In the Press - Trading with Trump - it's complicated

Christian Odendahl, Beth Oppenheim , Christopher Haskins
17 November 2017
Financial Times
 A UK-US trade deal will create more problems for British farmers and food consumers than it would solve, argues the Centre for European Reform.

In the Press - Charting a new German foreign policy

16 November 2017
The Economist
France had wanted a smaller group; that Germany’s eastern neighbours are included is an important signal , says Sophia Besch, a security expert at the Centre for European Reform, a London-based think-tank. But for PESCO to succeed, much more is needed, including financial commitments which German voters may still be unwilling to accept.

In the Press - Trump, Russia and Brexit revive 'Landmark' defence project for Europe

13 November 2017
Newsweek
Speaking about the comparisons between PESCO and the EU army project, Sophia Besch, research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, said the two are "not very related at all." "PESCO, if it suceeds, will have very little to do with that idea," she continued, noting that the two dozen ventures center around communication and empowering "the weak industrial base." "This is about granular, on-the-ground cooperation," Besch said, noting that Juncker's appeals for a wide European command was "counterproductive" to practical cooperation efforts.

In the Press - Los premier Theresy May wisi na włosku

13 October 2017
Rzeczpospolita
Po tragicznych dla May przedterminowych wyborach, z których wyszła z mniejszościowym rządem, parlament w coraz większym stopniu korzysta ze swoich uprawnień do kontroli procesu rokowań z Unią – przyznaje „Rz" Agata Gostyńska z londyńskiego Center for European Reform (CER). – Jednak sondaże pokazują, że przedterminowe wybory mogą doprowadzić do zwycięstwa laburzystów, a nowym premierem może zostać Jeremy Corbyn. Każdy deputowany torysów dwa razy się zastanowi zanim zdecyduje się na takie rozwiązanie – dodaje.

In the Press - Polska dołączy do unijnej obrony

12 November 2017
Rzeczpospolita
 Po raz pierwszy inicjatywa może zakończyć się sukcesem – mówi Sophia Besch, ekspertka think tanku Centre for European Reform w Londynie. Państwa Europy Środkowowschodniej krytykowały od początku zawarty w PESCO cel budowy tzw. strategicznej autonomii UE, której wielkim zwolennikiem jest prezydent Macron. Uważam, że ta krytyka jest słuszna, bo ten zapis tworzy pole do zbyt wielu interpretacji – uważa Sophia Besch.

In the Press - Theresa May and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week

08 November 2017
The Atlantic
John Springford, the director of research at the London-based Centre for European Reform, told me that when it came to deciding whether or not to ask Patel for her resignation, May was without any good options. “If she sacks [Patel], she’s got a disgruntled Leaver on the backbench who might make it difficult for her in Brexit negotiations,” he said, noting that recent polling has shown public trust in May’s ability to negotiate a good Brexit deal has fallen to record lows. “If she doesn’t, she looks weak because prime ministers should use their authority to ensure that breaches of the ministerial code are punished.”

In the Press - European leaders seem determined to remake the "global savings glut" on a massive scale

08 November 2017
Financial Times
Your correspondent recently had the chance to attend a stimulating conference hosted by the Centre for European Reform. One of the interesting ideas we discussed was the “re-nationalisation of fiscal policy”. In exchange for accepting German plans for a European Monetary Fund, which would only provide emergency lending after private creditors are forced to take large losses, elected governments would have more freedom to tax and spend. Treaty-based deficit rules would be replaced by market discipline.

In the Press - Is NATO doing enough to pressure Russia over Ukraine?

07 November 2017
Deutsche Welle
The Centre for European Reform's Ian Bond is of a similar view and added a further warning. "People have lost focus on this and that's the most dangerous time," Bond told DW, comparing the situation with that in Georgia. "The world is not focusing on Georgia at all and that enables the Russians to keep moving forward the border fence a few meters at a time and a little more of Georgian territory is cut off every time and nobody does anything about it."

Future events

Conference on 'The future of the EU'

20 November 2017
To mark the launch of the CER's new office in Brussels, we are holding a conference on 'The future of the EU'. Michel Barnier, will deliver a keynote speech and we will hold sessions on the euro, Brexit, migration and security.