Press

Brexit's no quick fix for higher wages and better skills

06 October 2021
The Independent
"It’s also not necessarily low skilled. It can be about soft skills, knowing how to engage with someone in emotional distress, being a good communicator,” says John Springford, deputy director of the Centre for European Reform, a think-tank. “Having a lot of low skilled migrants coming into a sector like social might depress wages slightly but it might also dramatically improve older people’s experience of care.”

Merkel continuity leaves the European project as unworkable as ever

30 September 2021
The Telegraph
Christian Odendahl from the Centre for European Reform says a "traffic light" coalition of Greens and Liberals under Mr Scholz could agree on a “€500bn climate transition fund” for public and private investment that finesses German debt curbs and is anchored on Mittelstand family firms. This in turn could be the model for softer EU rules exempting green investment from spending caps.

Brexit briefing: The opposition realised this week it cannot upset voters with talk

30 September 2021
Financial Times
Which leads to the third reason for Labour’s reticence on Brexit — that it still doesn’t have any clear ideas about how it wants, as Starmer put it, to “fix the holes” in the TCA.  This much was clear at a fringe event held by the Centre for European Reform featuring Lisa Nandy, the shadow foreign secretary, Jenny Chapman who shadows Frost in the Lords and Hilary Benn, the former Brexit select committee chair.

Judy Asks: Can Germany provide leadership to Europe?

30 September 2021
Carnegie Europe
Yes, it can. The last decade of crises has left Europe with a long to-do list, and two major issues have started to overshadow the German policy debate: climate change and the new - for Berlin, anyway - geopolitical challenges.

Ask CER - Episode 1: EU integration, democratic backsliding & UK financial services regulation

29 September 2021
You asked, we answered: introducing the first episode of our new ‘Ask CER’ podcast series.

Labour thinks Boris Johnson might trigger article 16 to distract from fuel and food shortages

28 September 2021
Politics Home
Baroness Jenny Chapman, who leads on Brexit for Labour in the House of Lords, said she worried the government will be tempted to suspend parts of the protocol, triggering a new diplomatic row with Brussels and plunging Northern Ireland into greater uncertainty, to divert attention from ongoing reports of labour shortages and everyday items like food and petrol running out. "The government is in a really sticky situation at the moment and it’s not enjoying the headlines about people queueing at petrol stations," she told a fringe event hosted by the Centre for European Reform at Labour's conference in Brighton.

DW News: Post-Merkel foreign policy

28 September 2021
Sophie Besch, as senior research fellow at the CER spoke to DW news about Germany's role in the world, how Germany chooses to handle China, Russia and its relationship with the US is likely to vary from coalition to coalition.

After Merkel, the CDU surveys the wreckage

27 September 2021
Financial Times
“It is smart and it shows the seriousness of those parties after the experience of 2017 when talks between the Greens and Free Democrats collapsed,” says Christian Odendahl of the Centre for European Reform in Berlin.

Europe sees fuel crisis as result of Brexit and has no plans to ‘help the UK out of the s**t they created’

Sam Lowe
27 September 2021
iNews
“Things happen for many reasons, often at the same time,” says Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow of the Centre for European Reform think tank in London. “But it would be weird if the UK putting up significant barriers to trade with its most important trading partner had no impact whatsoever. I mean, we’d have to rethink every single thing we think we know about the benefits of free trade.”

El adiós de Merkel deja a Alemania y a la UE ante un desafío inédito

26 September 2021
El Pais
A la hora de evaluar el legado merkeliano, Christian Odendahl, economista jefe del Centre for European Reform, se detiene en la crisis del euro, con la que Alemania abrió profundas fisuras en la Unión enarbolando la bandera de una austeridad que regó de cadáveres laborales y sociales el continente y lastró a economías del sur como la española.

RTE: Merkel's tenure

25 September 2021
Christian Odendahl spoke to RTE about how much of Angela Merkel's tenure has been characterised by crisis management, leaving little room at times to address other issues.

Bloomberg: CDU narrows gap ahead of election

24 September 2021
Christian Odendahl argues that German discussions on fiscal rules will influence the European debate, particularly in terms of climate. He says the current gas crisis illustrates how carbon pricing alone isn’t enough to fight climate change - you need higher investment.

El miedo a perder a Merkel

24 September 2021
El Periodico
Ha sido la líder de Alemania durante unos años en los que los intereses de su país y los de la Unión Europea han sido prácticamente los mismos.

Post-Brexit roaming

24 September 2021
Financial Times
With the end of free roaming charges after Brexit, the cost of phone bills when travelling in Europe is only going to increase for UK consumers, writes the Centre for European Reform in this

The cause of our food and petrol shortages is Brexit – yet no one dares name it

Sam Lowe
24 September 2021
The Guardian
As Sam Lowe, trade sage at the Centre for European Reform, puts it drily: “We did make a big decision to differentiate ourselves from our neighbours.”

Boris Johnson cuts a colorful swath in US, but to what end?

Sam Lowe
23 September 2021
The New York Times
“Everything that makes a bilateral agreement difficult makes U.S.M.C.A. difficult,” said Sam Lowe, an expert on trade at the Centre for European Reform, a research institute in London. “We’d still be talking about chlorinated chicken,” he added, referring to disputes over access for chemically treated American food.

There’s one big problem for Britain-Germany relations … Northern Ireland

23 September 2021
Politico
“Every German chancellor of any coalition would say, ‘let’s fix this Brexit and trade issue and come to a stable and trustworthy relationship and then we can talk,’" said Christian Odendahl, chief economist at the Centre for European Reform think tank. "So the best the UK can do to improve the relationship with Germany is to fix the conflict with the EU over the Northern Ireland protocol.”“If anything, Brexit has reinforced the tendency of German parties to agree on the EU, because Britain’s exit has meant that Germany is even more in the position of compromise seeker,” he added.

‘Lots to offer’ Brexit Britain holds trump card over Germany in key leverage power play

23 September 2021
The Express
Christian Odendahl, chief economist at the Centre for European Reform think tank, said Britain can offer Germany security from neighbouring threats. He believes the increasing assertiveness of Russia, China and Turkey offers an opportunity for an improved relationship between Britain and Germany.

UK pins hope on joining US, Mexico and Canada trade pact

Sam Lowe
22 September 2021
Financial Times
Sam Lowe, research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, said that it would be “quite an occasion” if Britain were to join USMCA, even though he was sceptical that it would happen. “You would have all the issues with a bilateral US relationship — they don’t go away,” he said. “But from an economic point of view a deal would not be negligible.”

What Germany’s election means for the country’s debt debate

21 September 2021
Financial Times
“The perception that public debt is an issue has changed quite a bit in the past five years,” said Christian Odendahl, chief economist at the Centre for European Reform in Berlin. “The orthodox view of the eurozone debt crisis is shifting and now there is a more progressive approach to climate change.”