Press quotes

  • The Washington Post, 18 January 2012

    "There’s no doubt that some of the reforms we’re now seeing of labour markets in some (European Union) states are long overdue," said Simon Tilford, of the CER.

  • USA Today, 16 January 2012

    The downgrade "certainly reinforces the relative weakness of France to Germany in the current context," said Simon Tilford of the CER. "However, what it also does is isolate Germany."

  • The New York Times, 13 January 2012

    "It will make it harder to erect firewalls around struggling euro zone economies and convince investors that things are more sustainable," said Simon Tilford, the chief economist for the CER in London.

  • Reuters, 12 January 2012

    Hugo Brady of the CER think-tank and a former Irish government official, said the SNP's assumption of automatic membership "would be a very difficult ask because it would set a precedent for other new members that might join."

  • EU Observer, 11 January 2012

    Charles Grant, director of the London-based Centre for European Reform, told the meeting "it is quite likely Britain will leave the EU within 10 years."

  • Reuters, 10 January 2012

    "Contributing troops to these conflicts has been very financially and politically expensive for European countries," says Tomas Valasek of the CER. "There will be some who will rejoice that the US has in effect said that it plans to do fewer 'nationbuilding' wars."

  • Defence News, 09 January 2012

    "The new emphasis on Asia and the Middle East could mean the US will be less likely to lead future operations in and around Europe", said Tomas Valasek, of the CER in London.

  • The Guardian, 03 January 2012

    I came across an upbeat pamphlet called EU:2010: An optimistic vision of the future. Written in 2000 by Charles Grant,  it set out a vision of a resurgent Europe into which he hoped the second Blair government would take us around about 2005...

  • International Herald Tribune, 02 January 2012

    "People talk about tax measures continuing to be subject to unanimity", said Philip Whyte, senior research fellow at the CER, "but you could have this type of reinforced cooperation in an area covered by unanimity and with a country not taking part being affected by the measure".

  • The German Marshall Fund of the US, 01 January 2012

    In this GMF podcast, Senior Advisor Michael Leigh and Director of the CER Charles Grant discuss the increasing isolation of the UK from the EU and the effect of this isolation on the rest of Europe, and on transatlantic relations.