In the Press - Amnesty warns EU values, rights slipping amid security clampdown

17 January 2017
Voice of America
Brussels-based justice and home affairs expert Camino Mortera-Martinez, of the Centre for European Reform, agrees that emergency measures have escalated, deepening an old split between those supporting state intervention and others championing privacy and individual rights.“The question for me is do these measures make sense, are they reasonable?” she says. “It’s not possible in the current context not to have invasive measures on civil liberties in fighting terrorism, because of the exceptional state in which we’re in.”

In the Press - Europe readies for Nationalist tide

16 January 2017
The Wall Street Journal
Unless there is a Le Pen victory, the EU is unlikely to lose more members, said Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, a London think tank. But Mr. Grant said doubts about the euro could revive if Italy holds elections as some expect and voters back the antiestablishment 5 Star Movement, which wants a referendum on the common currency. Impediments to the 5 Star Movement’s ability to win on a national level include its refusal to form coalitions with more-established parties. “The chances that the euro will face an existential crisis about Italy are small but not zero,” Mr. Grant said.

In the Press - Donald Trump takes swipe at EU as 'vehicle for Germany'

16 January 2017
Financial Times
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform think-tank, said: "These comments reinforce the view that transatlantic relations are heading for their rockiest period since world war two. His views on Israel, Iran, climate etc are bound to create a chasm across the Atlantic and the UK will be left trying to straddle the divide — and perhaps falling in."

In the Press - Will Geert Wilders win the Dutch election? Latest polls for the Netherlands election 2017

16 January 2017
The Express
Rem Korteweg, senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform (CER), believes that there is an 80 per cent chance that the Mr Wilders will win. He said: “We have to take the polls with a grain of salt, but Wilder has really been able to create a significant lead over the past two months.” 

In the Press - Buoyant economy steels Brexiters' resolve on EU talks ahead

13 January 2017
Financial Times
“There’s no doubt that economic activity has held up better than most economists thought,” Simon Tilford, of the pro-EU Centre for European Reform think-tank, conceded. Mr Tilford notes that not all pro-EU economists missed the mark, and - like many - remains convinced that the Brexit pain will eventually arrive. But he worries that the smooth sailing in the meantime could create a false sense of confidence and shift public support toward a more extreme form of EU exit.“The fact that growth has held up over the last six months is a negative because it’s emboldened the Eurosceptics and those who think that the UK can flourish outside the single market,” he explained.

In the Press - Tim Barrow, invisible ambassador

13 January 2017
Politico
“The British government saw Russia largely as a trade opportunity for much of the time he was ambassador,” said Ian Bond, a Russia expert at the Centre for European Reform think-tank in London. “[Barrow] is very knowledgeable, very capable and very hard-nosed.”

In the Press - The problem with English

12 January 2017
Financial Times
“The British political class is astonishingly ignorant of the EU, whether they are pro it or against,” says Charles Grant of the Centre for European Reform.

In the Press - Seven Brexit strategies Theresa May could use to erode EU unity

12 January 2017
Bloomberg
“Even after Brexit, the EU and the UK will have a mutual interest in close defense and security relations,” Sophia Besch, research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, said in a note. “While it would make sense for Europeans to co-ordinate their response to Brexit and the Trump presidency in defense matters, unity is by no means predetermined.”