Press quotes

  • The Wall Street Journal, 13 April 2015

    “We need chunky growth in real wages for a number of years,” said Simon Tilford, deputy director of the Centre for European Reform.

  • The Independent, 09 April 2015

    Russia’s economy is in deep trouble, according to Christian Odendahl of the CER. “Although the oil price and the rouble have stabilised, the Russian economy will go through a long, deep and painful recession,” he said.

  • Newsweek, 09 April 2015

    “This is a security issue for Europe,” says Camino Mortera-Martinez, a research fellow at the CER. “Greece has been rightly claiming that they need support from the EU," she said.

  • EurActiv, 07 April 2015

    The renewed focus on the EU in the campaign comes as the Centre for European Reform published a report saying a UK exit from the EU would disproportionately affect disadvantaged areas. The report suggests the less affluent areas of the UK are also those that rely most on exports to the EU.

  • New York Times, 07 April 2015

    Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, emphasizes the failure of the European center-left to keep its promise “to create growth and redistribute it to make a fairer society.”

  • The Telegraph, 06 April 2015

    "[Flirting with] Russia is almost guaranteed to antagonise and make it harder for those who want the Germans to be more conciliatory towards Greece," said Mr Tilford. "The strategy is counter-productive to brokering a deal and doesn't offer up any serious alternative sources of money for Athens."

  • The Independent, 06 April 2015

    “Regions with manufacturing sectors that make up a large proportion of their economies look to be most at risk, and since these tend to be poorer, an exit from the EU risks making Britain an even more unequal place,” said John Springford.

  • The Economist, 04 April 2015

    Charles Grant, director of the CER, believes that the euro is not the issue: “Look at Tony Blair at his best. The problem now is a lack of ambition. We are capable of leading on a range of issues—climate, energy, trade, the single market, defence, foreign policy. But too often we don’t even when we could.”

  • Bloomberg Businessweek, 01 April 2015

    “You’re talking about an economy where the fiscal situation is robust, inflation is low, the capital stock has been eroded and  the government can borrow at close to zero and still it refuses to spend,” said Mr Tilford of the CER.

  • Agence France Presse, 31 March 2015

    "The most difficult thing about the referendum is that the arguments in favour are complicated, economic, numerical and rational," said Charles Grant."The arguments against are simple, emotional and romantic."