Press quotes

  • Bloomberg, 27 August 2014

    'Learning from Herman' is a must, wrote Agata Gostynska, a research fellow at the Centre for European Reform in London. She praised Van Rompuy as an economically moderate consensus builder with a “small ego” who didn’t steal national leaders’ limelight.

  • New York Times, 26 August 2014

    “In terms of the way Hollande is perceived abroad, this will reinforce the perception that he is a weak leader who is unable to marshal his troops effectively,” said Simon Tilford, of the CER.

  • The Moscow Times, 20 August 2014

    "[EU sanctions] have avoided any outright bans or tariffs on Russian exports," said Ian Bond. "Paradoxically, the fact that the EU has not really gone down the line of the so-called sectoral sanctions … may actually make it much more difficult for the Russians to make a case in the WTO."

  • Wall Street Journal, 14 August 2014

    "The eurozone recovery never really got going, and now it appears to be petering out," said Simon Tilford, deputy director of the Centre for European Reform.

  • Wall Street Journal, 07 August 2014

    The ban on foodstuffs underscored Russia's dramatic retreat from the West under Putin this year. "It's symptomatic of a much deeper economic and psychological change going on, which is that Russia is being cut off," said Charles Grant of the CER.

  • Financial Times, 05 August 2014

    Charles Grant of the CER wrote that during the euro crisis Germany became the EU’s “unquestioned leader” on economic policy. “In foreign and security policy, Britain and France have generally set the EU agenda. The Ukraine crisis, however, may allow Germany to lead in this field, too.”

  • New Delhi Times, 02 August 2014

    Charles Grant of the CER comments that in order to maximize Europe’s leverage vis-à-vis Russia, the Commission should work with the European External Action Service and the key member-states to herd the member states towards a coherent approach.

  • 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.

  • The Wall Street Journal, 31 July 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.

  • 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.