In the Press - Searching for Brexit consensus in the City

26 May 2017
Financial Times
Why the costs to the UK economy of failing to strike a deal with the EU would dwarf those of signing up to a bad deal, from John Springford and Simon Tilford of the Centre for European Reform.

In the Press - Brexit and the resurgence of terror

25 May 2017
Financial Times
“After the general election, Theresa May is going to have to sell a softer message on ECJ oversight to the British people,” says Camino Mortera-Martinez of the Centre for European Reform. “This is essential if a bespoke deal on justice and home affairs is to be agreed.”

In the Press - The UK won't be in the room for decisions critical to Europe's stability

25 May 2017
The Times
The implications for individual countries could be momentous, particularly for those outside the eurozone. Mishandled, as Agata Gostynska-Jakubowska and Christian Odendahl note in a new report for the Centre for European Reform, this process could increase divisions between member states and even lead to further disintegration.

In the Press - Post-Brexit EU unity may not hold

25 May 2017
The Wall Street Journal
The implications for individual countries could be momentous, particularly for those outside the eurozone. Mishandled, as Agata Gostynska-Jakubowska and Christian Odendahl note in a new report for the Centre for European Reform, this process could increase divisions between members states and even lead to further disintegration.

In the Press - Wary allies await Trump at NATO summit in Brussels

25 May 2017
CNN
"It is not unusual for the first summit for a new US President to be a 'get to know you' summit - but there is a bit more at stake," said Sophia Besch, a NATO expert at the Centre for European Reform. European allies had to take Trump's "obsolete" comments "very seriously," Besch said, because Europe depends on America's defense capabilities and contribution to NATO - US currently provides 73% of the organization's budget and spends 3.6% of its own GDP on defense.

In the Press - Brexit hard talk masks signs of compromise as negotiations near

25 May 2017
Bloomerg
“Both sides will have to make some compromises -- but we shouldn’t fool ourselves into thinking that it won’t mainly have to be the UK,” said Agata Gostynska-Jakubowska, research fellow at the Centre for European Reform in London. “Brussels seems to be aware that we can interpret some of the tougher remarks in the UK as being directed to a domestic audience.”

In the Press - Europe's high anxiety over Trump

23 May 2017
US News
 But carefully worded platitudes will only serve to mask the reality that Trump's America is largely abdicating its NATO leadership role, weakening the once-durable military alliance. "Even if he commits to the alliance," says Sophia Besch, a research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, "given the erratic comments of the past, US leadership is still not there."

In the Press - Solidarity pledges from Europe point to future security challenges

23 May 2017
The Independent
Camino Mortera-Martinez, a research fellow from the Centre for European Reform, says the attacks will renew the focus on security issues in the Brexit talks. “Every time there is a scare like this, it highlights that no country is alone,” she says. That the bombing was in Manchester also punctures the argument, prevalent during last year’s Brexit referendum campaign, linking mass migration with terrorism, she adds. “Just because you are outside the Schengen area, doesn’t mean you escape terrorism. Closing borders won’t shield you from the evils of the world,” Ms Mortera-Martinez says.