Charles Grant

Charles Grant

Areas of expertise 

Britain's EU referendum, the 'future of Europe' debate, the euro, Russia, European foreign and defence policy and China's relations with the West.


Video interview on 'How to improve legitimacy by involving national parliaments in the EU'

12 June 2013
Charles Grant discusses how part of the answer to improve EU legitimacy is to give national parliamentarians a bigger role in the EU.

How to reduce the EU's democratic deficit

The Guardian
10 June 2013
The European Union has long suffered from a lack of legitimacy, but the euro crisis has worsened the problem. There is no silver bullet that can suddenly make the EU respected, admired or even popular among many Europeans.

Britain could reshape Europe if it would only try

Financial Times
14 May 2013
Is there any point in Britain staying in the EU if it is outside the euro? No, according to increasing numbers of  British eurosceptics  and European federalists.

Thatcher's legacy to Europe

World Economic Forum ForumBlog
12 April 2013
Margaret Thatcher became a totem for Britain's eurosceptics. And it is true that in her final years in office – and even more after she left it – she became virulently eurosceptic.

Is David Cameron Margaret Thatcher’s heir on Europe?

Carnegie Europe
09 April 2013
Not at all. David Cameron sees the EU very differently to Margaret Thatcher. For a start, when Thatcher was prime minister she was strongly opposed to referendums on the EU.

Stifling progress in Russia and China

The New York Times
24 December 2012
Russia and China seem very different sorts of countries. One is a pseudo-democracy with an economy dependent on natural-resource exports; the other is a one-party state and the world’s manufacturing superpower. But both suffer from unbalanced economies — and powerful vested interests that are trying to block the reforms that...

Meerderheid Britten wil uit de EU

21 November 2012
Aan de vooravond van alweer een belangrijke Europese topbijeenkomst is Charles Grant in Brussel. De directeur van het Britse Centre for European Reform heeft het bijzonder druk dezer dagen.

Charles Grant discusses President Hollande and France

17 November 2012
Charles Grant discusses his recent insight article 'Hollande, the Germans and 'political union'.  ...Before becoming French president, Franҫois Hollande did not appear to take much interest in the EU. However, in his youth he was a protégé of Jacques Delors, the French left’s great European, and his instincts seem...

A three-tier EU puts single market at risk

Financial Times
25 October 2012
The euro crisis is changing the shape of the EU. As the countries in the eurozone seek to strengthen it by centralising economic policy making, three tiers are emerging within the union.