European Council on Foreign Relations

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The European Council on Foreign Relations "was launched in October 2007 to promote a more integrated European foreign policy in support of shared European interests and values. With its unique structure, ECFR brings a genuinely pan-European perspective on Europe’s role in the world:

  • ECFR was founded by a council whose members include serving and former ministers and parliamentarians, business leaders, distinguished academics, journalists and public intellectuals. Their aim is to promote a new strategic culture at the heart of European foreign policy.
  • With offices in seven countries, ECFR’s in-house policy team brings together some of Europe’s most distinguished analysts and policy entrepreneurs to provide advice and proposals on the EU’s global challenges.
  • ECFR’s pan-European work through advocacy, the mass media and campaigns make the necessary connections between innovative thinking, policy-making and civic action." [1]

Founding Council Members

Accessed February 2008: [2]

  • Urban Ahlin (Sweden) - Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee; foreign policy spokesperson for the Social Democratic Party
  • Martti Ahtisaari (Finland) - UN Special Envoy for the Future Status Process for Kosovo; President of the Crisis Management Initiative; former President
  • Giuliano Amato (Italy) - Minister of Interior; former Prime Minister and vice president of the European Convention
  • Hannes Androsch (Austria) - Founder of AIC Androsch International Management Consulting
  • Marek Belka (Poland) - Executive Director of the UN Economic Commission for Europe; former Prime Minister
  • Svetoslav Bojilov (Bulgaria) - Founder of the Communitas Foundation and President of Venture Equity Bulgaria Ltd.
  • Emma Bonino (Italy) - Minister for Europe and International Trade; former EU Commissioner
  • Robert Cooper (United Kingdom) - Director General for External and Politico-Military Affairs, Council of the EU General Secretariat
  • Marta Dassu (Italy) - Diplomatic adviser to Foreign Minister Massimo D'Alema; Director of the Aspen Institute Italia
  • Gijs de Vries (The Netherlands) - Senior Fellow at the Clingendael Institute; former EU Counter-terrorism Coordinator
  • Jean-Luc Dehaene (Belgium) - Member of the European Parliament, former Prime Minister and vice president of the European Convention
  • Gianfranco Dell'Alba (Italy) - Chef de Cabinet for Minister Emma Bonino; former Member of European Parliament
  • Andrew Duff (United Kingdom) - Member of the European Parliament, ALDE Group
  • Sarmite Elerte (Latvia) - Editor-in-chief of Latvian daily newspaper Diena
  • Brian Eno (United Kingdom) - Musician and producer
  • Joschka Fischer (Germany) - Former Foreign Minister and vice-Chancellor
  • Timothy Garton Ash (United Kingdom) - Professor of European Studies at Oxford University
  • Bronislaw Geremek (Poland) - Member of the European Parliament, ALDE; Group; former Foreign Minister
  • Diego Hidalgo (Spain) - Co-founder of Spanish newspaper El País and President of FRIDE
  • Mary Kaldor (United Kingdom) - Professor and Director of the Centre for the Study of Global Governance, London School of Economics
  • Gerald Knaus (Germany) - Chairman of the European Stability Initiative and Open Society Fellow
  • Caio Koch-Weser (Germany) - Vice Chairman of the Deutsche Bank Group; former State Secretary
  • Rem Koolhaas (The Netherlands) - Architect and urbanist; Professor at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University
  • Ivan Krastev (Bulgaria) - Chair of Board, Centre for Liberal Strategies
  • Mart Laar (Estonia) - Former Prime Minister
  • Mark Leonard (United Kingdom) - Executive Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations
  • Adam Lury (United Kingdom) - Director of Menemsha Ltd; former advisor to Lord Browne
  • Alain Minc (France) - Chairman of Le Monde; Head of consulting group AM Conseil
  • Christine Ockrent (Belgium) - Editor-in-chief at France Télévision.
  • Leoluca Orlando (Italy) - MP; President of the Sicilian Renaissance Institute
  • Cem Ozdemir (Germany) - Member of the European Parliament, Greens Group
  • Simon Panek (Czech Republic) - Chairman of the People in Need Foundation
  • Teresa Patricio Gouveia (Portugal) - Trustee to the Board of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation; former Foreign Minister
  • Chris Patten (United Kingdom) - Chancellor of Oxford University; Former EU Commissioner and Governor of Hong Kong
  • Diana Pinto (France) - Historian and author
  • Ruprecht Polenz (Germany) - MP and Chairman of the Bundestag Foreign Affairs Committee
  • Andrew Puddephatt (United Kingdom) - Director of Global Partners & Associated Ltd.
  • Sigrid Rausing (United Kingdom) - Founder of the Sigrid Rausing Trust
  • Albert Rohan (Austria) - Deputy to the UN Special Envoy for the Future Status Process for Kosovo
  • Daniel Sachs (Sweden) - CEO of Proventus
  • Pierre Schori (Sweden) - Director General of FRIDE; former SRSG to Cote d´Ivoire
  • Giuseppe Scognamiglio (Italy) - Head of Institutional and International Relations, Unicredit
  • Narcís Serra (Spain) - Chair of CIDOB Foundation; former Vice President
  • Elif Shafak (Turkey) - Writer
  • Aleksander Smolar (Poland) - Chairman of the Board of the Stefan Batory Foundation
  • George Soros (Hungary/US) - Chairman, Open Society Institute
  • Dominique Strauss-Kahn (France) - MP, Professor at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris; Former Finance Minister
  • Helle Thorning Schmidt (Denmark) - Leader of the Social Democratic Party
  • Michiel Van Hulten (The Netherlands) - Managing Director of Burson-Marsteller, Brussels; Former Member of European Parliament
  • Mabel Van Oranje (The Netherlands) - International Advocacy Director, Open Society Institute
  • Antonio Vitorino (Portugal) - Lawyer;former EU Commissioner
  • Stephen Wall (United Kingdom) - Chairman of Hill and Knowlton (Public Affairs EMEA); former Europe advisor to Tony Blair
  • Andre Wilkens (Germany) - Executive Director of the Open Society Institute, Brussels

Staff and Experts

Accessed February 2008: [3]



Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. About, European Council on Foreign Relations, accessed February 3, 2008.
  2. Council, European Council on Foreign Relations, accessed February 3, 2008.
  3. Staff and Experts, European Council on Foreign Relations, accessed February 3, 2008.

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