Press quotes

  • Financial Times, 03 August 2015

    A dispassionate analysis of the eurozone’s options published last year by the Centre for European Reform concluded that a strengthening of fiscal federalism represented the best way of completing the eurozone’s ramshackle edifice — even if at the time that appeared to be politically impossible.

  • The New York Times, 29 July 2015

    "What we are seeing is the result of the European Union not being able to handle the migration crisis in the way that they should," said Camino Mortera-Martinez, a research fellow at the Centre for European Reform.

  • The Wall Street Journal, 27 July 2015

    "Rising wages are a resolutely positive thing," said Simon Tilford, deputy director of the CER. "But we will need to see several more years of reasonably strong German wage growth in order to have a meaningful impact on the imbalances in the German economy."

  • Aftenposten, 24 July 2015

    Den nederlandske forskeren Rem Korteweg ved CER mener det kreves europeiske svar på fire store kriser om EU skal klare å holde sammen: Hellas-krisen, flyktningkrisen, Russland-Ukraina-konflikten og faren for at Storbritannia melder seg ut av EU.

  • Channel 4 News, 20 July 2015

    Camino Mortera from the Centre for European Reform told us: "There is a sense of people getting scared about what is happening in Greece happening in Spain as well. People see the banks closing and they think that Podemos will do the same in Spain."

  • Deutsche Welle, 17 July 2015

    "Countries such as Germany, which are doing relatively well, can cope easily" with uncertainty about Greece, says Christian Odendahl, chief economist at the  Centre for European Reform.

  • The Telegraph, 15 July 2015

    "What I find worrying is that so few political figures in Germany seem troubled by the spectacle of Greece being humiliated in this way. The Germans have somehow turned everything around and think that they are the victims," said Simon Tilford of the CER.

  • Financial Times, 14 July 2015

    "Greece's third bailout is bound to fail for the same reasons that the last two programmes did," said Christian Odendahl, chief economist at the Centre for European Reform think-tank. "A government who... claimed to be ending austerity will now be forced to do the opposite."

  • The Telegraph, 14 July 2015

    Christian Odendahl and John Springford from the CER said the new bail-out "resolves nothing" and is likely to fall apart even if it gets through the Greek parliament. It repeats the errors of previous packages that imposed self-defeating levels of fiscal contraction.

  • The Wall Street Journal, 14 July 2015

    "The attitude in Germany and in policy circles is that we don’t have a problem, so we get the luxury of keeping distortions of the free market," said Christian Odendahl, chief economist at the Centre for European Reform, a think-tank in London.