Why EU-UK data flows have a dim future

13 December 2021
After Brexit, the EU and the UK reached an uneasy truce to maintain the free flow of personal data between them.

Putin kalkulerer med Vestens svaghed

10 December 2021
Et sådant skridt vil formentlig føre til et totalt stop for russisk olie- og gaseksport til Europa. Vil vi kunne leve med det i en situation med mangelfulde leverancer og stærkt stigende energipriser? »Det er ikke et ideelt tidspunkt her til vinter. Olie kan vi købe andre steder på verdensmarkedet. Men gas er et problem, fordi størsteparten transporteres i rørledninger. Der er muligheder, blandt andet LPG (flydende gas, der transporteres i containere, red.), men kan den erstatte al den gas, der kommer fra Rusland? Formentlig ikke,« svarer Ian Bond.

ITV News: Analysis shows Brexit caused £12 billion of lost trade in October

10 December 2021
The pandemic delivered a huge shock to UK and global trade but the deputy director of the CER, John Springford, told ITV News he’s “pretty confident” that Brexit is to blame for the slump.

Germany’s new government has big plans. It might be a shock after Merkel.

Christian Odendahl
08 December 2021
“After 16 years of very little progress, I think Germany is in for a bit of a modernization shock,” said Christian Odendahl, the Berlin-based chief economist for the Centre for European Reform.

The New Statesman: World review podcast - Farewell Merkel, hello Scholz

Christian Odendahl
08 December 2021
"Germany understands that it's time for a 'period of modernisation'" said Christian Odendahl of the CER, on the modernising ambitions of Olaf Scholz as Chancellor. 

Deutsche Welle: Energy crisis: Will a green transition throw the global economy into recession?

06 December 2021
“What the [energy price spike] exposes is not that we have tried to decarbonise energy generation faster than what would be wise – quite the opposite: if we had a larger share of renewables in the energy mix, we would be less reliant on fossil fuels [such as natural gas]...

Franco-British relations shouldn’t be a circus

06 December 2021
Relations between the UK and France are a mess. Boris Johnson has told Emmanuel Macron in cod French to “Prenez un grip”.

How migration became a weapon in a ‘hybrid war’

Camino Mortera-Martinez
05 December 2021
Financial Times
“This cannot happen again. This is on the mind of everybody,” says Camino Mortera-Martinez of the Centre for European Reform in Brussels.

We need a new entente cordiale, but it won’t happen any time soon

04 December 2021
The Telegraph
According to analysis by the Centre for European Reform, UK goods trade was 11.2pc, or £8.5bn, lower in September than it would have been if the UK had stayed in the EU’s single market and customs union.

Bruselas pide un presupuesto permanente para la zona euro cuando expire el fondo de recuperación

04 December 2021
El Pais
Una de las aportaciones de este colectivo procede del think tank Centre for European Reform, que este viernes publicaba un artículo apoyando la idea de que el fondo de recuperación se convierta en una herramienta permanente: “A pesar de su tamaño, no es lo suficientemente grande como para mover permanentemente la inversión climática.

Permanent recovery

03 December 2021
Financial Times
The Centre for European Reform is making the case for extending the lifetime of the EU recovery fund beyond the current cut-off date, 2026. The RRF should instead become permanent, and focus on climate investment to ensure the EU meets its carbon neutrality goal by 2050.

Great expectations: Why the West is looking to Germany to counter Russian aggression

Sophia Besch
03 December 2021
The Times
“Germany is seen [in Washington] as quite a reliable and stable ally, but also as an ally with a strong voice in Europe,” said Sophia Besch, a defence and foreign policy expert at the Centre for European Reform. “A Germany that finds consensus within Europe before coming to the US is the kind of partner that the US wishes for.”

The EU needs a permanent recovery fund

02 December 2021
In 2020, EU member-states took a huge step forward in European fiscal integration, with member-states agreeing to jointly borrow on financial markets to finance the new EU Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF).

New EU measures set to restrict asylum rights at the Belarus border

Camino Mortera-Martinez
01 December 2021
The New York Times
Camino Mortera-Martínez, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, said the new measures amounted to “rubber-stamping the behavior” of Poland, Latvia and Lithuania. “Especially Poland, which has been breaking all asylum laws possible,” she said.

A geopolítica está a levar a Alemanha a tornar-se mais pragmática na frente orçamental

Christian Odendahl
27 November 2021
Christian Odendahl, do Centre for European Reform, diz que as questões orçamentais estão a passar para um plano secundário quando o ambiente passou a ser a questão prioritária na Alemanha.

Drame migratoire: Johnson appelle la France à reprendre les migrants qui traversent la Manche

26 November 2021
Le Point
"Ils vont devoir travailler ensemble. Mais peuvent-il y arriver quand les relations sont si mauvaises, avec toujours le risque que l'un dise que l'autre n'en fait pas assez ?", s'interroge John Springford, expert au Centre for European Reform (CER) à Londres.

CER podcast: Poland and Belarus: What can and should the EU do?

Charles Grant, Camino Mortera-Martinez, Katia Glod
25 November 2021
Charles Grant speaks to Camino Mortera-Martinez and Katia Glod about the latest developments in Belarus and Poland.

David Frost in bullish mood despite shortage of post-Brexit momentum

25 November 2021
Financial Times
One way of trying to screen out the effects of Covid-19 and other factors is to measure UK trade against a ‘doppelgänger’ UK that had not exited the EU, built around modelling the trade performance of other advanced economies such as the US, Germany, Greece, New Zealand and Sweden. This is what has generated the below chart from John Springford at the Centre for European Reform (CER) whose work was referenced by the OBR in its October update.

Franco-British feuding thwarts Channel migrant response

25 November 2021
France 24
"It's extremely serious. It's difficult to see how France and the UK can work together on issues of major importance when the relationship is so bad," said John Springford, an expert at the London-based Centre for European Reform think-tank.

CNBC: German coalition deal set to be announced as talks near completion

Christian Odendahl
23 November 2021
Having the fiscally conservative Christian Lindner as finance minister was one of the FDP's conditions. But the party knows Germany and Europe need investment, so Germany will try to circumvent its debt brake.