In the Press - There’s one big problem for Britain-Germany relations … Northern Ireland

23 September 2021
Politico
“Every German chancellor of any coalition would say, ‘let’s fix this Brexit and trade issue and come to a stable and trustworthy relationship and then we can talk,’" said Christian Odendahl, chief economist at the Centre for European Reform think tank. "So the best the UK can do to improve the relationship with Germany is to fix the conflict with the EU over the Northern Ireland protocol.”“If anything, Brexit has reinforced the tendency of German parties to agree on the EU, because Britain’s exit has meant that Germany is even more in the position of compromise seeker,” he added.

In the Press - UK pins hope on joining US, Mexico and Canada trade pact

22 September 2021
Financial Times
Sam Lowe, research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, said that it would be “quite an occasion” if Britain were to join USMCA, even though he was sceptical that it would happen. “You would have all the issues with a bilateral US relationship — they don’t go away,” he said. “But from an economic point of view a deal would not be negligible.”

In the Press - What Germany’s election means for the country’s debt debate

21 September 2021
Financial Times
“The perception that public debt is an issue has changed quite a bit in the past five years,” said Christian Odendahl, chief economist at the Centre for European Reform in Berlin. “The orthodox view of the eurozone debt crisis is shifting and now there is a more progressive approach to climate change.”

In the Press - EU partly to blame for UK’s hardline tactics, says former May aide

20 September 2021
The Guardian
Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, said he was baffled as to why people in the government thought they were winning concessions through hardball tactics. “I find that a really fascinating argument because I know that trade and cooperation agreement quite well, and the UK did not get much of what it wanted at all,” he said

In the Press - The Merkel era in charts: What changed in Germany?

20 September 2021
Financial Times
Germany’s second economic miracle happened “without Merkel’s government doing . . . anything”, added Christian Odendahl, chief economist at the Centre for European Reform.

In the Press - German dithering means it’ll be a long wait for Merkel’s heir

19 September 2021
The Sunday Times
“Nobody in Germany has been thinking about Britain or Brexit. It just hasn’t been a feature of the campaign. It isn’t anybody’s priority,” said Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform. Underpinning this is a dwindling of our economic ties with Germany: in 2016 the UK was Germany’s fifth-largest trade partner; this year it is set to slip to 11th, behind the Czech Republic.

In the Press - Deutsche boss says sorry for report criticising German government

17 September 2021
The Telegraph
Christian Odendahl, chief economist at the Centre for European Reform think-tank, said: "He’s [Scholz] easily the most experienced, sober and Merkel-like candidate."

In the Press - UK pledges to restore pounds and ounces as Brexit benefit

16 September 2021
Financial Times
Sam Lowe, a trade specialist at the Centre for European Reform, said the list contained a mix of “things that don’t matter at all, things that might matter, and things that do matter”. But, he added, the test would be whether “divergence from EU rules delivers material economic benefits or just divergence for divergence’s sake”.

In the Press - Why Britain has been eager to join the US deal with Australia — and France hasn't

16 September 2021
NPR
I was talking to a guy named Ian Bond. He's a foreign policy analyst with the Centre for European Reform. This is how he put it. "Potentially, this is a very big, very lucrative contract of great interest to the UK as a country, which has a long history of building nuclear submarines".

In the Press - Basking in vaccine success, EU promises to donate more Covid shots

15 September 2021
The New York Times
“Last year, she was in a crisis mode,” said Camino Mortera-Martínez, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, a think-tank in Brussels. “This year, she said we need to look forward.”

Future events

Labour Party Conference fringe event on 'Britain and the EU: What kind of relationship do they need?'

28 September 2021
Brighton
Speakers: Hilary Benn MP, Co-Convenor, UK Trade and Business Commission, Jenny Chapman, Shadow Minister for Task Force Europe, Lisa Nandy MP, Shadow Foreign Secretary
Chair: Charles Grant, Director, Centre for European Reform

Conservative Party Conference fringe event on 'Britain and the EU: What kind of relationship do they need?'

04 October 2021
Manchester
Speakers: Greg Hands MP, Minister of State for Trade Policy, Lucy Neville-Rolfe, House of Lords, UK, Juliet Samuel, Columnist, The Telegraph, Tom Tugendhat MP for Tonbridge and Malling
Chair: Charles Grant, Director, Centre for European Reform