• Opinion piece by Philip Whyte
    Yale Global, 12 January 2012

    The global financial crisis has had a seemingly odd impact on relations between the City of London, the United Kingdom and the European Union. Before the crisis, the dominant assumption in Britain was that what was good for the City, Europe's largest financial center, was good for the UK and the rest of Europe.

  • Opinion piece by Charles Grant
    The Times, 20 December 2011

    The Government should seek to protect the City, but went about it the wrong way at the Brussels summit.Sir, Camilla Cavendish's article on the City and the EU (“France defends farmers: we must save the City”, Dec 15) contains much common sense.

  • Opinion piece by Philip Whyte
    The Guardian, 14 December 2011

    There are many puzzles about the British government's tactics at last week's EU summit. One is why it chose to identify the City of London as the "vital national interest" that needed special protection. The City, after all, is the most unpopular "national champion" that the UK possesses.

  • Insight by Tomas Valasek, 13 December 2011

    The UK decision to boycott the new EU treaty has left like-minded countries in Central European in weaker position to resist France's etatist tendencies.

  • Opinion piece by Simon Tilford
    CER, 09 December 2011

    This week’s summit will do little to solve the fundamentals of this crisis. What has been agreed is definitely not a fiscal union, there is no agreement to close any of the institutional gaps in the eurozone, such as the lack of any real fiscal union or pan-eurozone backstop to the banking sector. Without these two things the crisis will continue to worsen.

  • Insight by Charles Grant, 09 December 2011

    The Brussels agreement on December 9th will weaken British influence in the EU and could damage the single market.

  • Opinion piece by Charles Grant
    Europaquotidiano, 08 December 2011

    «In questo momento mi pare si possa adattare ai leader europei quello che Churchill usava dire a proposito degli americani: si può sempre essere sicuri che facciano la cosa giusta, una volta che abbiano esaurito tutte le altre possibilità».

  • 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.