In the Press - Theresa May reshapes administration in Home Office mould

25 February 2017
Financial Times
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform think-tank, said the prime minister might benefit from consulting a wider circle of people “including former permanent representatives to the EU” before finalising her Brexit strategy. “At the moment it seems to be a fairly small group of people involved in decision making, many of them with a Home Office background,” he said.

In the Press - The €60bn bill that threatens the Brexit talks

Alex Barker
25 February 2017
The Irish Times
It is such a potentially contentious issue that Alex Barker, Brussels bureau chief of the Financial Times, warned in a recent paper for the Centre for European Reform that this political collision “could bring the Brexit talks to a sudden and premature end”.

In the Press - EU unsure how to sanction Poland over reform issue

24 February 2017
Voice of America
Agata Gostynska-Jakubowska of the Centre for European Reform says the European Commission has little room to maneuver and might lose this battle with Poland. “If the commission does not respond, it would face criticism from liberals in the European Parliament and it looks weak in the eyes of external actors; but, by interfering in this political conflict, the risks of antagonizing the Polish public is the last thing the commission would like to have because of growing euroscepticism.”

In the Press - Letting the Lords have their say

23 February 2017
The Economist
The big risk is that the eventual result will be good neither for Britain nor for the EU. In a new paper for the Centre for European Reform, a think-tank, Charles Grant notes that this is because “both the UK and the 27 are placing politics and principles ahead of economically optimal outcomes.” Sadly, it was ever thus.

In the Press - Brexit: What does leaving the EU mean for expats?

23 February 2017
The Telegraph
There have also been fears that member states angered by Brexit could try to put pressure on British expats in revenge. For example, Spain could ask British retirees to pay for their own healthcare, according to the Centre for European Reform's John Springford, or move to curb access to healthcare services outright.

In the Press - Greek debt: Will EU and IMF finally offer light at the end of the tunnel?

22 February 2017
The Guardian
Simon Tilford, deputy director of the Centre for European Reform, a thinktank, said he believed the IMF and eurozone would find a compromise, whereby the fund signed up to the 3.5% target for a limited period of time, as the price of stabilising the eurozone in an election year. “My feeling is they will largely settle for a fig leaf. It will be made to look as if the pace of austerity has been eased, ie that the eurozone will agree that the size of the primary budget surplus will be reassessed at some specified point in the future.”

In the Press - Inner Brexit circle: May is playing it close amid government tension

20 February 2017
The Guardian
Still, security and immigration are clearly priorities for her government. Questions over whether that comes from the number of Home Office imports are aired in a paper by Charles Grant, director of the CER. “People in the inner circle may become overstretched so that important decisions are delayed, and centralisation may discourage the tapping of outside expertise,” he writes.

In the Press - 'No deal' Brexit would mean £6bn in extra costs for UK exporters

20 February 2017
The Guardian
"I doubt UK farmers know what’s coming," said John Springford, director of research at the Centre for European Reform. "There is a real risk for the average British farmer that they could be dealing with much worse trading terms."

Future events

Launch of 'Russia and its neighbours: Competition, co-operation and conflict' publications

20 March 2017
With Jonathan Fenby, China Chairman at TS Lombard, and Kataryna Wolczuk, Reader in Politics and International Studies at the University of Birmingham's Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies