Single market, competition & trade

Do Britain's European ties damage its prosperity?

Do Britain's European ties damage its prosperity?

Philip Whyte
22 March 2013
Leaving the EU would not resolve Britain's economic difficulties, which are mostly home-grown. However, it could turn Britain into a more closed economy.
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The UK and the single market

15 March 2013
There is no threshold beyond which the removal of trade barriers becomes ineffective, at least in economic terms. Barriers to trade are numerous, and eliminating them is a potentially limitless process.
Freeing the transatlantic economy – prospects, benefits and pitfalls

Freeing the transatlantic economy – prospects, benefits and pitfalls

Philip Whyte
20 February 2013
The EU and the US would benefit from freeing up transatlantic commerce. To succeed, they must agree some rules of engagement and stick to them.
Why British prosperity is hobbled by a rigged land market

Why British prosperity is hobbled by a rigged land market

13 February 2013
The British have the least living space, highest office rents and most congested infrastructure in the EU-15. A rigged market for land is to blame.
Annual Report 2012

Annual report 2012

08 February 2013
Charles Grant analyses Britain's difficult relationship with the EU and looks back on what the CER did in 2012.
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Eurozone slump derails Britain's economic strategy

28 January 2013
The British government's drive to rebalance the UK economy has foundered on falling exports to the EU; UK exports to the rest of the world are booming.
the ECB done enough to save the euro?

Has the ECB done enough to save the euro?

25 January 2013
The ECB may have done enough to stop euro break-up for now, but markets are likely to test its willingness to buy government debt.
Europe places too much faith in supply-side policies

Europe places too much faith in supply-side policies

18 January 2013
The damage done to Europe's growth potential by very low investment and mass unemployment is likely to offset the benefits of structural reforms.
Asia's fading economic miracle

Asia's fading economic miracle

George Magnus
11 January 2013
Prediction is not destiny. Without vigorous reforms and stronger institutions, many Asian economies will struggle to transform themselves from middle income to wealthy countries.
Sound public finances require more than low budget deficits

Sound public finances require more than low budget deficits

04 January 2013
Small budget deficits are no guarantee of sustainable public finances: Europe needs higher inflation and growth if it is to stem the rise in public debt.
Austerity report

Europe's future in an age of austerity

18 December 2012
The CER invited leading economists and policy-makers to debate the implications of fiscal austerity for economic, political and monetary stability.
A multi-tier Europe? The political consequences of the euro crisis

A multi-tier Europe? The political consequences of the euro crisis

Katinka Barysch
07 December 2012
Euro members must integrate more to save the single currency. But will a two-tier EU destroy the single market and lose the support of the people?
What a banking union means for Europe

What a banking union means for Europe

Philip Whyte
05 December 2012
A full banking union is needed to stabilise the eurozone. However, even an embryonic union could drive a wedge between the eurozone and the EU-27.
Europe's youth job crisis

Europe's youth job crisis

Katinka Barysch
30 November 2012
Some 14 million young people in the EU are not in work or education. German-style apprenticeships and flexible labour markets could help them get jobs.
Germany's opposition and the euro crisis

Germany's opposition and the euro crisis

Katinka Barysch
26 November 2012
Although Germany’s next general election is not scheduled until October 2013, the campaign started in earnest on 28 September 2012.
Eurozone: Trouble in the core?

Eurozone: Trouble in the core?

26 November 2012
Many people lazily assume that the eurozone is now split into a strong, prosperous core and a weak, depressed periphery.
Much ado about little: Britain and the EU budget

Much ado about little: Britain and the EU budget

07 November 2012
Britain is expending considerable political capital on freezing the EU budget. It would be best to push for reform of how the budget is spent.
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Russia needs a plan for modernising its economy

06 November 2012
Russia remains dependent on oil and gas, yet its leaders lack a coherent plan for rebalancing the economy. President Putin does not seem bothered.