26 January 2016

Open Europe’s simulated UK-EU negotiations draw widespread media coverage

The ‘EU Wargames’ – Open Europe’s simulated UK-EU negotiations – took place yesterday. If you missed the event, you can watch it in full on our YouTube channel.

We will be publishing our initial take on the key lessons learnt from the exercise shortly. In the meantime, here is a first round-up of the impressive coverage the event drew in the print, broadcast and social media across Europe.

The BBC Radio 4 World At One programme dedicated two extensive extensive features to our EU Wargames (the first on the Reform session, and the second on the Brexit session), including an interview with Open Europe Chairman Lord Leach of Fairford.

On the Reform Session:

And on Brexit:

Channel 4 News covered the event…

…and interviewed former Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta, who represented Italy at our mock negotiating table.

The EU Wargames also featured in the Ian King show on Sky News.

Several foreign TV stations attended the event and covered it, including Italian state broadcaster RAI (see the clip here under), France 2, Germany’s ZDF and ARD, and Switzerland’s RTS.

The EU Wargames were also cited by Reuters, Bloomberg, The Guardian, by Robert Colvile on CapX, The Financial Times, The Economist and Politico.

On the Continent they are covered by the Dutch daily Het Financieele Dagblad, Belgian daily De Morgen, Austrian daily Der Standard, the Swiss Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Italy’s Il Sole 24 Ore, Sweden’s Svenka Dagbladet, and Germany’s Stern, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Berliner Zeitung and its business weekly Wirtschaftswoche.

For Twitter watchers, the #EUWargames hashtag yesterday became ‘Trending Topic’ in the UK and Belgium.

The ten participants sitting around the round table all know how to negotiate. Nearly all had represented their governments in Brussels, and in the case of Italian Enrico Letta and Irish John Bruton, as their heads of government.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung