Research

Why Schengen matters and how to keep it: A five point plan

Why Schengen matters and how to keep it: A five point plan

13 May 2016
Schengen, the agreement that abolished border controls in parts of the EU, may unravel. To keep Schengen, Europe must manage asylum seekers in an orderly way and keep European citizens safe.
An EU army?

An EU army? Four reasons it will not happen

12 May 2016
The EU army is a pipe-dream that blocks progress on Europe's defence needs. It does not reflect the realities of EU defence co-operation.

How to save the ideas behind TTIP

11 May 2016
European politicians face an increasingly hostile debate on TTIP. They need to show how TTIP avoids past trade policy failures and improves European regulation.

The seven blunders: Why Brexit would be harder than Brexiters think

28 April 2016
If Britain decides to leave the EU it will have to invoke article 50 TEU that puts the departing member-state at a disadvantage in the withdrawal negotiations.
The economic consequences of leaving the EU: The final report of the CER commission on Brexit 2016

The economic consequences of leaving the EU: The final report of the CER commission on Brexit 2016

John Springford, Simon Tilford, Christian Odendahl, Philip McCann
21 April 2016
After leaving the EU, the UK would face an invidious choice: sign up to EU rules and the free movement of labour, or suffer economic damage.

The US, Britain and the EU: Who cares?

21 April 2016
When Obama speaks out against Brexit, he will be protecting America’s interests. That does not mean that he is wrong.
Europe after Brexit: Unleashed or undone?

Europe after Brexit: Unleashed or undone?

15 April 2016
If Britain left the EU, the character of the Union would change. The UK has driven economic liberalisation and foreign policy co-operation, and has made the EU's machinery more efficient.
Shaping 21st century trade: TTIP, global standards and multilateralism

Shaping 21st century trade: TTIP, global standards and multilateralism

Christian Odendahl, Rem Korteweg
08 April 2016
If TTIP is open to other countries, a deal can reduce the cost of business while setting new global benchmarks and rules for trade.

About that other referendum...

Rem Korteweg
31 March 2016
The April 6th Dutch referendum on the EU’s association agreement with Ukraine comes two months before the UK’s Brexit referendum. Together, they reveal a worrying trend in European politics.

Doomed: Five reasons why the EU-Turkish refugee deal will not work

24 March 2016
The EU-Turkish refugee deal is unlikely to work, because of legal and practical reasons. The EU will need to go back to its initial strategy.
Cameron's deal is more than it seems

Cameron's deal is more than it seems

23 March 2016
Cameron's deal on EU reform is more significant than many commentators realise. It points the way to a looser, more differentiated Union.
Into the bazaar of EU-Turkey relations

Into the bazaar of EU-Turkey relations

Rem Korteweg
23 March 2016
If the EU is more strategic in dealing with Turkey, it can pursue its interests without compromising its values.
Why the EU's market matters to Britain

Why the EU's market matters to Britain

23 March 2016
Three economic rules explain why the UK should prioritise trade with the EU over the rest of the world.

Time for a regime change in Frankfurt

Simon Tilford, Christian Odendahl
08 March 2016
To get eurozone inflation back to the 'close to 2 per cent' target, the ECB needs to be much bolder – and needs fiscal help.

Would an 'independent' Britain want to join the single market?

24 February 2016
Three economic rules mean that Britain would seek to join the EU's single market if it were not already a member.
Deal done: Now for the hard work

Deal done: Now for the hard work

20 February 2016
David Cameron did better than expected at last night's EU summit. But the deal will sway few voters, and Cameron must now make the case for the EU.
The refugee crisis: Fixing Schengen is not enough

The refugee crisis: Fixing Schengen is not enough

17 February 2016
Europe's refugee crisis is a foreign policy crisis with domestic spill-over; it has to be solved abroad as well as at home.
No denial: How NATO can deter a creeping Russian threat

No denial: How NATO can deter a creeping Russian threat

Rem Korteweg, Sophia Besch
09 February 2016
Russia is sowing uncertainty about its intentions on NATO's eastern borders. At the Warsaw Summit in June, NATO should take steps to strengthen its deterrence.
Cameron's EU deal is far from fixed

Cameron's EU deal is far from fixed

08 February 2016
In the run-up to the European Council on February 18th and 19th David Cameron is fighting to improve his deal on EU reform. Others are resisting.