EU institutions & treaties

La probabilité d’une sortie de l’Union du Royaume-Uni a augmenté

02 July 2014
Challenges Fr
Interview avec Charles Grant, directeur du think-tank Centre for european reform, estime que le Royaume-Uni pourrait quitter l'Union européenne.

Cameron is not the only leader who should fear a British exit

26 June 2014
Financial Times
The British leader has time to prevent a calamity of his own making. Unless David Cameron changes course, the prime minister’s plans to reform the EU and persuade the British to vote to stay in it seem likely to fail.

Juncker als Kommissionspräsident: Gefährlicher Griff nach der Macht (with English translation)

03 June 2014
Frankfurter Allgemeine
Das Europaparlament will Jean-Claude Juncker als Kommissionspräsidenten durchdrücken - eine gefährliche Idee! Es würde die Briten aus der EU drängen. Wenn Premierminister Cameron das sagt, klingt das nach Erpressung, aber es ist die Wahrheit. Ein Gastbeitrag.

Pour une mise à jour du récit européen

Stephen Tindale
14 May 2014
Le Temps
Stephen Tindale, membre du Centre for European Reform basé à Londres, un think tank pro-européen mais critique, donne des pistes pour redonner du souffle au projet européen, miné par la crise et la perte de confiance

Was bringt QE in Europa?

Mark Schieritz
30 April 2014
Die Zeit
Ich habe hier die These vertreten, dass die EZB keine unkonventionellen Maßnahmen beschließen wird. Was aber, wenn doch? Christian Odendahl vom CER hat sich angeschaut, was Quantitative Easing für die Euro-Zone bedeuten würde. Ergebnis: Nicht allzu viel. Odendahl diskutiert zwei Wirkungskanäle, über die Anleihekäufe Produktion und Inflation beeinflussen können....

L'influence du parlement européen inquiète les Britanniques

22 December 2013
La Croix
"Il n’est pas bon que la Commission européenne soit si impopulaire" Charles Grant, directeur du Centre for European Reform à Londres.

Building a modern European Union: What's wrong and how to fix it

21 November 2013
On Thursday, November 21, 2013, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) hosted a roundtable discussion with Charles Grant, the founder and director of the Centre for European Reform on the current state of the European Union.

EU needs an overhaul

17 October 2013
European Voice
All across Europe, people are fed up with the European Union. The eurozone's difficulties explain much of the disenchantment.

It's time for European governments to embrace a real reform agenda for the EU

14 October 2013
LSE blog
Hugo Brady writes that rather than attempting to negotiate the re-nationalisation of EU powers to Westminster, he and other European leaders should consider some practical, feasible reforms that the Union can begin to implement immediately.

Video interview on 'How to build a modern European Union'

09 October 2013
Charles Grant discusses his latest CER report which discusses the fact that despite its many achievements, the EU’s institutions and policies are badly in need of an overhaul.

Video interview on 'How to improve legitimacy by involving national parliaments in the EU'

12 June 2013
Charles Grant discusses how part of the answer to improve EU legitimacy is to give national parliamentarians a bigger role in the EU.

How to reduce the EU's democratic deficit

10 June 2013
The Guardian
The European Union has long suffered from a lack of legitimacy, but the euro crisis has worsened the problem. There is no silver bullet that can suddenly make the EU respected, admired or even popular among many Europeans.

The EU's Court of Auditors: Europe's sleeping giant?

28 May 2013
Veteran EU watchers consider the Union's budget as unreformable: a ritualistic doling out of public money into the pockets of farmers, MEP's expense accounts and the salaries of EU officials.

The Brussels backroom deal that will live in infamy

Hugo Brady, Jan Techau
01 April 2013
Carnegie Europe
The decision to establish a third official seat of the European Parliament (EP) in Dresden, quietly announced on Friday afternoon, when most observers and journalists had already left Brussels to head home for Easter, is a classic example of EU horse-trading. It is also epitomises everything that is wrong with Brussels.

Will other EU countries block any attempt by the UK to renegotiate its membership?

24 January 2013
City A.M
David Cameron seems to have made it his mission to frustrate other EU countries. This means his plea for renegotiation will be (largely) rebuffed. What has Cameron done to upset the others?

Brytyjski ekspert: Cameron w sprawie budżetu Unii postawi na swoim

23 November 2012
Gazeta Wyborcza
Brytyjski premier nie jest sam. Oszczędności chce Szwecja, Holandia i, co najważniejsze, Niemcy - mówi John Springford, analityk brytyjskiego think tanku Centre for European Reform

My state of the Union

05 October 2012
President Barroso's team recently asked me to contribute to September's State of the EU speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. I thought the final product was rather good. Sadly, its main message – a purposely confrontational call for a 'federation of nation states' – was obscured on the...

Would Orwell be pro-European?

01 May 2012
George Orwell devoted a lot of his writing to how the use of language is intimately connected to the abuse of power by politicians and officials. The final commandment in Animal Farm (“All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others”) and the “Newspeak” of Nineteen Eighty-Four...

One flew over the EU's mess

19 March 2012
The Wall Street Journal
Welcome to the European Union Home for the Economically Insane. We care for nations dealing with status anxiety, paranoia and low self-esteem, or those who are simply drifting into a senile old age. Please follow me on the guided tour.
Upstairs we have the Acropolis Room. This is where...

Why European diplomacy is in decline

03 February 2012
Critics of the EU's External Action Service (EEAS) agree that its creation will hardly be remembered as a high point in the annals of European foreign policy. Some say that the EU's quasi-diplomatic corps does not yet work well because its leadership, under Baroness Cathy Ashton, suffers from inexperience and...