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BBC Radio 4 By Charles Grant,
25 February 2013
From BBC Radio 4
Charles Grant talks to James Landale about business and rising euroscepeticism in Britain (from 13.39 - 14.29).
Link to video:http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01qw93s
Charles Grant, director of the pro-EU Centre for European Reform, said Mr Juncker’s valiant efforts to do something substantive have been scuppered by powerful opponents.
"Gazprom is very much a tool of Russian foreign policy," says Rem Korteweg, senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform. Every major deal that Gazprom signs is approved by Putin, people in the energy industry say.
Kotka claims e-residency will be totally secure. To qualify, you must supply biometric data — like finger prints — and be vetted. However, Ian Bond of the CER is not entirely reassured.
With these credentials, the two men seemed ideally suited to guide the Riksbank’s policy through the turmoil, says Christian Odendahl, chief economist at the Centre for European Reform.
"Putin regner med, at den europæiske industrilobby vil sørge for, at sanktionerne ikke forlænges næste år", siger Ian Bond, udenrigspolitisk direktør ved CER.