Experts & Staff

Piotr Buras

Head, ECFR Warsaw
Senior Policy Fellow

Areas of expertise

Germany's EU and foreign policy; Poland in the EU; EU politics

Languages

Polish, German, English

Biography

Piotr Buras is the head of ECFR’s Warsaw office and a senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. His topics of focus include Germany’s EU and foreign policy, Poland in the EU, and EU politics.

Buras is a journalist, author and expert on German and European politics. Between 2008 and 2012 he worked as a columnist and Berlin correspondent for Gazeta Wyborcza, the biggest Polish daily newspaper. He started his professional career in the late 1990s at the Center for International Relations in Warsaw, one of the first Polish think-tanks. He continued his career at the Institute for German Studies at the University of Birmingham and at the University of Wroclaw (Poland). He was also a visiting fellow at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik in Berlin. His recent book Moslems and the Other Germans. The Reinvention of the Berlin Republic was published in Polish in 2011.

View from Warsaw: Deterrence above all

What is distinct about Poland’s attitude to Russia is its genuine conviction in the potential for conventional military conflict with Moscow

View from Warsaw: the Polish riddle

It is less about concrete policy ideas than an overall strategy towards the EU: will it take a pragmatic position or pursue an ideological path?

An unpredictable Russia: the impact on Poland

With a raft of other crises at the EU’s doorstep, Warsaw might find it difficult to gain support for its assertive approach towards Russia

Eastern extravaganzas

Political vagaries, a hatred of the elite, corruption and staunch nationalism divide Eastern Europe between populists and liberals

View from Warsaw: Loss of an ally

With the UK gone, Poland, under the Law and Justice (PiS) government, will lose its favourite ally within the EU

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.

Podcasts

Events

In the media