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Georg Riekeles
Associate Director and Head of Europe's Political Economy programme
Georg Emil Riekeles is Associate Director at the European Policy Centre.

Before joining the EPC, Georg served as diplomatic adviser to EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier during the four years of Brexit negotiations with the UK. He was in charge of relations with EU member states and the European Parliament during the withdrawal negotiations, and then took on responsibility for strategy and communication during the negotiations on the future partnership.

Previously, Georg was an adviser for security and defence at the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC), the European Commission’s in-house think tank. In that capacity, he worked helped initiate and develop significant new Commission initiatives in the areas of defense as part of President Juncker’s programme, and worked on EU-NATO relations.

Georg also served as member of cabinet to Commission Vice-President and Commissioner Michel Barnier in the period 2010-2014, working on digital and single market reforms, as well as inter-institutional relations in the context of the post-financial crisis regulatory agenda.

Before moving to Belgium, Georg worked in ministerial cabinets at the French Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the French Ministry of Foreign and European affairs, as well as in the private and non-profit sectors in France.

Georg holds a master’s degree in political science from l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, and studied economics and philosophy at the London School of Economics.

Besides Belgium and France, Georg has lived in the UK and the US. He is of Norwegian nationality and grew up in Oslo.

Georg enjoys skiing, cycling and the outdoors.


Europe’s Political Economy


Areas of expertise

International negotiations, trade, EU’s international role, security and defense, single market, digital policies, EU governance and interinstitutional relations, future of Europe

Current positions


Diplôme de l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po)
BSc Philosophy and Economics, London School of Economics


French, English, Norwegian, Italian, German (basics)



Foreign policy / OUTLOOK PAPER
Europe in the world in 2023: Learning the language of power?
By Amanda Paul , Andrew Duff , Ivano di Carlo , Shada Islam , Mihai Sebastian Chihaia , Ricardo Borges de Castro , Iana Maisuradze , Georg Riekeles , Maxime Sierro , Rita Mendonça Barbosa Amorim Lobo , Simon Dekeyrel , Marta Mucznik , Svitlana Taran , Philipp Lausberg , Zeynep Güner , Berta López Domènech - 22/02/2023
Transatlantic affairs / POLICY BRIEF
How the EU and the US should overcome their trade and supply chain disputes
By Georg Riekeles , Charles Lichfield - 05/12/2022
Economic governance / OP-ED
The EU’s trillion-euro question
By Georg Riekeles , Philipp Lausberg - 24/11/2022
Economic governance / COMMENTARY
Facing a recession, Europe should focus on its mid-caps
By Francesco De Angelis , Georg Riekeles - 13/09/2022


Transatlantic affairs / INTERVIEW
Biden’s climate plan strains trade ties with Europe
Georg Riekeles was interviewed by CNN Business on the transatlantic economic partnership, the impact of the Inflation Reduction Act, and the likelihood of a US - EU trade war.

Read the full article here.

Biden’s climate plan strains trade ties with Europe
06 December 2022 - ,
CNN Business

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