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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


Industrial policy / EPC FLASH ANALYSIS
Resolving the EU’s industrial policy trilemma
By Fabian Zuleeg , Philipp Lausberg - 19/07/2023
Post-Summit Briefing / UPDATE
Upcoming event: EPC Update on the June Summit
By Fabian Zuleeg , Jacki Davis , Georg E. Riekeles , Janis Emmanouilidis - 29/06/2023
Strategic foresight / COMMENTARY
From foresight to forethought: No longer lost in translation?
By Fabian Zuleeg , Ricardo Borges de Castro - 15/06/2023
Economic governance / DISCUSSION PAPER
Economic security: A new EU paradigm?
By Fabian Zuleeg - 08/06/2023
Future of Europe / COMMENTARY
Overcoming the European Progress Illusion
By Fabian Zuleeg - 26/04/2023


European Commission / INTERVIEW
Ritt auf der Rasierklinge
Fabian Zuleeg was quoted in an article by Welt Am Sonntag, assessing the current European Commission and Ursula von der Leyen's achievements. 

The article was published on 30 July in German.

Ritt auf der Rasierklinge
30 July 2023 - ,
Welt Am Sonntag
Political parties / INTERVIEW
Interview with Augsburger Allgemeine
Fabian Zuleeg was interviewed by Augsburger Allgemeine on the role the German right-wing party AFD plays in the European Union. 

Read the full article here. (In German)

Interview with Augsburger Allgemeine
29 July 2023 - ,
Augsburger Allgemeine
Ukraine’s NATO Push Hit a Bump. Joining the EU Will Also Be Tough.
Fabian Zuleeg was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal on the prospects of Ukraine's accession to the EU and NATO. 

Read the article here.

Ukraine’s NATO Push Hit a Bump. Joining the EU Will Also Be Tough.
17 July 2023 - ,
Wall Street Journal

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