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Scotland has lost £100 million a year in salmon exports to EU

28 March 2024
The London Economic
Research out from the Centre for European Reform (CER) in February suggests that Brexit is leaving a hole of almost £100 billion in annual UK exports, making Britain’s economy worse off than if it had remained in the EU.
CER Podcast: Can Berlin and Brussels disentangle their economy from China’s grasp?

CER Podcast: Can Berlin and Brussels disentangle their economy from China’s grasp?

Sander Tordoir, Shahin Vallée
27 March 2024
Sander Tordoir and Shahin Vallée discuss China and Germany's relationship.

Kaliningrado: el as en la manga de Rusia en una posible guerra contra la OTAN

27 March 2024
EL Confidencial
"El acceso de Finlandia y Suecia a la OTAN ha mejorado la posición estratégica en la alianza en la región báltica muy considerablemente", dice Ian Bond, vicedirector del Centre for European Reform (CER) y antiguo embajador británico en Letonia. "Antes, la única manera que tenía la OTAN de reforzar a los Estados bálticos era a través del Corredor de Suwalki. Ahora también pueden reforzar el flanco oriental desde Suecia y Finlandia. Y Finlandia, claro, tiene una frontera muy larga con Rusia, lo cual también complica la planificación estratégica de Rusia".

Déficit public : à quoi la France s’est-elle engagée à Bruxelles ?

26 March 2024
L'Agefi
La France est-elle pour autant épargnée d’ici là ? Non, car cette concession est à relativiser, selon Sander Tordoir, du Center for European Reform. « Cette exclusion va probablement donner un certain répit jusqu’à ce qu’Emmanuel Macron quitte ses fonctions, mais la France ne va pas être pleinement épargnée : elle va devoir réduire son déficit structurel graduellement à compter de 2025 », pose cet expert de la politique budgétaire en Europe.

Stormont’s honeymoon ends as Brexit pulls parties apart

Anton Spisak
21 March 2024
Financial Times
Anton Spisak, a policy analyst and former UK government official, who notes in a new paper for the Centre for European Reform that Britain’s trade with Northern Ireland has been stagnant since 2016 while Ireland’s share has surged by 66 per cent. In other words: “Northern Ireland’s trade matters in both directions — east-west and north-south — and needs to be prioritised equally by present and future British governments.”

The long battle over Russia's frozen assets heats up

20 March 2024
Euronews
As Zach Meyers, assistant director of the Centre for European Reform, explained: "This interest legally belongs not to Russia, but rather the Belgian securities depository Euroclear." ..."Euroclear earned approximately €4.4bn on the €19bn of frozen assets in 2023," Meyers added.

UK at last confirms European Political Community summit date

19 March 2024
Politico
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform think tank, said in February he believed Downing Street was “divided on what to do,” and reported that French officials were “quite pissed off about the British noncommittal to a date.”
Seven expert views: America first, Europe alone?

Seven expert views: America first, Europe alone?

19 March 2024
Clingendael Spectator
If Joe Biden is re-elected, and the Democrats control both the US Senate and the House of Representatives, then there would be scope for increased transatlantic co-operation.

Les Européens demandent à leur banque d'investir dans la défense

18 March 2024
Les Echos
« Beaucoup de PME du secteur de la défense ont du mal à accéder aux fonds publics ou privés en raison des règles d'investissement durable qui sont de plus en plus suivies, explique Luigi Scazzieri, du think tank Centre for European Reform. Une plus grande implication de la BEI enverrait un signal politique fort en montrant qu'investir dans ce secteur n'est pas quelque chose de mauvais ».

Britain doesn’t need ‘reform’. It just needs to rejoin the EU

17 March 2024
The Observer
Aslak Berg of the Centre for European Reform has recently produced a disturbing study of the devastating impact of surrendering the trading privileges of membership of the nearby single market for the cloud cuckoo land of pathetically inadequate – or what prove to be nonexistent – trade deals with far-off nations such as Canada, Australia and India. The much-vaunted trade deal with the US suffered the fate of the Titanic; but, never mind, there is a trade deal with Texas instead.
Judy Asks: Has the war in Gaza irreversibly damaged Europe's credibility?

Judy Asks: Has the war in Gaza irreversibly damaged Europe's credibility?

14 March 2024
Carnegie Europe
Europe’s response to the war in Gaza has greatly undermined its credibility in the Middle East and beyond.

Europe's economy is a cause for concern, not panic

14 March 2024
The Economist
Europe is back to having a trade surplus and a fiscal deficit that looks a lot better than America’s these days, points out Sander Tordoir of the Centre for European Reform, a think-tank.
CER Podcast: How is the EU's role in European defence changing?

CER Podcast: How is the EU's role in European defence changing?

13 March 2024
Charles Grant and Luigi Scazzieri discuss the EU's role in European defence.

As trade with China booms, some Russian companies are flourishing

13 March 2024
Reuters
"The surge in Russia-China trade illustrates simply that sanctions lose their bite over time, as non-participating countries take advantage of the economic opportunities left when Western firms retreat," said Zach Meyers, assistant director of the Centre for European Reform think-tank.

The Green Deal a “costly extravaganza.”

12 March 2024
EU Reporter
At the EU level, Elisabetta Cornago, a senior research fellow at the respected Centre for European Reform, says we have seen attempts of centre-right parties in the European Parliament to “kill” Green Deal policies such as the phase-out of internal combustion engine vehicles or the nature restoration law.

Les Vingt-Sept fixent un cap à l’Union des marchés de capitaux

11 March 2024
L'Agefi
«L’UE doit donner à l’Esma et à ses régulateurs des pouvoirs plus larges. À long terme, c’est essentiel pour s’attaquer aux différences d’interprétation et de mise en œuvre des lois européennes à travers le bloc», explique Zach Meyers, chercheur du Centre for European Reform. 

Jeremy Hunt’s budget mixtape is no match for Brexit’s greatest hits

10 March 2024
The Observer
What was that massive thing that happened in between the financial crisis and the pandemic? Oh yes, Brexit, which Boris Johnson backed and which Goldman Sachs says has taken 5% off our gross domestic product and which the Centre for European Reform says is responsible for an annual £40bn shortfall in tax revenue.

European diplomacy on the defensive

09 March 2024
Financial Times
Luigi Scazzieri of the Centre for European Reform writes: Europe’s unwillingness to take concrete steps to restrain Israel’s military operations in Gaza has strengthened the narrative that the west is guilty of double standards, treating the struggle to support Ukraine as a fight for the future of the rules-based international order while being unwilling to hold Israel to account.
Why do Britain's goods and services exports appear to be holding up?

Why do Britain's goods and services exports appear to be holding up?

08 March 2024
Encompass
On the face of it, UK exports have been surprisingly robust after Brexit. Goods exports to the EU have tracked those to the rest of the world, despite new trade barriers being imposed on the former but not on the latter.

How Apple stands to lose from Europe's new tech law

08 March 2024
The Wall Street Journal
The new law “strikes closer to the heart of Apple’s philosophy, approach to security and its business model,” said Zach Meyers, assistant director with the Centre for European Reform, a think tank. “Unlike Google, there is not much obvious upside or opportunities for Apple.”