Press

Boris Johnson's love-hate relationship with Brussels over half a century as Prime Minister prepares for crunch EU summit

11 October 2019
iNews
Charles Grant, a fellow member of the Brussels press pack who now runs the Centre for European Reform, tells i that Mr Johnson was considered more a figure of fun than a threat to the European establishment. “He was cheerful and he was funny,” Mr Grant says. “People thought he was pretending to be eurosceptic because of his career. Nobody thought he was going to become prime minister! His prime purpose was to entertain - and to get on the front page of the Telegraph.”

Britain and EU step up last-ditch Brexit talks

11 October 2019
The New York Times
“The EU want a deal,” said Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, a research institute based in London. “They have a lot on their plate: a new commission; the possible resurfacing of a eurozone crisis; the migration crisis, which threatens to rear its ugly head again; the trade wars with Trump’s America.”

Commission takes Poland to court on eve of election

11 October 2019
EU Observer
"If PiS wins a parliamentary majority in both houses of parliament, it would probably attempt to further undermine democratic checks and balances. For example, PiS wants to make it easier for the government to lift the immunity of judges," Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, wrote in a recent analysis.

La ofensiva mediática de Londres suscita dudas sobre sus intenciones ante el Brexit

10 October 2019
France 24
En opinión de Charles Grant, director del instituto de reflexión Centre for European Reform, el uso de este tono beligerante es un error."Hacer este tipo de amenazas vacías no es realmente una forma de conseguir lo que se quiere en la UE", afirma.

No escaping an arms export policy

10 October 2019
Berlin Policy Journal
Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen is “enthusiastically working toward a defense union.” Without a co-ordinated stance on European arms exports, this could prove difficult. 

European Parliament, flexing muscle, rejects France's Commission nominee

10 October 2019
The New York Times
Camino Mortera-Martinez, a researcher at the London-based Centre for European Reform, said, “The Parliament never misses an opportunity to flex its muscle, but it was a misstep by Macron to put forward a candidate that he didn’t think was OK to be in his own government.”

CER podcast: Von der Leyen's carbon border tax

09 October 2019
Sam Lowe talks to Beth Oppenheim about the incoming Commission President Ursula von der Leyen's proposal for a carbon border tax. How could it work and what are the risks?

BBC News: World update - Brexit deal, highly unlikely

09 October 2019
Charles Grant, director of the CER spoke to BBC World update this morning about the current Brexit negotiations (from 35.00 mins).

No-deal tariffs shake-up as ministers gear up for 'do or die' Brexit

08 October 2019
The Telegraph
Sam Lowe, a trade expert at the Centre for European Reform, described the no-deal tariff plans as a “quite an extensive unilateral liberalisation” in order to keep prices low. It would make post-Brexit Britain one of the most open countries in the world.

Brexit: Experts divided over Irish border plan

08 October 2019
BBC News
Sam Lowe, from the pro-EU Centre for European Reform, said the plan was not appropriate for a post-conflict region. The experts were addressing MPs sitting on Westminster's Home Affairs Committee on Tuesday. Mr Lowe said he "admires the honesty" of the government finally admitting that Northern Ireland would have to continue to align with some EU rules to prevent a harder border.

Odds of a Brexit deal fade as Boris Johnson and Angela Merkel clash

08 October 2019
The New York Times
To Charles Grant, the director of the Centre for European Reform, a research institute, it is all about constructing a narrative of “the people versus the elite.”“They understand theater in Downing Street,” Mr Grant said, “and the theater of ‘the people’s Boris’ being pushed around by out-of-touch judges and other European Council leaders, suits his narrative.”

Parliament Live: Home Office preparations for Brexit

08 October 2019
Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, along with Dr Anna Jerzewska, Customs and Trade Consultant gave their thoughts on the Home Office preparations for Brexit.

PARLIAMENT LIVE: Scrutiny of Brexit negotiations

08 October 2019
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform along with Victoria Hewson, Head of Regulatory Affairs and Research Associate, Institute of Economic Affairs discussed the Government’s proposal for an amended Ireland/Northern Ireland protocol.

There's no chance fibber Johnson will 'get Brexit done' by end of January

07 October 2019
The Times
Yet even if he [Johnson] agreed to a free trade agreement on these terms, it would still create a lot more trade friction than presently exists, warns Sam Lowe, a trade expert, in a new paper for the Centre for European Reform.

Border carbon adjustment: how to get it right

07 October 2019
Borderlex
The Centre for European Reform’s Sam Lowe explains how the European Union could go about making a border carbon tax compatible with multilateral trade rules while keeping costs under control.

Las cicatrices de la crisis amplían la brecha entre regiones ricas y pobres en España y la UE

07 October 2019
El Pais
Según un artículo del think tank independiente Centre for European Reform, las regiones más productivas ya no son exclusivamente aquellas donde la industria tiene mayor peso. La receta del éxito tiene otros ingredientes: una posición geográfica próxima a ciudades exitosas o un elevado porcentaje de trabajadores jóvenes y con estudios superiores.

Judy Asks: Is post-1989 Europe building walls?

07 October 2019
Carnegie Europe
Post-1989 Europe is building walls, but not of the Cold War kind. Then, repressive Communist regimes knew that if they gave their people a choice most would immediately move to the West, so they kept them in with walls.

The best and brightest? Not always for EU leadership jobs

06 October 2019
The New York Times
“Sometimes it is a way to reward an ally,” said Agata Gostynska-Jakubowska, a senior researcher with the London-based organization Centre for European Reform. “Or it might be a way to send a competitor away for at least five years. Smaller states increasingly send real heavyweights, like former prime ministers.”
Sylvie Goulard

Cuando Bruselas se cree Washington: los exámenes del Parlamento Europeo a la Comisión

06 October 2019
El Pais
Una vez cada cinco años, Bruselas se cree Washington y periodistas, asesores políticos y expertos de todo tipo dejan todo lo que están haciendo para seguir, con mayor o menor entusiasmo, las audiencias del Parlamento Europeo a los comisarios propuestos por los estados miembros.

Battle to burst Boris Johnson's Brexit bubble

06 October 2019
The Sunday Times
Charles Grant, of the Centre for European Reform, said: “EU officials have looked ahead to see what damage an uncooperative UK could do. The answer: not much before June, when the EU must agree on the next seven years of budgets, which requires unanimity.”