Press quotes

  • Bloomberg Business Week, 23 January 2014

    "The more blood is spilled, the harder it becomes for the opposition to give up without achieving its objectives and for the government to make concessions," Ian Bond, director of foreign policy at the CER, said by phone yesterday.

  • The New York Times, 21 January 2014

    "The sheer scale of the violence and the chaos of the last couple of weeks has astonished a lot of Europeans and forced them to pay attention," said Rem Korteweg, an expert on security issues at the CER.

  • Reuters, 20 January 2014

    The London-based Centre for European Reform (CER) predicted Britain would struggle to maintain trade with other EU member states - now 54 per cent of goods trade - if it left the bloc.

  • International Business Times, 20 January 2014

    According to the CER, Britain's trade in goods with other EU member-states was 55% higher than would be expected given their output, proximity and other traits. This translates to a 30% boost in goods trade under EU membership.

  • The Irish Times, 18 January 2014

    "We are likely to see strong showings in the European elections for eurosceptic or far-right parties in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Finland and Italy," says Hugo Brady, of the CER in London.

  • European Voice, 16 January 2014

    Charles Grant, director of the CER, said that O'Sullivan's appointment, if confirmed, would show that the negotiations on a transatlantic trade and investment partnership were the main priority in EU-US relations. "The case for O'Sullivan is that he's an expert who understands the nitty-gritty of trade negotiations," he said.

  • The New Statesman, 13 January 2014

    For a sober pro-EU account of how little Cameron can reasonably expect to achieve it is worth reading this piece by Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, from last December.

  • The Wall Street Journal, 05 January 2014

    The EU has historically tended to regulate too much, placing unnecessarily heavy burdens on business. But the Commission is now committed to reducing red tape and has repealed almost 5,590 legal acts since 2005, according to the Centre for European Reform.

  • The Telegraph, 02 January 2014

    "With the elections in mind, and with a primary budget surplus, I would also expect the Greek government to be a little more bolshy during the presidency,"says Charles Grant of the CER. "I think other countries will just have to accept that, which could lead to de facto forgiveness for Greek debts."

  • The Telegraph, 02 January 2014

    As a recent survey of the academic studies of migration's impact by the Centre for European Reform highlights, the arrival of low-skilled European migrants since 2004 has had no impact on native unemployment or wages.