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Britain can recover from the self-harm of Brexit. Today’s return to the EU’s Horizon project shows how

07 September 2023
The Guardian
 The Centre for European Reform estimated that at the end of 2021, the British economy was 5% smaller than it would have been had Britain not left. 

Germany’s economic rut gets deeper

07 September 2023
The Wall Street Journal
“There’s a triple-whammy [facing Germany]: higher energy prices, a global environment that’s not conducive to goods trade and the China shock,” said Sander Tordoir, a senior economist at the Centre for European Reform in Berlin. 

Apple and Microsoft seek exemption from EU Digital Markets Act

06 September 2023
Arn
“Microsoft's arguments may hold some weight,” said Zach Meyers, senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, who said the company could reasonably argue that a platform with a 3% market share is not an "important gateway" for businesses. He added that while there may be some concern around Microsoft's vast ecosystem and its aggressive promotion of Bing, the search engine’s low market share illustrates how insurmountable Google's lead is, even with Microsoft throwing everything at it.

EU lists ‘gatekeepers’ to be regulated, opens iMessage and Bing investigations

06 September 2023
Computer World
Even if Apple and Microsoft are ultimately successful in their challenges, there would not be an immediate floodgate of arguments from other gatekeepers, as the tech firms would have needed to object to their platforms being regulated before the list was published, said Zach Meyers, senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform.
Future is Blue: Unpacking German economic troubles

Future is Blue: Unpacking German economic troubles

06 September 2023
Is the German economy again the sick man of Europe, as it was once labelled back in the late 90s? We take a look at the current economic challenges of Germany together with Sander Tordoir, Senior Economist at the Centre for European Reform, and Raymond Torres, Funcas Europe Director.

How big banks won the banking crisis

05 September 2023
CNN
John Springford, deputy director at the Centre for European Reform, a think-tank, said: “The revisions are good news. But since 2021 the economy has stagnated — and that followed a period of below-trend growth after the [2016] Brexit referendum. So while the size of the economy is bigger than we thought, Britain still has a growth problem.”

UK economy bounced back from Covid, ONS revisions reveal

01 September 2023
Financial Times
John Springford, deputy director of the Centre for European Reform think-tank, said it was “worth remembering” that the ONS had previously revised 2020 GDP down by 1.7 percentage points in changes last year.

The silent majority must be heard. We need to rejoin the EU

30 August 2023
The New European
The Centre for European Reform estimates that the Brexit hit to GDP is around 5.5%. 

Comment l’Europe a renoncé à sa stratégie industrielle

29 August 2023
Alternatives Economiques
« L’Italie et l’Espagne se sont satisfaites de la possibilité de transférer une partie de l’argent des fonds de cohésion européens vers les priorités énoncées par la plate-forme Step », décrit par exemple Sander Tordoir, économiste au Centre for European Reform. 
Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni

Meloni's balancing act

25 August 2023
EurActiv
Her first year in office has confounded expectations, as Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni blended Atlanticism and pragmatism towards the EU with right-wing populism on immigration, cultural issues and green policy.

Brexit: India trade deal and Kemi Badenoch

25 August 2023
The Herald
Centre for European Reform deputy director John Springford’s latest report on the cost of Brexit to the UK economy, published in December, estimates that leaving the EU had, by the second quarter of 2022, reduced the country’s GDP by 5.5%.

The CMA's hardball approach to the Microsoft deal paid off - but EU gamers will be left out

24 August 2023
City AM
A deal with the UK competition watchdog could mean British gamers have more choice than their European counterparts.

UK antitrust enforcer to Microsoft: You can't bully us

22 August 2023
Politico
“This outcome seems likely to cement the CMA’s reputation as a competition authority which doesn’t just talk tough, but also has teeth,” said Zach Meyers, a competition expert at the Centre for European Reform think-tank.

España busca su sitio en los organismos internacionales

Camino Mortera-Martinez
21 August 2023
Hoy
Camino Mortera, directora de la Oficina en Bruselas del CER cree que España está haciendo un buen trabajo en intentar colocar a sus nacionales en puestos influyentes en Europa, mucho más que en épocas anteriores. «El problema es que no acabamos de entender qué significa influir y cómo se tejen las redes de influencia en Bruselas. Tener altos cargos está muy bien pero depende de cuáles sean», explica.

Can we rejoin the EU? It was daft to leave but don’t romanticise the idea

20 August 2023
The Sunday Times
Bringing all these effects together in a so-called doppelganger model — comparing UK performance with what it would have been had we not left — John Springford, deputy director of the Centre for European Reform (CER), estimates that last year the UK economy was more than 5 per cent smaller than if had there not been a vote to leave.

Oppsiktsvekkende Nato-forslag: - Ikke gal

19 August 2023
Dagbladet
Hvis det var en prøveballong, er det en prøveballong som har blitt skutt ned fra svært mange hold, sier Ian Bond, direktør for utenrikspolitikk i den britiske tankesmia Centre for European Reform, til Dagbladet. Bond har 28 års fartstid i det britiske diplomatkorpset, og har i en årrekke arbeidet med sikkerhetspolitiske og Nato-relaterte spørsmål.

Race to lead European Investment Bank heats up

18 August 2023
Politico Brussels Playbook
“The big question is: does the BBB want to govern? Are they willing to compromise, as they originated as a protest party?” Sander Tordoir of the Centre for European Reform told Playbook. 

Rishi Sunak is a man with no plan, that’s the problem

17 August 2023
The Times
The Centre for European Reform, a think-tank, reckons Brexit has cost Britain 5.5 per cent of GDP.

Mayor lucha contra la desinformación y más transparencia: las obligaciones que tienen que cumplir las plataformas con la DSA

17 August 2023
Newtral
Zach Meyers, analista del think-tank Centre for European Reform (CER), explica que las plataformas deberán realizar análisis de riesgos y adoptar medidas para corregirlos, algo que pueden ir desde ampliar su equipo de moderación hasta mejorar sus algoritmos o unirse al Código de buenas prácticas en materia de desinformación. 

Behind shiny new semiconductor investments, the EU Chips Act needs more work

15 August 2023
EurActiv
Duchâtel’s view was largely shared by Zach Meyers, a research fellow at the Centre for European Reform (CER). The doubling of current EU production to 20% relies on the “unrealistic assumption that global production everywhere else stood still […]. Announced chip-making investments in Europe do not come close to delivering these ambitions,” he told EURACTIV.