Press quotes

  • The New York Times, 07 October 2014

    "After going along with the damaging strategy of austerity in the hopes that Germany would eventually moderate its position, countries are now saying, ‘Enough is enough.'" said Simon Tilford, the deputy director of the Centre for European Reform in London.

  • Le Monde, 04 October 2014

    Simon Tilford, du CER, a écrit une longue note relativisant les problèmes économiques de la France."Ce n'est pas un pays sclérosé, sinon comment expliquer que les investissements étrangers continuent à affluer? Mais si le pays déçoit tant, c'est que les attentes envers ce pays sont très fortes."

  • Financial Times, 30 September 2014

    "I have never known Berlin more annoyed with France," says Charles Grant, director of the CER."Seen from Berlin, Hollande has wasted two years achieving virtually no structural reform and failing to rein in spending."

  • Financial Times, 30 September 2014

    Charles Grant, director of the CER, told the FT the issue was a serious problem for his group. "There is a danger that by threatening to take Britain out of Europe that relationship is about to come under unprecedented strain," he said.

  • The Huffington Post, 30 September 2014

    "We will be wanting to make certain at a European as well as a national level that the right of people to work or retire around Europe does not become a right to travel around in order to collect social security benefits or commit crime." He was speaking at a fringe event hosted by the CER/BfB/BNE.

  • New Scientist, 24 September 2014

    The focus for climate diplomacy should be climate finance, argues Stephen Tindale, former director of Greenpeace UK, and author of a report for the CER, a London-based think tank.

  • The Washington Post, 22 September 2014

    Take a look at the chart below from Christian Odendahl, the chief economist at the CER. Once you account for depreciation, Germany's public investment on construction and equipment has actually been negative the past decade.

  • Reuters, 21 September 2014

    "Behind closed doors, while Germany will certainly push France on reform and [budget] consolidation, France will be given more time and flexibility," said Christian Odendahl, chief economist at the CER.

  • The Guardian, 21 September 2014

    But sport, said Stephen Tindale of the CER, "is respectable tribalism" – and tribalism can prove a powerful and effective motor. The kind of people who oppose further European integration often do so, Tindale argues, on the grounds that there is no European "polis", or body of citizens.

  • The Telegraph, 20 September 2014

    “The Catalans see this as a victory regardless of the result, and I think we are heading for a very nasty crisis,” said Charles Grant, head of the CER.