In the Press - What to do with a problem like Turkey

17 October 2017
Financial Times
Luigi Scazzieri, at the Centre for European Reform, thinks it's time for some creative thinking on a new EU-Turkey relationship: "The EU should keep the accession process alive to avoid accelerating the negative spiral in bilateral relations. At the same time it should attempt to formulate a new framework for a partnership with Turkey. If, as is possible, the EU moves towards a membership made up of several tiers, there would be space for countries to be associated with certain elements of the Union but not others – in other words some form of associate membership. Turkey could aspire to join an outer ring, perhaps with deep access to the single market but no freedom of movement."

In the Press - The Observer view on EU negotiations

15 October 2017
The Observer
The immediate imposition, for example, of EU tariffs on British exports, ranging from 4% to 40%, would be massively disruptive. Among the hardest hit would be the car industry, the UK’s fastest-growing exporter of manufactured goods, according to a study by the Centre for European Reform.

In the Press - Spain considers change to constitution as way out of crisis

13 October 2017
Financial Times
“As much as Spaniards cherish their hard-fought for constitution, it’s time to change it,” says Camino Mortera-Martinez of the Centre for European Reform think-tank. Like other specialists, she thinks the fundamental need is to update the constitution so that it gives more formal recognition to Spain’s rich regional diversity.

In the Press - Brexit talks are set to miss their first big deadline

12 October 2017
CNBC
"I fear all this is too little for Michel Barnier (the European negotiator) to ask the EU leaders to give him a green light to open up negotiations about the future," Agata Gostynska-Jakubowska, research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, told CNBC via email. "He is a serious statesman — he will not make any recommendations concerning sufficient progress until he is perfectly certain that he has found common ground with the UK," she added.

In the Press - 'Berlin is being quite German' Merkel's businesses won't budge on Brexit deal with UK

10 October 2017
The Express
Sophie Besch claimed “Berlin is being quite German” about the whole Brexit process and argued that the UK’s exit from the bloc was not at the “top of the list” for Angela Merkel. Speaking to the World at One, Ms Besch rejected suggestions that German car manufacturers and business leaders would fight to protect trade with the UK. She said: “Berlin is really being quite German about the negotiations so far which means it is prioritising the rules of the EU and of the EU’s negotiating team under Barnier. 

In the Press - Brexit nemeses mapped: Member-states hold all the cards and this is who really hates UK

10 October 2017
The Express
Charles Grant, director for think-tank the Centre for European Reform, tweeted: “I understand Michel Barnier wanted to close chapter on citizens rights - UK had ceded on 95% but member-states wouldn’t let him.”

In the Press - Will Merkel go along with Macron's EU reform plan

09 October 2017
Marketplace
Christian Odendahl of the Centre for European Reform in Berlin said the new coalition government will tread carefully and try not to upset the new French president. "Germany does know, and I think the FDP also knows, that Macron and France are incredibly important to Germany and the stability of the European Union, now with Britain out," Odendahl said.

In the Press - A compromised king 

05 October 2017
Financial Times
Camino Mortera-Martinez, at the Centre for European Reform, says the time has come for a major constitutional overhaul in the eurozone’s fourth-largest economy:“What is happening in Catalonia is not a case of a state denying the democratic rights of its people. It is the product of increasingly radical separatism and a constitutional framework that is too rigid to accommodate those demands.”