European diplomacy on the defensive

09 March 2024
Financial Times
Luigi Scazzieri of the Centre for European Reform writes: Europe’s unwillingness to take concrete steps to restrain Israel’s military operations in Gaza has strengthened the narrative that the west is guilty of double standards, treating the struggle to support Ukraine as a fight for the future of the rules-based international order while being unwilling to hold Israel to account.
Why do Britain's goods and services exports appear to be holding up?

Why do Britain's goods and services exports appear to be holding up?

08 March 2024
On the face of it, UK exports have been surprisingly robust after Brexit. Goods exports to the EU have tracked those to the rest of the world, despite new trade barriers being imposed on the former but not on the latter.

How Apple stands to lose from Europe's new tech law

08 March 2024
The Wall Street Journal
The new law “strikes closer to the heart of Apple’s philosophy, approach to security and its business model,” said Zach Meyers, assistant director with the Centre for European Reform, a think tank. “Unlike Google, there is not much obvious upside or opportunities for Apple.”

EU faces uphill battle to rein in big tech

07 March 2024
The Australian
"EU lawmakers are vastly underestimating the challenge of implementing and enforcing the recent swathe of digital laws," Zach Meyers, of the Centre for European Reform think tank, wrote in a February report.
The sheer volume of new laws, Meyers argued, "creates a risk that the Commission and national enforcers will lack the resources to implement them properly."

We should not be afraid to increase the military and economic pressure on Russia

07 March 2024
Inter Press News
What seems extremely solid to us today may actually be more fragile than we realize - although I don't think Putin's regime has reached that stage yet - Ian Bond, deputy director of the Centre for European Reform, said at the Rondeli Security Conference ongoing in Tbilisi.

Parsing Europe’s productivity stagnation

07 March 2024
Financial Times
At the Centre for European Reform, Zach Meyers has a useful guide to the factors that will determine the Digital Market Act’s success or failure.

L'UE face au défi d'appliquer ses nouvelles règles pour dompter les géants de la tech

07 March 2024
Les législateurs sous-estiment largement le défi que représente l'application des récentes lois sur le numérique, prévient Zach Meyers, du think tank Centre for European Reform.
L'avalanche de textes accroît le risque que la Commission et les autorités nationales chargées de les appliquer ne disposent pas des ressources nécessaires pour les mettre en œuvre correctement, s'alarme-t-il.

Will Europe's DMA promote gatekeeper competition?

06 March 2024
(CEPA) The Center for European Policy Analysis
The Digital Markets Act aims to level tech’s uneven playing field. This goal requires not just reining in the largest tech companies but encouraging them to compete against each other.

Tech’s 6 ‘gatekeepers’—including Amazon, Apple, Meta and Microsoft—are about to face heavy new scrutiny as Europe aims for ‘fairer’ digital markets

06 March 2024
Officials will be looking to Brussels for guidance, said Zach Meyers, assistant director at the Centre for European Reform, a think tank in London.
“If it works, many Western countries will probably try to follow the DMA to avoid fragmentation and the risk of taking a different approach that fails,” he said.

Inflated debate: Why won’t the ECB cut rates?

06 March 2024
Moreover, Europe’s economy is stagnating and “could use a bit of a momentum injection from lower interest rates”, Sander Tordoir, a senior economist at the Centre for European Reform (CER), told Euractiv.“The rate decision matters because the eurozone economy has come to a long standstill after getting its recovery [from the pandemic] knocked off course by Russia’s war on Ukraine,” he added.

Apple on collision course with EU as new Digital Markets Act kicks in

05 March 2024
“The most significant challenge is from Apple, because it challenges one of the DMA’s rules, which requires it to give app developers the same ability to use iPhone functions which Apple reserves to itself,” said Zach Myers, the assistance director at the Centre for European Reform. “But even if that case succeeds, most of the DMA will still be in force.”

La France contribuera à l'achat de munitions hors d'Europe pour l'Ukraine

05 March 2024
Les Echos
 « Les positions de nombreux pays sont en train de changer face à l'urgence dans laquelle se trouve l'Ukraine », décrypte Luigi Scazzieri, du think tank Centre for European Reform.
...« Ce serait une quantité énorme, pour l'instant les Européens n'auront réussi à livrer, à la fin du mois, que 500.000 pièces au grand maximum », pointe Luigi Scazzieri.

Macron in Prague to thaw relationship with Central Europe

05 March 2024
“There’s a bit of baggage between Macron and Central European counterparts,” Luigi Scazzieri, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for European Reform (CER), a think tank, told Euractiv.

Karo dievų nemalonėje: keturios Europos gynybos pramonės bėdos ir du būdai jas išspręsti

04 March 2024
IQ -Lithunaia
„Europos gynybos pramonė yra struktūriškai pritaikyta gaminti mažais kiekiais, todėl jai reikėjo didinti gamybą. Tai vyko lėtai dėl dviejų priežasčių. Viena jų susijusi su sunkumais didinant gamybą, apsirūpinant žaliavomis, darbo jėga, kuriant naujas gamybos linijas ir pan.“, – IQ aiškino Europos gynybos pramonės nesugebėjimą įsibėgėti Europos reformų centro (CER) vyresnysis mokslo darbuotojas Luigi Scazzieri, kuris neseniai parengė studiją „Can European defence take off?“ („Ar Europos gynyba gali įsibėgėti?“).

How Germany has become Nato’s ‘weak link’ against Putin after ‘Brit troops in Ukraine’ leak & dragging heels over arms

04 March 2024
The Sun
Ian Bond, deputy director at the Centre for European Reform, said that by not sending more weapons and help [to Ukraine] - Germany would effectively be siding with Russia.

What is going on with Europe's economy?

04 March 2024
The Atlantic
“Germany knows that it needs the same kind of fiscal policy as America,” Sander Tordoir, a senior economist at the Centre for European Reform, told me. “But it has placed a straitjacket on itself that it can’t escape.”

Russian Roulette: Why Macron raised the stakes on Ukraine

04 March 2024
RTE News
"Europe’s defence industrial base shrank after the Cold War and is fragmented along national lines," writes Luigi Scazzieri, a senior research fellow, in a paper for the Centre for European Reform (CER).

Interviu Aslak Berg / Nu e deglobalizare: superputerile lumii își reașează piesele pe tablă

04 March 2024
CRONICILE Curs de Guvernare
Ceea ce unii numesc deglobalizare nu reprezintă altceva decât intrarea comerțului global într-o nouă eră, care să răspundă provocărilor lumii multipolare în care trăim – spune cercetătorul Aslak Berg
Zach Meyers

The World: European Union fines Apple $2 billion in antitrust case

04 March 2024
On Monday, the European Union sent a message to Apple and other tech giants: We will ensure compliance with our regulations. It followed a massive $2 billion antitrust fine for Apple. The EU had accused the tech giant of anti-competitive practices toward rival music applications on its products.
Host Carolyn Beeler...

Jeremy Hunt knows Brexit Britain can’t afford to cut taxes

03 March 2024
The Observer
With the Office for Budget Responsibility estimating a hit to the economy of 4% of GDP, Goldman Sachs putting it at 5%, and the National Institute of Economic and Social Research calculating up to 6%, Hunt knows that anything up to £40bn (the Centre for European Reform estimate) may have been knocked off the “headroom” he has for budgetary concessions.