Press

Azarov, Shokin, Lutsenko: A trio that only certain foreign journalists find credible

04 October 2019
Kyiv Post
“If either Shokin or Lutsenko told me the sun was shining I would look out of the window to be sure,” Ian Bond, director of foreign policy at the Centre for European Reform, told the Kyiv Post. “Working for Yanukovych itself is a huge black mark against Azarov’s trustworthiness.”

EU elite stunned after bombshell French poll shows Macron losing to Le Pen for first time

04 October 2019
The Express
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, said: "The French think that they can act unilaterally without talking to everyone and get away with it, because they have a dynamic young leader with power and no one else does."

Sturgeon's EU experts warn of disastrous slump after no-deal

03 October 2019
The Times
Charles Grant, another standing council member, said that EU states would take their lead from Ireland, making a deal on Mr Johnson’s terms almost impossible.He said the EU was concerned a return to checks at the border would “endanger the peace process and possibly provoke terrorism, and also damage the integrity of the EU single market by encouraging fraud and smuggling”.

Customs (the one we knew about)

03 October 2019
Financial Times
The government's ideas for avoiding infrastructure by relying on yet-to-exist technology are still met with huge scepticism (Sam Lowe has done a brilliant mock-up of what it looks like, below). EU diplomats are quick to point out dangers of a porous border that will become a smuggler's paradise. Making it work means Brussels will have to effectively suspend its customs code. EU27 diplomats were told last night that the blueprint doesn't meet the three criteria needed to replace the backstop. 
 

Asking Hansa for help

03 October 2019
Financial Times
Christian Odendahl at the Centre for European Reform thinks Christine Lagarde's first task at the ECB will be to convince hawkish eurozone governments to start spending and to get Ursula von der Leyen to revamp the bloc's spending rule book. 

EU pledges restraint as US moves to add tariffs

03 October 2019
The Wall Street Journal
“I’m not convinced the U.S. is seeking an immediate settlement” on the WTO case, said Sam Lowe, a trade expert at the Centre for European Reform, a think tank. “This dispute, despite being legal, will spill over into the politics of the trade war.”

Boris Johnson's Brexit plan hits a wall in Brussels

03 October 2019
The New York Times
“On the parliamentary side, it is plausible that Boris Johnson could scrape a majority together,” said Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, a research organization. “But on the European Union side, it is not a workable deal.”

Boris Johnson's Brexit plan challenged in EU, Parliament

02 October 2019
Bloomberg
The compromise moves a step closer to a Northern Ireland-only backstop - something the European Union has long pushed for, said Sam Lowe, senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform. “If the DUP and the Conservatives now accept the principle of some kind of border in the Irish Sea, it could be possible to get them to go the rest of the way,” he said.

Radio 4 - Today Programme: Custom checks on the island of Ireland

02 October 2019
Charles Grant spoke to the Today Programme this morning about Boris Johnson's Brexit offer.

TOK FM: Dwóch kandydatów wykluczonych, kiepskie wystąpienie Wojciechowskiego - niefortunna Komisja Europejska

02 October 2019
Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska talks to TOK FM about the commissioners’ hearings.

Borrell's in-tray

02 October 2019
Financial Times
Ian Bond and Luigi Scazzieri at the Centre for European Reform advise the EU's incoming top diplomat, Josep Borrell, to ready his sharp elbows to fight off institutional rivalries over how to handle's the bloc's foreign policy: “If Borrell can see off attacks on his position and reinforce the institutional role of the HRVP, he can then turn to the difficult foreign policy dossiers that he will inherit. His two top, and interlinked, priorities should be the EU’s relations with the US and with China.”

Boris Johnson: 'I love Europe' and here is my plan to leave it

02 October 2019
The New York Times
“British Conservatives need to think more about Irish politics,” said Charles Grant, the director of the Centre for European Reform, a research group.

Leading Northern Irish business group slams 'unworkable' new Brexit proposals

01 October 2019
Yahoo Finance
Commenting on the proposals, Sam Lowe of the Centre for European Reform told Yahoo Finance UK: “If what is being reported is accurate – the UK is proposing to both create new infrastructure and impose new checks. Rather than engage constructively, the UK appears to be playing fast and loose with its obligations to Northern Ireland, and hoping that imposing checks 10 minutes away from the border instead of literally on it will make all of Britain’s problems go away. It is difficult to see the EU going along with this.“The viability of the proposals is also in doubt.”

Spectator podcast: Coffee House Shots: Live at Conservative Party Conference

01 October 2019
“It’s wrong to think Brussels is desperate to keep the British in the EU … most [EU] countries just want to get shot of the problem” Charles Grant, director of the CER tells The Spectator, live from Conservative Party Conference.

Choppy waters

01 October 2019
Financial Times
Sam Lowe at the Centre for European Reform warns of trouble ahead for Hogan and the EU’s drive to sign new trade deals in the face of a newly intransigent European Parliament and vociferous green lobby. 

Don't believe all the hype on freeports, says adviser

30 September 2019
The Times
Sam Lowe, of the Centre for European Reform, said that no-deal tariff plans — under which almost 90 per cent of imported products would not face duties — made it “difficult to see” what freeports would achieve.

How does the European Parliament confirm the incoming Commission?

30 September 2019
Euronews
"Knowing how the European Parliament works it’s almost inevitable that it will try to challenge one candidate," Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform told Euronews.

¿Están los nuevos líderes europeos preparados para la que les espera?

29 September 2019
El Periodico Internacional
El pasado mes de julio, tras una larguísima cumbre, los jefes de Estado y de Gobierno de la Unión Europea llegaron a un acuerdo para cubrir los cinco altos cargos que quedarían vacantes tras las elecciones al Parlamento Europeo.

La recesión económica es inminente y ningún país industrializado está preparado

29 September 2019
Publico
Christian Odendahl, economista del Centre for European Reform (CER), un instituto de investigación crítico pero defensor de la integración plena de la EU, admite que los socios comunitarios -y en especial, los monetarios- han reforzado sus herramientas tanto fiscales como monetarias, pero volverán a tener un “uso limitado”. En su opinión, y ante los vientos de recesión que llegan a Europa, se necesita reacciones “tempranas, arriesgadas y agresivas” si no quiere “sufrir una crisis política” que puede acabar con su propia existencia.

Dominic Cummings: do not be surprised by Brexit anger

Sir John Major
27 September 2019
The Irish Times
Former prime minister John Major, who has condemned Johnson’s pugilistic approach to politics, has warned on that the government may still try to use “political chicanery” to bypass the order for a delay. Major has warned that 10 Downing Street’s current incumbent could seek to subvert the Hilary Benn act, which requires the prime minister to seek an extension to the Brexit withdrawal date beyond October 31st if a withdrawal agreement has not been ratified by then.