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Fabian Zuleeg
Chief Executive and Chief Economist 

Since October 2013, Dr. Fabian Zuleeg has been Chief Executive of the European Policy Centre, with overall responsibility, including providing strategic direction, managing its staff and resources and representing the EPC. He remains Chief Economist at the same time (a post he has held since January 2010). Fabian holds a PhD on the political economy of EU accession from Edinburgh University. Before coming to the EPC, he worked as an economic analyst in academia, the public and the private sector.

His analysis focuses on the political economy of the future of European integration in the context of political dis-cohesion within the EU and a contested, challenging global landscape. His current work is concentrated on determining how EUrope can meet the triple challenge of the watershed of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the fundamental transformations EUrope has to go through (technological revolution, climate change mitigation and demographic change), and the Permacrisis, a term he coined with EPC colleagues in 2021. 

Fabian also focuses on transnational cooperation between European Think Tanks, with the aim of increasing the capacity, ethics and sustainability of the sector. He is currently a Member of the Executive Board of Transparency International EU, Honorary Fellow at the Europa Institute of the University of Edinburgh and Honorary Professor at Heriot-Watt University. He also chairs the International Philanthropy Committee for the King Baudouin Foundation.

Fabian works closely with decision-makers in the European institutions, the EPC members and partners, European think tanks and the wider Brussels and member state stakeholder community. Fabian regularly comments on current political and economic issues in the EU in the media. He also chairs and contributes to a wide range of debates, conferences and seminars and has researched and published widely on the future of European integration, global challenges, Brexit and on European economic and social policies.



Europe’s Political Economy


Areas of expertise

Europe’s political economy, Future of Europe, EU relationship with third countries, transnational think tank cooperation

Current positions

Honorary Professor, Heriot-Watt University
Honorary Fellow at the Europa Institute, University of Edinburgh
Chair of the International Philanthropy Committee, King Baudouin Foundation
Member of the Executive Board, Transparency International EU


PhD in Economics (The Political Economy of Accession of the Central and Eastern European Countries to the EU), Edinburgh University
MSc in Economics, Glasgow University
MA in Economics and International Relations, St Andrews University


German, English


Fabian Zuleeg's HD Photo


Confronting the permacrisis: Time for a supra- governmental avantgarde
By Fabian Zuleeg , Janis A. Emmanouilidis , Almut Möller - 17/07/2024
Eight structural innovations for the EU’s next politico-institutional cycle
By Fabian Zuleeg , Janis Emmanouilidis - 24/06/2024
General news / NEWS
Christmas message from the EPC's Management Team
By Fabian Zuleeg , Maral Bedrossian , Ricardo Borges de Castro , Georg Riekeles , Emma Woodford , Elizabeth Kuiper , Janis Emmanouilidis - 21/12/2023
Post-Summit Briefing / UPDATE
Upcoming event: EPC Update on the June Summit
By Fabian Zuleeg , Jacki Davis , Georg Riekeles , Janis Emmanouilidis - 29/06/2023


Labour wants to make Brexit work better. What does the EU think?
Fabian Zuleeg was interviewed by The Economist on the potential impact of a Starmer-led government on EU-UK relations. 

Read the article here.

Labour wants to make Brexit work better. What does the EU think?
01 February 2024 - ,
The Economist
European elections / INTERVIEW
Second term?: Why von der Leyen waits until the last minute
Fabian Zuleeg was interviewed by Tagesspiegel on the possibility that Ursula von der Leyen will run in the next European elections. 

Read the article here. (In German)

Second term?: Why von der Leyen waits until the last minute
25 January 2024 - ,
Future of Europe / PANEL DISCUSSION
Brussels, my love?
Fabian Zuleeg participated in the English episode of "Brussels, my love?", Euronews' talkshow on EU affairs. The episode focused on Germany's farmers movement, the EU fiscal rules reforms, and Charles Michel's decision to run in the EU elections. 

Watch the episode here.

Brussels, my love?
12 January 2024 - ,

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