Research

Security in the age of austerity: You get what you pay for

Security in the age of austerity: You get what you pay for

08 April 2015
Europe’s neighbourhood is too dangerous for decisions on defence budgets to be left to austerity-minded finance ministers. The UK should set a good example.
The low-hanging fruit of European capital markets

The low-hanging fruit of European capital markets

08 April 2015
The planned capital markets union in Europe faces many obstacles. Commissioner Hill was right to start with the lower-hanging fruit.
A Marxist take on the 'Brexit' general election

A Marxist take on the 'Brexit' general election

08 April 2015
The ideas of Karl Marx suggest that Britain’s general election will not define the country's relationship with the EU.
Disunited Kingdom: Why ‘Brexit’ endangers Britain’s poorer regions

Disunited Kingdom: Why ‘Brexit’ endangers Britain’s poorer regions

07 April 2015
A British exit from the EU most imperils the UK's poorest regions, and could make the country's regional inequality worse.
It’s the geopolitics, stupid: Why TTIP matters

It’s the geopolitics, stupid: Why TTIP matters

Rem Korteweg
02 April 2015
TTIP’s benefits for Europe’s foreign policy should play a larger role in Europe’s debate about the trade talks.
Frozen: The politics and economics of sanctions against Russia

Frozen: The politics and economics of sanctions against Russia

Christian Odendahl, Ian Bond, Jennifer Rankin
16 March 2015
Western sanctions are hurting Russia more than Europe. They will remain an essential tool to prevent a strong and aggressive Russia dominating its neighbours.
German rebalancing: Waiting for Godot?

German rebalancing: Waiting for Godot?

09 March 2015
Far from rebalancing, Germany’s trade surplus continues to grow. This is in nobody’s interests. The German government could and should take steps to reduce it.
EU membership

David Cameron, Janan Ganesh and renegotiating EU membership

04 March 2015
In any renegotiation with the EU, Britain should not ask for opt-outs from social policy or financial regulation. But it should seek safeguards for the single market.
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The Commission’s energy union ‘strategy’: A rebranded work programme

Stephen Tindale
27 February 2015
President Juncker promised that his Commission would be more political. But its 'energy union' strategy is too timid and bureaucratic, and lacks focus.
Reduced to rouble?

Reduced to rouble? An update on the Russian economy

24 February 2015
The Russian economy is heading for a long recession. Economic collapse, which could still occur, is not in the West's interests.
State aid for energy: Climate action is more important than the single market

State aid for energy: Climate action is more important than the single market

Stephen Tindale
23 February 2015
The Commission has handled the issue of state aid for nuclear energy well, but should use its powers to end coal subsidies.
No, we can't: Why Podemos is not Syriza

No, we can't: Why Podemos is not Syriza

20 February 2015
It is unlikely that Podemos will win Spain’s general elections. Podemos advocates for a reformed EU but will not be confrontational with the European institutions.
Russia's war

Russia's war in Ukraine: Is Minsk the end, or just the start?

13 February 2015
Putin was the winner in Minsk. Fighting in Ukraine is paused, not finished. Ukraine must reform faster, while the West adapts to confrontation with Russia.
Juncker’s three steps to improve the Commission’s standing in the EU

Juncker's three steps to improve the Commission's standing in the EU

11 February 2015
Juncker has taken three steps to strengthen the Commission’s hand in European politics but he must still prove he can avoid repeating Barroso’s mistakes.
Hubris, realism and the European project

Hubris, realism and the European project

Adair Turner
02 February 2015
Unless EU leaders are willing to establish a more complete economic union, a controlled breakup of the eurozone might be the least bad option.
The bulletin at 100

The bulletin at 100

02 February 2015
The EU faces existential threats – internal and external – that did not exist when the bulletin was at 50. But the CER will keep proposing reforms.
Annual report 2014

Annual report 2014

02 February 2015
Charles Grant discusses three challenges facing the EU in 2015: the combined problems of Russia and Ukraine; the continuing fragility of the eurozone; and the growing risk of Brexit.
Letter from America: Europe is needed as never before

Letter from America: Europe is needed as never before

David Miliband
02 February 2015
The EU needs projects that bring together all 28 of its members. And it needs distinctive centre-left and centre-right agendas.
Genetically modified crops: Time to move on from theological dispute

Genetically modified crops: Time to move on from theological dispute

Stephen Tindale
30 January 2015
GMOs should not be supported or opposed as a single technology. The compromise that the Juncker Commission has negotiated must now be implemented.