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Can Josep Borrell get EU foreign policy off the ground?

30 September 2019
The EU’s new foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, may struggle to co-ordinate the Union’s external activities in the face of rival European commissioners and unruly member-states. 

Christine Lagarde must get ready to fight on two fronts

Christian Odendahl
30 September 2019
As Christine Lagarde takes over the presidency of the ECB, she has little room to ease monetary policy. She will need to convince northern European fiscal policy-makers to help.

Choppy waters ahead for EU trade policy

Sam Lowe
30 September 2019
The strategic case for new EU free trade agreements is strong. But delivering them requires accommodating the European Parliament and winning over an inwardly focused agriculture lobby.

Von der Leyen's bumpy road to becoming Commission president

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska
01 August 2019
The European Parliament has narrowly elected Ursula von der Leyen as the first female Commission president. Now she faces the difficult task of assembling a team of commissioners to deliver her priorities.

Bulletin Issue 127 - August/September 2019

Camino Mortera-Martinez, Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, Jonathan Faull, Simon Gleeson
01 August 2019

Bulletin Issue 126 - June/July 2019

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, Sophia Besch, Beth Oppenheim, John Springford
04 June 2019

The European Parliament elections: No grounds for complacency

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska
04 June 2019
Despite media hype about a eurosceptic takeover, pro-EU forces held their ground in the European Parliament. But EU leaders cannot be complacent about the results of these European Parliament elections.

Germany should not run the ECB

Christian Odendahl
23 May 2019
If Jens Weidmann became president of the European Central Bank (ECB), it would be more difficult to fight the next recession and prevent future crises. 

Not so fast! Westminster's (continuous) oversight of European affairs post-Brexit

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska
12 April 2019
The UK will not be able to make a clean break from the EU and its laws post-Brexit. Westminster should develop new scrutiny structures which would enable parliamentarians to better navigate yet unknown post-Brexit reality.

The European Parliament elections: Different this time?

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, Leonard Schuette
22 March 2019
The elections in May will shake up the European Parliament, as established parties will lose seats to newcomers.

Bulletin Issue 125 - April/May 2019

Sophia Besch, Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, Sam Lowe, Leonard Schuette
22 March 2019

Time to let the rule of law in Poland have its day in court

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska
19 July 2018
Poland’s government has not reversed its controversial judicial reforms, despite EU political pressure. It is time to take the dispute out of the hands of politicians and allow the European Court of Justice to have a say about the rule of law in Poland.

The member-states and the EU: Taking back control?

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska
22 March 2018
The irony of Brexit is that the EU is becoming more British just as the UK is leaving the EU.

Bulletin Issue 119 - April/May 2018

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, Ian Bond, Camino Mortera-Martinez
22 March 2018

The Ukraine model for Brexit: Is dissociation just like association?

Beth Oppenheim
27 February 2018
Some argue that a Ukraine-style association agreement offers the UK a viable model for its future relationship with the EU, combining both ‘sovereignty’ and close economic ties.

The fight for liberal values: Annual report 2017

Charles Grant, Ian Bond, Simon Tilford
06 February 2018
The CER's annual report features essays on the creation of the CER, the CER at 20, Brexit, economics and Donald Trump's impact on geopolitics, it also highlights some of our work on foreign and defence policy.

Poland’s prime minister: New face, same old tune?

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska
22 January 2018
The new prime minister’s style will be more emollient than his predecessor’s, but he is unlikely to back down on judicial reforms.

A new deal for the eurozone: Remedy or placebo?

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska
24 November 2017
The eurozone is finally witnessing an economic upturn but if it fails to win back the support of disaffected citizens, the bloc could face an existential crisis.

Can EU funds promote the rule of law in Europe?

Jasna Šelih with Ian Bond and Carl Dolan
21 November 2017
The EU is a values-based organisation, yet it does not insist that member-states respect its values in order to receive EU funds. That should change.

Relaunching the EU

Charles Grant, Sophia Besch, Ian Bond, Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, Camino Mortera-Martinez, Christian Odendahl, John Springford, Simon Tilford
07 November 2017
The EU is ripe for fundamental reform. New policies are needed for migration and the euro. The EU also needs more flexible structures so that countries can opt in and out of key policies.