Press quotes

  • Irish Times, 21 July 2014

    "Though an admirable starting point in foreign affairs, negotiation without a credible threat of sanctions or force cannot always be the solution," said Mr Grant, citing this as the Achilles’s heel of Berlin’s approach to Russia.

  • Financial Times, 20 July 2014

    “It is rather that their outlook and values tend to be in favour of market liberalisation, and an outward-looking rather than a dirigiste Europe” said Charles Grant, on British officials in the EU Commission.

  • CNBC, 18 July 2014

    Ian Bond, director of foreign policy at the Centre for European Reform and Carlo Gallo, founder of Enquirisk, discuss the plane crash in eastern Ukraine and the possibility of more sanctions on Russia.

  • Agence France Presse, 17 July 2014

    Cameron had “slightly increased the danger” of Britain leaving the EU by creating a “markedly more Euroskeptic government,” said Charles Grant, director of the CER think tank in London.

  • The Telegraph, 17 July 2014

    Ian Bond, from the CER, said: “Exxon and BP need to think very carefully about the extent of their exposure in Russia...Any country that relies 100 per cent on Russia for its gas should be preparing a Plan B".

  • The Guardian, 15 July 2014

    Charles Grant of the CER said: "I'm sure Lord Hill is a good man, but he is not one of the government's 'big beasts'...Sending a relative lightweight to Brussels suggests that Cameron doesn't see the dossier as very important."

  • Agence France Presse, 15 July 2014

    Charles Grant, of the CER, described [Jonathan Hill] as a "pro-European"..."He clearly has sensible views on Europe, he is a rationalist," Grant told AFP, adding that former European Commissioner Chris Patten "has spoken warmly of him to me."

  • The Guardian, 09 July 2014

    The success of the Mittelstand is thanks to German banks, says Simon Tilford, deputy director of the CER; "Small and medium sized businesses have been able to access long-term capital at quite favourable interest rates."

  • Financial Times, 09 July 2014

    John Springford, a senior research fellow at the CER, said he disagreed with accusations by some UK commentators that the euro area’s policy on clearing houses amounted to regulatory protectionism aimed at winning business from London.

  • The New York Times, 09 July 2014

    "If you think that drugs and prostitution are things that do not necessarily improve the quality of life in a country," said Simon Tilford, deputy director at the CER, "then including them undermines GDP as measure of well-being."