• Insight by Simon Tilford, 08 December 2011

    The UK’s decision to marginalise itself by vetoing a new EU-27 treaty has dominated the post-summit media coverage. And for good reason – it could prove a big step towards UK withdrawal from the EU. However, the bigger question is whether the agreement reached at the summit will do anything to address the fundamentals of the euro crisis.

  • Opinion piece by Simon Tilford
    Channel 4 News, 05 December 2011

    As Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel discuss the eurozone debt crisis in Paris, economist  Simon Tilford tells Channel 4 News the single currency cannot survive in its present form.

  • Opinion piece by Katinka Barysch
    The Guardian, 05 December 2011

    While Merkel's vision for a fiscal union may not be the answer to all the eurozone's problems it could be a vital part of any solution.

  • Opinion piece by Simon Tilford
    The Times, 30 November 2011

    Britain’s unlikely status as a safe haven is more to do with Europe’s problems than our cuts.George Osborne likes to point at Britain’s record low borrowing costs — the Government can issue ten-year debt at just over 2 per cent — as proof of confidence in his stewardship of the economy.

  • Insight by Charles Grant, 30 November 2011

    France is backing Germany’s wish for a new treaty to enshrine strict budgetary discipline. In exchange, it hopes Germany will save the euro.

  • Insight by Katinka Barysch, 29 November 2011

    Is Berlin leading in the euro crisis? Many Germans say it does, by spreading ‘stability culture’ – but not by telling the ECB what to do.  

  • Bulletin article by Simon Tilford, 28 November 2011

    The eurozone is now subject to a full-blown run on its bond market. Spanish and Italian borrowing costs are now higher than those of Greece, Ireland and Portugal when they were forced to seek bail-outs from the EU and IMF. The crisis has spread to Belgium and France, and even to Austria, Finland and the Netherlands.

  • Opinion piece by Philip Whyte Simon Tilford
    Invertia, 23 November 2011

    Los expertos del Centre for European Reform (CER), una agrupación británica pro europea, Simon Tilford y Philip Whyte, aseguran en el informe “¿Por qué normas más estrictas ponen en peligro a la UE?” que no toda la culpa de la actual crisis es de los países periféricos, los mal llamados PIIGS (Portugal, Italia, Irlanda, Grecia y España).