Press quotes

  • 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.

  • Voice of America, 14 July 2015

    John Springford of the CER said, "It just repeats what was done before. And what happened before was that austerity killed growth and it raised unemployment. And it damaged the legitimacy of the economic reforms which the creditors insisted upon."

  • CNBC, 14 July 2015

    "What you saw happening is basically the creditors able to get their way in a manner that suggests the euro zone isn't necessarily the community of values we thought it was, but a transaction framework where those with power are able to get their way," Rem Korteweg, a senior researcher at the CER in London, told CNBC.

  • Reuters, 13 July 2015

    "If 'Grexit' is avoided, it will show that Hollande has been a bridge-builder and helped avoid a geo-political catastrophe," said Rem Korteweg, senior researcher at the London-based Centre for European Reform think-tank.