Research

In the UK's plans for AI, Brussels still looms large

In the UK's plans for AI, Brussels still looms large

25 July 2024
The new British government plans to regulate powerful AI models. But it should also influence how European authorities implement their law on AI and help shape global norms on AI regulation.
The murky world of French politics

The murky world of French politics

Christine Ockrent
19 July 2024
Two weeks after the second round of France’s parliamentary elections, it is still far from clear who or what can form a new French government.
Where might UK-EU relations be under a Labour government?

Where might UK-EU relations be under a Labour government?

John Peet
18 July 2024
The Labour government offers a chance for a new start for UK-EU relations. But the UK will have to both address the causes of Brexit and present a compelling offer.
NATO at 75: Strong but brittle?

NATO at 75: Strong but brittle?

15 July 2024
NATO’s 75th anniversary summit sought to project unity and strength, but large challenges simmer under the surface. 
Navigating the storm? The EU, the UK and Trump 2.0

Navigating the storm? The EU, the UK and Trump 2.0

10 July 2024
A second Trump presidency would lead to extensive transatlantic turbulence. The UK and its European partners would need to be pragmatic in finding new ways of working together.
An open letter to Keir Starmer: Ten suggestions on how to foster better relations with Europe

An open letter to Keir Starmer: Ten suggestions on how to foster better relations with Europe

08 July 2024
In an open letter to Keir Starmer, Charles Grant offers ten suggestions on how the Labour government can improve the UK-EU relationship.
Should the UK pursue dynamic alignment with the EU?

Should the UK pursue dynamic alignment with the EU?

04 July 2024
The EU’s neighbours follow various models of dynamic alignment with its rules. Which model, if any, could suit the UK?
EU-UK relations: Towards a post-election agenda

EU-UK relations: Towards a post-election agenda

01 July 2024
Britain’s next government needs a coherent strategy towards the EU, ranging from trade and regulation to energy, foreign policy and defence.
Between competition and co-operation: How to engage with China on climate

Between competition and co-operation: How to engage with China on climate

Christina Keßler
27 June 2024
How should the EU engage with China on climate? European policy-makers need to use both competition and co-operation to advance on climate action.
Will Hungary's presidency rock the EU?

Will Hungary's presidency rock the EU?

25 June 2024
The Hungarian presidency will have limited impact on EU policies – but the hit to the Union’s reputation could be significant. 

Articles

Reino Unido-UE: hacia un alineamiento

Reino Unido-UE: hacia un alineamiento

06 July 2024
La Razon
El próximo gobierno británico necesita una estrategia coherente hacia la UE, que abarque desde el comercio y la regulación hasta la energía, la política exterior y la defensa.
Judy Asks: Will enlargement spur EU reform?

Judy Asks: Will enlargement spur EU reform?

27 June 2024
Carnegie Europe
Enlargement might spur EU reform, but I won’t hold my breath for more than minor changes.

Has the EU turned to the right?

Christina Keßler
21 June 2024
British Foreign Policy Group
For the first time, the European Parliament elections have taken place without the United Kingdom. From 6th– 9th June, citizens from across the EU went to the polls. But what is next for the bloc – and what do these results mean?
Germany’s defense engagement in the Indo-Pacific is a balancing actGermany’s defense engagement in the Indo-Pacific is a balancing act

Germany’s defense engagement in the Indo-Pacific is a balancing act

Christina Keßler
15 June 2024
The Diplomat
Like the 2021 edition, Germany’s 2024 Indo-Pacific Deployment will signal Berlin’s commitment to the region – and the limits of its presence.
Can the EU hold back the great tech decoupling?

Can the EU hold back the great tech decoupling?

10 June 2024
Encompass
The US has been far more aggressive than the EU in constraining China. US leaders talk about having a “small yard with a high fence” with restrictions on trade and investment only in areas sensitive to national security.
Europe tilts right

Europe tilts right

10 June 2024
Ekathimerini
The votes are still being counted, but the European Parliament election results point to a surge of support for right-wing and far-right parties.

Press

Von der Leyen: Wettbewerbsfähigkeit ist Top-Priorität

22 July 2024
Table
Sander Tordoir, Chefökonom des Think-Tanks Centre for European Reform (CER), begrüsst von der Leyens Ankündigung zum 28. Regime. Es würde jungen EU-Firmen dabei helfen, „schneller in mehreren Ländern aktiv zu werden und von einer größeren Marktgröße zuprofi tieren - was vor allem in den Bereichen Technologie und digitale Dienstleistungen wichtig ist“, sagte er Table. 

Keir Starmer’s Brexit reboot

17 July 2024
Politico
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform think-tank, said Starmer must be “modest” and recognize that “Britain has a poor reputation” in Europe.
“They know that you are not Boris Johnson,” he wrote, in an open letter to the new PM. “But you represent a country that, as far as they are concerned, behaved appallingly during the long years of the Brexit negotiations.”

