Press quotes

  • Financial Times, 31 March 2014

    Charles Grant of the Centre for European Reform think-tank said if the left does get the first crack at the top job in Brussels "at least three moderate Socialists would be viable alternatives" to Mr Schulz.

  • Rzeczpospolita, 31 March 2014

    W obecnej sytuacji Norweg jest właściwym wyborem dla obu stron. Traktuje zagrożenie rosyjskie poważnie, ale w sposób bardziej zniuansowany niż w Europie Wschodniej – mówi „Rz" Rem Korteweg, ekspert Centre for European Reform w Londynie.

  • Bloomberg, 31 March 2014

    "Yanukovych won the 2010 election more or less fairly because his allegedly more Western-leaning opponents, first of all, spent so much time fighting between themselves, and secondly, presided themselves over so much poor governance and corruption," said Ian Bond of the CER.

  • BBC News, 27 March 2014

    "Anything that requires a decision by the OSCE's permanent council is vulnerable to a veto by a single state… but if you can reach consensus, then that gives a decision extra strength," said Ian Bond, director of foreign policy at the CER.

  • The Guardian, 27 March 2014

    It's high time all those who fear Britain heading for the exit stood up and rallied to the cause – the CBI, chambers of commerce, every individual and every interest or campaigning group which would lose out. Where is the money flowing into pro-EU supporters, such as the well-informed Centre for European Reform?

  • Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty, 24 March 2014

    "They [sanctions] won't automatically extend to relatives, but they will, for example, extend to shell companies where the EU or the US can identify that the controlling interest is held by a person who is subject to sanctions," says Ian Bond of the CER.

  • The New York Times, 24 March 2014

    [Building gas 'interconnecters'] is relevant in what some analysts, like Rem Korteweg of the CER, consider a possible escalation scenario: that Russia cuts supplies of gas through Ukraine but continues pumping it through its other two pipelines to the West — one through the Baltic and the other through Poland.

  • The New York Times, 24 March 2014

    A special role in the crisis has fallen to Germany, Europe's biggest economy, and to Chancellor Angela Merkel, a Russian speaker who is familiar with Mr Putin and in a stronger position at home than other leaders. "Merkel certainly gets it," said Charles Grant, director of the CER.

  • Deutsche Welle, 24 March 2014

    Simon Tilford is [also] wary of making easy parallels. "I think it's a little unfair," he told DW. "I think there are Tea Party echoes in economic policy, but I think those echoes are actually much stronger in the CSU [Bavarian sister-party to Merkel's CDU]."

  • El Periodico Internacional, 23 March 2014

    "La UE no podrà canviar la seva dependència del gas rus de la nit al dia. Tampoc és realista esperar que la UE reemplaci completament les seves importacions de gas rus, entre altres coses perquè la producció interna (sobretot al mar del Nord) s'està reduint", afirma Rem Korteweg, del CER.