Research

Helping Europe's digital economy take off: An agenda for the next Commission

Helping Europe's digital economy take off: An agenda for the next Commission

20 February 2024
The EU must simplify its digital rulebook, support more privacy-friendly data-driven innovation, and boost investment in digital infrastructure.
How should Europe handle China?: Annual report 2023

How should Europe handle China?: Annual report 2023

09 February 2024
The CER's annual report starts with an essay on how should Europe handle China. The report then highlights some of the CER's most important publications and events from 2023.
European Electricity Market Reform – ambitions and realities

European Electricity Market Reform – ambitions and realities

08 February 2024
The EU’s electricity market reforms do a good job of promoting more stable energy prices. But member-states must do more to deliver a fully integrated EU-wide energy market.
Europe should look to the West Bank

Europe should look to the West Bank

06 February 2024
The misery of the Gaza war threatens to spill over into a broader conflict. If they want to avoid escalation and advance peace, Europeans need a serious plan for the West Bank.
Delors, Schäuble and Europe's misdiagnosed competitiveness problem

Delors, Schäuble and Europe's misdiagnosed competitiveness problem

30 January 2024
European Commission President Jacques Delors and German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble left their mark on the European project. Their thinking can still help Europe out of its current geo-economic predicament. 
Brexit, four years on: Answers to two trade paradoxes

Brexit, four years on: Answers to two trade paradoxes

25 January 2024
Since the UK left the EU in 2020, its goods exports to the EU have not performed any worse than to the rest of the world, and its services exports have grown strongly. How come?
Europe and the US election: Hope for the best, prepare for the worst

Europe and the US election: Hope for the best, prepare for the worst

22 January 2024
There is a good chance that Donald Trump will return to the US presidency in 2025. That would endanger European interests, but Europe is not investing in mitigating the risks. 
Can European defence take off?

Can European defence take off?

19 January 2024
The EU’s defence industrial policies will help determine whether Europeans can increase their ability to provide support to Ukraine, persuading Russia that its war is unwinnable.
A sea of troubles: Addressing the EU's incoherence on the Indo-Pacific

A sea of troubles: Addressing the EU's incoherence on the Indo-Pacific

08 January 2024
A security crisis in the Indo-Pacific would severely affect European interests.
Ten reflections on Jacques Delors

Ten reflections on Jacques Delors

04 January 2024
Jacques Delors’ impact on history, especially during the ten years that he headed the European Commission, was immense.

Articles

Ukraine's future hangs by a (European) thread

Ukraine's future hangs by a (European) thread

21 February 2024
Two years after Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine, and Western leaders proclaimed their full support for Kyiv, Congressional Republicans seem ready to throw Ukraine under the bus.
Europe and the Gaza war

Europe and the Gaza war

07 February 2024
Encompass
Europeans have struggled to form a coherent response to the Israel-Hamas conflict that erupted after Hamas’ brutal attacks on October 7th.
Europe must be ready for Trump 2025

Europe must be ready for Trump 2025

01 February 2024
Yorkshire Bylines
Donald Trump is not guaranteed to win the US presidential election in November 2024, but he has a much better chance than any man facing 91 criminal charges and four trials has a right to expect.
Indo-Pacific calling: Where is the US heading and what does it mean for Europe?

Indo-Pacific calling: Where is the US heading and what does it mean for Europe?

24 January 2024
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung
The geopolitical centre of gravity is shifting towards the Indo-Pacific. What are the implications for the transatlantic relationship?
Germany needs to take the EU's de-risking from China more seriously

Germany needs to take the EU's de-risking from China more seriously

Sander Tordoir, Sebastian de Quant, Shahin Vallée
24 January 2024
Internationale Politik Quarterly
With another Trump presidency in the offing, Europe and Germany need to accelerate their efforts to reduce their economic dependencies on China.
Europa ist auf Trump nicht vorbereitet

Europa ist auf Trump nicht vorbereitet

Sander Tordoir, Shahin Vallee, Sebastian de Quant
23 January 2024
Die Zeit
Exportabhängigkeit und Handelsüberschuss: Die Probleme zwischen der EU und China sind schon groß genug. Trump könnte die europäische Wirtschaft in die Krise stürzen.

Press

Agenda for the next Commission

23 February 2024
EurActiv
Europe must enhance its digital economy amid challenges from China and the US, according to an agenda for the next Commission by the Centre for European Reform. According to the report, the next European Commission must focus on implementing digital laws effectively, fostering a privacy-friendly data economy, and investing in connectivity and infrastructure.

Britain after Brexit: A jumping off point for better EU relations

22 February 2024
Financial Times
John Springford at the Centre for European Reform — best-known for his own work with “doppelgänger” analysis on the impacts of Brexit — finds Goldman’s analysis to be persuasive. 

