Views from European Capitals. Renegotiation: Can Britain get the deal it needs?

How are the – still not yet formal – British requests perceived in five key European countries?

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14 October 2015: Views from European Capitals - Renegotiation: Can Britain get the deal it needs? by Ecfr on Mixcloud


Piotr Buras, Head of Warsaw Office, ECFR

Silvia Francescon, Head of Rome Office, ECFR

Manuel Lafont Rapnouil, Head of Paris Office, ECFR

Almut Moeller, Co-Head of Berlin Office, ECFR

José Ignacio Torreblanca, Head of Madrid Office, ECFR


Chaired by

Mark Leonard, Director, ECFR

As Prime Minister Cameron continued his tour of European capitals to try and convince counterparts that Britain needs a new deal to stay in Europe, this event looked at how the – still not yet formal – British requests were perceived in five key European countries.

Discussion was based around the findings of ECFR’s Britain in Europe renegotiation scorecard, a regular assessment of how the British asks are perceived in other member states.

Piotr Buras is the Head of ECFR’s Warsaw Office. He previously worked as a columnist and Berlin correspondent for Gazeta Wyborcza, the biggest Polish daily.

Silvia Francescon is the Head of ECFR’s Rome office. Previously Silvia was deputy head of the G8-G20 Sherpa office in the cabinet of the Italian Prime Minister.

Manuel Lafont Rapnouil is the Head of ECFR’s Paris office. He previously headed the Political Affairs Division of the Department for UN affairs at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development.

Almut Moeller is the Head of ECFR’s Berlin office. Before joining ECFR, Almut was the head of the Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP).

José Ignacio Torreblanca is the Head of ECFR’s Madrid Office. He writes two weekly contributions on international affairs in the printed edition of El País, Spain’s most highly circulated daily newspaper.

Mark Leonard is the Director of ECFR. He is the author of 'The British Problem and what it means for Europe', ECFR’s most read brief this year.