Starmer hopes to reset UK-European relations at summit

17 July 2024
BBC News
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, said the summit will allow Sir Keir to “hobnob and establish human connections” with European leaders he has never met. It will also give the PM a chance “to set out the direction and scope” of how he wants to reset UK-EU relations.
“Keir Starmer’s personality in itself will do more than people realise,” Mr Grant said.
“He is diligent, sensible, serious, he reads his briefs, he believes in the rule of law and international institutions. The Europeans will like that.”

Labour wants to build UK trade links with ‘friends in the EU’, business secretary to tell G7

17 July 2024
The Independent
The Centre for European Reform think tank points out that the negotiation is limited in scope, with one EU official saying it is “a review, not a revision, not a renewal or even amendment of any sort”.

After landslide win, UK's Labour wants better relations with EU

17 July 2024
The Parliament Magazine
Any warming of relations will begin with setting a new tone, Luigi Scazzieri, a senior research fellow at the think-tank, Centre for European Reform, said, telling The Parliament that “a lot of it is about mood, and just having good relations and trying to build on that.” ...“It’s a political wound that is still so fresh,” Scazzieri said. “They really didn’t want to touch it.” 

Tett på Trump: - Dårlige nyheter

17 July 2024
Dagbladet
Ian Bond mener dersom Trump kommer til makta i USA, vil hans relasjon til Orban være svært negativ for EU. Orban vil være i stand til å hindre EUs enighet i å reagere hvis Trump handler på måter som skader EUs utenrikspolitiske interesser, sier Bond.

Radicals v incrementalists: Labour’s new dividing line over Europe

14 July 2024
The Sunday Times
One advantage of a security deal would be that it would provide a permanent forum where the UK can interact with the EU on foreign policy. “We’d be able to take part in structured chit-chat on a regular basis,” said Charles Grant of the Centre for European Reform.

Starmer to host EU leaders’ summit delayed by Sunak

13 July 2024
Financial Times
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for Keir Starmer,” said Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, a UK think-tank. “He’ll have a lot of European leaders in a room. The timing could not have been more fortuitous.” British officials say Starmer will use the Blenheim Palace event to set out his hopes for improved UK-EU relations, even if, as Grant notes, there is a “slight niggling worry that he doesn’t know what he wants to do”.

What does Labour’s win mean for British foreign policy?

09 July 2024
The Economist
The problems will come over issues such as supply chains and energy, which risk brushing up against the single market, says Charles Grant of the Centre for European Reform, a think-tank.

EU’s demand for more under-30s migration would be ‘very like free movement’

08 July 2024
iNews
Charles Grant, director of the respected Centre for European Reform, suggested that the Prime Minister may nevertheless have to negotiate on youth mobility to achieve his aim to make trade easier, including by signing a veterinary agreement on food imports and exports.Grant said some in the EU would respond to Starmer’s demands on trade by saying there can be “no cherry picking” of its single market.

Podcasts

CER Podcast: Unpacking Europe: What's happening in France and what it means for Europe

Charles Grant, Sophie Pedder
12 July 2024
Charles Grant and Sophie Pedder discuss the French elections.

CER Podcast: Unpacking Europe: What the Labour landslide means for UK-EU relations

Charles Grant, Neil Kinnock
10 July 2024
Charles Grant and Neil Kinnock discuss the UK election results.

CER Podcast: Unpacking Europe: What would a Labour government mean for Europe?

26 June 2024
Aslak Berg, Ian Bond and Luigi Scazzieri discuss the UK election.

CER Podcast: Unpacking Europe: Winners, losers and implications of the European elections

Zselyke Csaky, Christina Keßler, Luigi Scazzieri
12 June 2024
Christina Keßler, Luigi Scazzieri and Zselyke Csaky discuss the European election results.

CER Podcast: Unpacking Europe: What to expect from a more right-wing European Parliament

Luigi Scazzieri, Zselyke Csaky, Christina Keßler
29 May 2024
Christina Keßler, Zselyke Csaky and Luigi Scazzieri discuss the European Parliament elections.

Events

Webinar on 'What the UK election results mean for Europe'

10 July 2024
Zoom
With Catherine Barnard, Stella Creasy and David Lidington. Watch the video of the event here.

CER/Carnegie Europe hybrid discussion on 'The end of the near abroad'

03 July 2024
Hybrid London
With Anna Matveeva and Thomas de Waal. Watch the video of the event here.

CER/Clifford Chance hybrid discussion on 'Challenges, opportunities, regulation: The European approach to AI'

27 June 2024
Hybrid Brussels
With Rachel Bae, Dessislava Savova and Werner Stengg