Press quotes

  • Wall Street Journal, 14 August 2014

    "The eurozone recovery never really got going, and now it appears to be petering out," said Simon Tilford, deputy director of the Centre for European Reform.

  • Wall Street Journal, 07 August 2014

    The ban on foodstuffs underscored Russia's dramatic retreat from the West under Putin this year. "It's symptomatic of a much deeper economic and psychological change going on, which is that Russia is being cut off," said Charles Grant of the CER.

  • Financial Times, 05 August 2014

    Charles Grant of the CER wrote that during the euro crisis Germany became the EU’s “unquestioned leader” on economic policy. “In foreign and security policy, Britain and France have generally set the EU agenda. The Ukraine crisis, however, may allow Germany to lead in this field, too.”

  • New Delhi Times, 02 August 2014

    Charles Grant of the CER comments that in order to maximize Europe’s leverage vis-à-vis Russia, the Commission should work with the European External Action Service and the key member-states to herd the member states towards a coherent approach.

  • Institutional Investor, 31 July 2014

    "It is clear that the only path back to business as usual is for Putin to retreat from Ukraine," says Ian Bond, director of foreign policy at the CER.

  • The Wall Street Journal, 31 July 2014

    "One consequence of the Russia-Ukraine affair has been that Germany has emerged as the new leader of the EU, not only in economic policy, but in foreign policy too," said Charles Grant of the CER.

  • Voice of America, 29 July 2014

    "The direct pain is going to be pretty limited.  It looks as though these are technically tier-three sanctions [against Russia]. They are very much at the bottom end of what could be done under tier three," says Ian Bond.

  • The Telegraph, 29 July 2014

    “Investors may fear that the worsening tensions with Russia could be the external shock that finally pushes the eurozone into a deflation trap,” said Simon Tilford, of the CER.

  • The Australian, 28 July 2014

    Ian Bond, of the CER warned: “If these [sanctions] get passed in the current form, this is quite a big deal. But Putin may very well double down and bet that the EU is simply too weak and divided.”

  • BBC World, 28 July 2014

    "I think this is a very important case and probably a rather chilling case for people who might have been contemplating investing in Russia. It comes against the background of whats going on in Ukraine, and the sanctions that the EU has been imposing on Russia" said Ian Bond of the CER.