Research

Europe after Brexit: Unleashed or undone?

Europe after Brexit: Unleashed or undone?

Ian Bond, Sophia Besch, Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, Rem Korteweg, Camino Mortera-Martinez, Simon Tilford
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

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.
Brexit and EU regulation: A bonfire of the vanities?

Brexit and EU regulation: A bonfire of the vanities?

03 February 2016
EU rules are no straitjacket for the British economy, and repealing them would be damaging: divergent regulations between the EU and the UK would curb trade and investment.
Poland: Europe's new enfant terrible?

Poland: Europe's new enfant terrible?

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska
22 January 2016
Poland's new government is copying some of Viktor Orbán's worst policies. Hungary got away with defiance, but Poland may not.
Can the eurozone shake off the global gloom?

Can the eurozone shake off the global gloom?

22 January 2016
The global economy has shifted from being the potential saviour of the eurozone economy to an additional source of uncertainty for it.
The Brexit equation: EU minus UK = ?

The Brexit equation: EU minus UK = ?

22 January 2016
Brexit would change the EU as well as the UK. What kind of partner would a diminished EU be for Britain and the rest of the world?

European competitiveness, revisited

19 January 2016
European ‘competitiveness’ should be defined as productivity, and the policies to raise it are complex and counter-specific. Raising ‘competitiveness’ also requires more, not less democracy.