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City of London braces for a post-Brexit squeeze

21 January 2020
The Wall Street Journal
“The long-term trend for the EU is to ensure that activity happens inside its borders rather than offshore,” said Sam Lowe, senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform.

Farmers demand law to ensure chlorinated chicken is banned

18 January 2020
The Times
Sam Lowe, of the Centre for European Reform, said that a key question was whether Britain ensured that its regulations remained aligned with the EU to continue trading “relatively freely” or moved towards America. “The broader issue here [with chlorinated chicken] isn’t whether it’s safe or not,” he said. “It’s about our farmers’ future trade with the EU.”

Boris Johnson expected to open trade talks with US before negotiating with the EU

17 January 2020
The Telegraph
Sam Lowe, a trade expert at the Centre for European Reform think-tank, said that if Mr Johnson pushed the button on US-UK talks, it would not pre-determine the outcome. “Staging a big ‘kick-off’ moment is an easy political win for both Johnson and Trump. But it would not surprise me if the UK decides not to publish its objectives, which would require it to publicise exactly what it wants from a deal with the US,” he added.

Europe's gamble: Can it save Iran deal by threatening to kill it?

16 January 2020
The New York Times
It is hard to see those around Mr. Trump, who have opposed the nuclear deal and supported his maximum pressure campaign, granting Iran any concession to get talks started, said Ian Bond, director of foreign policy at the Centre for European Reform.

Quotation of the day: Europe gambles it can save nuclear deal with threat to kill it

15 January 2020
The New York Times
“If you have nuclear weapons you can get love letters from the president, and if you don’t, your generals can get killed.”IAN BOND, the director of foreign policy at the Centre for European Reform, on why he believes Iran will accelerate its nuclear program.

EU sticking to tried and tested approach to Brexit talks

15 January 2020
Encompass
Boris Johnson, fresh from a resounding election victory, is determined to avoid extending the post-Brexit transition period and agree a new partnership with the European Union by the end of the year.

CER podcast: Can Europe overcome its paralysis on Palestine?

15 January 2020
The EU has struggled to take decisive action on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Demography could be yet another force for divergence within the EU

11 January 2020
The Economist
Research by the Centre for European Reform suggests that less successful places tend to be older and less productive. The EU has a pot of money to ensure “cohesion”, but it is small and less equipped than national budgets to redistribute from winners to losers.

Meanwhile in US talks

10 January 2020
Politico London Playbook
Sam Lowe, Twitter trade expert and Centre for European Reform senior research fellow, says such a stance makes the chances of concluding a comprehensive free-trade agreement with the US in the near future very low. He suggests the UK government should launch a review and turn the whole thing into a process. Sounds very Yes Minister.

Boris Johnson faces his own Iranian nightmare

07 January 2020
Bloomberg
“The problem for the UK now is that it doesn’t want to be isolated,” says Ian Bond, a former British diplomat who’s director of foreign policy at the Centre for European Reform. “In economic terms, Boris Johnson is looking for a quick something that he can announce on trade with Trump, even if it would be meaningless and there will be a lot of problematic areas. If he offends Trump he’s less likely to get it.”

Brexit is nearly done, but don't expect an easy ride on trade. The EU is terrified of regulatory divergence

07 January 2020
The Telegraph
But equally, says Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, the EU is terrified of granting favoured access to its markets without any kind of commitment to stay true to European standards and regulations.

Decisive UK election result cheers companies: PMIs

06 January 2020
Reuters
“I would be surprised if optimism is sustained, unless Boris Johnson extends (the) transition (or) finds ways to deepen the trade agreement,” John Springford, deputy director at the Centre for European Reform think-tank, said of the PMI.

‘A more dangerous world’: US killing of Iran's Soleimani stokes fears of regional conflict

03 January 2020
France 24
As Ian Bond, the director of foreign policy at the London-based Centre for European Reform, argued in a Twitter post, targeting non-state terrorists such as al Qaeda’s Osama bin Laden or the Islamic State (IS) group’s Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is “very different from killing a senior official of an internationally-recognised state”. The brazen strike marked a “big escalation by Trump, & a lawless step that increases risk to US & allies,” Bond added.

UK at risk after Iran General Qasem Soleimani is killed by US airstrike, experts warn

03 January 2020
The Evening Standard
Ian Bond, foreign policy director at the Centre for European Reform, said on Twitter the airstrike was a "big escalation" by Mr Trump. He added: "No doubt #Soleimani was very bad actor, with much blood on his hands. "But killing non-state terrorists eg [al-Qaida founder Osama] bin Laden or [so-called Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-] Baghdadi very different from killing senior official of internationally-recognised state.

US killing of Iran’s top commander unnerves allies, dims hopes Iran nuclear deal can be saved

03 January 2020
The Washington Post
Major additional Iranian violations of the deal “would push the Europeans, whether they like it or not, towards a harder stance on Iran, which might ultimately lead to more alignment with Washington,” said Luigi Scazzieri, a research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, a London-based think-tank.

UK braced for fall out as Iranians vow 'severe revenge' for drone killing

03 January 2020
The Scotsman
Middle East experts also warned of retaliations following the US strike. Ian Bond, foreign policy director at the Centre for European Reform, called the air strike a “big escalation” by Mr Trump and a “a lawless step that increases risk to US and allies”.

Das Ende der deutschen Illusion

29 December 2019
Die Welt
"Dass für die Deutschen das Militär als ein Instrument der Außenpolitik eine untergeordnete Rolle spielt, weist auf eine fortlaufend geringe Bedrohungswahrnehmung hin", sagt Sophie Besch, Verteidigungsexpertin am Centre for European Reform. Zugleich sei dies ein Beweis für "ein implizites Vertrauen, dass Deutschlands Partner - vor allem in der Nato - militärisch für die deutsche Sicherheit einstehen”. 

EU bid to delay trade talks: Fury as Brussels seeks to hinder PM's Brexit drive

27 December 2019
The Express
Sam Lowe, of the Centre for European Reform think-tank, said he also expected the EU to try to press the UK into agreeing a treaty allowing European access to British fishing waters by next July. 

Blocked in US, Huawei touts 'shared values' to compete in Europe

27 December 2019
The New York Times
“There is a fear that if you take what potentially are quite expensive decisions with regards to 5G because the Americans have told you that they are a security problem, and then President Trump gets a trade deal with China and suddenly Huawei is all O.K. again, then you’ll feel like the earth has moved under your feet,” said Ian Bond, director of foreign policy at the Centre for European Reform, a policy group in London.

Brussels threat to block City trade unless UK agrees to Europe's rules

26 December 2019
The Times
“As we’ve seen with the EU’s discussions with the Swiss, the decision as to whether to grant equivalence or adequacy rulings is not a purely technical one and is inherently political,” Sam Lowe, senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, said.