Press quotes

  • Los Angeles Times, 10 December 2011

    "This is not primarily a fiscal crisis. It's basically a growth crisis, and there's nothing in this agreement that makes one any more optimistic about economic growth," said Simon Tilford of the CER in London.

  • Irish Times, 10 December 2011

    Brussels-based Irish think-tanker Hugo Brady's take on the Cameron strategy: "If you're not at the table you're on the menu."

  • The Telegraph, 10 December 2011

    "It's not so much a row as a divorce, a passing of the ways," says Charles Grant of the CER. "It's more fundamental because the survival of the euro is existential for Sarkozy. He, like the Germans, will do everything he can to ensure its longevity and Britain is not part of that."

  • The Times, 10 December 2011

    Charles Grant, director of the CER think-tank, said that the developments would prove to be a "disaster" for the financial sector. "I can't think of a worse outcome for the City," he added. The rest of the EU would form a caucus "and tell us what they have decided".

  • The Independent, 10 December 2011

    Hugo Brady, of the CER, warned: "If you're not at the table, you're on the menu."

  • El Pais, 10 December 2011

    Grant opina que el resultado de la cumbre "es un desastre para Reino Unido y además amenaza la integridad del mercado único".

  • The Wall Street Journal, 09 December 2011

    That may spell trouble, says Simon Tilford at the CER. Businesses may be unwilling to invest while the outlook for demand continues to be weak, he says.

  • BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, 09 December 2011

    Charles Grant, Director of the Centre for European Reform, believes Britain "is a big loser" as they have chosen to be "outside the room". Britain's influence will be "reduced" as a consequence he adds.

  • Le Figaro, 09 December 2011

    "Nous devenons très détachés de l'Europe", souligne Charles Grant, directeur du CER. "Nous avons choisi d'être à l'extérieur de la salle quand des politiques économiques seront discutées qui risquent de mettre en danger le marché unique.

  • BBC News, 09 December 2011

    After British Prime Minister David Cameron's decision to veto an EU-wide treaty change, Hugo Brady of the CER said the UK was left in a precarious position. He told the BBC "If you're not at the table, you're on the menu."