Press quotes

  • The Economist, 14 December 2011

    Tomas Valasek of the Centre for European Reform has written an excellent and gloomy analysis of the wider damage caused by David Cameron's botched negotiations. One point is that Britain's likely absence from European economic decision-making will tilt the balance towards French etatism.

  • Reuters, 14 December 2011

    "Diplomatically speaking, we're in a much poorer position because Britain is not in the room," said Hugo Brady, of the CER. "They were quite willing and quite happy to be the difficult partner so you could hide behind them in diplomatic negotiations ...

  • The Prague Post, 14 December 2011

    "My view is a little bit more cynical," said Philip Whyte, a senior fellow at the CER. "What does the deal really mean? It means tighter policy coordination and the application of fiscal rules throughout the eurozone.

  • Le Figaro, 13 December 2011

    "Cette position va considérablement compliquer la tâche du gouvernement, estime Simon Tilford, économiste au CER. Ayant perdu la confiance de ses partenaires européens, Londres va avoir plus de mal à résister à toute législation menaçant la City."

  • Financial Times, 13 December 2011

    Charles Grant of the CER, suggests that France and Germany may decide to pursue deeper fiscal integration in the eurozone via a new treaty that would include current members and aspiring "pre-ins".

  • La Croix, 13 December 2011

    "La Suède, la Pologne, le Danemark ou encore les Pays-Bas se sentent trahis", explique Charles Grant, directeur du Centre for European Reform.

  • NPR, 13 December 2011

    "Fiscal austerity in the eurozone has now become part of the crisis rather than a solution to it," says economist Simon Tilford. The debt burden of troubled eurozone countries is growing faster than their economies.

  • Newsweek, 12 December 2011

    Katinka Barysch of the CER says "Now that the government talks about new treaties and institutions, it looks more in charge. Politically, the strategy is working: almost two thirds of Germans now approve of Merkel's management of the euro crisis."

  • The Wall Street Journal, 12 December 2011

    "Britain is as isolated as it's ever been in the 25 years I've been following the EU," said Charles Grant, director of the pro-EU CER. "If I had to put money on it now, I think Britain will leave the EU in the next 10 years."

  • Frankfurter Allgemeine, 12 December 2011

    "Cameron hat mit Kanonen auf Spatzen geschossen. Er hat die anderen verärgert, ohne für Großbritannien etwas zu gewinnen", urteilt Simon Tilford, Chefökonom des CER in der britischen Hauptstadt. ...