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Noah Gordon
24 September 2019
Financial Times
Noah Gordon at the Centre for European Reform writes persuasively on why EU leaders should ramp up their 2030 carbon emissions target from a 40 per cent reduction on the 1990 level to closer to 60 per cent. 
Ursula von der Leyen

Boosting the role of national parliaments in EU democracy

24 September 2019
Carnegie Europe
Getting national legislators more involved in EU affairs could help the European Parliament boost its legitimacy in the eyes of voters.

Brexit: la suspension du Parlement britannique jugée illégale

24 September 2019
Le Point
Pour Charles Grant, directeur du think tank Centre for European Reform, personne ne connaît les intentions réelles du Premier ministre. Reste que ses interventions musclées et les commentaires de son entourage indiquent que sa voie préférée reste une sortie au 31 octobre « quoi qu'il arrive ».

CER podcast: Meet the new European Commission

24 September 2019
Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska talks to Sophia Besch about the new European Commission. Who are Ursula von der Leyen's new commissioners – and what happens next?

En cas de « no deal » sur le Brexit, l’apocalypse n’aura pas lieu

24 September 2019
Le Monde
Même les experts pro-européens le reconnaissent. C’est le cas de Sam Lowe, un spécialiste des relations commerciales au Centre for European Reform, un groupe de réflexion. « En cas de “no deal”, les opposants au Brexit vont subir un contrecoup. Ce ne sera pas l’apocalypse. On trouvera à manger. »

Johnson seeks to woo US business with low-tax vision

23 September 2019
Financial Times
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, a think-tank, has warned the threat of future regulatory divergence between Britain and the EU could complicate the immediate task of brokering a Brexit deal, including arrangements to avoid the return to hard Irish border.“Johnson says he wants a minimal, Canada-style free trade agreement, with pronounced regulatory divergence from the 27 [other EU member states],” Mr Grant wrote.“That would increase the regulatory gap between Ireland and the UK, thus making the EU even keener to maintain some sort of . . . way of avoiding the need for controls on or near the Irish border.”

Berlin unveils climate package as hundreds of thousands take to the streets

20 September 2019
The Wall Street Journal
“This is economic madness and at the same time, expected. The balanced budget has such a high political significance that no one dares to go against it. Not even for the climate, at a time of negative interest rates,” said Christian Odendahl, chief economist at the Centre for European Reform, a think tank.

Nicht zu beneiden

20 September 2019
Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft
Christine Lagarde steht als neue Chefin der EZB vor gewaltigen Herausforderungen. Ohne Hilfe aus Berlin wird es nicht gehen.

Channel 4 podcast: Politics: Where Next? - How likely is a Brexit deal?

20 September 2019
Deal or No Deal? Boris Johnson's search for a Brexit deal has intensified. 

Japan trade accord becomes post-Brexit priority for UK

20 September 2019
Financial Times
Sam Lowe, a trade expert at the Centre for European Reform, a think-tank, said the UK’s new commitment to try and get a fully-fledged FTA with Japan made sense. “Until now the UK has been talking up the need to secure FTAs with Australia and New Zealand but Japan is a much bigger economy and matters a lot more,” he said.“Politically, it’s also important for the UK to show Japan that it’s a top priority in trade relations. The Japanese are furious over Brexit and see it as a betrayal of trust after decades of Japanese investment in the UK economy.”

EU's new boss, invoking 'European way of life,' sparks partisan brawl

19 September 2019
The Wall Street Journal
Given that she was appointed with the support of conservative governments in central and Eastern Europe, Mrs. von der Leyen made a conscious decision to alienate left-wing rather than right-wing politicians, said Camino Mortera-Martinez, a senior research fellow with the Centre for European Reform, a London-based think tank.“She’s much less a compromise figure than people thought,” Ms. Mortera-Martinez said.

Channel 4 News: Battle of Conservative prime ministers in Parliament suspension case

19 September 2019
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform spoke to Gary Gibbon about the ongoing Brexit discussions between Brussels and the UK 'the British need to make a serious offer'.

German 'black zero' budget faces €40bn green challenge

19 September 2019
Financial Times
“The problem with the debt brake is it incentivises politicians to find clever ways around it,” said Christian Odendahl, chief economist at the Centre for European Reform.
Children, rubble school Yemen

Europe is at war over arms exports

18 September 2019
Foreign Policy
The EU must start enforcing its export controls, or else risk making conflicts around the world even worse.

EU doubts over Boris Johnson's plan

18 September 2019
Financial Times
Sam Lowe of the Centre for European Reform believes there is time to get a deal agreed by the October 17 summit. “The EU has already proposed the kind of relationship that Mr Johnson is aiming for. It is the initial proposal they put forward for a Northern Ireland-only backstop. If there is to be a deal, that’s what would have to be on the table,” he says.

Tok FM: Sąd Najwyższy Wielkiej Brytanii sprawdza, czy Boris Johnson złamał prawo

17 September 2019
Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform spoke to Tok FM about the Supreme Court’s case concerning prorogation.

LBC: Boris Johnson stalling

16 September 2019
Ian Bond, director of foreign policy at the Centre for European Reform spoke to Eamonn Holmes about Boris Johnson's meeting with Jean-Claude Juncker today.

'Watered down' Northern Ireland backstop raises deal hopes

15 September 2019
The Sunday Times
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, nevertheless believes Johnson could benefit from a change of mood in Paris and Berlin following positive visits to both cities last month. But he warns this could take time to permeate through to Barnier’s team in Brussels. “There seems to be some difference of emphasis between the national capitals, which are more optimistic and believe Boris may well be serious about getting a deal, and the officials based in Brussels, who have experienced Frost’s hard red lines and uncompromising stance and are more sceptical that a deal is feasible,” Grant said.

Wyniki wyborów parlamentarnych 2019. Zagraniczne media: kolejne cztery lata Kaczyńskiego

13 September 2019
Wiadomosci
Gazeta cytuje też Agatę Gostyńską-Jakubowską, analityczkę europejskiego think-tanku Centre for European Reform. Ekspertka przewiduje, że choć spór Polski z Brukselą nadal będzie się toczył, to partia nie będzie ryzykowała zaognienia konfliktu, głównie z uwagi na przyszłoroczne wybory prezydenckie.

DUP opens door to new Brexit deal for Boris Johnson

13 September 2019
The Times
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, said that a deal by October 31 was now “more likely than I had thought”.