Research & Press

Werden deutsche Sparer tatsächlich enteignet?

23 August 2019
Capital Magazin
Berechnungen zeigen, dass  deutsche Sparer durch niedrige Zinsen viel verlieren. Doch stimmen die Zahlen? Gibt es ein Recht auf einen positiven Zins, und ist die EZB der richtige Sündenbock? Ein Selbstgespräch von Christian Odendahl.

How Brexit got harder

22 August 2019
The Atlantic
Trade deals “were honed in as something that could be held up as a trophy,” Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, a London-based think tank, told me.

Did Angela Merkel really offer a big Brexit concession?

22 August 2019
Financial Times
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, another think-tank, said there was a rich history of UK politicians and pundits drawing the wrong conclusions from remarks made by the German chancellor.“The British like to assume that Germany will solve their problems.

BBC News: PM in Paris

22 August 2019
Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform spoke to BBC News today about Prime Minister Johnson's visit to Paris today and his discussions with President Macron (from 12:26 mins).

Boris Johnson needs help from Trump, but not too much

21 August 2019
The New York Times
There is growing speculation that Mr Johnson is aiming for a general election, said Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, a research institute based in London, since his working parliamentary majority has dwindled to just one. But that presents other perils.“If he is going into an election, he has to be very careful not to be seen as Trump’s poodle,” he said. The opposition Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, is already trying to disparage Mr. Johnson as “Britain’s Trump.”

Brexit masterplan: The ONE key demand Donald Trump will make to strike trade deal with UK

20 August 2019
The Express
Trade expert Sam Lowe claimed Mr Trump will demand a key aspect is included in the negotiations before he agrees to sign a new deal with London.Speaking to BBC Brexitcast, Mr Lowe said: "The WTO issues of this don’t really matter, it’s the political ones that matter. Will the US really do an agreement with the UK that excludes agriculture?"I think we know the answer to that is very unlikely."

NPR: Can UK's new Prime Minister pull off Brexit? Here's what to know

19 August 2019
Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, a London think tank, lays out what many consider is Johnson's Plan B or perhaps his ultimate strategy: "Boris Johnson calls a general election and uses the narrative, 'It's the people versus Parliament.

BBC Radio 5 Live - Brexitcast: Brex on the Beach

19 August 2019
Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform joined Adam Flemming, Georgina Wright and Anand Menon to discuss the last few weeks in Brexit.

Will German slowdown hit eastern European economies?

19 August 2019
Deutsche Welle
According to the Centre for European Reform, the Visegrad 4 (Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia) collectively is now Germany's most important trade partner, ahead of China and the US, due to their integration in EU supply chains.

Here's how Germany could boost its economy, if it wants to act

18 August 2019
Bloomberg
With its infrastructure in poor shape, Germany could think big and commit to higher investment for the next 15 to 20 years, according Christian Odendahl, chief economist at the Centre for European Reform in Berlin. Germany is ranked highly in the overall global competitiveness index, but falls short in areas like road quality and internet connectivity.

Costly tariff spat masks deeper trade problems

18 August 2019
The Wall Street Journal
Nor do tariffs necessarily explain patterns of global trade. Consider American automobiles, whose relative unpopularity in Europe owes more to narrow streets than EU import duties, said Sam Lowe, a trade-policy expert at the Centre for European Reform, a London-based think tank focused on EU affairs.

Dogma and complacency put the German economy at risk

16 August 2019
Financial Times
A lack of political ambition, reform and investment when times were good have hobbled the country.

Trump envoy's cheap Brexit promises

14 August 2019
Politico
“What Bolton is proposing is not realistic," said Sam Lowe from the Centre for European Reform. "Why would Congress sign off on anything that doesn’t have agriculture included?”"All Congress cares about is agriculture and dismantling the EU’s regulatory approach to food and chemicals,” Lowe argued. Any deal that falls short of that would not be ratified, regardless of Bolton's assurances.

BBC Radio 4 - Today programme: US-UK trade deal: Too good to be true?

13 August 2019
Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform discussed US-UK trade deals, and if deals could be done sector by sector (from 06.48am).

BBC News: Post-Brexit trade deals

13 August 2019
“One of the possibilities...is perhaps a deal by which Trump says to the UK I'll exclude you from my trade war tariffs if you support us on Huawei, or Iran, or China – this would technically be a quick deal if not a fully-fledged free trade agreement”, Sam Lowe, a...

Sky News: Brexit trade

13 August 2019
John Bolton is not a trade envoy–his concerns are Iran, China, Huawei “He is using the carrot of a potential free trade agreement with the US -something the UK and Brexit supporters have wanted for a while- as a means of applying pressure to the UK” Sam Lowe, a senior...

Radio 2 - Jeremy Vine: Facebook Ads and Trade Deals

13 August 2019
“The UK does need to decide: if it just wants to throw all its eggs into one basket with the US when at this moment in time the person running the US isn’t maybe the stable genius that he likes to think he is?” Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform told Jeremy Vine (from 13:36).

BBC World News: Post-Brexit trade deals

13 August 2019
“The US is a strong operator in trade agreements – it tends to get what it wants by being tough and pursuing its own interests, and it will make use of the fact that Britain post-Brexit will be very much in bad need of a trade deal" Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform tells BBC World.

Brexit: US promises fast‑track trade deals for Britain and backs no‑deal

13 August 2019
The Times
Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, said: “The EU offered just this sort of deal to the US as a way of de-escalating the trade war and the US turned it down. That makes me sceptical that doing these sort of sector-by-sector deals is politically possible in America."

US-UK trade deal: Too good to be true?

13 August 2019
BBC News
The UK is "first in line" for a trade deal with the US, President Trump's National Security Adviser John Bolton has said. And deals could be reached on a sector by sector basis.However, Sam Lowe, trade expert at the Centre for European Reform, is sceptical, particularly if the Trump administration proposed an agreement that focused on industrial goods and excluded agriculture to begin with.

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