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Trade secrets: John Springford answers three questions

30 November 2020
Financial Times
Will it actually make much difference whether the UK and EU reach a Brexit deal or not? A free trade agreement (FTA) is so disappointing compared with the single market that it’s tempting not to care.

Merkels Signal "ist völlig irre"

27 November 2020
NTV
Ökonom Christian Odendahl kritisiert die Ansage der Kanzlerin, die Finanzhilfen könnten "nicht bis Ultimo" gezahlt werden.

Europe news round-up

27 November 2020
Financial Times
The Centre for European Reform argues in a report that a deal between the EU and the UK on international co-operation looks unlikely. It thinks London could try to “divide and rule” EU states on international questions, a strategy the EU will be “wary” of. The paper analyses the EU’s portfolio of foreign policy agreements and how well they work — or not.

Deutschland muss in Peking eigene Interessen durchsetzen, ohne Schoßhund der USA zu werden

27 November 2020
Der Tagesspiegel
Die Corona Pandemie hat den Großmachtkonflikt zwischen China und den USA weiter verschärft.

Judy Asks: Can the EU solve the budget and rule-of-law crisis?

26 November 2020
Carnegie Europe
Hungary and Poland have vetoed the next EU budget in protest of a new rule-of-law conditionality. What instruments and treaties can Europe use to circumvent Budapest and Warsaw’s hostage-taking?

Covid-19 means economic forecasts could be totally wide of the mark as Boris Johnson hits out at ‘gloomy’ data

26 November 2020
iNews
Sam Lowe of the Centre for European Reform said: “If the vaccine is effective and rolled out quickly we could see a bit of a consumer-led economic boom in the next few years.”

CER podcast: Is Europe falling behind technologically?

Christian Odendahl, Stephanie Flanders
25 November 2020
Christian Odendahl spoke to Stephanie Flanders about Europe’s position in the worldwide tech race, the merits of European competition policy and the EU’s ability to drive up standards in the digital world.

What Britain’s ‘rollover’ trade deal with Canada really means

24 November 2020
The Telegraph
Other potential upgrades could come on areas such as gender, the environment and digital trade, none of which  should be too tricky given they are issues on which both countries are broadly aligned, according to Sam Lowe, senior fellow at the Centre for European Reform.

Deutscher Bundestag: Experten befürworten Mehrheitsentscheide in der GASP

23 November 2020
Sophia Besch a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform gave evidence to the Bundestag Committee for European Union Affairs, on qualified majority voting in EU foreign policy.

BBC Radio 4 - The Week in Westminster: What is going on with Brexit talks?

21 November 2020
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform argues that the political imperatives affecting Boris Johnson are compelling enough to reach a compromise in the next few days, but it's not certain (from 18: 46 mins).

President Biden: Good for Europe, but not a miracle-worker

19 November 2020
Encompass
As long as Donald Trump doesn’t stage a coup d’état, Joe Biden will be sworn in as US President on January 20th 2021, and most of Europe will breathe a huge sigh of relief.

Can India help Greece counter the Turkey-Pakistan-Azerbaijan axisthat just overwhelmed Armenia?

18 November 2020
The EurAsian Times
"The shift towards a more assertive policy coincides with [President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan’s alliance with the ultranationalist MHP [Nationalist Movement Party] since 2015 and the strengthening of his rule after the failed coup in 2016,” said Luigi Scazzieri, a research fellow at the Centre for European Reform.

CER podcast: How should the EU approach China?

Sophia Besch, Sir John Sawers
18 November 2020
Sophia Besch spoke to Sir John Sawers about the relationship between Europe, the US and China.

Perfect sovereignty under Brexit will come at an economic cost

17 November 2020
The Telegraph
As Sam Lowe, a trade specialist with the Centre for European Reform, points out, it makes no sense to argue on the one hand that there is a big economic dividend to be had from freedom to negotiate FTAs with other countries, but on the other that there is no economic penalty in not having such an FTA with the UK’s biggest trading partner, the EU.

BBC Radio Wiltshire: Wendy Morton visits Moscow

16 November 2020
Ian Bond, director of foreign policy at the Centre for European Reform spoke to BBC Radio Wiltshire about Wendy Morton's visit Moscow. It's important to talk to adversaries as well as friends, the key thing is to be firm, make clear it won't be business as usual as long as...

ABC: EU and Brexit - the view from the Continent

15 November 2020
Camino Mortera-Martinez, a senior research fellow at the CER spoke to ABC as the UK is just weeks away from the EU exit door.

With Cummings gone and Biden in, a Brexit trade deal beckons

15 November 2020
The Telegraph
To this reason for reaching a deal with the EU, Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform think-tank, adds another two; that failure would play straight into the hands of insurgent Scottish separatists and would cause an already alienated business community to go through the roof in fury.

Ghana loses faith on UK trade deal

15 November 2020
The Telegraph
Sam Lowe, senior fellow at the Centre of European Reform, says: “Trade policy in the UK is an executive competence. I don’t buy this ‘DIT’s only got a mandate for rollovers’ line.”

The future of EU-Israel relations after Biden's victory

13 November 2020
The New Arab
Luigi Scazzieri, Research Fellow at the Centre for European Reform, says Biden will take a much less pro-Israel line than Trump, and "will recommit the US to a two-state solution" and be critical of Israeli settlement construction. "I think Israel will be pressured to drop the annexation agenda," he told The New Arab.

Biden puts pressure on Johnson to do a deal with the EU

12 November 2020
The Economist
Charles Grant of the Centre for European Reform, a think-tank, says the next weeks will see growing pressure for a deal from business and pro-business cabinet ministers and Tory MPs. Mr Johnson’s rising unpopularity and reputation for incompetence also suggest he badly needs to show he can at least get a much-promised Brexit trade deal.

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