Press quotes

  • Agence France Presse, 24 July 2014

    Britain's new foreign minister Philip Hammond has long "strongly supported British-French cooperation", despite being a fierce euroskeptic who opposes any EU role in British defense, said Charles Grant of the CER.

  • Financial Times, 24 July 2014

    As Lord Kerr, a former permanent under-secretary at the Foreign Office, explained in an article on Wednesday for the CER, the practical issues about the euro, free movement of people and opt-outs are actually relatively simple.

  • The Moscow Times, 23 July 2014

    "It is the EU sending a message that Russia is currently not a good place to put your money, and that is a message that I guess the private sector will pay attention to," said Ian Bond of the CER.

  • The Wall Street Journal, 22 July 2014

    "Some are very sympathetic to Israel, and some are very unsympathetic," said Ian Bond, director of the CER. "That in itself makes it pretty difficult for the EU to be a decisive player."

  • 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.

  • Politiken, 18 July 2014

    "Jeg tror ikke rigtig, at hun længere er en mulighed. Hun kan bruge de kommende uger på at argumentere for flere sanktioner mod Rusland. Men man kan spørge sig selv, hvor troværdigt det vil fremstå" siger topdiplomat Ian Bond fra tænketanken CER i London.

  • 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".