In the Press - ECB looks to keep rates low for longer

22 July 2021
The Wall Street Journal
“In truth, the ECB is not delivering on its new strategy,” said Christian Odendahl, chief economist at the Centre for European Reform, a London-based think tank. “It seems the ECB just wanted to wait for inflation to come, instead of pushing hard for it.”

In the Press - The rising cost of leaving the EU: £18bn blow in lost trade to Britain

22 July 2021
The Evening Standard
The Centre for European Reform estimates that leaving the single market and customs union at the end of December 2020 had reduced UK trade by £10 billion, or 13.5 per cent, in May. The think tank said this was on top of a £8 billion, or 10 per cent, hit to trade between the June 2016 referendum and splintering away from the single market.

In the Press - Europe Express: The Brexit stats gap

22 July 2021
Financial Times
Ask officials in Brussels and London how trade has changed and you may get two very different answers.

In the Press - UK considers import taxes to combat 'carbon leakage' but wants global deal

21 July 2021
Sky News
Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, said: "In the real world we have to appreciate the EU is moving ahead unilaterally with its own carbon border adjustment mechanism, and we've seen a proposal from the Democrats in the US this week, of something similar."

In the Press - Lagarde's strategy hints at new era of ECB teamwork with Germans

19 July 2021
“As long as the ECB continues to expect too-low inflation, the new strategy would require it - strictly speaking - to loosen its policy,” said Christian Odendahl, chief economist at the Centre for European Reform in Berlin. “The true test of the negotiated consensus is still ahead.”

In the Press - UK forced to reopen sensitive Ukraine trade pact after errors in text

18 July 2021
The Independent
Sam Lowe, senior fellow at the Centre for European Reform, said that mistakes in trade deals are “unfortunate but not entirely uncommon”. He added that it was “unsurprising that it had happened with a rollover agreement” because these have tended to include more copying and pasting of text than fresh deals.

In the Press - Europe Express: Compromise on tech

16 July 2021
Financial Times
The US and EU working together has always been a delicate tightrope to walk, most recently epitomised by the EU’s now-delayed digital tax. The Centre for European Reform argues that the two powers should not seek regulatory harmonisation, but instead co-operate on semiconductors and the promotion of new sources of rare earths outside China.

In the Press - Australian trade deal fears justified, says ex-negotiator

16 July 2021
BBC News
Sam Lowe, from the Centre for European Reform think tank, told the committee that while there was likely to be some impact on Welsh farmers, this was likely to be marginal."Because [the amount of Australian produce being imported] is so low right now, even a six hundred per cent increase isn't that much in quantity terms," he said.

In the Press - Europe unveils plan to shift from fossil fuels, setting up potential trade spats

14 July 2021
The New York Times
The cross-border carbon tax proposal could have the greatest impact on goods from Russia and Turkey, mainly iron, steel and aluminum, according to data analyzed by the Centre for European Reform. The impact on U.S. exports to Europe would be far smaller, according to the analysis.

In the Press - Why the European Union is a less-than-jolly green giant

14 July 2021
The Economist
Slashing emissions is a rotten problem for the officials, politicians and diplomats who must solve it. The costs come now and the benefits are reaped only in a generation, points out Elisabetta Cornago of the Centre for European Reform, a think-tank.