Change GDPR to bolster data economy

22 February 2024
Politico
The next Commission should change the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to help the European digital economy take off, a new report from the Centre for European Reform said. 

Brexit doom is wrong again: it didn’t cause the recession

18 February 2024
The Telegraph
A recent Goldman Sachs study is the latest to argue that UK GDP is already as much as 5 per cent smaller as a result of the vote to leave the EU. This is in the same ballpark as estimates by John Springford at the Centre for European Reform (CER), and others who have used a similar approach.

Labour accuses Hunt of being ‘out of touch’, with voting under way in Kingswood and Wellingborough byelections

15 February 2024
The Guardian
In February 2023 a report by John Springford of the Centre for European Reform (CER)  claimed that Britain’s economy was 5.5% smaller than it would have been had it remained inside the EU.

Brexit blir dyrere

15 February 2024
Dagens Næringsliv
Goldman Sachs nye anslag er i samme størrelsesordenen som andre ferske analyser fra Cambridge Econmetrics (som mener brexit har kostet Storbritannia 140 milliarder pund i tapt vekst) og tankesmien Centre for European Reform, som anslår at Storbritannia taper rundt 100 milliarder pund i årlige eksportinntekter.

How Trump-Nato row could lead to tightened European security and defence

14 February 2024
iNews
“You have to be honest about the fact that defence budgets that range between 1.5 and 2 per cent are totally inadequate,” said Ian Bond, the deputy director of the London-based Centre for European Reform. “And you’ve got to get up to 3 per cent that you’re seeing now in the Baltic states, Finland and Poland.

NATO. Coraz szybszy wzrost wydatków zbrojeniowych

14 February 2024
Deutsche Welle
Zaangażowanie Unii w obronność nadal ma na celu przede wszystkim wzmocnienie europejskiego przemysłu obronnego w perspektywie długoterminowej, a nie szybkie wzmocnienie zdolności wojskowych. UE musi skupić więcej uwagi i zasobów na krótkoterminowych priorytetach – pisze Luigi Scazzieri, ekspert z Centre for European Reform.

As Brexit damage persists, a tale of two competing strategies

14 February 2024
The Times
Its [Goldman Sachs] estimate of the cumulative hit to growth is 5 per cent of gross domestic product, similar to “doppelganger” assessments, comparing the UK’s record with similar performers before Brexit, by the Centre for European Reform.

Brexit has dealt major blow to UK economy says Goldman Sachs

13 February 2024
The Herald
The study by the Centre for European Reform (CER), a pro-EU think tank, said that businesses that make an array of products including sporting goods, children’s toys, jewellery and medical equipment have struggled the most with border costs imposed by the UK’s decision to leave the EU, leading to 30% less trade between 2020 and 2023 than if Britain had stayed in the trading bloc.
John Springford, an associate fellow at the Centre for European Reform (CER), said at the time his analysis “shows that Brexit is leading to permanent depression to trade between the UK and the EU”.

Podcasts

CER Podcast: Europe's defence production challenge

Luigi Scazzieri, Camille Grand
31 January 2024
Camille Grand and Luigi Scazzieri discuss European defence.

CER Podcast: The Taiwan election: China cares, but should Europe?

Ian Bond, Christina Keßler, Philippe Le Corre, Helena Legarda
18 January 2024
Ian Bond, Christina Keßler, Philippe Le Corre and Helena Legarda discuss the Taiwan election.

CER review of 2023: What's next for Europe?

20 December 2023
Eight of our researchers reflect on the past year and look ahead to 2024.

CER Podcast: Can EU enlargement happen without reform?

Charles Grant, Camino Mortera-Martinez, Luigi Scazzieri
06 December 2023
Charles Grant, Camino Mortera-Martinez and Luigi Scazzieri discuss EU enlargement and institutional reform.

CER Podcast: Will Wilders’ Dutch election win weaken the EU?

Sander Tordoir, Caroline de Gruyter
28 November 2023
Caroline de Gruyter and Sander Tordoir discuss the Dutch election outcome.

Events

CER/Brookings webinar on 'Is Europe capable of defending itself?'

12 March 2024
Online
Register to watch: https://buff.ly/42Vn4oQ

CER/Kreab breakfast on 'How to defend democracy in Europe'

22 February 2024
Hybrid Brussels/Zoom
With Věra Jourová, Vice President for Values and Transparency, European Commission

Discussion on 'Unlocking Europe's digital potential: Priorities for the next Commission'

20 February 2024
Brussels
With Milena Jabůrková, Zach Meyers, Renate Nikolay, Axel Voss and Paul Adamson. Watch the video of the event here.