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Germany and Spain scramble to reverse the flight of youth

02 March 2020
The Guardian
“You have had a lot of out-migration from places that were less economically successful and a clustering of younger people … in more successful regions of Europe. And so that is going to exacerbate social divides and it’s going to show up politically,” said John Springford, from the Centre for European Reform, who co-authored the The Big European Sort?, a 2019 report.

Britain's and the EU's Brexit unreality

02 March 2020
The Atlantic
Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the the Centre for European Reform think tank, told me that, at its core, the EU did not accept that its negotiation with Britain was one between equals. He said the EU was “trying to use its economic weight to impose conditions on the U.K. it wouldn't normally ask of others.”

Britain's Brexit negotiator goes to work on an egg as first round of talks takes place in Brussels

02 March 2020
The Telegraph
"As we're going to have to budge with the US, I can't see it holding with the EU either," said Sam Lowe, trade expert at the Centre for European Reform.

NHS is 'off the table' in US trade talks, says Government after fears of drug price rise

02 March 2020
The Telegraph
Sam Lowe, of the Centre for European Reform think-ank, said the tight UK-US objectives suggested the government was "clearly in no rush" to conclude a deal with the US and would have to make concessions, probably on agriculture.

About that much vaunted US-UK trade deal? Maybe not now

02 March 2020
The New York Times
“This isn’t the No. 1 priority that people thought it was going to be,” said Sam Lowe, a trade expert at the Centre for European Reform. “From Johnson’s point of view, it makes more sense to focus on the domestic economy.”

UK eyes speedy banking deal with US in parallel trade talks

02 March 2020
Bloomberg
“The negotiating objectives show the UK is going to take a pretty firm stance,” said Sam Lowe, trade expert at the Centre for European Reform. “This will make getting a comprehensive trade deal done in the immediate future pretty difficult.”

Polskie Radio: Opublikowano mandaty negocjacyjne w sprawie umowy handlowej między Unią Europejską a Wielką Brytanią

29 February 2020
Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform spoke to Polskie Radio about the EU and UK negotiating mandates.

No-deal Brexit is back - and it looks more likely than ever

29 February 2020
CNN
"While there are clearly disagreements when it comes to the EU's preconditions for negotiating a trade deal - particularly over fish, the role of the European Court of Justice, and the exact nature of the level playing field requirements - when it comes to what the future economic partnership actually looks like, the EU and UK really aren't that far apart," says the Centre for European Reform's Samuel Lowe.

EUidea podcast: Differentiated integration among the post-Brexit scenarios

28 February 2020
“Even if we have some agreement on free trade or perhaps security [by the end of 2020] we will probably be discussing Brexit for years to come” said Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform.

Channel 4 News: Britain talks post-Brexit trade with the EU

28 February 2020
Gary Gibbon caught up with Same Lowe of the Centre for European Reform to wade through the documents and tell us what they say about the chance of a deal and the shape of a deal.

Boris Johnson's one word response to Barnier's demands sends shockwaves to Brussels

28 February 2020
The Express
Sam Lowe, from the Centre for European Reform, pointed out that during the previous phase of negigoations: “The UK has compromised quite a lot, the EU has compromised very little.“We will have to see if that trend continues.”He continued: “Throughout the process, the EU has said we can give you a deal like Canada, we will just ask more of you.“It’s fine if the UK says it’s not fair. The EU don’t care if it’s fair, they have made their mind up."

Could the deaths of 33 Turkish soldiers in Syria spark another refugee crisis in Europe?

28 February 2020
Euronews
Research fellow Luigi Scazzieri, from the Centre of European Reform (CER), told Euronews this could lead to "hundreds of thousands of refugees" arriving in the EU, and could see "a break down of its relationship with Turkey and greatly straining the EU's cohesion".

Channel 4 News: Government reveals Brexit negotiation demands

27 February 2020
"Throughout the process the EU has said we can give you a deal like Canada it's just we are going to ask more of you. It's fine if the UK says that's not fair... the EU don't care if it's fair or not" Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at...

BBC Today Programme: UK mandate for trade negotiations

27 February 2020
"The barriers for trading within the EU are four times lower than if you were to sell into the EU from outside", Sam Lowe a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform told the Today Programme (from 43 mins)

Brexit Chaos: UK threatens to walk away from EU trade talks by June

27 February 2020
International Business Times
Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, said a compromise “will no doubt be difficult. What is perhaps surprising is just how aligned the EU and UK are with regard to the nature of the eventual trade agreement.”

Boris Johnson tells EU he wants sovereignty - whatever the cost

27 February 2020
Sky News
"The difference between the May approach and the Johnson approach is that Theresa May always wanted to find a halfway house," said Sam Lowe, research fellow at the Centre for European Reform think-tank."She wanted a way of leaving the EU, giving the people who voted for Brexit what they wanted on the sovereignty front but mitigating the economic consequences.

CER podcast: A 'sovereign' EU needs a stable economy

26 February 2020
The EU’s economic size is its main source of global power. But what are the consequences of the eurozone’s economic instability – and its large current account surplus – for the EU’s ability to act on the global stage? John Springford and Christian Odendahl discuss.

The highest hurdle to a UK-EU trade deal

26 February 2020
Financial Times
Four of the UK’s most knowledgeable minds on trade offer their thoughts on the chances of a deal. Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform: 6.5/10. It is possible to see a way through on most of the contentious issues. Once they are resolved there is actually much agreement between the EU and UK as to the nature of the final trade deal. The issue giving me cause for concern is that the day-one disruption at the border is similar if the desired free trade agreement is concluded, to if it isn’t, which reduces the political benefit to Boris of making concessions to the EU.

BBC PM: Trade deal conditions

25 February 2020
“If I had to bet money on it I would say there will be a simple deal on trade by the end of the year... but also there is a real risk evident of no deal at all,” Charles Grant, director of the CER discussed the prospect of UK-EU deal on the BBC PM show (from 35 mins).

Post-Brexit, Britain is going its own way. That way looks expensive

25 February 2020
The New York Times
“The real cost is lack of investment,” says Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, a research institution in London. “Food, manufacturing, cars, aerospace, chemicals will all have big problems.”