Press quotes

  • The Telegraph, 22 May 2015

    “It looks as if they have stopped tilting at windmills and are keeping their demands moderate. They know that repatriation is not on,” said Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform.

  •, 21 May 2015

    But Ukraine and Georgia are likely to be disappointed at not being offered visa-free travel to the EU in Riga, argued Ian Bond of the Centre for European Reform. EU officials say this hinges not on political decisions, but on meeting technical requirements.

  • The Independent, 19 May 2015

    "The UK is not alone in seeking simpler regulation – Germany, the Netherlands and others also want it", said Simon Tilford, deputy director of the CER.

  • Bloomberg, 19 May 2015

    "Enthusiasm for further integration between the EU and its eastern neighbors is on the wane, but Europe should be bolder," said Ian Bond, a former British diplomat now with the Centre for European Reform in London. "A grey zone to its east is not in the EU's interests."

  • The Economist, 16 May 2015

    The prime minister appears to realise that he needs to work to improve his relationships with other European leaders. In the past he has been seen by his prospective partners as rather “transactional”, says Charles Grant of the CER.

  •, 15 May 2015

    "Las mafias de tráfico de inmigrantes no son homogéneas. No son tipos que estén esperando con un barco a que lleguen los inmigrantes, sino que están controladas desde Europa, por la información que tenemos", apunta Camino Mortera, investigadora sobre Justicia e Interior del Centro para la Reforma Europea, con base en Londres.

  • The Guardian, 14 May 2015

    The CER, says that although the UK is a net contributor to the EU, after Brexit the country would face pressure to replace EU regional funding and agricultural subsidies with domestic spending.

  • Agence France Presse, 12 May 2015

    "It is highly likely they want to have a short re-negotiation that would be ended by the end of 2015 and they want to have a referendum in 2016," John Springford, an expert at the Centre for European Reform in London, told AFP.

  •, 12 May 2015

    Charles Grant, director of the CER, said an early referendum could increase the likelihood of an ‘in’ vote, explaining: “The longer it is delayed, the more the climate of uncertainty will afflict the British economy and potentially deter foreign investment."

  • New York Times, 12 May 2015

    “There’s this erroneous assumption that the standoff between Greece and the eurozone is the only thing holding back a robust recovery,” said Simon Tilford, deputy director of the Centre for European Reform. “Greece’s problems are more deep-seated than that.”