Letters: Nuclear regulation in a post-Fukushima world

Stephen Tindale, Prof Martin Freer, Prof Laurence Harwood, Prof Bruce Hanson, Prof Bill Lee, Prof James Marrow
25 November 2013
The Guardian
Your editorial was a reminder of the sad events associated with Fukushima Daiichi and the undeniable challenges associated with the cleanup programme.

Building a modern European Union: What's wrong and how to fix it

21 November 2013
On Thursday, November 21, 2013, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) hosted a roundtable discussion with Charles Grant, the founder and director of the Centre for European Reform on the current state of the European Union.

Europa en riesgo de deflación

19 November 2013
Realidad Economica (IADE)
A nadie le gusta que suban los precios, pero hoy los 17 países de la Eurozona temen lo contrario: la deflación. En octubre, la inflación interanual se redujo hasta el 0,7 por ciento, el nivel más bajo desde 2009, muy lejos de la meta del 2 por ciento que tiene el Banco Central Europeo.

En irsk succeshistorie – men succes for hvem?

15 November 2013
Hugo Brady, analytiker i tænketanken CER, er enig: "Berlin og Bruxelles har et desperat behov for at kunne vise, at den hårde økonomiske medicin, de har udskrevet i løbet af gældskrisen i eurozonen, virker, og Irland er deres bedste chance for en succeshistorie."

German imports rise, complicating trade debate

14 November 2013
The Wall Street Journal
Outside Germany, critics of the country's trade surplus were unmoved. "We're talking tiny margins here," economist Simon Tilford, deputy director of the CER, said of the data released Thursday.

Pro-nuclear greens 'dare not speak out'

Stephen Tindale
14 November 2013
The Times
"When I began to question my opposition to nuclear, I knew it was time to leave Greenpeace because being anti-nuclear is central to its DNA. If I had questioned nuclear opposition I’d probably have been out of a job," said Stephen Tindale of the CER.

¿Qué pasa cuando los precios no dejan de bajar?

13 November 2013
BBC Mundo
Según Simon Tilford del CER, la medida [la disminución de la tasa de interés del BCE] es positiva, pero insuficiente. "El BCE consideraba que el problema era la inflación, no la deflación. Esta medida muestra que finalmente se dieron cuenta que el gran peligro es la deflación."

ECB cuts rates to 0.25 per cent to stave off deflation risk

09 November 2013
The Sydney Morning Herald
''There has been a big hoo-ha about this very modest return to growth,'' said Simon Tilford, deputy director of the Centre for European Reform in London. ''Clearly the risks are mounting.''

The European Central Bank's inflation conundrum

06 November 2013
The New York Times
Some economists, like Simon Tilford of the CER, argue that the eurozone is already stuck in the same kind of economic quicksand that trapped Japan for decades and that the ECB must aggressively stimulate growth now. "There is a point where the eurozone will pass the point of no return," Mr Tilford said.

Espanha volta a atrair investimentos

02 November 2013
"A raiz do problema é que a Espanha está tentando fazer duas coisas contraditórias: alcançar uma desvalorização interna dentro da zona do euro para melhorar sua competitividade comercial, enquanto tenta manter sua dívida sustentável", disse Simon Tilford, do CER em Londres.

Optimism, and caution, as Spain attracts investment

01 November 2013
The New York Times
"The root of the problem is that Spain is attempting to do two contradictory things: pull off an internal devaluation within the eurozone to bolster trade competitiveness, while ensuring that its debt burden remains sustainable," said Simon Tilford of the CER.

Video interview on 'Europe should regulate to promote carbon capture and storage'

Stephen Tindale
30 October 2013
Stephen Tindale discusses his latest CER policy brief 'Europe should regulate to promote carbon capture and storage'.

Convalescent eurozone seeks to escape debt overhang

28 October 2013
"Ideally the eurozone would combine a symmetrical budget policy with debt monetisation by the ECB," Belgian economist Paul De Grauwe at the London School of Economics wrote in an essay for the Centre for European Reform.

A democratic nightmare

25 October 2013
The Economist
In a new publication, the Centre for European Reform (CER), argues that the commission "needs to act as referee in the political game, not as captain of one of the teams".

China risks turning into 'giant North Korea' says panda pundit

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
25 October 2013
The Independent
China experts Minxin Pei and Jonathan Fenby left a group of grizzled policy veterans open-mouthed with astonishment at a Westminster lunch by Centre for European Reform.
Minxin fears that China may be reverting to police-state Maoism, with self-criticism sessions making a comeback. The reforms are skin deep so far, and the...

A sensible selection process?

Heather Grable, Stefan Lehne
24 October 2013
European Voice
An excellent paper by Heather Grable and Stefan Lehne, published by the CER argues that a partisan president will undermine the Commission's legitimacy by politically tainting powers and responsibilities that need to be exercised super partes.

Video interview on 'China 2025: Regime transition in China?'

22 October 2013
Charles Grant interviewed Minxin Pei, professor of government and the director of the Keck Centre for International and Strategic Studies at Claremont McKenna College.

Positive signals sent to Balkans on EU membership

Rem Korteweg
20 October 2013
Monitor Frontier Markets
Mr Korteweg says that Croatia’s accession in July 2013 will be the last expansion for several years. "Each country suffers from political, judiciary or economic problems, warranting a more pessimistic outlook on swift EU membership."

How do you solve a problem like Russia?

17 October 2013
The Guardian
Charles Grant, director of the CER, said that while Putin's personal relationship with Germany's chancellor, Angela Merkel, was famously bad, David Cameron was said to have developed a pragmatic working relationship with the Russian leader.

La relation avec Londres presque "au point mort"

17 October 2013
Le Monde
Charles Grant, directeur du CER, remarque que, contrairement à Angela Merkel, David Cameron semble avoir noué une relation de travail pragmatique avec le dirigeant russe. Et les ministres des affaires étrangères des deux pays, William Hague et Sergueï Lavrov, s'entendent bien.