Press quotes

  • The Economist blog, 10 November 2015

    Cameron’s speech portrayed EU membership as essential (he described it as a guarantor of Britain’s security) yet refused to rule out ditching it and pointed to a modest and patchy list of asks (none of them concerning security, as Charles Grant of the CER notes) that purportedly make the difference.

  • The Independent, 10 November 2015

    EU institutions have pleaded with capitals to act, and will do so again in Malta.“This crisis is exploding in our faces,” said Camino Mortera-Martinez, from the CER. “The main problem is that we don’t have a common approach.”

  • Agence France Presse, 09 November 2015

    John Springford of the CER highlighted that Cameron first promised a referendum in 2013, when UKIP was surging and his position looked shaky. "The strategy was a political one," he added. "I really don't think Cameron went into that speech with a clear view of what reform he even wanted from the EU."

  • Eurasia Review, 05 November 2015

    In a recent policy paper, Simon Tilford, deputy director of the CER, a London-based think-tank, argues that the recovery is not a result of austerity and reforms and that the economy's outlook is cloudier than the dominant narrative suggests.

  • BBC News, 04 November 2015

    Charles Grant of the CER told BBC Newsnight that restrictions on access to benefits was Downing Street's "most important" demand. "They made that demand as they see it as a more moderate request than their initial idea to have quotas on numerical limits on EU migrants coming into the UK," he said.

  • The New York Times, 04 November 2015

    "It's positive that the eurozone didn't break up," said Simon Tilford, deputy director of the CER in London. "But there are still major fault lines that have not been fully addressed. Europe is by no means out of the woods."

  • The Telegraph, 03 November 2015

    Charles Grant, director of the CER recently described the cuts as “madness” in a letter to The Telegraph, saying that the decision to keep to spending 2 per cent of GDP on defence should not disguise Britain fading from the international scene.

  • The Guardian, 02 November 2015

    The CER has suggested a new treaty article which would include new procedures to ensure greater transparency in discussions of the euro group so that non-euro countries know what is going on, and the creation of an "emergency brake".

  • Financiële Dagblad, 31 October 2015

    Volgens Rem Korteweg van de Londense denktank CER, Opvang is een hete aardappel, vandaar de zware uitspraken. Maar het gaat slechts om één miljoen mensen op 500 miljoen inwoners. In Istanboel zitten ook een miljoen Syriërs.

  • Financial Times, 29 October 2015

    Among Britain's EU think-tanks, the emergency brake has support: both Open Europe and the Centre for European Reform have backed a variant.