Press quotes

  • European Voice, 30 October 2014

    Christian Odendahl, chief economist at the CER, said that the real issue was whether the Commission’s decision not to reject immediately the French and Italian budgets had harmed the credibility of the stability and growth pact in the eyes of German voters.

  • Social Media Journal, 27 October 2014

    As Simon Tilford suggests, Germany is viewed by many in the Eurozone as a model to follow, rather than as a source for their current problems.

  • The Telegraph, 25 October 2014

    The CER has estimated that membership of the EU increases Britain’s trade in goods by around 30 per cent and has also warned that an exit would endanger exports. Europe currently accounts for around 54 per cent of Britain’s total trade.

  • The Guardian, 24 October 2014

    Charles Grant of the Centre for European Reform says Britain’s former allies are "in despair. They want to help us, they want us to stay in – but the brand is increasingly toxic."

  • Forbes, 21 October 2014

    "Current levels of immigration help Britain to deal with the costs of an ageing population," states the CER in its paper 'The Economic Consequences of Leaving the EU'.

  • BBC News, 21 October 2014

    Simon Tilford from the CER says: "This is a recipe for stagnation, deflation and political populism in France and Italy. It may culminate in a breakdown in relations between Germany and these countries and could even lead to a eurozone break-up."

  • The Guardian, 17 October 2014

    Stephen Tindale, an associate fellow at the Centre for European Reform, argued in a September report that "inefficient fossil fuel subsidies" needed to be stopped in Europe, in line with a G20 commitment made in 2009.

  • European Voice, 16 October 2014

    "Everybody recognises him as competent and effective, so if he’s given charge of the important energy dossier that is good news because you need someone as experienced as him to handle this sensitive issue," said Charles Grant, director of the CER.

  • Wall Street Journal, 14 October 2014

    "The ECB’s position has been made much harder by the eurozone employing pro-cyclical fiscal policies" of spending cuts and tax increases that have weighed on growth, said Simon Tilford, deputy director of the CER.

  • Bloomberg, 12 October 2014

    In 1979, at the start of Deng Xiaoping overhaul of the economy, China’s output was 40 percent of that of the Soviet Russian Republic -- the present-day Russian Federation, according to a study by the Centre for European Reform. By 2010, it was four-times larger.