Experts & Staff

Pawel Zerka

Senior 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 senior 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

The EU has taken constructive steps to address the crisis in Venezuela, but the lack of a common European position could threaten progress towards a peaceful transition of power. 

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

Europe’s defining choice on Poland

Europe’s decision on whether or not to declare Poland in breach with European rule of law standards comes down to a choice between principles and pragmatism

Publications

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New energy partners: A testing ground for Europe’s geopolitical turn

The war in Ukraine has forced Europeans to keep the lights on through adopting a far more strategic approach to their energy security. ECFR’s Energy Deals Tracker has monitored the success of the EU’s energy diversification – and identifies challenges ahead.

After the riots: The future of Macron’s foreign policy

France’s support for EU and NATO enlargement could be transformational for European security. But domestic unrest and sniping by others could undermine French steadfastness on these major questions

Multilateral trade: The green European genie at the WTO

The EU’s use of trade policy in pursuit of its climate goals risks undermining its multilateral credentials and efforts to reform the WTO. To avoid this, it needs to take credible steps to reconcile its trade and climate agendas

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In the media