Waking a sleeping giant: What's next for German security policy?

Sophia Besch, Sarah Brockmeier
09 March 2022
War on the rocks
“If the world changes, our politics must change,” said German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock three days after Russia started a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

CER podcast: Unpicking the EU’s rule of law conditionality mechanism

08 March 2022
Camino Mortera-Martínez speaks to John Morijn about the EU's rule of law conditionality mechanism and the ECJ's ruling on it.

Interview with Zach Meyers: Can Russia be crushed without crushing Europe?

07 March 2022
AMI Magazine
We interviewed Zach Meyers, a senior research fellow at the CER, an independent think-tank that examines ways to make the European Union work better. Mr Meyers, in particular, has been examining issues related to economic decoupling, separating the economies of the European Union from outside economies.

Interview with Ian Bond: 'First Invasion in Europe since 1974'

06 March 2022
We haven’t seen anything like this in Europe since the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus. The Russian invasion of Ukraine will force Europe’s leaders to think much more seriously about national defense.

Germany’s dramatic reversal on defense, explained

05 March 2022
“It’s really revolutionary,” said Sophia Besch, a Berlin-based senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform. “Scholz, in his speech, did away with and overturned so many of what we thought were certainties of German defense policy. He ticked off just one taboo after the next.”

EU half-awakening

04 March 2022
Financial Times
The EU’s recent leaps on common defence and sanctions against Russia are significant and have upended the bloc’s relationship with Moscow, with a phase of protracted “cold” confrontation coming up. However, the Centre for European Reform lays out why there are several reasons to be wary about claims of a “geopolitical awakening”.

The week where decades happened: How the west finally woke up to Putin

04 March 2022
The Guardian
Sophia Besch, from the Centre for European Reform, points out Scholz himself insisted he had not acted due to pressure from allies, but due to Germany changing its view of the threat posed by Putin. “The truth is the world did not change last Thursday,” she said.

Den store hammer

04 March 2022
Ian Bond, udenrigspolitisk direktør i London-tænketanken Center for European Reform, tvivler på det.»Spørgsmålet er, om Putin overhovedet er modtagelig for pres. Alle informationer, der siver ud fra Kreml, tyder på, at han kun tager imod råd fra en meget snæver kreds. Og de er ikke økonomer, men nationalistiske hardlinere, der mener, at Vesten er en evig trussel mod Rusland.

The EU's antitrust lessons for America

04 March 2022
Project Syndicate
While the EU’s courts and legislative processes will moderate the European Commission’s hardline instincts about competition policy, the US risks overcompensating for past laxity.

The EU's geopolitical awakening?

03 March 2022
UK in a changing Europe
The EU’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine took many observers by surprise. For once, the Union exceeded expectations, and by a large margin.

The EU is coming to Ukraine’s aid in several ways, but it won’t give President Zelensky what he really wants

02 March 2022
“The main problem is that Ukraine is a de facto occupied country,” says Camino Mortera, who heads the Brussels office of the Centre for European Reform, a think tank. “There are parts of Ukraine which are, officially or unofficially, under the control of another country.” This was also a headache in 2001, when Cyprus joined the EU, even though it was – and still is – partially occupied by Turkey.

Quotation of the day: As war grinds into 5th day, Kremlin starts hitting harder

01 March 2022
The New York Times
“A lot depends on how brutal the Russians are prepared to be.”
Ian Bond, foreign policy director for the Centre for European Reform, who said that images of violence against Ukrainians may not be politically successful for President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

TRT World: Moscow cracks down on protestors as economic sanctions hit

01 March 2022
The first round of ceasefire talks between Russian and Ukrainian officials ended with no agreements. Another round could happen within days. Ian Bond, director of foreign policy at the CER, joined us from London to discuss further on the Ukraine crisis.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has left a hole in the global energy market

28 February 2022
Elisabetta Cornago, a senior research fellow at the CER in Brussels, Belgium, argues that for Europe, the crisis may ultimately accelerate the transition to clean energy. The EU and the UK have been heavily reliant on Russian gas for decades, making them politically vulnerable to interference from President Vladimir Putin. “It’s kind of a wake-up call for Europe,” Cornago said.

After a fumbled start, Russian forces hit harder in Ukraine

28 February 2022
The New York Times
“A lot depends on how brutal the Russians are prepared to be,” said Ian Bond, foreign policy director for the Centre for European Reform. “They can’t censor everything, so brutalizing Ukrainians for whom many Russians feel a connection may not be politically successful for Putin.’’

BBC World News: Russian invasion of Ukraine

27 February 2022
Ian Bond spoke to BBC World News on EU sanctions and the big step of paying for lethal equipment to Ukraine and sanctions on Russian banks via SWIFT.

Germany's Scholz announces 100bn euros for German army

Christian Odendahl
27 February 2022
RTL Today
The significance of this move was highlighted by Christian Odendahl, chief economist at the Centre for European Reform. He wrote that "Scholz just dismantled almost every SPD policy towards Russia over the past 3 decades in one speech". Scholz represents the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

BBC World News: Russia vetoes UN resolution deploring invasion of Ukraine

26 February 2022
Zach Meyers spoke to BBC World News and explained that UK/US were prepared to cut off Russian banks from USD/GBP clearing, devastating Russia's ability to trade internationally - but EU sanctions still allow much trade with Russia.

Putin and the West: From curiosity to cataclysm

26 February 2022
France 24
"Cut off from West, Russia has no choice but to become junior partner of China," argued Charles Grant, director of the London-based Centre for European Reform."Beijing is ambivalent on invasion - it won't criticise Russia in public and blames the US - but values stability and territorial integrity."

How two big new EU laws will try to rein in Big Tech

26 February 2022
The Journal
“It’s not really directly relevant what the court decides because few consumers use comparison shopping services any more”, says Zach Meyers of the Centre for European Reform, a think-tank.