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Europe and the Gaza war

Europe and the Gaza war

07 February 2024
Encompass
Europeans have struggled to form a coherent response to the Israel-Hamas conflict that erupted after Hamas’ brutal attacks on October 7th.

Le Brexit, nouvel angle d’attaque du gouvernement contre le Rassemblement national

07 February 2024
EurActiv
« Toute personne s’intéressant un tant soit peu aux questions économiques ne peut nier un effet négatif du Brexit sur l’économie britannique », analyse John Springford pour Euractiv.

Competition between Google and Apple will soon intensify thanks to a new EU law

07 February 2024
Tech News Space
Zach Meyers, assistant director of the Centre for European Reform, believes the new law “goes to the heart of Apple’s philosophy, its approach to security and its business model. Unlike Google, Apple doesn’t have many obvious advantages or capabilities.”

France's Attal: You want 'Frexit'? Look at Brexit!

07 February 2024
EurActiv
“Nobody that’s really serious about economics can say there hasn’t been a negative effect on the UK economy [post-Brexit],” John Springford, Associate Fellow at the Centre for European Reform (CER), a think-tank, told Euractiv.
He cites the devaluation of the pound minutes after the vote, the slowing of GDP from 2017 on, net EU immigration numbers falling from 2018 and the hit on EU imports following the country’s withdrawal from the Single Market starting in 2019.

Apple wants to know what developers really think about its App Store changes. It may regret asking.

05 February 2024
Business Insider
Zach Meyers, assistant director at the Centre for European Reform, described the consultations on offer as a "positive sign" that signals some "problematic" (ie fee related)  aspects of the new App Store regime might be revisited.

União Europeia de Defesa: o regresso de uma velha ideia

04 February 2024
Publico
Um interessante estudo do Centre for European Reform, um think-tank com sede em Londres, sobre o estado da defesa europeia consegue dar-nos um retrato amplo e convincente sobre as (poucas) forças e as (muitas) fraquezas de uma realidade que passou a estar no topo das preocupações dos governos europeus desde a invasão russa da Ucrânia, a 24 de Fevereiro de 2022. Da autoria de Luigi Scazzieri, parte de uma pergunta simples: “Can European defence take off?”

In shadow of Trump, Putin and Orbán, EU struggles to get its act together on Ukraine

01 February 2024
Politico
“The underlying question is: what does Orbán really want?” said Sander Tordoir of the Centre for European Reform. “Does he want money? Or does he have bigger political goals to disrupt the EU, for example to please Putin?”
Europe must be ready for Trump 2025

Europe must be ready for Trump 2025

01 February 2024
Yorkshire Bylines
Donald Trump is not guaranteed to win the US presidential election in November 2024, but he has a much better chance than any man facing 91 criminal charges and four trials has a right to expect.

Four years of denial have left the UK in chaos

31 January 2024
The New European
Post-pandemic, the UK remains the only major rich economy that is smaller than it was beforehand. Another report by the Centre for European Reform revealed that the UK’s goods trade is 7% lower, and investment 11% lower than it would have been had the Remain campaign won in 2016.

Brexit: where we are four years on

31 January 2024
The Week
Taken together, said John Springford of the Centre for European Reform think-tank, the missed growth in goods and services trade account for "about a £23 billion quarterly hit" to UK exports,  which is consistent with a GDP reduction of 4%-5% compared to a Britain that had remained.

With Hungary blocking Ukraine aid, EU desperate for workarounds

Camino Mortera-Martinez
31 January 2024
The Washington Post
“I don’t believe Article 7, with the current conversation that we have, is actually realistic,” said Camino Mortera-Martinez, who leads the Brussels office at the Centre for European Reform.
“You have to be very careful with the kind of things that you do to one member state,” she added, “(a) because of the backlash, and (b) because it has to be effective.”

EU cuts climate and foreign aid to finance war, borders

31 January 2024
EU Observer
The so-called 'sovereignty fund', which was initially announced as a means to counter the €720bn in energy and climate finance under the US Inflation Reduction Act, has been slashed to a €1.5bn financing tool mainly for the procurement of ammunition, later described on social media by Sander Tordoir, a senior economist at the Centre for European Reform as a "Micky Mouse budget."

EU set for crucial summit on Ukraine aid as Hungary accuses bloc of 'blackmail'

31 January 2024
Voice of America
The EU financial assistance is vital for Kyiv, said Luigi Scazzieri with the Centre for European Reform. “That’s essentially budget support that Ukraine needs to stay in the war and to stay solvent. But it doesn’t aim to increase its military capacity. There is a separate budget line for that — that is also being held up by Hungary — and that will be discussed, as well. And that is a 5 billion [euro] top-up to a common fund that the EU has to supply weapons to Ukraine,” he told VOA.
CER Podcast: Europe's defence production challenge

CER Podcast: Europe's defence production challenge

Luigi Scazzieri, Camille Grand
31 January 2024
Camille Grand and Luigi Scazzieri discuss European defence.
Alemania debe tomarse más en serio la desvinculación de la UE de China

Alemania debe tomarse más en serio la desvinculación de la UE de China

Sander Tordoir, Sebastian de Quant, Shahin Vallée
30 January 2024
El Pais
La considerable ventaja de Donald Trump en las encuestas sobre el presidente de Estados Unidos, Joe Biden, es un presagio de dolor económico para Europa, sobre todo para la mayor economía del continente.

How Brussels can precision-tune its instruments of trade conflict

29 January 2024
Financial Times
John Springford of the Centre for European Reform solves two paradoxes about how the UK’s trade performance apparently hasn’t suffered from Brexit the way you might have predicted.

Europe is heading for perilous waters, and its leaders are dozing at the tiller

27 January 2024
The Observer
Trump’s resurrection “would endanger European interests but Europe is not investing in mitigating the risks,” warned Ian Bond, of the Centre for European Reform. Defence, transatlantic economic relations and Trump’s disdain for the rules-based international order were looming problem areas.

Preparing Europe for Trump 2.0

27 January 2024
Financial Times
In this article for the Centre for European Reform think-tank, Ian Bond sets out some fairly drastic options for Europe if Trump were to pull the plug on Ukraine: "Nato and EU members that take defence seriously should be war-gaming not only how to save Ukraine, but how to respond to an attack on an EU or Nato member in the event that the US decided to remain aloof.

‘Very damaging’: ECB policy fuels fears for German economy

27 January 2024
EurActiv
Andresen’s comments were echoed by Sander Tordoir, a senior economist at the Centre for European Reform, who told Euractiv that “most of the data suggests that the ECB should cut aggressively and rather soon”, although he didn’t expect the ECB to actually cut rates “until April or June”.Tordoir also pointed to studies – including by the ECB itself – which suggest that inflation in the eurozone, unlike in the US, is largely supply- instead of demand-driven.

Trump 2.0 – Wie sich Europa auf ein Comeback des Ex-Präsidenten vorbereiten kann

26 January 2024
Handelsblatt
Die drei Ökonomen Shahin Vallee, Sebastian de Quant und Sander Tordoir fordern in einem Aufsatz noch etwas anderes: Dass Europa auch wegen eines unter Trump drohenden US-chinesischen Handelskriegs noch schneller wirtschaftlich unabhängiger von China werden müsse.