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Covid-19 makes reform of the EU’s approach towards its southern neighbours more urgent than ever

Covid-19 makes reform of the EU’s approach towards its southern neighbours more urgent than ever

18 August 2020
LSE blog
The EU has a stated goal of promoting prosperity and stability in the Middle East and North Africa. However, its efforts to secure Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements with its southern neighbours have so far had limited success.

Between Patel’s gunboat diplomacy and Paris’s tough talk, the entente cordiale is all at sea

16 August 2020
The Sunday Times
Yet, according to Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, Macron seems convinced he can still take a tough line at the post-Brexit trade talks. “The French want to have their cake and eat it,” said Grant.

De volgende opgave voor EU-leiders: wat te doen met de 'lastige landen'?

16 August 2020
Het Financieele Dagblad
Volgens Scazzieri groeit het besef dat er iets gedaan moet worden, hoewel hij niet verwacht dat dit op korte termijn zal leiden tot bijvoorbeeld economische sancties of het stopzetten van het kandidaat-lidmaatschap van Turkije, zoals Frankrijk heeft gesuggereerd.

Cheese proves to be biggest stumbling block in UK-Japan trade negotiations

15 August 2020
The Telegraph
For Sam Lowe, senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform think-tank, the anticlimax was merely part of the “theatre” of negotiations. “From a UK perspective, there’s a need to be seen to be putting up a good fight – to be getting something the EU didn’t to show the UK can do trade agreements by itself,” he says.

As Britain Climbs Out of an Economic Pit, Tough Questions Loom

13 August 2020
The New York Times
“If you have a massive outbreak, people are going to respond by being cautious and it will take a while for confidence to return,” said John Springford, the deputy director of the Centre for European Reform, a research institute. “It makes sense that London is going to be among the hardest hit places.”
Europe tests the waters for a stronger defence policy: EU leaders must agree on where threats to the continent originate

Europe tests the waters for a stronger defence policy: EU leaders must agree on where threats to the continent originate

13 August 2020
Financial Times
For the past four years, the EU has trumpeted its plans to invest in defence. This summer’s budget negotiations were a test of its ambitions. Now that the dust is settling, where is EU defence headed?

Belarus crackdown highlights EU’s autocrat problem

12 August 2020
Financial Times
“The reality of EU foreign policy is double standards,” said Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform think-tank. “There should be more consistency — and more unity.”
CER podcast: A rigged election in Belarus: Can Lukashenka cling to power?

CER podcast: A rigged election in Belarus: Can Lukashenka cling to power?

12 August 2020
Lukashenka has rigged his re-election as president of Belarus, and begun a violent crackdown on protesters rejecting the result.

Tate & Lyle: Brexit-backing firm that donated to Tories set to save £73m from trade change

10 August 2020
The Independent
“It looks like the government has granted them their wish,” said Sam Lowe, senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform think-tank, on the new arrangements.

Brexit backers Tate & Lyle set to gain £73m from end of EU trade tariffs

08 August 2020
The Guardian
“This is all to do with them wanting to be able to import cane sugar more easily than they did before and it looks like the government has granted them their wish,” said Sam Lowe, senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform think-tank.

Boris Johnson's trade deal will look like 'clean no deal Brexit' on Jan 1

06 August 2020
Express
Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform think tank, said: “From a business preparedness point of view, for many companies, there is little difference between preparing to exit the transition period with or without a free-trade agreement in place.”

Why Boris Johnson’s Brexit trade deal is not so different to no deal

05 August 2020
Politico
“From a business preparedness point of view, for many companies there is little difference between preparing to exit the transition period with or without a free-trade agreement in place," said Sam Lowe, senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform think tank.

CPTPP — as easy as one, two, three?

04 August 2020
Prospect
The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), a trade agreement between 11 countries including Japan, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, is all the rage in Westminster.

Small EU businesses voice ‘major concerns’ over lack of progress in ongoing Brexit talks

03 August 2020
The Parliament Magazine
Charles Grant, director of the UK-based Centre for European Reform, says the biggest impact of no deal would be “political.” Grant said, “An acrimonious end to the transition would hit economic confidence and make it very hard for the UK and the EU to build close cooperation on trade or security for years to come.”

UK faces paying for EU's huge debt mountain with new £160 BILLION bill

03 August 2020
Express
Commenting on the current Brexit negotiations, Sam Lowe from the Centre for European Reform said: "On Brexit and regulation, what government should be trying to demonstrate is that benefits to business of flexibility is greater than additional cost of businesses having to comply with two regulatory regimes (UK and EU) instead of one (EU)."

UK officials' new Trump dilemma: What if he loses?

31 July 2020
The New York Times
“In other words,” said Sam Lowe, a trade expert at the Centre for European Reform, “the chlorine chicken debate is here to stay.”

Brexit red tape reality dawns on firms bracing for origin burden

30 July 2020
Bloomberg Quint
Negotiators may propose that Britain joins an agreement it has with several other nearby countries, including Turkey, Switzerland and Norway, known as the PEM convention, where inputs are recognized as local between all the parties, according to Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform. Joining would address some of the concerns of UK businesses, Lowe said.“The dream scenario is that the EU accepts the UK’s proposal, but that seems unlikely,” he said.

CER podcast: The EU's increasingly troubled relationship with China

29 July 2020
Growing economic tensions, COVID-19, cyber attacks, disinformation, intellectual property theft, a security clamp down in Hong Kong, treatment of the Uyghurs and restrictions on Huawei:

I'm optimistic about a Brexit deal – despite the gloomy outlook

28 July 2020
The Guardian
Both Brussels and London have moved in talks, and both grasp the political advantages of even a minimal free trade agreement.

Europe, the US and Huawei: Do hang up!

27 July 2020
Encompass
China and the US are in conflict over trade, human rights, cyber security and much more. Europe risks getting caught in the crossfire as the US tries to prevent the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei from dominating global 5G networks and China threatens retaliation against countries that shut Huawei out.