Experts & Staff

Pawel Zerka

Policy Fellow

Areas of expertise

Latin America, EU affairs, international trade, Poland in the EU

Languages

English, French, Spanish and Polish

Biography

Pawel Zerka is a policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations.

He contributes to ECFR’s Re:shape Global Europe project, which seeks to develop new strategies for Europeans to understand and engage with the changing international order. Pawel is also engaged in the analysis of the European public opinion as part of ECFR’s Unlock Europe’s Majority initiative and in discussions about Europe’s economic statecraft. He also works on Polish and European foreign policy. Based at ECFR’s Paris office, he has been part of the team since August 2017.

Previously, Zerka worked as expert and head of programmes at two leading Polish think tanks, demosEUROPA-Centre for European Strategy and WiseEuropa. Zerka holds a PhD in economics and a master’s degree in international relations from the Warsaw School of Economics, having also studied at SciencesPo Bordeaux and Universidad de Buenos Aires.

Ill will: Populism and the coronavirus

Sooner or later, the coronavirus will be gone. In the meantime, it will test Europe’s resilience against not just epidemics but misinformation and scapegoating.

Final call: Macron goes to Poland

Emmanuel Macron should not shrink from addressing Poland’s democratic backsliding when he visits next week – and other EU leaders should quickly follow his lead

The benefits of political fragmentation

The EU's new pluralism has made public debate more political, as parties and groups have become careful to protect their distinct identities

The real battle for Poland’s future

Jaroslaw Kaczynski promises the ‘Polish model of the welfare state’ and social protection like in the West – but if his party stays in power after the October 13 election, the country will drift further away from its hard-won freedoms and connections with Europe 

The Polish election by numbers

Polling on the upcoming election in Poland reflects a society often at odds with the ruling party. This is the election broken down by numbers.

Tricks of the trade

Trade policy is set to become one of the key tools of Ursula von der Leyen’s “union that strives for more”. But securing support from national governments and European citizens will be a challenge.

Seven trials for von der Leyen

Seven key challenges lie ahead of von der Leyen who will have to invent a magic formula to solve the political puzzles of the European Union

Europe’s emigration paradox

Emigration is as much a worry for some European citizens as immigration, if not more so. What should the EU and member states do about this?

Publications

Articles

Poland’s misplaced American dreams

Much of the world is glad to move on from Trump – but Poles may still be hankering after earlier times

10 Venezuelan lessons for the Belarusian opposition

2021 will be a crucial year for the future of Belarus; in Venezuela, the future looks bleak. The Belarusian protesters can look and learn from the experience of the Venezuelan opposition.

Specials

Podcasts

In the media