Press quotes

  • The Guardian, 14 February 2015

    As Ian Bond of the CER told me, this isn’t a strategy, it’s just noise. You either arm Ukraine or you don’t. If you wait until its armed forces are on the point of collapse, it will be too late.

  •, 13 February 2015

    According to Charles Grant of the CER, the most likely outcome of the UK exit would be a UK-EU Free Trade Agreement. But this could take years, and terms might not be favourable to the UK, he warned.

  • The Independent, 13 February 2015

    Despite the UK’s excellent think-tanks on foreign policy from the venerable Chatham House to the newer European Council on Foreign Relations and Centre for European Reform, fewer and fewer MPs of any party show an interest and very rarely attend foreign policy seminars and conferences.

  • Quartz, 12 February 2015

    “Putin’s guys now have two and half days to conquer as much territory as they can,” Bond tells Quartz from his office at the CER. “They’ve created an incentive to seize as much ground as possible.”

  • The Telegraph, 10 February 2015

    “Germany’s leaders have created a rod for their own backs by failing to explain honestly to their own people what the origins of the eurozone crisis really were. That is why it is going to be so difficult to reach a deal,” said Simon Tilford.

  • Politiken, 06 February 2015

    "Det ligner sidste udkald for Hollande og Merkel, som hidtil har været stærkt imod at levere våben til den ukrainske hær. Hvis ikke denne plan lykkes, kan de måske ikke længere modstå det voksende amerikanske pres for direkte militær støtte", siger Ian Bond.

  • The New York Times, 03 February 2015

    “They [left-wing and right-wing populist parties] are forcing some of the issues into the open and making it hard for northern European countries to avoid the discussion,” said Simon Tilford, deputy director of the CER.

  • The Guardian, 03 February 2015

    “Not only she [Merkel], but a large part of the German political, policy, economics and intellectual establishment was vehemently opposed to the ECB’s move [to print money],” noted the CER.

  • BBC Radio 4, 01 February 2015

    Featuring analysis on an EU in-out vote from Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform (listen from 4:09).

  • The Telegraph, 31 January 2015

    “The centre-Left has lost all credibility,” said Simon Tilford from the Centre for European Reform.