Press quotes

  • The Wall Street Journal, 31 August 2014

    "One consequence of the Russia-Ukraine affair has been that Germany has emerged as the new leader of the EU, not only in economic policy, but in foreign policy too," said Charles Grant of the CER.

  • Institutional Investor, 31 July 2014

    "It is clear that the only path back to business as usual is for Putin to retreat from Ukraine," says Ian Bond, director of foreign policy at the CER.

  • Voice of America, 29 July 2014

    "The direct pain is going to be pretty limited.  It looks as though these are technically tier-three sanctions [against Russia]. They are very much at the bottom end of what could be done under tier three," says Ian Bond.

  • The Telegraph, 29 July 2014

    “Investors may fear that the worsening tensions with Russia could be the external shock that finally pushes the eurozone into a deflation trap,” said Simon Tilford, of the CER.

  • The Australian, 28 July 2014

    Ian Bond, of the CER warned: “If these [sanctions] get passed in the current form, this is quite a big deal. But Putin may very well double down and bet that the EU is simply too weak and divided.”

  • BBC World, 28 July 2014

    "I think this is a very important case and probably a rather chilling case for people who might have been contemplating investing in Russia. It comes against the background of whats going on in Ukraine, and the sanctions that the EU has been imposing on Russia" said Ian Bond of the CER.

  • Agence France Presse, 24 July 2014

    Britain's new foreign minister Philip Hammond has long "strongly supported British-French co-operation", despite being a fierce euroskeptic who opposes any EU role in British defense, said Charles Grant of the CER.

  • Financial Times, 24 July 2014

    As Lord Kerr, a former permanent under-secretary at the Foreign Office, explained in an article on Wednesday for the CER, the practical issues about the euro, free movement of people and opt-outs are actually relatively simple.

  • New Statesman, 24 July 2014

    "You can be damn sure that nobody anywhere else in Europe will have heard of him," says Charles Grant of the Centre for European Reform.

  • The Moscow Times, 23 July 2014

    "It is the EU sending a message that Russia is currently not a good place to put your money, and that is a message that I guess the private sector will pay attention to," said Ian Bond of the CER.