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Google's rare surrender on ads risks more antitrust pursuers

16 June 2021
Bloomberg
“Obtaining a settlement is likely to be a roadmap for other regulators,” said Zach Meyers, a research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, a London-based think tank.

‘A new dawn’: Australia and Britain agree on historic trade deal

15 June 2021
The Sydney Morning Herald
Centre for European Reform trade expert Sam Lowe said he was surprised the UK agreed to eventually eliminate agricultural tariffs.
“When it comes to tariffs, we have a constituency-based electoral system which sees farmers heavily concentrated in Conservative backyards. The fact we are discussing duty free and quota-free trade is something that will have shocked everyone.”

UK-Australia trade deal could complicate post-Brexit solution in Northern Ireland, officials fear

15 June 2021
Politico
“While it was totally possible for the U.K. to do a deal with Australia and not jeopardize its ability to enter into a deep veterinary agreement with the EU, it will be interesting to see whether the U.K. chooses to diverge from EU approaches anyway so as to make it more difficult for this or a future government to reintegrate with the EU. A ratchet, of sorts,” said Sam Lowe, senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform.

Sky News: Why the Australia trade deal matters

15 June 2021
Sam Lowe, senior research fellow at the CER spoke to Sam Coates about why the Australia trade deal matters (from 2mins 20).

The UK-Australia trade deal has been painted as both a travesty and a triumph for Britain – it’s neither

15 June 2021
iNews
This deal does not give us any insight into whether the UK will be able to conclude tougher negotiations with the US, India and South American countries.

Relations with Russia at ‘lowest point’ in many years, says NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg

14 June 2021
The Parliament Magazine
Ian Bond, Centre for European Reform director of foreign policy, gave his assessment of the summit, saying, “Biden is America’s most Atlanticist president since Bill Clinton. Europe and the US will not see eye-to-eye on everything, but they should not waste this chance to strengthen their partnership.”

NATO statement on China goes 'much further' than prior language, expert says

14 June 2021
Euronews
"The language on China certainly goes much further than anything NATO has said before,” Ian Bond, Director of Foreign Policy at the think tank the Centre for European Reform, told Euronews. “I think this does reflect an increasing realisation that China is developing in ways that we hadn’t hoped for and perhaps we didn’t expect a few years ago when the talk was of China becoming a responsible stakeholder in the international system.”

Is Europe’s latest payments project doomed to fail?

14 June 2021
Financial Times
“Once participating banks start to go into the nitty-gritty of designing the EPI, the interests of those banks will start to diverge,” warned Zach Meyers at the Centre for European Reform think-tank.

Deutsche Welle: NATO summit

14 June 2021
Sophia Besch, senior research fellow a the CER spoke to Deutsche Welle about the NATO summit.
 

Euronews: NATO statement on China goes 'much further' than prior language, expert says

14 June 2021
"The language on China certainly goes much further than anything NATO has said before,” Ian Bond, director of foreign policy at the think-tank the Centre for European Reform, told Euronews. 

Import of hormone-treated beef 'not happening' says Trade Minister, Liz Truss

11 June 2021
ITV News
"If the UK government is making hormone-treated beef a red line in negotiations with Australia, the US and other trade partners, this will provide some protection for British cattle farmers, who are not allowed to give their own animals hormones," said John Springford, from the Centre for European Reform.

What’s happening on tax at the G7 leaders’ summit?

11 June 2021
Independent (Ireland)
Zach Meyers, a research fellow with the Centre for European Reform think-tank, said the EU’s moves “are unlikely to work and could even dissuade countries from agreeing to the OECD package”.

CER podcast: Joe Biden's bridge-building European tour

Ian Bond, Rosa Balfour, Andrea Kendall-Taylor
11 June 2021
Ian Bond speaks to Rosa Balfour and Andrea Kendall-Taylor about the prospects for the transatlantic relationship under the Biden administration.

EU tries to loosen Brexit deadlock with colour-coded plan for Swiss-style deal

10 June 2021
The Guardian
Sam Lowe, senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, said the obvious solution was a Swiss-style deal for Northern Ireland “even on a temporary basis” to allow the UK government to diverge in the future for the sake of a trade deal with another country, such as the US.

'Up your game!' EU crumbling as majority of Europeans no longer trust bloc – new poll

09 June 2021
The Express
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, said France will use its EU presidency in the first half of next year ahead of the French presidential elections to "promote its ideas of Europe".

BBC Newsnight: Biden's G7 visit

09 June 2021
Sam Lowe spoke to Ben Chu about Biden's G7 visit and what he is likely to say about the UK-EU impasse over Northern Ireland.

BBC Radio 4 - PM: Irish Sea border goods checks

08 June 2021
Sam Lowe spoke to Evan Davis about the EU and UK queston of Irish Sea border goods checks, "the British proposal wouldn't remove the issue, it would just reduce it. Whereas the EU's would remove the issue, but at the expense of regulatory flexibility for Great Britain." (From 26mins) 

Tariffs cut on cheese, pork and poultry in UK-Norway trade deal

04 June 2021
Financial Times
Sam Lowe, senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform think-tank, described the UK-EEA deal as “necessary” and a “good thing” but said its success depended on the baseline of measurement. “If you are comparing it to normal free trade agreements, then it is certainly true that the deal has raised the bar in some areas, for example mutual recognition of professional qualifications,” he said. 

BBC Radio Three Counties: Global tax reform

04 June 2021
As well as a global minimum corporate tax, the G7 is also set to agree a reallocation of the right to tax. Countries like the UK, France and Germany, that have large consumer bases using big tech companies like Amazon, will be able to levy taxes. Zach Meyers spoke to Roberto...

Typical! French officials to use EU presidency to 'help Macron get re-elected'

01 June 2021
The Daily Express
French officials are set to use their EU presidency to help Emmanuel Macron get re-elected as the President of France, according to the director of the Centre for European Reform. Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, said France will use its EU presidency in the first half of next year ahead of the French presidential elections to "promote its ideas of Europe".