Staff and Experts
Staff Profile: Thomas Klau
Thomas Klau is Head of the Paris Office and Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, which he joined at its inception in July 2007.
His areas of expertise include European integration, eurozone politics and economics, French and German politics and the Franco-German relationship. His recent work, part of ECFR’s current drive to flesh out new and innovative solutions to the crisis, has focused most particularly on European economic governance. In December 2010 he published "Beyond Maastricht: A new deal for the eurozone" alongside ECFR's Francois Godement and José Ignacio Torreblanca. Together with Jean Quatremer, he co-authored a history of the negotations leading up to European monetary union, ‘Ces hommes qui ont fait l'Euro" (Paris 1999). In both publications, he argued that monetary union should be a step towards a more federal organisation of Europe. In 2003, he co-authored "France et Allemagne - le leadership se mérite" with Sylvie Goulard, Jacqueline Hénard, André Loesekrug-Pietri, and Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut.
Thomas Klau serves as a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of Europanova, an action committee for a more political Europe. He teaches a course of European Studies at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, an institute of higher learning preparing students for the entrance examination to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is president and co-founder of Asylos, a web-based NGO that works in the field of asylum research.
He provides analysis and advice for governments and other public and private institutions. He writes commentary and analysis on current affairs and is quoted regularly by publications such as the Financial Times, the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Irish Times, Les Echos, and many other publications across Europe. He appears on the BBC, France 24, Al Jazeera, Bloomberg, and other major networks. He has chaired senior officials' meetings and addressed numerous public debates and conferences about European and international politics. He speaks French, German, and English and reads and understands Italian and Dutch.
From 2007 to 2009, Thomas Klau helped set ECFR's publication standards as Editorial Director. In the course of his previous career in journalism, he participated in the conception and launch of the Financial Times Deutschland. He served as the newspaper's bureau chief in Brussels (2000-2005) and correspondent in Washington (2006-2007) and wrote a column for it until 2009. Earlier, he worked for organisations such as Agence-France-Presse, Associated Press, European Voice, and Börsen-Zeitung. He was a member of the European Book Prize jury from 2007 to 2009. He was born in France, educated in Versailles and Oxford, and studied history and philosophy at the universities of Heidelberg and Tübingen.