?

16 October 2020
ESglobal
El área Schengen de la UE sobrevivirá a la COVID-19. Pero los Estados miembros deben coordinar los cierres de fronteras y establecer criterios claros para imponer cuarentenas o pondrán en peligro el mercado único.

BBC News: Brexit negotiations

15 October 2020
Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform spoke to BBC News about the Brexit negotiations and the conclusions of the European Council. 

Farmers, greens and animal-lovers make doing trade deals difficult

15 October 2020
The Economist
“The US is asking the UK to import beef that’s been puffed up with hormones, meat that’s been washed with chemicals and crops that have been grown using vast quantities of pesticides,” says Sam Lowe of the Centre for European Reform. “None of that is very appealing on paper.”