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UK 'Ireland-specific' Brexit plan meets Brussels skepticism

12 September 2019
Politico
Sam Lowe, a trade expert with the Centre for European Reform think tank, warned that moving customs checks was not a magic solution. "You have to police businesses that don’t play by the rules. That’s still quite disruptive and risks to undermine the peace process and disrupt the all-Ireland economy," he said.

EU caves to populists: Von Der Leyen condemned over EU roles - ‘Not a good start!’

12 September 2019
The Express
Camino Mortera-Martinez, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, said fears of a eurosceptic takeover of EU institutions never materialised after last May’s elections. But she warned they had made their presence in Brussels felt by pressurising bosses to create the new EU Commission, led by center-right politician Ursula von der Leyen, through a process of elimination.

New Commission bows to the populists

12 September 2019
Politico
New power structure shows populist rhetoric has infiltrated EU executive.

BBC Radio 4 - PM: Deal or no deal with the EU

12 September 2019
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform spoke to PM about the chances of a Brexit deal (from 07.00 mins).

Will Boris Johnson solve Irish border issue in Brexit talks?

12 September 2019
Financial Times
Sam Lowe of the Centre for European Reform said: “If I was Boris Johnson, I’d ditch the DUP for a Northern Ireland-only backstop. I think his party could live with it.”

ELIAMEP 15th European Seminar: Interview, Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska

12 September 2019
Interview with Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for European Reform (CER) in the margins of the 15th European Seminar of ELIAMEP (12-14 Semptember 2019).

The economic policy at the heart of Europe is creaking

12 September 2019
The Economist
“The single market is not a project people can get behind,” says Christian Odendahl of the Centre for European Reform. “It isn’t a vote-winner.”

Brexit LIVE: EU 'impressed with Johnson' and could 'scrap backstop' - Major breakthrough

12 September 2019
The Express
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, said: “A deal between EU and UK is more likely than I had thought - my conclusion after 2 days of meetings with EU, member-state and UK officials.”He added Boris Johnson has made "quite a good impression" with Brussels chiefs.

Boris Johnson claims his team has 'rough outline' of a Brexit deal amid claims of 'growing optimism' in Brussels

12 September 2019
The Daily Mail
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform think-tank, said there was growing optimism in Brussels that a deal was possible on the backstop – the controversial measure designed to prevent the re-emergence of a hard border across Ireland. Mr Grant said officials were indicating a deal was ‘more likely than I thought’. He added: ‘Senior figures on the EU side say they can scrap the backstop as long as alternatives deliver on protecting the single market and the Good Friday Agreement.

Barnier rejects Brexit extension without 'concrete' proposals

12 September 2019
City A.M
The Centre for European Reform’s director Charles Grant has tweeted a lengthy thread suggesting that EU officials are onboard with this in theory.“France, Germany, Commission could go along with this, but only if UK produces serious proposals, which it has not yet done. It would have to accept role for ECJ,” he wrote. “The other member-states do not want to put pressure on Ireland. But if the UK gets serious about a deal and shows flexibility, there would be gentle encouragement for Dublin to accept something almost equivalent to backstop.”

The 'Boris Bridge'? PM puts price tag on 'very good' idea

12 September 2019
City A.M
A 22-mile bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland would not be impossible – the longest bridge in the world, the Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge in China, is over 102 miles long.But trade expert and senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform think tank Sam Lowe told City A.M. it was unlikely to solve any Brexit-related issues.“It remains unclear why putting a customs border in the middle of a bridge running over the Irish Sea is more palatable to the DUP than a customs border in it,” he said.

Brexit deal is possible, says Centre for European Reform's Grant

12 September 2019
Reuters
A Brexit deal between the European Union and the United Kingdom is possible, the head of the Centre for European Reform think tank, Charles Grant, said on Thursday. “A deal between EU and UK is more likely than I had thought - my conclusion,” Grant said on Twitter.

This is an arms race

11 September 2019
Financial Times
A new report from the Centre for European Reform says the EU’s uncoordinated arms exports are undermining the bloc’s attempts to unite on foreign policy.

Ursulas udfordringer: Er Europas nye topchef i gang med at love for meget?

11 September 2019
Altinget
”Hun er åbenlyst meget ambitiøs på EU’s vegne. Måske for ambitiøs til, at hun kan få alle medlemslandene med,” siger seniorforsker Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, der er ekspert i de europæiske institutioner ved tænketanken Centre for European Reform (CER):

CER podcast: Negotiations after no-deal Brexit

11 September 2019
John Springford deciphers what has been happening in Westminster over the past week, and talks to Beth Oppenheim about what this means for the chances of a no-deal Brexit.

There's too much negativity about negative rates

10 September 2019
The Wall Street Journal
“It’s a general problem of bank profitability, and now they [the banks] can find someone — the ECB — to blame,” says Christian Odendahl, chief economist at the Centre for European Reform.

Brussels braced for EU trade and tech battles with US

10 September 2019
Financial Times
Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, of the Centre for European Reform in Brussels, said: “The role of the executive vice-president gives Vestager extra clout in tough conversations with the US and in China but also with EU’s own member-states, which failed so far to speak with one voice on what Europe’s strategy should be.”

Silicon Valley's worst nightmare? Vestager is back as EC competition chief and more powerful than ever

10 September 2019
The Telegraph
Camino Mortera-Martinez, senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, says the decision to couple competition law and digital issues for the first time is important. "Digital stands for everything, from security, to jobs, to the economy and civil rights," she explains. "By tying it to competition law, which has been used as a geopolitical tool, you risk alienating the partners that you need to work closely together with you.”

Zusammen raufen

10 September 2019
DGAP - IP-Die Zeitschrift
Ursula von der Leyen will „energisch auf eine Verteidigungsunion hinarbeiten“. Ohne eine europäische Waffenexportpolitik wird das schwierig

WDR: Schwarze Null schadet international

10 September 2019
Nicht nur der Investitionsbedarf in Deutschland spricht für einen Abschied von der „schwarzen Null“ meint Christian Odendahl vom Centre for European Reform: Auch die Weltwirtschaft und Deutschlands Ansehen könnten profitieren.