Press quotes

  • The New York Times, 02 July 2012

    "Mario Draghi is going to be damned if he does and damned if he doesn't. Damned if he does because he'll be seen in Germany as caving in to irresponsible and profligate countries in the periphery," said Philip Whyte, a senior research fellow at the CER in London.

  • Financial Times, 02 July 2012

    Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, said that given this situation the Swiss bilateral model is probably more attractive for British eurosceptics than the Norwegian one. But he added that this model comes with its own problems: "Being out of the trade block could hurt UK manufacturers such as the car industry if the right exemptions cannot be negotiated."

  • The New York Times, 01 July 2012

    The result for Simon Tilford, chief economist at the CER, looks like this: "Germany is much more vulnerable than German policymakers appear to believe. Germany's strength is exaggerated and its weaknesses downplayed."

  • International Herald Tribune, 29 June 2012

    "The current disconnect between Paris and Berlin is destabilising the euro," Charles Grant, the director of the CER, wrote this week. "In the long run the euro is not sustainable without a grand bargain between France and Germany."

  • Die Zeit, 29 June 2012

    Simon Tilford, ein Ökonom der für den Londoner think-tank Centre for European Reform arbeitet, beschreibt die Dynamik, die beide Länder in den Abgrund trieb als "eine Art des kollektiven Wahnsinns".

  • Financial Times, 28 June 2012

    Charles Grant, the director for the CER has blogged ahead of the summit, a good primer for anyone wondering what's at stake. "Like many other EU summits over the past two years, the European Council meeting in Brussels on June 28th and 29th has been billed as a 'last chance' to save the euro.

  • The Guardian, 28 June 2012

    "Unless France and Germany can soon agree on a grand bargain, disaster may loom," said Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform.

  • The Guardian, 28 June 2012

    Edward Burke of the CER said "Moscow knows the writing is on the wall for the Assad regime and that its slow demise will likely precipitate an increasingly deadly civil war that will damage Russian interests ...An attempt by Russia to negotiate a political transition should be welcomed.

  • BBC Mundo, 28 June 2012

    "La Eurozona está acercándose al momento de todo o nada. O se estimula el crecimiento y se mutualiza la deuda para proteger a los bancos o la situación se deteriorará aún más muy rápidamente", señaló a BBC Mundo Simon Tilford, del think tank con sede en Londres Centre for European Reform (CER).

  • Reuters, 27 June 2012

    "We are sliding towards the exit without any strategising about what comes afterwards," said Charles Grant, of the CER. "Osborne and Cameron actually want to stay in the EU so I don't think they have a sort of plan B. There is no strategy and the sceptics can't agree on what to do."