In the Press - Berlin unveils climate package as hundreds of thousands take to the streets

20 September 2019
The Wall Street Journal
“This is economic madness and at the same time, expected. The balanced budget has such a high political significance that no one dares to go against it. Not even for the climate, at a time of negative interest rates,” said Christian Odendahl, chief economist at the Centre for European Reform, a think tank.

In the Press - EU's new boss, invoking 'European way of life,' sparks partisan brawl

19 September 2019
The Wall Street Journal
Given that she was appointed with the support of conservative governments in central and Eastern Europe, Mrs. von der Leyen made a conscious decision to alienate left-wing rather than right-wing politicians, said Camino Mortera-Martinez, a senior research fellow with the Centre for European Reform, a London-based think tank.“She’s much less a compromise figure than people thought,” Ms. Mortera-Martinez said.

In the Press - German 'black zero' budget faces €40bn green challenge

19 September 2019
Financial Times
“The problem with the debt brake is it incentivises politicians to find clever ways around it,” said Christian Odendahl, chief economist at the Centre for European Reform.

In the Press - EU doubts over Boris Johnson's plan

18 September 2019
Financial Times
Sam Lowe of the Centre for European Reform believes there is time to get a deal agreed by the October 17 summit. “The EU has already proposed the kind of relationship that Mr Johnson is aiming for. It is the initial proposal they put forward for a Northern Ireland-only backstop. If there is to be a deal, that’s what would have to be on the table,” he says.

In the Press - 'Watered down' Northern Ireland backstop raises deal hopes

15 September 2019
The Sunday Times
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, nevertheless believes Johnson could benefit from a change of mood in Paris and Berlin following positive visits to both cities last month. But he warns this could take time to permeate through to Barnier’s team in Brussels. “There seems to be some difference of emphasis between the national capitals, which are more optimistic and believe Boris may well be serious about getting a deal, and the officials based in Brussels, who have experienced Frost’s hard red lines and uncompromising stance and are more sceptical that a deal is feasible,” Grant said.

In the Press - DUP opens door to new Brexit deal for Boris Johnson

13 September 2019
The Times
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, said that a deal by October 31 was now “more likely than I had thought”.

In the Press - Boris Johnson claims his team has 'rough outline' of a Brexit deal amid claims of 'growing optimism' in Brussels

12 September 2019
The Daily Mail
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform think-tank, said there was growing optimism in Brussels that a deal was possible on the backstop – the controversial measure designed to prevent the re-emergence of a hard border across Ireland. Mr Grant said officials were indicating a deal was ‘more likely than I thought’. He added: ‘Senior figures on the EU side say they can scrap the backstop as long as alternatives deliver on protecting the single market and the Good Friday Agreement.

In the Press - Barnier rejects Brexit extension without 'concrete' proposals

12 September 2019
City A.M
The Centre for European Reform’s director Charles Grant has tweeted a lengthy thread suggesting that EU officials are onboard with this in theory.“France, Germany, Commission could go along with this, but only if UK produces serious proposals, which it has not yet done. It would have to accept role for ECJ,” he wrote. “The other member-states do not want to put pressure on Ireland. But if the UK gets serious about a deal and shows flexibility, there would be gentle encouragement for Dublin to accept something almost equivalent to backstop.”

In the Press - Brexit deal is possible, says Centre for European Reform's Grant

12 September 2019
Reuters
A Brexit deal between the European Union and the United Kingdom is possible, the head of the Centre for European Reform think tank, Charles Grant, said on Thursday. “A deal between EU and UK is more likely than I had thought - my conclusion,” Grant said on Twitter.

In the Press - UK 'Ireland-specific' Brexit plan meets Brussels skepticism

12 September 2019
Politico
Sam Lowe, a trade expert with the Centre for European Reform think tank, warned that moving customs checks was not a magic solution. "You have to police businesses that don’t play by the rules. That’s still quite disruptive and risks to undermine the peace process and disrupt the all-Ireland economy," he said.

Future events

Labour Party Conference fringe event on 'What route out of the Brexit maze?'

24 September 2019
Speakers:
Hilary Benn, MP & Chair, Committee on Exiting the European Union
Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General, Confederation of British Industry 
Keir Starmer, MP & Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union
Chair: Charles Grant, Director, Centre for European Reform
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Conservative Party Conference fringe event on 'What route out of the Brexit maze?'

01 October 2019
Speakers:
Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General, Confederation of British Industry
Dominic Grieve, MP for Beaconsfield
Greg Hands, MP for Chelsea & Fulham
Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and The Border
Chair: Charles Grant, Director, Centre for European Reform
Please note this event is within the secure area, so passes will be needed.