Press quotes

  • Voice of America, 12 June 2012

    Stephen Tindale, of the Centre for European Reform, said, “Almost half of the Russian government's revenue comes from various taxes on oil and gas exports." Tindale says that leaves the Russian economy highly vulnerable to a fall in oil prices.

  • Financial Times, 07 June 2012

    "In demanding safeguards that are impossible or unrealistic, Britain would force their partners down the route of the [intergovernmental] fiscal pact," said Charles Grant of the CER think-tank.

  • The International Herald Tribune, 07 June 2012

    Still, Ms Merkel and her team are worried about Mr Hollande’s commitment to reducing the French budget deficit and to carrying out domestic structural reform, said Charles Grant, director of the CER, who was just in Berlin.   

  • The Economist, 01 June 2012

    The end result is a long (very long) 20,000 word paper for the Centre for European Reform think tank, who have kindly published the results this week (though I am, in general, a bit more sceptical about the project than the CER).

  • The Wall Street Journal, 31 May 2012

    Mr Draghi's calls for more European integration are "spot on," said Philip Whyte of the London-based think-tank the CER "It's a totally dysfunctional currency union. You need reforms to make a more fiscally centralised union," he said

  • The Washington Post, 31 May 2012

    "The atmosphere in Europe has changed fundamentally. Yes, we were in an economic crisis in 2011, when Libya happened, but there was still a sense it was a manageable crisis. Europe had confidence that it doesn’t have today," said Tomas Valasek of the CER in London.

  • Agence France Presse, 30 May 2012

    "If Ireland votes 'yes,' that will mean a big morale boost for (German Chancellor Angela) Merkel after a series of political setbacks," said Hugo Brady of the London-based CER.

  • The Guardian, 30 May 2012

    It comes down, as the CER said, to a choice between fear and anger, both negatives. Of course the car could change course and stop for a service on the way. That is the least likely option at the moment, because it would mean German taxpayers, who already believe they have gone through their years of pain, going through a few years more.

  • BBC Radio - The World Tonight, 30 May 2012

    As borrowing costs in Spain have risen close to 7 per cent, Simon Tilford of the CER speaks to The World Tonight on the state of Europe's economy.
    From 16.50 min

  • Middle East Online, 30 May 2012

    The bloc's fledgling foreign service, under the leadership of Catherine Ashton, can do very little as "EU diplomacy is still the lowest common denominator," said Edward Burke of the CER.