Press quotes

  • New York Times, 09 December 2011

    The summit was "a disaster for the UK," Charles Grant, director of the CER said in a statement.

  • Voice of America, 09 December 2011

    But Simon Tilford at the CER, says the new treaty does nothing to solve Europe's debt crisis. "The problem is that fiscal austerity will not solve this crisis, at least not alone. Fiscal austerity has in many ways become part of the crisis.

  • Channel 4 News, 09 December 2011

    Simon Tilford, from the CER agreed, "This week's summit will do little to solve the fundamentals of this crisis."... Mr Tilford told Channel 4 News the summit should have agreed a fully-fledged fiscal union. Instead, all it had done was tinker. "This is little different from what the eurozone already had: the stability and growth pact.

  • Bild, 09 December 2011

    "Der Premierminister hat den Euroskeptikern einen Fleischbrocken hingeworfen", sagt Simon Tilford von der Denkfabrik Centre for European Reform.

  • The Economic Times, 08 December 2011

    "For the first time in the history of the EU, Germany is the unquestioned leader, and France is number two," said Charles Grant, of the CER, citing growing inquality ever since the financial crisis struck in 2008.

  • USA Today, 08 December 2011

    "I would find it surprising if they are not going to offer any more than this," said Simon Tilford at the CER. "If this is all that is on the table then the future for the euro is very, very bleak indeed."

  • Financial Times, 08 December 2011

    As Charles Grant of the CER has observed, the proposals for a stability union presented to the Brussels summit were essentially written in Germany, even if the odd page was edited in Paris.

  • Channel 4 News, 07 December 2011

    It is not just eurosceptics who are opposed. Simon Tilford of the CER, told Channel 4 News: "I think a transactions tax would only work if agreed globally. Europe moving unilaterally would achieve little.

  • USA Today, 07 December 2011

    "The euro crisis is transforming the balance of power in Europe," said Charles Grant, director of the CER. "Germany is emerging, for the first time in the EU's history, as the unquestioned leader."

  • The New York Times, 07 December 2011

    "Germany is the unquestioned leader of Europe," said Charles Grant, director of the CER. "France is definitely subordinate to Germany and Britain has less influence than at any time I can recall.