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The Centre for European Reform is a think-tank devoted to making the European Union work better and strengthening its role in the world. The CER is pro-European but not uncritical.

    CER podcast: Brexit and the labour market

    CER podcast: Brexit and the labour market

    In this week's episode of the Centre for European Reform podcast, the CER's deputy director John Springford and professor at King's College London Jonathan Portes discuss their report 'Early impacts of the post-Brexit immigration system on the UK labour market'. The report estimates that Brexit has led to a net shortfall of 330,000 workers in the UK, concentrated in low-skilled sectors such as transportation and hospitality. They delve into the methods used to reach this figure and debate the potential benefits and drawbacks of sector-specific immigration rules to try to reduce labour shortages.

    Produced by Helmi Pillai
    Music by Edward Hipkins

    • 21 min
    CER podcast: The cost of Brexit

    CER podcast: The cost of Brexit

    In this week’s episode of the Centre for European Reform podcast Helmi Pillai interviews John Springford about his most recent cost of Brexit analysis. John shares his estimate of the damage Brexit caused to the British economy in 2022 and explains the reasons for the negative impact. John also discusses the methodology behind his findings and responds to criticisms of his analysis.

    Produced by Helmi Pillai
    Music by Edward Hipkins

    • 21 min
    CER podcast: The implications of Russia’s war against Ukraine

    CER podcast: The implications of Russia’s war against Ukraine

    In this year’s final episode of the Centre for European Reform podcast, our researchers unpack the most significant event of the past year, Russia’s war on Ukraine. The CER’s experts analyse the impact of the war thus far and share their predictions for 2023. Ian Bond, director of foreign policy, evaluates Russia and Ukraine’s performance in the war and the Western response. Senior research fellow Luigi Scazzieri discusses the war’s impacts on European defence and enlargement. Elisabetta Cornago, senior research fellow, explains how the war has affected energy policy. Zach Meyers, senior research fellow, shares his views on the technological aspects of the war. And Charles Grant, director of the CER, gives his insights on the war’s broader geopolitical implications.

    • 43 min
    CER Podcast: Will the EU unblock Hungary’s funds?

    CER Podcast: Will the EU unblock Hungary’s funds?

    In this week’s episode of the CER podcast, Camino Mortera-Martinez, head of our Brussels office, and Sander Tordoir, senior economist at the CER, explain the escalating conflict between Hungary and the EU. They discuss the EU’s strategies for tackling democratic backsliding and corruption in Hungary, and cast light on the politics and economics of Hungary’s frozen EU funds.

    Produced by Helmi Pillai and Rosie Giorgi
    Music by Edward Hipkins

    • 33 min
    CER podcast: Will the Commission’s fiscal rules plan work?

    CER podcast: Will the Commission’s fiscal rules plan work?

    In this week’s Centre for European Reform podcast, John Springford, our deputy director, and Sander Tordoir, senior economist at the CER, discuss the EU’s fiscal rules. They consider why the rules matter, what their shortcomings are, and weigh up the European Commission’s proposal for tweaking the current fiscal rulebook.

    Produced by Helmi Pillai and Rosie Giorgi
    Music by Edward Hipkins

    • 22 min
    CER podcast: Can Rishi Sunak reset the UK-EU relationship?

    CER podcast: Can Rishi Sunak reset the UK-EU relationship?

    In this week’s Centre for European Reform podcast, Peter Foster, public policy editor at the Financial Times and author of the FT ‘Britain after Brexit’ newsletter, joins our director Charles Grant to consider the prospects for repairing UK-EU relations under new British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. They consider the scope for compromise on both sides, particularly on the Northern Ireland Protocol, and examine two major pieces of UK legislation, the Retained EU Law Bill and the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill, whose outcome will affect the relationship — for better or worse.

    Produced by Rosie Giorgi and Helmi Pillai
    Music by Edward Hipkins

    • 25 min

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