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ivoox: The Eastern Front - What is going on with EU accession talks and Ukraine funding

ivoox: The Eastern Front - What is going on with EU accession talks and Ukraine funding

16 December 2023
This week, the EU voted on being the Ukrainian accession process. On this episode of The Eastern Front, Giselle, Dalibor, and Iulia welcome Ian Bond, the deputy director of the Centre for European Reform to discuss the likely outcomes of accession talks. How will Hungary complicate matters? What role does the...

Volodymyr Zelenskyy's bitter week of disappointment

15 December 2023
Financial Times
“The veto on the €50bn tells you less about faltering western resolve than it does about Viktor Orbán,” said Ian Bond, deputy director at the Centre for European Reform, in reference to the Hungarian premier. “Ukraine will get the [EU] money in the end. But there is a real problem in the US.”
EU enlargement is not a foregone conclusion

EU enlargement is not a foregone conclusion

14 December 2023
Financial Times
It will be a slow process and European leaders will have their work cut out persuading voters of the merits.
Judy Asks: Is Europe still committed to Ukraine?

Judy Asks: Is Europe still committed to Ukraine?

14 December 2023
Carnegie Europe
After Russia attacked Ukraine in February 2022, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen proclaimed Ukraine “one of us.”

Europe’s true beliefs on Ukraine are put to the test

14 December 2023
Politico
The decision to open the door to the EU is no less important as spiritual sustenance, said Ian Bond of the Centre for European Reform. “The signal that you send by starting talks is that you are now on a train which is going towards a destination. If the Hungarians bar the door of the carriage and say you are not getting in, this is psychologically a blow to the Ukrainians.” 

AI presents a ‘Brexit opportunity’ for Britain but there are risks

14 December 2023
Financial Times
For Charles Grant, the director of the Centre for European Reform think-tank, the findings show that Euroscepticism is “alive and kicking” in France and Italy. And that can also be seen in the dominance of eurosceptic parties in the Italian government and the fact that Marine Le Pen is favourite to win the next French presidential election. 
Ignore the nay-sayers: Brussels will continue to rule the tech world

Ignore the nay-sayers: Brussels will continue to rule the tech world

13 December 2023
Encompass
Europe is caught between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand, it is determined to lead the world in setting high standards – in areas like the environment and trustworthy technology.

EU to decide on Ukraine membership talks, as Hungary threatens veto

13 December 2023
Voice of America
A failure by the EU to start accession talks with Ukraine would have wider consequences, according to Ian Bond at the Centre for European Reform.

EU-Kommission gibt zehn Milliarden für Orban frei – reicht ihm das?

Camino Mortera-Martinez
13 December 2023
Handelsblatt
Was aber, wenn der Ungar bei seinem Nein bleibt? „Diejenigen, die dachten, Orban könne gekauft werden, könnten enttäuscht werden“, warnt Camino Mortera-Martinez vom Thinktank Centre for European Reform.
Labour's European conundrum

Labour's European conundrum

10 December 2023
Renewal
If and when the Labour Party takes office, it will come under pressure to negotiate a much better Brexit deal than that bequeathed by Boris Johnson.
Charles Grant

CNBC: China sees the EU as a potential partner in a multipolar world

07 December 2023
Charles Grant, director at the Centre for European Reform, discusses EU-China relations on CNBC.
The limits of Germany’s Zeitenwende

The limits of Germany’s Zeitenwende

07 December 2023
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine did change how Germany thinks about its own security and its relationship with Russia, says Christina Keßler.
CER Podcast: Can EU enlargement happen without reform?

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.

La paralysie budgétaire à Berlin menace de compliquer l’équation européenne

06 December 2023
Le Figaro
« On pourrait croire que ça les rendrait plus perméables aux problématiques des autres, mais la ligne reste la ligne », commente Sander Tordoir, économiste au Centre for European Reform.
TEPSA: European Council experts' debrief

The EU's reform challenge

29 November 2023
TEPSA: European Council experts' debrief
An enlarged EU will be more populous, more Eastern, and - if Ukraine joins - with more military power, agricultural land and heavy industry. But enlargement also poses difficult questions in terms of the EU’s internal functioning.
CER Podcast: Will Wilders’ Dutch election win weaken the EU?

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.

Europe needs massive rearmament to outlast Putin in Ukraine

28 November 2023
The Telegraph
“These are dangerous times for Ukraine,” said Ian Bond, a former UK defence planner and ambassador to the Baltics. “It is increasingly clear that Ukraine cannot achieve a quick victory. But is it at risk of a quick defeat?” he asked in a lacerating report for the Centre for European Reform.

El gran melón europeo: por qué reformar los Tratados de la Unión Europea es tan difícil

Camino Mortera-Martinez
28 November 2023
EL Confidencial
"En Polonia están obsesionados con la idea de que si se abren los Tratados, tendremos una Europa a dos velocidades y ellos se quedarán atrás. Para ellos, es impensable", explica Camino Mortera, jefa de la oficina de Bruselas del Centre for European Reform (CER).

UK's flagship post-Brexit trade deal worth even less than previously thought, OBR says

26 November 2023
The Observer
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, said there was almost no prospect of a trade deal with the US. “There is no chance of one at the moment because Joe Biden does not like trade deals. And there is no chance of one if Trump were to return to the White House because he likes them even less than Biden.
CER Podcast: What does AI mean for Europe?

CER Podcast: What does AI mean for Europe?

Zach Meyers, Kai Zenner
24 November 2023
Zach Meyers and Kai Zenner discuss Artificial Intelligence.