Experts & Staff

Pawel Zerka

Policy Fellow

Areas of expertise

European public opinion, economic sovereignty, Poland and France in the EU

Languages

English, French, Spanish and Polish

Biography

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

He is a lead ECFR analyst on European public opinion. 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 discussions about Europe’s economic statecraft, and he 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.

Europe should do better on Venezuela

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Fort Trump, Fortress Poland?

Brussels insiders may look askance at Polish entreaties to Donald Trump. But western EU member states share some of the blame for strained relations too

Destination unknown: The EU’s many-faceted migration fears

As our new Security Scorecard shows, Europeans have diverging perceptions of security challenges facing them – however, all but one EU governments see uncontrolled migration as a national security threat

Publications

Articles

Image rites: Poland’s new role in Europe

Warsaw is in a uniquely strong position to launch an ambitious initiative for the EU’s eastern neighbourhood. To do this, it will need to use its new image in Europe to good effect.

Europe’s Russian energy dilemma

The EU should adopt a phased approach to energy sanctions on Russia. This would be more effective than a rushed embargo and would help preserve European unity.

War in Ukraine: A resilience test for European solidarity

Europe has been united in its solidarity with Ukraine. To ensure this continues, the EU needs to support member states through the challenging times ahead and shield them from actors who may wish to sow discord.

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In the media