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The Franco-German tussle at the heart of who will lead the EU

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska
19 June 2019
The Guardian
“The Franco-German relationship hasn’t been plain sailing for quite a while so it is not a big surprise that the leaders clash over who will become president,” said Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform think-tank.

CER podcast: The Big European Sort? The diverging fortunes of Europe's regions

Christian Odendahl, John Springford, Beth Oppenheim
19 June 2019
Beth Oppenheim talks to John Springford and Christian Odendahl about regional divergence across the EU.

Tom Watson vents frustration at Labour stance on Brexit

17 June 2019
The Times
In a speech at the Centre for European Reform he is expected to say: “Pro-European is who we are and who we have always been. Our members are Remain. Our values are Remain. Our hearts are Remain. The only way to break the political deadlock is to bring the public back into this decision and we must argue strongly to Remain.

EU leaders face pressure to deliver on climate change

17 June 2019
BBC News
Camino Mortera-Martinez, an analyst at the Centre for European Reform, told the BBC "it's now clear the Greens will have a very important role in policymaking" - partly because liberal and socialist parties know they lost voters to the Greens."It's an easy policy area to make political gains, as it's a popular issue," she said.

Brexit: Labour must champion case for remaining in the EU, Tom Watson to urge Jeremy Corbyn

17 June 2019
The Independent
In his speech on Europe at the Centre for European Reform, the deputy leader will also recount a recent conversation he had with Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury.
"Something he said to me resonated very deeply. He told me that our politicians need to learn to 'disagree well'. I think we all instinctively understand what he means by that," Mr Watson will say. "I will try to make the positive case for what I believe.
 

Tom Watson claims SHAKESPEARE would have been pro-EU as he mounts fresh push for Labour to back a second referendum to CANCEL Brexit

17 June 2019
The Daily Mail
Mr Watson pointed out that Shakespeare had based many of his plays on the continent. 'Being European was central to his sense of who he was,' he added. In a keynote speech at the Centre for European Reform, Mr Watson complained that the EU was wrongly being portrayed as a 'threat to our way of life'.

Brexit: New referendum 'least worst option', says Tom Watson

17 June 2019
BBC News
In a speech to the Centre for European Reform, the deputy leader said Labour must be honest about the EU's strengths."Pro-European is who we are and who we have always been. Our members are Remain. Our values are Remain. Our hearts are Remain.

Brexit: Labour's Tom Watson calls for second referendum, saying 'our hearts are Remain'

17 June 2019
Sky News
Mr Watson told an audience at the Centre for European Reform that "our hearts are Remain" and that another referendum is the only way to "break the political deadlock" at Westminster.

Tom Watson at loggerheads with Corbyn over Brexit with Remain call

17 June 2019
The Financial Times
Mr Watson said on Monday that his party had been “afraid to tell the truth” about the benefits of staying in the bloc, in a seeming jab at Jeremy Corbyn, whose position is much more Eurosceptic.He added that there was still time to reverse the result of the 2016 Brexit referendum. “Pro-European is who we are and who we have always been,” he said in a speech at the Centre for European Reform, a think-tank. “Our members are Remain. Our values are Remain. Our hearts are Remain.”

Tom Watson on Brexit: ‘Me leave Labour? It’s leaving me’

17 June 2019
The Guardian
In his speech at the Centre for European Reform, Watson also took a veiled swipe at some Labour MPs and union officials, including Unite’s general secretary, Len McCluskey, who have cautioned against a referendum, suggesting they had not made the case for how the EU had helped their towns and workers. “For those on the left to fail to acknowledge that is to rewrite history,” he said.“It is no ‘boss’s club’, it is both an engine of progress and a backstop against regressive and repressive governments.”

'There's still time to stop Brexit' - Watson in new push to get Labour to unequivocally back People's Vote

17 June 2019
The New European
In a keynote speech to the Centre for European Reform, Watson will say Labour's members and its values had always been pro-European, and that "our hearts are Remain".He will argue the only way to break the Brexit deadlock at Westminster, is to put the issue back to the people in a new public vote in which Labour would campaign "proudly" for Remain.

Tom Watson throws down Brexit gauntlet to Corbyn and demands Labour back Remain

16 June 2019
The Mirror
Speaking to the Centre for European Reform think-tank, Mr Watson will say: “Pro-European is who we are and who we have always been.
 “Our members are Remain, our values are Remain, our hearts are Remain.
“The only way to break the political deadlock is to bring the public back into this decision - and we must argue strongly to Remain.
“Our future doesn’t need to be Brexit - we can change our future.
“We can put Britain back at the heart of Europe again, we can be proud of leading the fight for a fairer and stronger future, together.

Talk Radio: Conservative leaders debate

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska
16 June 2019
Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska speaks to John Nicolson on Talk Radio about the Conservative leadership battle (from 01.38 mins).

Tory candidates are misleading people about a no-deal Brexit

15 June 2019
The Economist
Any further extension of the deadline also requires the unanimous approval of EU governments. Charles Grant of the Centre for European Reform, a think-tank, believes they may agree, but adds that some exasperated leaders just want Brexit out of the way, deal or no deal.

Trump sets his sights on France with threats to tariff French wine

Sam Lowe
15 June 2019
The Telegraph
As relations between China and the US have worsened, Tokyo and Brussels have sought to redouble efforts to preserve multilateral peace making and bodies such as the World Trade Organisation. “The Japan-EU relationship is in a fairly good place,” says Sam Lowe of the Centre for European Reform. Trump’s decision to pull out of the 12-nation trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, “put more impetus into Japan pursuing its FTA with the EU”, Lowe contends.

The ECB presidency is distinct but not immune from backroom deals

Christian Odendahl
14 June 2019
The Economist
Mr Weidmann is the most contentious candidate. His vocal opposition to ECB asset-purchase programmes was reportedly derided by Mr Draghi as “Nein zu allem”(“No to everything”). Appointing him would be a mistake, says Christian Odendahl of the Centre for European Reform, a think-tank: the bank would be less activist in downturns and less supportive of fiscal easing.

Businesses must brace themselves for Tories’ brave new post-no-deal world

Sam Lowe
13 June 2019
The Times
Meanwhile, the government’s publishing of its own no-deal tariff plans, which showed that Britain was prepared to slash tariffs in many sectors, seems to have discouraged some countries such as Canada from engaging in trade talks, according to Sam Lowe, a trade expert at the Centre for European Reform.

The importance of being protectionist: A long view of the European Defense Fund

Sophia Besch, Martin Quencez
13 June 2019
War on the rocks
In 2017, EU officials rejoiced. They claimed to have accomplished more in 10 months than in 10 years in the field of defense, having launched three new initiatives to strengthen defense industrial co-operation, first and foremost the European Defense Fund.

Sky News: Tory leadership race: The view from Brussels

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska
13 June 2019
Three EU experts discuss the candidates, their promises and whether those promises have any basis in reality.

Jens Weidmann, el alemán que asusta como candidato para presidir el Banco Central Europeo

Christian Odendahl
12 June 2019
El Espanol
Se convertirán España y el resto de países del sur en las principales víctimas colaterales de una presidencia de Weidmann? "Planteemos la cuestión al revés. Alemania podría vivir con una presidencia de Weidmann. Los países más fuertes no necesitan apoyo. En la próxima crisis, Alemania no se enfrenta a ninguna restricción en materia de política fiscal y lo tendrá relativamente fácil para estimular su economía", responde a EL ESPAÑOL el economista alemán Christian Odendahl, del Centre for European Reform.