In the Press - CER podcast: Unpacking the EU's new tech laws - and the UK's answer to them

Zach Meyers, Rosie Giorgi
27 May 2022
In this week’s CER podcast Rosie Giorgi speaks to Zach Meyers about the motivations behind the new laws, the companies that will be affected and what the UK is doing to promote digital competition and online safety.

In the Press - Why have Remainers gone silent as the costs of Brexit pile up?

17 May 2022
The Independent
The Centre for European Reform does rigorous quantitative analysis to isolate Brexit effects on British exports. Its latest survey showed that British exports of goods to the EU are 15 per cent down from where they should be.

In the Press - What are the benefits and drawbacks of adding Finland and Sweden to NATO?

16 May 2022
The Week
...Accession grants NATO access to both Finnish and Swedish territory in a crisis, which would "ease concerns about reinforcing the Baltic states and reduce the chances of a successful Russian attack," Ian Bond of the Centre for European Reform told Carnegie Europe.

In the Press - Verdragswijziging of niet, dat is de vraag

15 May 2022
Het Financieele Dagblad
 Charles Grant, directeur van de Britse denktank Centre for European Reform en een gerenommeerd EU-commentator, is minder enthousiast over de roep om een conventie en verdragswijziging. Hij wijst op de ervaringen begin deze eeuw. De EU-conventie die toen belegd werd, leidde tot een Europese grondwet die bij referenda in Nederland en Frankrijk werd afgewezen en daarna in stukjes terugkwam in het Verdrag van Lissabon.

In the Press - Espaço Schengen abanou durante a pandemia. Ainda tem remédio?

15 May 2022
ECO
A este propósito, a chefe da delegação de Bruxelas do think tank Centre for European Reform (CER) considera que o facto de os países Schengen terem adotado políticas diferentes entre si para enfrentar a Covid-19 foi uma “resposta natural”. Contrariamente ao ex-eurodeputado, Camino Mortera-Martinez refere ao ECO que o Espaço Schengen está “muito bem equipado” para lidar com uma crise sanitária, tendo demonstrado ser “suficientemente resiliente” para reagir ao choque da pandemia – o que, ressalva, “não significa que seja perfeito”.

In the Press - Emmanuel Macron’s ‘Confederation’ may be the perfect home for Brexit Britain

13 May 2022
The Telegraph
Charles Grant from the Centre for European Reform says the plan has support from the EU’s President Charles Michel and the Council secretariat, though not from Commission officials, visceral foes of "variable geometry" and anything that departs from the uniform script. 
“The move is highly significant. There is a strong desire for a rapprochement with the UK, and they might even be willing to rewrite the Protocol, if there is a different prime minister. Relations with Boris Johnson are now too toxic,” he said.

In the Press - Finland and Sweden get ready to announce Nato bids as Europe prepares for a reaction from Russia

11 May 2022
The Independent
“The Russians will rattle plenty of sabres, demonstratively move weaponry around in Kaliningrad or send naval vessels out into the Baltic to cause problems,” says Ian Bond, director of foreign policy at the Centre for European Reform. .... “Russia has its hands full with Ukraine at the moment,” adds Bond.

In the Press - Here's how the EU's plan to tackle online child abuse could impact your privacy

11 May 2022
Euronews
For Zach Meyers, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for European Reform (CER) think-tank, the Commission's plan "clearly undermines end-to-end encryption.""Once a “backdoor” to undermine encryption exists, that will create both new security vulnerabilities for hackers, and inevitable political pressure to expand the “backdoor” so that it covers more than just child sexual abuse material (CSAM) over time," Meyers added. 

In the Press - What do we know about Macron's idea for a two-tier Europe?

11 May 2022
Euronews
"One can say the Schengen Area and the eurozone are examples of a two-speed Europe, which is not the same as the other idea [of Macron], which is this outer circle of non-members of the EU, which would cooperate with the European Union on specific areas without being part of the bloc as members of the institutions," Camino Mortera-Martinez, head of the Brussels office at the Centre for European Reform told Euronews.