Research & Press

The European Parliament elections: No grounds for complacency

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.

Trump's state visit to a country in a state

31 May 2019
Donald Trump may be an unwelcome visitor to London, but the special relationship’s travails should not obscure the transatlantic partnership’s enduring importance to the US, the UK and Europe.

Northern Ireland and the backstop: Why 'alternative arrangements' aren't an alternative

29 May 2019
Technical fixes for the Irish border will only work if created in conjunction with affected communities and businesses.

Germany should not run the ECB

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. 

Restricting immigration means constricting trade in services

21 May 2019
The fortune of the UK’s all-important services sector after Brexit is inextricably linked to how open the country is to foreign workers and consumers.

The EU can keep the Iran nuclear deal alive

16 May 2019
Iran’s announcement that it will no longer comply with parts of the international nuclear agreement has put the EU in a difficult position. But modest moves by Europe could increase the chances that the core of the deal will survive. 

Should the EU make foreign policy decisions by majority voting?

15 May 2019
The current decision-making processes undermine the effectiveness of EU foreign policy. Extending majority voting would lead to more ambitious compromises.

The Brussels view of Brexit

14 May 2019
The EU is no longer as united as it was on how to handle the British. But just about everyone working on Brexit in the EU’s institutions and governments is fed up with them, and they do not believe that Britain’s politicians are capable of getting their act together and resolving the problem.

The big European sort? The diverging fortunes of Europe's regions

Christian Odendahl, John Springford, Scott Johnson, Jamie Murray
08 May 2019
Over the last 15 years, graduate workers and high-value services and technology firms have been clustering together in Europe’s most successful cities. This process may widen Europe’s political fault-lines in the future.

You never listen to me: The European-Saudi relationship after Khashoggi

02 May 2019
The EU has avoided confronting Saudi Arabia on its violations of international law. Now is the time for recalibration: the EU needs a firm, united policy towards the kingdom.

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

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.

NATO at 70: Twilight years or a new dawn?

03 April 2019
As NATO celebrates its 70th anniversary, the most serious threats to its survival are as much internal as external.

Catch me if you can: The European Arrest Warrant and the end of mutual trust

01 April 2019
EU countries trust each other less than they used to, making them less willing to co-operate.

The cost of Brexit to December 2018: Towards relative decline?

30 March 2019
The UK economy is 2.5 per cent smaller than it would be if Britain had voted to remain in the European Union. The knock-on hit to the public finances is £19 billion – or £145 million a week.

The European Parliament elections: Different this time?

22 March 2019
The elections in May will shake up the European Parliament, as established parties will lose seats to newcomers.

Dreaming of life after Brexit

22 March 2019
The British public is growing tired of Brexit. But assuming something that looks like the withdrawal agreement is signed off, what comes next?  

Appalled by strategic autonomy? Applaud it instead

22 March 2019
Strategic autonomy is a sign of the transatlantic relationship’s inevitable progression. Europeans and Americans need to manage the growing pains that will accompany Europe’s ambitions.

Europe without the UK: Liberated or diminished?

13 March 2019
In 2016 the CER made ten predictions about the effect of Brexit on future EU policy. How do they stand up now, on the eve of the UK’s departure?