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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


Future of Europe / COMMENTARY
Overcoming the European Progress Illusion
By Fabian Zuleeg - 26/04/2023
Future of Europe / MESSAGE
Christmas message from EPC's Chief Executive and Deputy Chief Executive
By Fabian Zuleeg , Janis A. Emmanouilidis - 21/12/2022
Future of Europe / BOOK
Turning fear into hope
By Herman Van Rompuy , Fabian Zuleeg , Jacki Davis , Janis A. Emmanouilidis - 29/11/2022
European think tanks: Time for transnational cooperation
By Fabian Zuleeg , Sophie Pornschlegel - 17/11/2022


EU enlargement / INTERVIEW
Is the EU preparing for new members?
Fabian Zuleeg was interviewed by the Radio Television of Serbia on the prospects for EU enlargement and Ukraine's accession process. 

Watch the interview here. (In Serbian)

Is the EU preparing for new members?
26 May 2023 - ,
Interview with KBS
Fabian Zuleeg was interviewed by the South Korean broadcasting service KBS on how Russia's war in Ukraine has changed the world. 

Watch the full episode here. (In English and Korean)

Interview with KBS
18 February 2023 - ,
Future of Europe / INTERVIEW
A united Europe weathers crises, but deeper challenges remain
Fabian Zuleeg was interviewed by The New York Times on the EU's response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the challenges facing the Union in the year ahead. 

Read the article here.

A united Europe weathers crises, but deeper challenges remain
14 January 2023 - ,
The New York Times

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